Topping the Scale

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Posted September 17, 2009 in Eats

Some days all you need are food and drinks and that discrete location where all your problems can melt away in the array of friendly faces and quaint conversations. This is probably why “happy hour” was invented. But if you happen to find a place where the deals are good beyond that hour of delight and where people make you feel at home despite any animosity, the happy can last all day—that is, if you want it to.

 

In the midst of bars, coffee shops and retailers, in the downtown hodgepodge of Redlands, on the right side of the tracks is Jersey’s Pizza. This isn’t just any local mom-and-pop pizza joint; some would say it is the mom-and-pop pizza joint in Redlands. 

 

Decked with numerous examples of sports memorabilia on the walls and ceiling, the small restaurant situated perfectly off of Orange Street is a great location for catching up with old friends or watching a game—especially with its abundance of television screens positioned throughout the room. Although it may seem awkward at first to pick a table to sit at and then figure out where to order, someone always points you in the right direction. And if you happen to choose the bar, you are sure to be taken care of quickly. The dining area for first-timers is a little trickier to figure out—most order at the register.

 

Jersey’s offers many specials including a daily slice of pizza and soft drink deal for less than three dollars. There are also lunch and daily dinner specials. Aptly known for its pizzas, Jersey’s makes theirs fresh to order—the cheese is still oozing when it arrives at your table. You can mix and match ingredients to style your own pie or choose one from the menu in small, medium or large. But, the cheese alone is delicious enough. Jersey’s also offers traditional starters of bread sticks, cheese bread and garlic bread along with an array of fresh salads large enough for two. And like any Italian eatery, Jersey’s also serves pasta from spaghetti to manicotti to ziti. But the pizza is what you really want. 

 

To wash that all down, there is a large range of beers available from the locally brewed Hanger 24 to the commonly downed Blue Moon and Fat Tire on tap. What’s not on tap is even more impressive for a small pizza place and a bit mysterious, from Oregon micro brews to other more widely known small towners like Rolling Rock. Jersey’s also houses a small selection of wines and—for non-alcoholics—a good mix of fountain and bottled sodas.

 

While the offerings are plenty, Jersey’s is just one of those places you come to for the ambience; the food is just the icing on top. The bar is perfect for mingling, juxtaposed next to the main dining areas where tables can be left apart for couples and small groups or pushed together for larger crowds. And while families do come to Jersey’s, the place does have a bit of a college feel to it, especially after 8PM. 

 

Some nights are slow and good for a chill evening out. Other nights you might find yourself conversing with a local volleyball coach about the intricacies of life or discussing with the bartender the day’s drama.  And just when you thought you only came for a couple of beers, you end up staying for more than five. It’s just one of those places.

 

Jersey’s Pizza, 214 Orange Street, Redlands, (909) 335-7076, www.jerseyspizza.com. Mon-Fri, 10AM-11pm (may close later on Fridays); Sat-Sun, 10AM-midnight. AE, MC, V.


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