So successful were the three original Lamppost Pizza establishments that the eatery has grown to 37 locations since its inception in 1976. Friendliness and fun unite with the pizzeria's penchant for sports to make visits memorable. But as nice as big-screen TVs can be, the real magnetism of this haven for sauce and cheese lies in the pies spun in the kitchen. Beer and wine complement the menu, which also includes pastas, sandwiches, and grill fare.
Grab a bagel ring for all 12 fingers ($10.95 a dozen), or grab an individual for a baby bracelet ($1.14 per bagel). Many toppings, cream cheeses, and spreads are also available. Although Bagel Me!'s name is both direct and delicious, the menu expands beyond the realm of the round. Breakfast items such as gooey cheddar and egg melts served alongside cinnamon baked apples ($4.19) and freshly blended smoothies ($4.39) will cause smiles at sunrise. Afternoon diners can hang fangs on tri-tip steak sandwiches such as the jalapeno-pineapple pairing, loaded liberally with caramelized onions, Tillamook cheddar, and monterey jack cheese ($7.49). Or fork up a variety of starters, such as Irish nachos based in French fries and topped with bacon, onions, cheddar and jack cheeses, and lucky wishes ($5.79).
At first glance, South Coast Pizza Parlors might look like an ordinary family pizza joint. The requisite video and redemption games chirp and ring near the entrance. Six big-screen televisions flicker with sporting events. But the difference is in the pizza--the kitchen crew crafts dough and sauce fresh every single day, drizzling pies with classic toppings such as green peppers and pepperoni, as well as more non-traditional options including vegan cheese and soy chorizo.
Z Pizza in Santa Ana was originally founded in Laguna Beach. Locals and tourists alike love that they can trust Z’s to make their pizzas with non-GMO wheat flour, organic sauces and pepperoni free of MSG. Even their cheese is an award winning selection from Wisconsin. Sausage at Z’s is even additive free, and toppings are sourced from fresh produce. Almost making pizza into a health food, they also offer options for those with dietary restrictions. They offer dairy free options, vegan and vegetarian pizzas, and even gluten free crusts. Z Pizza takes pride in the disclosure of their carefully chosen ingredients, avoiding genetically modified foods whenever possible.
The premise from the very beginning of this pizza brand was to create a better pizza, and the Santa Ana crowds seem to indicate that they’ve succeeded. Take to the high seas, and taste the swashbuckling pies on offer at this pizzeria. For something special, order Fire in the Hole!, which comes loaded with a meaty base of pepperoni, Canadian bacon and Italian sausage topped off with zesty wax peppers and jalapenos. If that’s not your style, there are nineteen other specialty options to fulfill your pizza cravings. The relaxed dining area comes complete with plenty of TVs for watching big games while enjoying the company of your friends and family.
Bari’s Pasta in Santa Anna specializes in wholesome Italian food, with a specific emphasis on pasta. Specialties include the meat or veggie baked lasagna, the rigatoni, and the spaghetti with meatballs. That last one deserves some extra recognition with its chunky, slow-cooked marinara sauce and its deliciously seasoned homemade meatballs. Those looking for a fancier taste are encouraged to try the Chicken Delight: grilled chicken and onions coated liberally with homemade garlic sauce and slices of grilled tomatoes to top it all off. Serving sizes are extremely generous at Bari’s; people with a lighter stomach might end up taking leftovers home.