Before I moved to St. Louis, I only knew of deep dish and regular pizza. Once here, I learned to love thin crust and I thought that was the whole of the pizza world. Then I start Dave’s Cheap Eats and supporters of jj twigs bombarded me with comments and e-mails about their favorite restaurant. Their claim to fame is a deep dish thin crust pizza. Yes, deep dish and thin crust. jj twigs is in the St. Louis suburbs where Dougherty Ferry and Big Bend cross. Their strip mall location is small and inconspicuous, surprising for their large following which was evident on the Friday night we went. It was so full that we waited standing up in the dining room for about 15 minutes for a table. The hostess seated us at the tight table and our waitress promptly brought us out our drinks and silverware. While we had originally just planned to order the double decker pizza, we couldn’t pass up the chance to try fried cheese curds (check out my first experience with cheese curds at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, WI). While the $5.99 for an appetizer does not fall into the “cheap eats” category, it definitely fell into the good eats category. The curds were melted to perfection, held together by a freshly fried golden brown batter. This set the tone for their famous double-decker-thin-crust-acting-like-a-deep-dish-pizza.
At first glance, it looked like a not-that-deep-dish pizza. Then, I realized that the “deep” of the dish had come from the rolling together of the two layers of pizza crust. And that’s not all; on top of the pizza, they sprinkle dried Italian herbs so that you get an extra burst of flavor. Of course, you get the wonderful cheesiness flavor, too, but there’s still more. (Am I sounding like an infomercial yet?) The thin crust dough is sweeter than your average pizza dough, which adds another layer to their flavor. As an added bonus, the large was big enough to fill up our family of four. I’m sure the fried cheese curds help.
The one issue for making this a true cheap eats was the price. A large one topping was $17.29, before tax. Now, when I met Teresa, the owner and one of the people who wrote me about it, I told her it might not make the cut for Dave’s Cheap Eats because of the price. (And, no, I was not given any money, consideration, or even a take-out menu for writing this review!) Bethany, my wife, was quick to point out that this pizza was big for the four of us to have two slices, which means that the average entrée cost, considering we usually get two entrées for the four of us, was about $8.65, it made the $10 cut off, with room to spare!
Congratulations to Teresa and the rest of the great folks at jj twigs, you are the first recommended restaurant to be reviewed on Dave’s Cheap Eats!