3542 Cottman Avenue
Druggies? Drew jee’s? Drow gee’s? Regardless of how it’s pronounced, we decided to savor one of the better-known pizza shops in Mayfair. Honestly, I’ve been living here my entire, sad and miserable life and I’ve yet to sample a Drougie’s pie. Just by logging onto their website, you’ll have a massive build-a-pizza workshop at your fingertips. Their various toppings, sizes and specialty pizzas are sure to keep everyone happy. French fry and cheese whiz pizza? Sure! Chicken finger and honey mustard pie? Why not?! Bacon and egg pizza? Uh huh! How about a gigantic 28” pizza? Yup! I was actually quite surprised at their selections. Since Plic and I are working 2 totally different and bogus work schedules this week, we decided to split the review up. I kept my picks simple, yet semi-extravagant. I went with a large half hot sausage and half hot peppers pie. Hot sausage as a topping is scarce, so seeing it on the menu was a sight for sore eyes. Kind of like not seeing the episode of full house where Michelle tanner falls off the horse and then turning on ABC family when it just so happens to be on.
First off, let me say this…Fuck all the haters on Facebook who spoke words of woe on this pizza. I don’t like to throw the word “perfect” or “best” around too often when it comes to pizza, but this was pretty damn close. I am fully aware that I may very well have made a few enemies with the previous statement but so be it. I don’t know if it was the combination of toppings or if it was because I was extremely hungry, but man was it good. The hot sausage was loaded with generously sized slices of spicy link sausage. Not crumbles or shavings, which I really enjoyed. The sausage had a little kick to it but not too much where I couldn’t enjoy that delicious meat in my mouth. The hot peppers weren’t the normal hot peppers you usually get on your cheesesteaks. They were actual red and yellow banana peppers. I was blown away at how great they tasted. Thinly sliced, super juicy and exploding with flavor. I even put a few little squirts of Frank’s Red Hot on both slices, which only enhanced my spicy topping experience. My only regret is that I should’ve combined the sausage and peppers. It probably would’ve been the super megazord of pizzas. I wouldn’t place their pizza under the “thin” category, but it was just the right thickness for my blood. The crust was blistered, blackened and crisped to perfection. It was a little on the thick side, but still bangin’.
I walked into Drougie’s half expecting slop, based off the reviews of some of our followers and yet I walked out of there EXTREMELY satisfied. I even stored their number in my phone because I know I’ll be placing some more orders in the near future. I’d recommend that particular pie to anyone looking for a great pizza to eat at home on a Friday night while watching lethal weapon 3. A round of applause is in order for the best pizza of 2012 thus far. Hats off from this Filipino Irishman.
“Let me get this straight… They opened a new pizzeria at Cottman and Frankford and named it Druggie’s? Yeah, that seems about right.” This was my exact reaction about three years ago when Drougie’s Pizza first set up shop. Skepticism doesn’t even come close to describing my initial feelings based on their name alone. Why would you want to cram another shoddy shop into a strip already clustered with subpar pizza? And furthermore, why would you give it such a terrible name? Many of the pizzerias on Frankford Avenue are notorious for not only serving some of the worst pizza around, but for lacking any sort of originality whatsoever. It was going to be an uphill battle for Drougie’s to impress this Dough Boy.
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience in a quaint pizzeria, you should probably look elsewhere. Drougie’s only has one table inside, and various employees and drivers usually occupy it. But that didn’t stop me from ordering a large pepperoni and eating it in my car! Although it had been quite a while since my last meal, the extra ten minutes spent waiting for this bad boy to cook was totally worth it.
I hardly hesitated to open the lid and dig right in after I jumped into my car. Word to the wise: Eating a fresh from the oven pizza in a Chevy Blazer isn’t exactly the ideal way to eat Drougie’s. A conglomerate of cheese, sauce and grease descended into the box with every bite, as my savage hunger caused me to tear through that pizza like a Kleenex at a snot party. (That’s a Simpsons reference, by the way.) It was cooked to perfection, with the semi-burnt edges and cheese almost reminiscent of a pie from Gino’s right down the street. However, the thicker crust and extremely greasy pepperoni hindered such a comparison. This pie was good, but definitely not on the same level as Gino’s.
Drougie’s Pizza was a much-welcomed change when compared to the rest of the crap served on Frankford Avenue. Decently priced, well proportioned and genuinely tasty, the competition could definitely learn a thing or two from Drougie’s. They’ll never be as good as Gino’s, but then again no other pizzeria in the neighborhood will be. There’s no shame in being runner up. Well done.