Where You’re Eating
I’d hope most people are familiar with Bridge Pizza on the Hip Strip. Almost all of us have been there for a slice, but, guess what? There is a new Bridge Pizza located on Brooks Street, across the street from Southgate Mall. When I walked in, I felt like I’d walked into an urban, hip pizza shop. It’s bigger, open and better lit than its downtown location. However, I’ve never actually been into Bridge Pizza during the day so maybe it does have better lighting than an underground speakeasy. There are more seating options, too. But the quality of the food is still stellar.
What You’re Eating
Instead of ordering a 12-inch pizza for a one -woman show, I opted for a single slice. Like the downtown location, the single slice case changes everyday (with the exception of the pepperoni and cheese staples). I tried their white sauce option, topped with house made Italian sausage, gorgonzola cheese and basil.
How’s It Taste?
New location doesn’t necessarily mean new taste, and honestly, I’m not mad. It’s still nothing short of delicious. I hadn’t eaten all day when I went to the Bridge, and I almost went back for a second piece. The sausage brought a crunch complementing all the other ingredients on the pizza. It’s something I would definitely try again.
Overall, the two locations are very similar. With a new location, Bridge brought a new menu to both spots. It took burritos off the menu (which sucks) and replaced them with $9 bowls, of which there are three options: French lentils, yellow onion, fresh basil, mint and parsley, a chickpea bowl stewed in a spicy tomato sauce with Greek yogurt and pickled red onions or local farro, tossed with beets and feta in an orange pistachio gremolata.
They say the sequel is never as good as the original, but for Bridge, it’s just as good. The only complaint I have is I prefer the South Higgins location simply because I can walk there, and I’m sure most students living on campus will find the South Higgins location more convenient. But for those who don’t live near downtown, the new location offers an alternative to shitty downtown parking. Also, a high speed car chase ended at the Brooks Street location on Friday evening, which is just like “2 Fast 2 Furious” but with pizza.