It was a first job, peeling potatoes, when two teenagers bonded and dreamed of someday opening their own restaurant. The two boys would grow up and realize their vision in Spud Brothers Pizza, a Hawaiian themed pizza parlor on Center Street next to Target. Personally, I never understood the connection between pizza and the small island state but pineapple and ham has become a mainstay on pies all over America. In Australia, a much bigger island, Hawaiian pizzas make up 15% of all sales. The first thing I noticed about this place was the excellent customer service. The young man at the counter was helpful and knowledgeable when taking my order for a medium pepperoni pie for $14.99. In the open kitchen, the owner was carefully putting toppings on orders while a number of customers streamed in from the bar next door and the lottery room walled off behind the counter. The dining room is set up in a luau theme with exotic bird painted on the walls and bamboo siding. The pizza arrived with a generous portion of cheese and pepperoni, leaving almost no room for crust. It was well made but unfortunately didn't taste like much. Lacking personality, it reminded me of unmemorable pizza that I've eaten in my life. 10 slices was much more than I could eat and it was good enough to save for leftovers the next day. I was also told that the Spud Bros own a parlor in downtown Stayton called Ugo's.
3862 Center St.