Is there anywhere I won’t eat and write about? No, definitely not as proven by this review. Papa Murphy’s is an American pizza chain which makes fresh pizza’s and sells them uncooked for you to take home and prepare yourself. Founded in 1981 in Hillsboro, Oregon Papa Murphy’s is now based out of Vancouver, Washington with over 1150 stores in 35 states and 14 stores in Canada. I am no stranger to the Surrey Location at Fraser Highway and 188th Street as it’s right in between my home base and the In-Laws house making it an easy dinner solution for those days when you just don’t want to make something yourself.
For just under $18 I came home with a large pepperoni pizza, cheesy bread with dipping sauce, a bottle of coke and a small tub of cookie dough to make dessert. All of the pizzas come on a special paper tray designed to cook to the pizza on but be warned, it’s a little hard to safely remove the pizza from the oven on these flimsy paper trays. The Cheesy bread is a pizza crust with Cheese and some seasoning on it and comes with marinara dipping sauce. It is much better than most other cheese bread/bread sticks you get from other chain and cooking it at home means it’s very fresh.
The pizza is really quite good as far as chain pizza joints go. It would be impossible to get the quality of somewhere like Royal Oak Pizza in this multi store, mass-produced format but they come surprisingly close. The crust rises nicely as long as you keep a watchful eye on air bubbles and pop them with a knife as soon as they appear. The sauce is not too salty as is the case from most large chains and the pepperoni and cheese seem to be of decent quality.
The cookies are your typical pre-made dough type and are exactly what I expected. The only problem I had was making the dough balls the right size as most of them ended up square shaped from running into each other on the cookie sheet.
Over all this is the best Large chain pizza around and has the added gimmick of “Take and Bake”. Papa Murphy’s is Zagat Rated and has won Best pizza Chain in America every year since 2003 from Restaurants & Institutions magazine, which folded in 2010 so I would assume the streak is over.
I hope everyone had a great New Year!