We had time, a car, and big appetites – perfect time to try Pizza Plaza! It won for best vegan pizza in the entire bay area, and I’ve heard nothing short of raves from vegans. If this place was closer to Berkeley I’d be hitting it up all the time. Still, 10 minutes is all it takes to drive there and I’d go back for any occasion. seriously so much win.
we straight up in (north) Oakland. not a fancy place - there are four tables, a counter you place orders, and a map of Alemeda county hanging on the wall. they do get many more pickups/deliveries than dine in
the interior was the size of my bedroom. i took a pic of their fridge because i thought they made very wise choices in beverage offerings. i like that coconut juice and ginger ale are equally represented. you can't lose with those two.
I heard magical things about the vegan buffalo wings. the three of us split half an order (6) of the "hot" type because how else would anyone want buffalo wings! i see the appeal of these, but i wouldn't get them again. 1) i don't miss meat nor care for processed fake meat 2)it tasted exactly like chinese mock meat made from tofu. which is not bad , but i've had this sort of thing growing up and it is much better in stir-frys along with other veggies/grains. that said, the "wings" were really juicy and had fibrous like chicken, and it even had a layer of "skin". the seasoning was more unique than its asian counterparts, and this super spicy powder on the outside was awesome. the vegan ranch was also the best i've had - i'd dip anything in that. it was just a little too salty and processed for me.
beautiful! this place is insane with vegetarian toppings. i swear they have over 40 types with five different vegan meats, nuts, any kind of veggie, fruit. and you can get up to three of these on a slice of vegan pizza for only 4! one slice is a huge square which they cut into two triangles. on this night i chose mushroom, eggplant, and avocado. i wanted allllll of them so i'll need to go back. the crust is made with whole wheat flour, thinner than Lanesplitters but thicker than bobby g's. just right, i'd say. the sides are crispy but the middle is perfectly chewy. and THIS is what i call vegan cheese success. it is not sauce, it is not overpowered by garlic/random flavors, and it melts! according to the sign, this is "teese" from chicago. exotic. it actually tasted like cheese!
that is, i thought it tasted like cheese until S and C's pizza arrived and reminded me what it really smelled like. They got a small vegetarian pizza (15?) which included mushrooms, artichokes, zucchini, onion, garlic, and fresh tomatoes. judging by how it looked, and then confirming with them, it wasn't a very special pie. it looked kind of bland, and not saucy enough (i'm a saucy person). for normal pizza in berkeley, i find it hard to beat the slab of grease that comes from Fat Slice. This was very mediocre, especially for the price. they both agreed that they wouldn't come here for this pizza. it is undoubtably very healthy though. and for vegan pizza, Pizza Plaza takes first place!
this is not the end of the vegan pizza tour, since there are still a couple places out there that i haven’t hit up. but most pizza places use real cheese by default, and vegan options – if they exist – are an afterthought. Pizza Plaza actually gives vegans precedent and it’s better to skip the real stuff.
i adore you, pizza plaza. you have so many other v toppings and v lasagna and v desserts (allegedly) that i would like to try. want to see you again soon. let’s rendezvous under the bleachers after school if this sounds good to you?
Service N/A (but the staff is very charming)