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Oak Fire Pizza, Los Angeles

September 13, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking online for any good happy hour specials in L.A. Instead of finding a restaurant that served cheaper drinks, I found this Oak Fire Pizza that had 1/2 price all pizza, beer, drinks, and wine. I couldn’t believe this deal and immediately checked out their menu. They had a wide selection of wood-fired pizzas and a couple deep dishes. All the wood-fired pizza sounded so good that I immediately informed my foodie crew that we would have to try this place the coming Friday. The happy hour is only Mon-Friday from 4-7pm. Yeah, so this “foodie crew” right now consists of Brennan, Jessica, and me. They pretty much follow me to wherever restaurant every weekend and put up with all my picture-taking and reviews.

I was pleasantly surprised that this place wasn’t as packed as I had expected. They had a wide outdoor seating area and an indoor restaurant with a full bar. Since drinks were half off, Brennan ordered a Blue Moon. The crisp beer paired perfectly with all the different varieties of pizza we ate that night. This pizza place is probably one of my favorite places. I’m not a fan of really doughy and thick pizzas as I love the thin, crisp wood-fired pizzas, kind of like flatbread. You get all the same flavors from the toppings, but it doesn’t make you feel overly full from the bread. To help me out with my review, Jess actually wrote her own review of the place!

“Some time during our early college years, Andee went through a health food phase in which she successfully managed to substitute every edible carbohydrate with something very suspect. Luckily, our beloved Andee has outgrown this habit and now favors wholesome meals over questionable tofu substitutes. Naturally, I was very pleased to find out that she and B were on a quest to sample the best pizzerias in LA.

A couple of weeks ago, Andee invited me on a pizza excursion at the buzz-worthy Mozza. While the pizza there lived up to its reputation, the wait deterred me from being a repeat guest. This time around, Oakfire Pizza in West Hollywood was on the list. Andee has pretty good judgment when it comes to selecting good eats in LA, and Oakfire was no exception. We all agreed that my Sweet Pepper Sausage pizza was the best of the three – with a super thin crust and lots of cheese and spicy sausage, this combo was a crowd-pleaser. I was also impressed that Oakfire has an extensive Happy Hour menu at recession-friendly prices. We all agreed that we would be back for many Happy Hours to come.”
Yeah, her writing puts my blog to shame. Here are the pizzas! Jess got the Sweet Pepper Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Fontina Cheese, Smoked Mozzarella, Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and a drizzle of Garlic Oil. It had everything a great pizza should have and was the classic Italian-style pizza. The use of the different types of cheese really brought out the flavors of the sweet pepper sausage.

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B ordered the “Steak House Special: Filet with Arugula, Tomato, Mozzarella, Crumbled Gorgonzola and Grilled Onions drizzled with a Creamy Horseradish Sauce”

To be honest, B wasn’t expecting a salad of a pizza. The whole pizza was basically covered in raw spinach leaves, NOT the arugula that was mentioned in the menu. I thought the greens would be wilted down at least and not the main ingredient. The filet was okay, but the mixture of the gorgonzola gave the pizza an interesting taste. I couldn’t really taste the horseradish sauce because the cheese was so overpowering. B probably wouldn’t get this again. But I’ll give him points for ordering something new to try instead of the classic meat and cheese pizza.

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I ordered the Gumbo pizza which had shrimp, chicken, sausage, tomatoes, fresh chopped herbs, mozzarella cheese, a Jack Daniels sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. I really liked the smoky flavors of the bbq sauce and I’m a fan of seafood on pizza. It might be weird to some people, but I love seafood on anything. The shrimp was also fairly large in size and complemented the rest of the ingredients well. It definitely had the ingredients and flavors in a traditional Gumbo

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I will definitely come back to this place and hopefully try more of their pizzas! Seriously, can $3 beers and $6 pizzas get any better?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2009 8:03 am

    tl;dr bc i was staring at the pizzas, that pizza looks soooo good my math is watering like crazy & i think i’ll need to get a midnight snack now thanks a lot

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