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Pizza Plant

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Pizza PlantPizza Plant
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.64%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

8020 Transit Road
Williamsville, New York, 14221
United States
phone: (716) 632-0800
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wailingwench

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Cheers: Friendliest patrons of any pub in the area. Entirely OK to come here by yourself. You won't be scorned. Lotsa free reading material in the front, check out the Buffalo Beast. Small number of taps (12) that constantly change, so you know the brews are fresh. Cask brew is usually Middle Ages or Flying Bison. Some brews that you have never seen, or will ever see again. Food is delicious, their stuffed crust pizza is to die for. Pods make excellent post-drinking breakfast fare. Bartender actually gave us samples before we asked for them. Large ice waters with lemon. Some places act like the freaking lemon is a piece of gold. They actually wash the pint glasses in front of you so you know you won't contact hoof and mouth disease from the wierdo sitting next to you. Some stong ass stuff on, but it's served in 10 oz glasses? C'mon. Tim Herzog goes here, so you know its gotta be good. Inferno Pod Ale: need I say more?

Jeers: Some jack asses actually order Coors Light here. Unlimited free very salty peanuts contribute to abdominal discomfort. Brews are VERY pricey, unless you drop $40 on a draft card (which is the only investment that I have ever made). Can't throw said peanut shells on the floor. Samples are maybe .01 oz and spill easily. Where did the free mints go? Womens room is located by the bar, guys have to walk through the hostess/waitress area to obtain access. This is a good thing, as most the employees are up to Wegman's standards (abeit jail bait). Located in Amherst across from Wal Mart. Don't speed out of there with flammable breath, you will find yourself in a very bad and uncomfortable situation.

12-14-2005 21:26:46 | More by wailingwench
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Popped in here after a successful day of trying great food and beer at Coles, and following it up with a nice haul of bottles from Premier Gourmet.

Fairly standard restaurant feel, at least in the part we sat in, which was cosy without having too much character. Service was prompt and friendly, and the hawaiian pizza I ordered was delicious. Most importantly, the tap selection is slightly insane. While it is limited I was surprised that I could order a Lindeman's Pomme (weighing in at around 4%), and then follow it up with a 120 Minute IPA on tap. Not really the standard drinks offered by a pizza place, and far better for it. They even had casks available.

We were there with a small child and it seemed like a good place for families.

I'd definitely go again if I was in the area, if not for the taps, for the killer pizzas.

02-09-2010 21:08:21 | More by bobsy
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DrDj

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

there are two pizza plants, and while the basics are the same, there is a little difference. I'll get to that below.

What a place. Great moderately sized selection of micros. They rotate out, but there are a number of mainstays. The problem for me is that they don't rotate enough, but that's not too bad since I love their house IPA--the Infernal Pod Ale, a west coast style cup of love.

Food is excellent Italian meets pub grub. Their signature dish is not the pizza (though they are excellent, too) but the "Pod" a sort of baked calzone style dish that looks like a pea pod. Mmmm. Salads are good, pizzas, bread bowls with soup check. And a great selection (I mean very large and tasty) of vegetarian options.

Don't drink too much hoppy ale, because you have to save room for the Ice Creamer dessert--ice cream, choc chip cookies, real whipped cream. Oh god. (too much hops will curdle the dairy in your stomach--yikes!)

the main difference worth noting between the two locations is staffing. The Walker pub seems to have more experienced and knowledgeable staff than the Transit pub. the Transit, meanwhile, seems to cater to a more rockin crowd,l and does have bands and tastings.

The pizza plant is awesome. Just remember: you will likely stand in line to wait, because it's busy every night of the week.

01-25-2010 22:18:12 | More by DrDj
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Fezfreak

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

I'd heard about this place and decided to give it a shot while out on the road about a month ago.

For the sake of the review, it's important to tell you that I was in a foul mood just a couple hours before, suffering from "road-lag" - an affliction common to touring musicians. Felt hot and dirty, had no food all day, and the lodging arrangements for the gig in Buffalo were screwed up. Once the tour manager got it squared away and a rewarding shower was taken, the mood improved greatly, but still needed that extra "something" to balance things out.

It was time for The Pizza Plant.

Your first, uneducated glance at this place may give the indication that they don't have any good beer. But alas, it is quite the contrary. Pizza Plant specializes in good, micro-brewed beer and they have a knowledgeable staff on hand to serve it. All selections are rotated out on a regular basis. That's 13 taps plus a couple of casks.

"No crap on tap" says a bumper-sticker pasted on the wall behind the bar.

Believe what it says!

For beers, I sampled a few but stuck with my IPA. I cannot remember what the first pint was, but the second was called "Flower Power IPA" and was made in Ithaca. They had just rotated it in while I was eating and was most refreshing!. So good in fact, that I when I saw it in 6-packs at Consumer's Beverage (review coming), I couldn't resist!

For lunch I had the awesome Turkey Spinach Wrap, a stellar example of Food Porn if I ever saw (tasted) one. This thing had so much flavor and was so needed at the moment I took the first bite, that I wanted to hug the bartender.

In three short hours, my mood had gone full circle. What a welcome respite The Pizza Plant was. Definitely a great place to bring your family and non-beer lovers, as they can get what they want, and you can get what you want..good beer!

Definitely want to return again someday. Strongly Recommended!

09-01-2009 20:29:10 | More by Fezfreak
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cpn920

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5%

Bar has thirteen rotating taps. They seem to change their offerings frequently so the beer is fresh. They have an on deck list that shows what is upcoming on tap and which beer it is replacing. Service is friendly and depending on which bartender you get it can be knowledgeable to not so much. WIth that being said they offer samples prior to purchasing and serve beer in the proper glassware. They also have a pint card that is $50 for 15 pints which is a pretty good value. Highly recommended, now if they can only open one in Orchard Park.

02-07-2009 15:19:07 | More by cpn920
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dogfishandi

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

i went here with about 15 or so other people for a birthday party. i was pretty excited when i read about all the beers they had online, and pizza is absolutely my favorite food in the world, so what could be better than this? me and 2 other people kind of set this up, so when we arrived and seen that it was a really tiny place and pretty crowded, we got kind of worried. we talked to a waitress and she called there other location, only about 10 -15 minutes away, and they said they would have a big table set up by the time we got there, very nice about it. my mouth was watering as i had to leave this awesome bar after reviewing a pretty nice chalkboard. we arrived at there next location and found it to be much bigger and more accomadating. i really enjoyed all sorts of nice beer bottles all over the place, as well as tons of other craft beer posters and such. and to my surprise i seen that here they had almost a completely different taplist. all quality beers too, ommegang, dogfishhead, rogue, southern tier, etc. if i remeber correctly, they had about 11 or 12 taps. our waitress, who only had a basic knowledge of beer, was extremely nice, friendly and definatley talkitive. she was more than willing to give all of us samples of whatever we wanted. the food was pretty mediocre. they are famous for these things called "pods", which are similar to a calzone, which was filled with chicken breast, fried onions, peppers, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes with a sesame crust, i think it was called the cajun pod, but it was not cajun what so ever. although still somewhat good. i had just a little bit of a white pizza that was pretty bland as well. even though the food was not great, i still really enjoyed this place, mainly cause of the nice beer selection and the friendly service. the bar area in both locations were relatively small, but cozy feeling. it felt like i was in someones basement or something, it was like a TGI fridays on the walls, only with all craft beer goodies, some really nice old school lagunitas posters. this is a great place to come for some great, always changing craft beer, and why not enjoy some pizza as well. i think a brewery even makes a beer for this place called the "POD ALE", it was an IPA, not that good. check it out!!!!

02-07-2009 07:19:37 | More by dogfishandi
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eLMsITYbUM

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Came here half because of the reviews on BA and Buffalo Wild Wings was packed and there were 4 parties in front of us to be seated. The Transit Rd. location is split into a bar area and a family dining section. We walked into the bar section, which was hosting a band. We were shown to the restaurant area where the host quickly seated us. The waitress came shortly after and offered the beer selcection from memory, and took our order. The beers on tap were Inferno Pod Ale(contracted from a local source "house beer"), Guinness, Ithica 10, SN Celebration, Saranac Impy IPA, SA Winter and a few others. They also had Hoptical Illusion on cask. I tried The Inferno Pod Ale, which I found to be a tasty beer.

The menu offered pizzas, pastas, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches and pods(a sort of calzone or stromboli item). I opted for the Texas Torch pod, with spicy sausage, cheese and jalepenos with spices mixed in. It was very good and priced right. Some of the pasta dishes, pizzas and "mega" pods can get pricey, however they seemed average for the area. They also have a complete gluten free menu, including Bards Tale in the bottle.

A great dining experience that I would recomend to any one visiting the Buffalo area.

12-29-2008 17:08:49 | More by eLMsITYbUM
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

While up in the Buffalo area the last time we stopped off at the other Pizza Plant location, so this time we decided to check out this one. Like the other one, this one is located in a strip mall with plenty of parking. Unlike the other though, this one is on a corner and has additional outside seating (when weather permits). Where the other PP is more of a restaurant first and a bar second, this is the exact opposite. Entering the building you will find the bar area a separate entity to the right with a wall separating the bar from the restaurant, with a nice sized bar able to hold about 15 people with a few tables surrounding it. The restaurant itself seems to be a little bit smaller than the other location as well, but does include the patio during the summer months.

Like the other, this one has a nice selection of microbrews, many local to the area, including one that is made "specifically" for Pizza Plant, as well as a few Belgians and other imports. The beer selection has something for everyone, with 13 taps and 1 cask. I only wish the taplist was more accessible to read while in the restaurant instead of being tucked away in a corner by the bathrooms. I got some weird looks from the party at the table right under it when I went over to investigate what beers Pizza Plant currently carried.

Food is the same as the other one, a variety of pizzas, pods (stromboli), salads, sandwiches, pasta, and burritos, definitely something for everyone. We chose the artichoke, tomato, and zucchini pizza and rank it among the best pizzas we've ever had.

We waited quite a while for the hostess to acknowledge us, but our server did a great job of getting our drinks, food, box, and check all very quickly and was very friendly the whole time.

This is definitely the Pizza Plant to go to if you want to enjoy the bar or get there at an off time of day, where the other Pizza Plant is more of the going out to eat and maybe grabbing a beer while there place.

12-02-2008 00:19:24 | More by HopDerek
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dexterlovejoy

New York

3.38/5  rDev -19.3%

Been here many times. Not really a great bar per se but they do a great job in bringing in good beer. Very little bottle selection though. 13 or so taps that move fast. You'll see some things that you wont normally see in NY. Food is top notch. Great pods & apps. You'll see Sam Adams & Guinness always on along with New York State beers like Southern Tier, Ithaca, Flying Bison, Ellicottvile & others. Also the West Coast is well represented with Rogue, Lagunitas, Stone, Bear Republic & many others. If you plan on coming here more than once get the draft card its a steal

01-30-2008 02:59:57 | More by dexterlovejoy
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

My good friend had been bragging about the first-rate beer selection at Pizza Plant for some time so, on my first return trip to Western New York in several months, I figured I ought to take him up on his offer to visit. It did not disappoint. It's a nice, clean place, and the bar area had a good wood decor that should be in every good tavern. Though it was a cold, sunny day, the bar area was sufficiently hazy in the mid-afternoon to give a great intimate, laid-back vibe. My food was good--baked chicken wings hot, though I would have preferred a dry rub to the light, but wet, sauce. Still, the wings were good, the fries were done just right--a light golden brown, with my friend mixing some ketchup with Chipotle sauce for extra garnish. His daughter had a "pod," a good-sized calzone amply stuffed with cheese and pepperoni. All appetites were sated.

But the story here is far and away the beer. In quality and selection, Pizza Plant's beer lineup is first-rate. They have twelve taps and rotate them regularly, with a chalk board indicating the next four selections that will be served and on which numbered tap. Among the delightful dozen, Pizza Plant has Obovoid, Great Lakes Holy Moses, Victory Hop Wallop, Southern Tier's Gemini, Aviator Irish Red Ale, Victory Prima Pils, Plant Ale Co.'s IPA, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, and Guinness--the most common of the twelve. I myself had the Obovoid, Hop Wallop, Gemini, and Holy Moses, and all were great and fresh. A great touch is that the bartenders offer buyers a small sample before purchasing. I needed little convincing for the selections I made, but the sample option is a very nice touch.

Although I didn't buy any bottles, their bottle selection is outstanding as well. One can get Celis Grand Cru, Duvel, Harvey's Elizabethan, Einbecher, Bruegel, and Gonzo, among others. They also sell and refill growlers, which is nothing short of an outstanding idea. They cater to people enjoying great beer, and they stand tall doing so.

The service might have received an even higher score, but the bartender was also waiting tables in the restaurant area. Yet he still found time to not only serve us well at the bar, but also, and perhaps more importantly, discuss the selections and upcoming choices in detail when he had the time.

I'd highly recommend this Pizza Plant. The food is quite good, and the beer is way better. If you're in the area, especially in the North Towns, you'd be a fool not to stop into the Transit Rd. Pizza Plant for a couple. Thank me later.

01-04-2008 04:44:06 | More by Gehrig
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Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.