Our stomachs were growling, as we neared Monmouth. With a half day of traveling and packing up under our belts, all four of us were ready for a break. Seemed like the perfect time to park the truck on West Main in Monmouth and give Yeasty Beasty Pizza a try.
Like many of you, our tribe already has a few local favorite pizza places, so comparisons are inevitable. Our goal was to evaluate Yeasty Beasty on it's own merits and after months of reading their daily specials, I was fairly certain this wasn't going to be a tough job. On our walk to their entrance, we couldn't help noticing a sign on the reconstruction next door (where the Indian restaurant was before the fire): "West Coast Pizza coming this summer!" Two pizza places in one small town block? That doesn't seem like a wise decision for anyone. May the best pizza win?
We were warmly welcomed upon entering the building and invited to choose a table. Our waitress wasted no time in educating us about their taps and menu offerings. We followed her over to the bar and listened as she gave us a tour of the 16 taps. That day there were two ciders, three offerings from Stone Brewing, two from Deschutes and nine other northwest beers. After getting a taste, we made our selections and began the family negotiation over which pizza to order. The special of the day was a pesto vegetable combination. We decided to order half of the special and half of the BBQ Chicken & Bacon.
While we sipped and chatted, we noticed a Bob's Red Mill sign on the wall along with an Eola Wine display. Local offerings are always a nice touch, as well as the display of coloring sheets near the kitchen. Our waitress brought out napkins, paper plates and packets of red pepper flakes and soon after--our pizza.
The crust was lightly browned, sturdy enough for the toppings yet tender enough for biting. The sauce, meat and vegetables all appeared fresh and appetizing. Neither N nor I would characterize the sauce on the BBQ Chicken & Bacon as barbecue, but it did have a nice flavorful tang. Overall, the pizza was good and nicely made. The pesto vegetable was my favorite of the two. The combination of flavors was a hit with everyone's taste buds.
Yeasty Beasty also serves salads, sandwiches and dessert, plus I understand other menu additions are in the works. Check them out and check back in to tell us what you think.
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167 Main Street West, Monmouth, OR.
Mon.-Sun.- 11:00 am - 10:00 pm