Crossroads Hotel – Hellertown, PA
I absolutely love it when someone recommends a pizzeria for me to try, especially if it’s one that I’m not familiar with. For such instances I usually do a little research online to get an idea of what to expect; what kind of pizza is it? Do all the reviews say that it tastes like cardboard? Should I plan to leave time for a dinner should the pizza be disappointing? Now, I don’t know if an explanation is available as to how one should interpret reviews from sites such as Yelp, Urban Spoon, etc., but it isn’t uncommon to find reviews on both sides of the spectrum, as well as people (perhaps friends, competitors, or scorned patrons) over-exaggerating their story in trying to purposefully influence a desired outcome. Deciphering the information I found pertaining to Crossroads Hotel’s pizza gave me hope that I might possibly be in for something good, and maybe even a pizza that would be new-to-me.
Since I was never at the Crossroads Hotel before, I waited until I arrived to place my order; this gave me time to hang around and scope the place out a bit. My in-person experience confirmed what I had learned during my research; Crossroads was popular for their pizza AND their cheesesteaks, but being that I was going to be in the car alone on a long drive I thought that there might be a good chance that I was going to end up eating the whole pizza by myself, so I reluctantly passed on the cheesesteak. As for the pizza, I ordered half plain and half with bacon and onions. The bacon and onions idea was actually someone’s suggestion on one of those review sites. Here’s how the scene unfolded…
I received my box, took it to my car and opened it to find a picture perfect bar-style pizza, well, half of one anyway. The other half was less picturesque with all of the toppings strewn about, just as I ordered it. I was a little surprised to find both razor thin strands of onions as well as caramelized onions, but I love onions so I viewed it as a positive.
I’m not quite sure what kind of cheese is used on this pizza, but I’m going to go ahead and say that I think it’s a blend, and if I had a gun to my head I would guess mozzarella and cheddar. Again, THAT’S JUST A GUESS. Whatever it is that Crossroads used was well browned and tasted good. The sauce is definitely cooked (as opposed to being straight from a can), and has a good, mellow, and unique flavor. This pizza sported a thin, good tasting crust with crispy handles and a neat (dry and firm) underside. As I previously mentioned, there were razor thin strands of onions as well as caramelized onions, and big chunks of quality bacon. I’ve never had two types of onions on the same pizza before, but it worked really well for this pizza. There was a lot of bacon and even more onions, but the onions weren’t overpowering like you might expect. Everything seemed to work in harmony, at least for my palate.
Here we are five paragraphs into a review and Mr. Negativity just had to make an appearance, right? What’s my gripe? Let me cut to the chase and say that this pie can be sold at Agway as a salt lick for deer, horses, etc. It was salty. I don’t know if it was the sauce, the cheese, or both, but it was salty enough to make the inside of my mouth prune up a little bit and stay that way for a country minute (that would be about 36 hours by my watch). I do need to tell you that I stopped using salt on 99% of my food a long time ago, and it is possible that I might be more sensitive to saltiness than others, but still, I’ve never had the inside of my mouth be like it was from this pizza. HOWEVER… as salty as this pizza was, I really, really, really enjoyed it! The regular cheese half of the pizza had a great flavor. The side with bacon and onions was spectacular! I enjoyed this pizza so much that I had the whole thing gone in about 15 minutes, and I was trying to save some for some other people to try; it didn’t stand a chance.
I recommend giving Crossroads Hotel’s pizza a try. This is one that I’ll definitely get to again, and maybe the next time I’ll leave room for a cheese steak!