One Dude's Pizza Co.Publish date: Mar 14, 2021
Tags: Pizza Layton Utah
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
21 Main Street
Layton, UT 84041
I came across One Dude’s Pizza Co. about a week ago while I was driving around town. Initially I didn’t take much notice because it seems like any other independent pizza joint. It wasn’t until I read the bottom of their logo that I knew I found something unique. The phrase “Home of the Waffle Crust” drew me in like a moth to a flame. Could it be someone finally combined the awesomeness of crispy golden brown waffles with the awesomeness of pizza? I had to know more. It wasn’t until I perused their menu that I knew I stubbled upon a pizza restaurant with the potential to be something special.
Before we get into the review lets first discuss the structural integrity of waffles. Waffles are lightweight yet strong enough to support bulky objects do in part to their grid like pattern offering two directional reinforcement. In construction the rigidity of a waffle pattern is controlled through the use of concrete and rebar, in cooking the rigidity is controlled by the cooking time. If you don’t cook your waffles long enough, you end up with sad soggy waffles and no friends. Too long and you end up burnt waffles that can support the weight of an elephant that no one wants to eat. Using a waffle for your pizza crust is a bold move to perform, and an even more difficult one to correctly execute. If One Dude’s Pizza Co. is able to consistently create pizzas that use a perfectly baked waffle crust. Then they have potential to make a pizza that can stand up to the weight of a massive number of toppings. Let’s take a look at how well their crust held up.
Before ordering my pizzas I was under the impression that the crust was created from some type of homemade batter or something premade like an Eggo Waffle. Next the rest of the toppings were placed onto the waffles and baked together. Upon more thorough inspection this isn’t the case. The crust retains the taste of pizza dough and is considerably heavier than waffle batter. As seen from the photo above when baked correctly the crust takes on an attractive golden brown color that offers a satisfying crunch alone with a warm soft interior. With waffles made from traditional batter, you get a gentler and airy quality than you do from this waffle crust. This isn’t what I was expecting, but I wasn’t disappointed. Personally I like thin crust pizza and my family enjoys thick crust pizza. The Dude’s waffle crust blends the best of both worlds into something we were all happy with. The most constant comparison I could consider would be a pizza with a flatbread crust.
However, there are a number of variables in play when making a pizza that make if difficult to produce consistent results. Sauces, cheeses, and other toppings vary in so much that it’s difficult to dictate a standard method of cooking that will yield the identical results for each pizza. In the picture located above, you can see the crust of my pizza is pale and soggy in appearance. This is the Biscuits & Gravy pizza I ordered and it uses country gravy for is sauce. The gravy being much thicker and heavier than traditional tomato sauce clearly is in need of more baking time. If One Dude’s Pizza Co. is like most pizza joints, they presumably use a conveyor belt oven. And don’t have much control over the speed at which each pizza is sent through. This is speculation of my part since the kitchen is walled off from the rest of the restaurant. But this most likely explains the inconsistency in doneness of each of the pizza I ordered. This underbaked crust resulted in a slice of pizza that needed to be folded in half to be eaten. Something that I’m not a fan of.
Another fascinating thing that sets One Dude’s Pizza Co. apart from its competitors is their creative combination of toppings for some of the pizzas they sell. They, of course, have more traditional topping combinations, but they offer some are down right strange. For example the Pizza of the Week, the Volcanic Island, featured shaved coconut. This isn’t something I would have never considered as a pizza topping, but it now has me intrigued. For my order I opted for the Biscuits & Gravy, Funeral Potatoes, and Spicy Chicken ‘N Waffles pizzas.
Each pizza tasted good but the overall experience of eating them varied. I’ll start with the Biscuits & Gravy pizza since out of the three it was my faviote but just slightly over the Funeral Potatoes. Due to the gravy sauce this pizza’s crust the most underbaked and require that each piece be folded to be eaten. The pizza tasted just like biscuits and gravy and I guess with it’s soggy crust you could say that it most closely mimicked the food that it was based on. Personally I could used more sausague pieces and a crispier crust, but it was spot on with it’s recreation of the flavour of biscuits and gravy.
Next up was the Funeral Potatoes pizza. If you are unaware funeral potatoes, continue to be a staple of funerals in Utah. Lots of births, deaths, and funeral potatoes out here. Once again this pizza was an accurate representation of the food that inspired it, although the flavor was overwhelming when compared to the biscuits and gravy pizza. The waffle crust on this pizza was baked to perfection. It held up well to the massive number of toppings upon this pizza and produced that wonderful crunchiness I was hoping for. The one thing that disheartened me about this pizza was how quickly it turned into an unpleasant experience while eating it. As it cooled off it congealed and presented me the impression I was eating day old funeral potatoes straight from the fridge. Once this happened, I lost my appetite for this pizza.
Last up was the Spicy Chicken ‘N Waffles pizza. I’m a sucker for Chicken ‘N Waffles and will order it whenever and wherever it’s on the menu. I was under the impression that this would be similar to traditional chicken and waffles since I initially thought The Dude’s waffle crust was made from waffle batter. However, I was incorrect. I was disappointed that the chicken on this pizza wasn’t fried. And even with the inclusion of a maple drizzle the pizza tasted more like a BBQ chicken pizza than Chicken ‘N Waffles. Don’t misunderstand me; the pizza was still delicious and somewhat crispy. It merely wasn’t what I desired in a pizza based off Chicken ‘N Waffles.
Enough about the food let’s examine the rest of my experience. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this restaurant was pick-up only. Ordering was online and extremely simple, and it scarcely took thirty minutes for my pizzas to be ready once I placed my order. I opted for three personal sized pizzas and as you can see they are relatively substantial with two reasonable adults being able to share one pizza without felling hungry afterwards. The price for the personal sized pizza was completely reasonable too with most manging between seven and eight dollars.
All things considered I like the concept behind the waffle crust, but I don’t think it can be consistently baked correctly given the variance in pizza toppings. If you find the crust on your preferred pizza is golden brown then, you’re in luck. If not you may be a bit underwhelmed. To me the waffle crust is more a gimmick than a feature of these pizzas. I do find it charming One Dude’s Pizza Co. is offering pizza topping combinations that you wouldn’t typically see. That alone makes it unique. In closing I liked One Dude’s Pizza Co., but only as a novelty. If you want to get together with some friends and try out wacky pizzas then this is a decent restaurant to order from. In the future I may do that as well, but Once Dude’s Pizza Co. is not becoming my go-to place for pizza.