Upper Crust Wood-Fired Pizza has 3 locations in Oklahoma. Delicious thin-crust pizza is the star of the show. Try one of the 11 classics, or build your own.
Every August my parents come to Stillwater to visit for a couple of weeks. They’ve been to nearly every OSU bowl game, but have never attended an OSU home football game. This year they came to town later in the month, to stay through the first home game. August is always such a ridiculously crazy time of year for me, but I have to admit it’s nice to have someone there when I get home.
Their flight arrived late afternoon, so it timed perfectly to stop in Edmond for dinner before heading to Stillwater. I have a list of restaurants to revisit for better blog pictures, so that’s where I always start. Upper Crust Wood-Fired Pizza is on the list, I haven’t eaten there in almost 2 years, and my parents like pizza, so it was an easy decision.
Upper Crust has locations in Edmond, Tulsa and OKC. Upper Crust is part of the Hal Smith Restaurant Group, a collection of casual and upscale restaurants primarily in Oklahoma. I’ve written reviews of several restaurants in the group, including Mama Roja, Charleston’s, Hefner Grill, and The Garage. Louie’s is the only Hal Smith restaurant in Stillwater, though any one of them would do very well in town.
My parents and I actually visited the OKC location when they came to town for a bowl game a couple of years ago, but this was our first visit to the Edmond location. It’s a stand-alone building in a strip mall near downtown Edmond. It was packed when we arrived at 7:30PM, no surprise for a beautiful Saturday night.
The building is large and quite spacious, with tall exposed ceilings. There is a large bar area to the left as you enter the building, and the main dining room is on the right. There is also an outdoor patio with seating for about 24 on the right side of the building. The open kitchen is at the back of the building, and there is also a wine room at the far end.
Upper Crust is open daily for lunch and dinner. The Upper Crust menu is pretty simple, featuring appetizers, soups & salads, pizza, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. On the beverage side, Upper Crust offers signature cocktails, beer, and wines by the glass, bottle, and even small bottle.
We started with the appetizer special of the evening, red pepper hummus
The hummus is delicious. The red pepper adds a wonderful flavor to the hummus, and I like that they add red pepper on top as well. The pita is warm and soft, and tastes freshly baked. The warm pita bread is such a great contrast to the cold hummus. We finished the pita pretty quickly and still had hummus left over, so our server brought us more
I don’t care what anyone says…there is no such thing as too much warm, fresh bread. We did have to stop ourselves from eating all of it though.
One of my favorite things at Upper Crust is the Farmer’s Market salad. The salads come in 2 sizes, and our server said the Big would be perfect for us to share
The plates are ice cold, which keeps the salad nice and cold while you eat. We always get dressing on the side; my mom barely eats any dressing at all, and I like to determine how much to add. This vinaigrette has a little thicker consistency than others I have had, and has a wonderful flavor. The tart fuji apples add such a wonderful contrast in flavor to the rest of the salad ingredients. I’m not a huge fan of walnuts, but I’ll eat any candied nuts. I love goat cheese, and there is just enough to add good flavor, without being overwhelming.
Upper Crust has 11 Upper Classic pies, and you can also choose your own toppings. You choose sauces, cheese, meats, and “stuff”. My parents are vegetarian, so we went with the LK pizza. I don’t do eggplant, so we eliminated that and added spinach. Our server asked if we wanted the spinach cooked, or just topped with spinach at the end. We decided on the raw.
We were caught totally off-guard with a pile of raw baby spinach on top. I guess I was expecting them to add the spinach maybe in the last minute or so of cooking. I think I would prefer it cooked.
The pizza was delicious. I’m not usually a fan of thin-crust pizza, but this one is really good. The combination of vegetables works really well together, and I love the addition of goat cheese. Upper Crust only offers one size of pizza, and it was the perfect size for the 3 of us to share.
Our server asked if we wanted the cookie pie for dessert. The cookie pie is fabulous, and we had it last time. But since we had an appetizer, we skipped the pie. Next time, I would skip the appetizer.
Will I go back to Upper Crust? No question. I need to remember to go more often, because I really like the food and the atmosphere. I say I need to try a sandwich or entree, but the pizza calls my name more loudly. No matter what, I have to get the cookie pie.
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