Out of the ordinary pizza parlor serves up out of this world pizza
–Alaska is ripe with numerous superlatives. It has the highest mountain, the most expansive open space, the largest variety of wildlife, the greatest oil reserves, the most incredible glaciers, but the best pizza? Not so much. To find the best pizza, meander over to the quaint little village of Arroyo Grande, home of Klondike Pizza.
Housed in the basement of an historic building on Bridge Street near the creek that flows through town, visitors will find a slice of the actual Klondike and a mystery they may or may not be able to solve. Upon entering, pass 10 framed pages, each telling a particular story as to how Mike and Pamela Dennis, the restaurant proprietors, came to meet and start Klondike back in 1988. Read the Original story and travel through the True, Valid, Authentic, Factual, Official, Genuine, Real, and Honest story, and discover why this is not an ordinary pizza parlor.
Pizza, salad, burgers and sandwiches
Enjoy shelling peanuts and throwing the remnants on the floor while the kitchen staff rolls out the pizza dough. All pizzas are made from scratch with homemade dough, made with a combination of white and whole wheat flour, and a choice of red sauce or garlic sauce. Toppings include pepperoni, sausage, bell pepper, mushrooms, black olives, onions, and authentic Alaskan reindeer sausage. The Chicken Cordon Bleu and the Buffalo Style chicken pizzas are popular choices.
A variety of burgers are also available, with names such as Yukon Jack (Canadian-style bacon and, of course, Jack cheese) and Cheechako (meaning ‘greenhorn,’ folks new to Alaska) with a choice of Swiss, Cheddar, or Jack cheese.
Chicken dishes include grilled chicken breast on a warm French roll and the Chicken Cordon Bleu with ranch dressing, Canadian bacon, and Swiss cheese. There’s also a teriyaki and barbecue chicken, and Hula Chicken with pineapple.
To round it out, the menu has grilled sandwiches of Alaskan reindeer sausage, Louisiana hot sausage, and an all-beef hot dog. Salads include: the dinner salad, garden salad featuring a variety of veggies, Chef Salad, Semi-Sicilian salad with salami, black olives, red onion rings, tomato and Mozzarella, and the Klondike Salad – served with mandarin oranges, almonds and sweet ‘n sour dressing.
Fun times for all
The video arcade room is sure to delight children of all ages. A vintage piano sits in the main room and, on the first and third Saturdays of the month, everyone gathers around and joins in for an old-fashioned sing along. Come around for the Tuesday Night Chowdown for All-you-Can-Eat; a delicious variety of pizzas are offered by the slice tableside, plus salad and garlic bread.
Be sure to look in the glassed-in display case to see the Arctic Trout, the only furry trout in the world; it could only come from Alaska. Take a few minutes to watch part of the epic 2-hour movie Pamela made about Alaska.
Klondike Pizza is located at 104 Bridge St. in Arroyo Grande; (805) 481-5228. And at 2059 S. Broadway in Santa Maria; (805) 348-3667. See klondikepizza.com for more info and a full menu.
–Ruth Ann Angus