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Foodie Favorites from A to Z: West Crust Pizza

When I was in elementary school, I was given pizza coupons to a local pizza joint for meeting reading goals – an appropriate motivator since I had a voracious appetite for both. Pizza has been my favorite food since I was old enough to form such opinions. In my mind it’s synonymous with birthday parties, weekends, nights without dishes to wash, a trip to Chicago (the to-die-for deep dish!!) and a summer I spent in Europe existing solely on the thin-crust margherita versions that were the most present (and cheapest) item on every menu. Aside from my very obvious appreciation for pizza, it’s a food that’s universally liked by young and old. So to have a pizza place in Lubbock that serves the No. 1 pizza in Texas according to Food Network is something both visitors and locals can get excited about. We stopped by West Crust Pizza for an inside look at what makes them – and their pizzas – so unique.

It’s designed as a dine-in experience.
So many of our pizza experiences these days begin with an online order and end with a tip to the delivery driver. But it’s the vision of owner Chris Lawrence to make pizza a dine-in experience again. With eclectic, West-coast décor and good tunes playing in the background, you get a little slice of experience to go with your order that’s worth skipping the online pizza tracker all together.

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Their menu.
While West Crust offers a create-your-own pizza option, their true specialty is making artisan pizzas. From a classic margherita with roma tomatoes, fresh basil on mozzarella and olive oil, to more adventurous menu offerings, you’ll find something to suit a variety of tastes, all made with fresh sauce and ingredients. During our visit we sampled a little bit of everything, even ordering up a half “The Beast” topped with pepperoni, philly steak, grilled chicken, Italian sausage – the dream of any traditional meat lover’s fan, and the seemingly opposite “Veggiepottomus” which holds its own in the toppings department. Other favorites include the “Hill Country,” a pizza pie with a little Texan flair, garnished with applewood bacon, glazed pecans, red onions and feta. (Owner’s Pro Trip: Try it with jalapenos). And we’ve already added the “Mac-Lovin’” to our must-try list. Bacon, mac-n-cheese ON a pizza?! Sold. View West Crust’s full (and continually growing) menu, here. Bonus: all the pizzas are available with gluten-free crust at no extra charge.

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West Crust gives back.
It’s not all about pizza and profit at West Crust. Just as unique as their menu items is the way they give back. As a former military man himself, Chris Lawrence offers 50 percent off orders for ex-military and first responders, and not just one day a week, but every day to show his appreciation. College students get an extra 15 percent off their orders. Lawrence has also implemented a “flyer fundraiser” to benefit various local organizations. Should someone spot a posted flyer, they can bring it in for a buy one, get one 50 percent off offer and West Crust will donate $5 per flyer to the organization listed. That’s a meal you can feel good about.

Double the locations, double the fun.
It’s now possible to curb your West Crust Pizza cravings on both sides of town. Earlier this year, West Crust opened a second location on West Loop 289, or if you’re in need of a reference point like me, it’s right next to Alamo Drafthouse and Twisted Root. Drop by soon and check it out!

This week, should you find yourself craving a slice or two, step out of your pepperoni-lined comfort zone and try something with a little artisan flair! You won’t regret it!

Fast Facts

  •  Location: 6012 82nd Street & West Loop 289
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Phone: 806.771.9378 (82nd Street Location) & 806.300.0052 (West Loop Location)
  • Wesbsite: www.westcrust.com