Spud Brother's Pizza

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.
503-378-7783

11 comments:

KandN said...

Does unremarkable pizza make you crave a better pie?
We bought a beautiful take & bake Margarita pizza from Costco last night. It was pretty bland.

Salem Man said...

No, I haven't craved pizza again and definitely not costco pizza. I guess I've become a pizza snob lately.

Anonymous said...

For pizza in Salem, just go to Straight from New York, Christos, or Apizza in Stayton. These three pizza places are excellent. If you're craving Oregon style pizza, then go to Paddington. Forget the rest.

KandN said...

You're right anonymous. I was lured by that beautiful pizza at Costco mainly due to the convenience factor; it was getting late, I was tired and we didn't feel like running another errand.

Anonymous said...

I haven't been to Spud Brothers, but Ugo's has been a family favorite of ours for a long time. It's spendy but the ingredients are plentiful and high quality. Interestingly, I think the worst pizza I've ever had was at Paddington's - don't ever order their taco pizza!

Salem Man said...

I think taco pizza is a bad idea anywhere.

'laina said...

Oh lord, I love me some taco pizza from Paddingtons. It's the Dorito's, I just know it. All the fresh veggies. The taco sauce. Yum.

Anonymous said...

I have been to Spud Brothers on several occations and found the pizza to be fresh and tasty. Prices are reasonable and service was great AND leftovers are always tasty!

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised. I always liked paddingtons but now i'm split between Straight from NY and Spud Bros pizza, i think both are top notch, and different styles too, NY for the thin and spuds for the in between, not too thick, not too thin, perfect dough love it

Anonymous said...

Well apparently Apizza in Stayton didnt agree with too many....as the doors are now closed! Ugo's in Stayton has always been a favorite. Spud's has Great pizza at reasonable prices!
Straight from New York is also great!

Chuck Bradley said...

I tried a by-the-slice piece at Spud Brothers today. An Anon had mentioned it in the Brick Brothers thread and I realized I'd never tried it. I thought the comparison was odd since BB is a take-and-bake only place. I know by-the-slice is probably not the best way to gauge a Pizza joint’s quality, but I wasn’t up for hauling most of a Pie home. I thought it was just OK. Paddington’s, Walery’s and Michelangelo’s are all a cut above what I had today. (As is Brick Brother’s, assuming I do my part.) The counter guy was very helpful and enthusiastic. Also, a run over the carpeted areas with a vacuum would have enhanced my first impression. I’ll try them again with a lunch companion and see if a pie, fresh from the oven, speaks to me.