9.26.2016

Eat the Guide: Theo's Neighborhood Pizza on Canal Street

Hello and welcome to the NOiG series Eat the Guide!  In this series, I explore the scores of restaurants included in the NOIG Guide to Vegan-Friendly Restaurants.  You can follow along in the guide or right here on the blog, or both of course.  See previous posts here, and enjoy!

This week Jonathan and I visited Theo's Neighborhood Pizza on Canal Street in the heart of Mid-City, just below Carrollton.  Theo's has three other locations, including two in Metairie and one on Magazine Street near Napoleon.

Appearance and Atmosphere:  Theo's is casual but nice enough to bring a date to - particularly since you'll be waiting a while for your fresh-oven-baked pizza and will want someone to chat with until it comes.  The music on this visit was a fun mix of seventies and nineties dance songs...  we may have sung along to more than one.  Quietly.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 11am to 10pm, Sunday Noon to 9pm.

Service Style:  You'll order food and drinks at the register in the back, and then choose a table and your food will be brought out.  One of my favorite details of Theo's has always been its table markers: instead of giving you a plain number or somesuch, Theo's uses pop culture icons to match tables to orders.  You never know who you're going to get.

Available Vegan Options: Pizza is the name of the game here - both the crust and the red sauce are vegan and they offer a plethora of vegetable toppings, so build to your heart's content.  (The pesto sauce does contain cheese.)  If you don't want to make the tough decisions, get the Vegan-ator.  Theo's also offers salads, most of which become vegan by leaving out cheese.  There are no vegan cheese or meat analogues here.

Alcohol or Espresso:  Theo's offers half a dozen beers on tap, half a dozen more in a bottle or can, and a number of wines as well.

Price Range:  Salads range from $6 to $10; pizzas from $10 to $20 depending on size and toppings.

My Experience: Theo's isn't my very most favorite, but I do enjoy it from time to time.  It has become my Mardi Gras Day go-to, since they are open when few others seem to be.  I tend to get the Vegan-ator, but when I noticed they now have a dedicated vegetarian section I decided to de-cheese the Arti-garlic instead.  Theo's isn't kidding about thin crust - without red sauce, this pizza's crust was almost cracker like.  Still though, it was an enjoyable pie.

Of note: Theo's Mid-City seems to be the go-to spot for gaggles of giggling middle school kids early on Saturday evenings.  Also, you may find it quite difficult to park in the area.  There are maybe three spots (in addition to accessible parking) in the lot in front of Juan's, which is behind Theo's and accessed on Carrollton so you can try your luck there; otherwise it's street parking and you may have to walk a couple of blocks.

Final Thoughts:  Go to Theo's when you're near one, don't mind skipping the cheese, and hope to have a nice long talk with your dining partners (or want to spend some quality time with yourself).



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