Monday, July 18, 2011

Ultimate California Pizza- Myrtle Beach, SC

We just returned from our vacation at Garden City Beach, SC (a southern suburb of Myrtle Beach). We ate at several new places but there was one that my family really enjoyed. Ultimate California Pizza has many locations in the greater Myrtle Beach area. We ate at the Market Commons location. In fact, I ate there twice. The first time was before catching a matinee of Cars 2. Ethan, Alex and I ate while Gary sipped on water. Gary was not feeling well so he decided to not chance it with pizza. Ethan and Alex enjoyed items off of their kids menu.

The kids menu is for kids 12 and under which was a relief for us because Ethan is 11 and in some restaurants the kids menu stops at age 10. For $5.49,  kids choose a personal pizza, chicken bits, wings or ziti. This also includes a beverage.

Ethan chose a meatball pizza.

It was on a traditional crust and Ethan found it to be delicious. We swapped bites of our pizzas, and it was very good.
Ethan enjoying his pizza.

Alex opted for the PB&J pizza. This pizza is made with smooth peanut butter and grape jelly on a pita bread crust. Alex is a pb&j fiend, so this was an easy choice for him.
We also swapped bites, and it tasted like a pb&j sandwich (which is the point I suppose). Alex loved it.
Alex loving his pizza.

I chose a vegetarian pizza. They offer several different vegetarian pizzas and it was pretty hard for me to choose. I decided upon the Santa Cruz. It's also known as the Mediterranean twist pizza. It comes with garlic herb extra virgin olive oil, chopped garlic, mozzarella, spinach, black olives, roma tomatoes, red onions, artichoke hearts, feta cheese and is finished with a lemon twist. I ordered it with the rosemary whole wheat crust.

Oh man, it was delicious. The crust was perfect. I have had whole wheat crusts at other pizza joints and it is usually rubbery. Not here- it was crispy with hints of rosemary. I actually preferred it to their traditional crust. The toppings were really fresh tasting and worked great together. I prefer pizza without a tomato based sauce so this was perfect.

The next time we went was just Gary and I . Gary felt bad that he missed out the first time due to being ill, so we went back on our way out of town.

Gary is a meat eater. He would not even think about a vegetarian pizza or a unique pizza so we opted for personal pizzas again. He went for the Hollywood pizza. It's also known as the all meat extravaganza. It comes with mozzarella, pepperoni, smoked ham, ground beef, italian sausage, pork sausage and gouda cheese. He went with the rosemary whole wheat crust.

He was pretty excited as you can see. He really liked his pizza. We swapped bites and I thought it was good but it was hard to pick out the nuances due to the overpowering nature of the meat. I did not taste the gouda at all.

I ordered the Black and Bleu pizza because while I loved the Santa Cruz, I needed to try something new. When our server brought out our pizzas, she apologized because the chef had mistakenly made me the Cuban pizza. She said he was making my correct pizza right away and brought us the Cuban pizza anyway so we could try it.
The Cuban pizza has yellow mustard, pulled pork, red onions, smoked ham, swiss cheese and diced pickles. I would not have ordered this at all. After tasting it, I was converted. This sounded awful but it was addicting. I think I am going to have to go for this one next time. It was tasty. I sampled it but I fought hard not to finish it because I had my correct pizza on the way.

She brought out my correct order, the Black & Bleu pizza and it looked amazing.

I was so impatient that I ate a slice before remembering to take a picture! This pizza is made with garlic extra virgin olive oil, blackened tenderloin filet, marinated portabella mushrooms, roma tomatoes, red onions, crumbled bleu cheese and topped with monterey jack cheese. It was very good. I had, as always, the rosemary whole wheat crust. The beef was perfectly tender and the mushrooms were al dente. The bleu cheese was the star. They were not stingy with this stuff. Man oh man, it was good.

I actually wish there was a location of this pizza joint in Ohio. I would take it any day over La Rosa's or Marion's.

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