JJ Twigg's Pizza & Pub
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Atmosphere: The first thing that comes to mind is "Hunting Lodge".
This place has a Wooden interior that someone said reminded them of Texas Roadhouse restaurants. Very old planking recovered from old barns, chandeliers made of reindeer antlers, with a few deer and moose heads on the wall. A very enjoyable environment for munching on good pizza or just quaffing at the bar.
Food: One of the first thing that you notice when you arrive is a big basket of peanuts and a lot of peanut shells on the floor. (They encourage you to throw your empty shells on the floor) There are appetizers on the menu, but we were quite content to enjoy many helpings of peanuts and let the shells fall where they may.
We ordered two Double Decker Pizzas; one was just a Pepperoni and the other was one of their specialty combo pizzas called 'Ozark Meatfest' (a meat lovers pizza). The menu informs you that the Double Decker Pizzas will take a bit longer, and they certainly did (probably because the place was under-staffed), but they were well worth the wait.
These are more what you would refer to as a 'Pizza Pie' and they were simply excellent. If you like Pizza with a really thick crust (so thick you'll want to dip it in honey) then this Pizza is definitely for you. I would order this pizza again in a heart beat
if there were a JJ Twigs in Kansas City.
Service: The worst part of the evening. We waited a long time before a server ever came to see us, we waited for our first round of drinks, we waited for our order to be taken, and we waited a considerable amount of time for our dinner. (We would've ordered another round of drinks if we'd seen our server more often) They were clearly understaffed for a Tuesday night. I've learned not to judge a restaurant's service on one single visit (just as I don't judge their food from a single menu item), so we'll just hope for better service the next time we go.
Considering that many pizza restaurants only carry the usual BMC crap, or maaaybe a little bit of the nearest local brewery, I was pleasant surprised by the selection of beer here.
I started with a Beach Bum Blonde, which I wasn't very impressed with (this would describe my opinion towards many Anheiser Busch beverages) and then switched to my ever-reliable standby-by, Sam Adams Lager, which always delivers. Extra points for the fact that both my beverages were served in beer glasses, and the Sam Adams glass was a particularly nice touch.
As for they're selection, I found that even though I was 3 hours from Kansas City, the beer selection was still very similar to what I was accustomed to. Lots of Anheiser Busch, which is to be expected in their home state, but also a decent selection of Boulevard, with a small sprinkling of Schlafly and O Fallon (all Missouri craft brewers)
Along with the above-mentioned beer, they also had Boulevard Pale Ale & Dry Stout on tap (as well as Blue Moon, lagers from O Fallon and Schlafly, and a few others on tap - and I didn't even ask what they had in bottles).
Bottom Line: I would go back there in a heartbeat, and will definitely look forward to stopping by again the next time we are in or near Lake Ozark,MO.
2010: We stopped back by earlier this year. The beer selection was a little worse (still had Boulevard, but no Schlafly or O Fallon), but the service was much better.
Recommendation: If you want a double-decker pizza, order it 20 minutes before you get there. I had barely started on my first beer (a Sam Adams seasonal) when our pizza was ready.
09-25-2008 14:02:23 | More by Kahlerbock
JJ Twigg's Pizza & Pub in Lake Ozark, MO
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