Review: U.S. Pizza Co. (Hillcrest)

I’ve eaten quite a lot of U.S. Pizza over the years, from their Dickson Street location while I was going to college in Fayetteville to their Fair Park location just a few blocks from where I work – but I think my favorite location of all remains their one in Hillcrest.  Saline County (our current home base) is about to get their first U.S. Pizza, so we thought we’d take a trip up to grab a bite and remind ourselves how good U.S. Pizza is.  The Hillcrest location has indoor and patio dining available, and fortified by a couple of the iciest mugs of Diamond Bear Pale Ale I’ve ever been served, we spent some time with the extensive menu.

The pizza at U.S. Pizza is great, but don’t worry if you’re in the mood for something other than a pie – there are enough sandwiches, salads, and appetizers on the menu to satisfy almost any taste.  Like many restaurants in central Arkansas, U.S. Pizza has a tasty cheese dip that makes a perfect addition to one of my favorite items on the menu: the Reuben, served up right on marbled rye and piled high with corned beef, sauerkraut, and cheese.  Other great sandwiches include the Meatball and the Philly Cheese Steak – these guys do sandwiches as well as they do pizza.  We were in the mood for some pizza today, though, so we opted to go with the Dave’s Favorite, a flavorful combination of Anaheim and jalapeno peppers with grilled chicken, tomatoes, fresh spinach and yellow squash piled high on U.S. Pizza’s signature thin crust with Alfredo sauce.  The pizza was a perfect balance of tangy tomatoes, spicy peppers, and savory chicken; the crust was crisp and held up very well underneath the weight of all those toppings.  This was the first time we’d ever ordered this particular pizza at U.S. Pizza and it quickly became one of my favorite pies I’ve ever eaten – the yellow squash was a delightful discovery.

U.S. Pizza is a rare example of an Arkansas-based restaurant chain, and the quality in food and service is fairly consistent across the board among the locations I’ve eaten at.  There are some pretty good pizza places here in Little Rock, but I think U.S. Pizza certainly belongs among the best of the best.  Fresh ingredients, unique and varied choices in toppings, and an extensive non-pizza section of the menu makes U.S. Pizza one of the most well-rounded pizza places around – with the best part being the fact that they can actually pull off such a diverse menu and make it all taste pretty good.  Prices are in line with any of the mainstream pizza joints you might have in mind, and the taste and quality is far beyond whatever they’re making at Papa John’s.  There are several locations around the state, so there’s bound to be one near you.  Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Review: U.S. Pizza Co. (Hillcrest)

  1. I really like USP’s salads and thought I could “do them better” at home. “Better” greens, more veg, etc. Turns out, their combination does not need fooling around with. Iceberg is not the most exciting of lettuces, but just like a good wedge, it’s great here. Multiple colors of peppers are just distracting and it’s hard to beat whatever ham they use.
    I’ve typically been a bit afeared of all kinds of yeastiness, so I’m not a pizza (or bread) maker. I doubt I’ll ever try to duplicate their pizzas. That being said, this month’s Bon Appetit has a Jim Lahey no-knead crust-based pizza. Can’t wait to try that. If you guys haven’t, I’m sure you’ll do well with it.

    • I just got this months Bon Appetit in the mail TODAY and was pretty pumped that it’s a pizza-themed issue! Haven’t had a chance to look through it, but the cover alone looks great. I’ve got a simple pizza dough recipe on here somewhere – it’s not hard at all.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Pingback: Quick Bite: The Sandwiches of U.S. Pizza Co. | Arkansas Foodies

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