Speed, Style, Pizza- MOD Pizza Comes to San Antonio

*Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards in order to do a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

This past weekend MOD Pizza opened up it’s first location in San Antonio and we went to try it out. The first location is located in north San Antonio off of 281 near Stone Oak. They also have two more locations coming soon.

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When we walked into MOD Connor said, “I know why it’s called MOD Pizza; it’s because you can make it the way you want it.” At MOD you can create your pizza anyway you like with unlimited toppings for one price. We’ve been to other pizza places with a similar concept but what I really like about MOD was that they offer more than one size. You can get a mini, mod, or a mega pizza. You can even get any of those sizes as a salad instead of a pizza.

What we decided to do was order several mini pizzas to share along with garlic strips. They have a pizza menu of classics that you can try or you can build your own. We started off with 2 build your own pizzas and 2 classics.

To order your pizza, you get in line and tell them what size you want and whether you are building your own or getting a classic. They have all the toppings laid out and make the pizzas in front of you.

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From the classics I ordered #3 Tristan and #7 Dillon James.

From the classics I ordered #3 Tristan and #7 Dillon James.

After ordering your pizzas they go into the pizza oven which cooks them super fast.

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The seating area is a mix of taller tables with stools and regular tables. We started off at one of the taller tables but Connor wasn’t a fan of the stools, he wanted his chair to have a back, so we moved to a different table. There is also a patio outside with a few tables.

I like the fact that they have the Tower of Americas here because it's representative of San Antonio.

I like the fact that they have the Tower of Americas here because it’s representative of San Antonio.

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Now let’s move on to the pizza!

Here are the 4 pizzas all together.

Here are the 4 pizzas all together.

This one was a build your own.

This one was a build your own.

This was the 2nd build your own. I decided to get white sauce on this one because the boys typically like white sauce.

This was the 2nd build your own. I decided to get white sauce on this one because the boys typically like white sauce.

This one is #3, Tristan.

This one is #3, Tristan.

This is #7, Dillon James.

This is #7, Dillon James.

These are the garlic strips.

These are the garlic strips.

My favorite pizza was the Dillon James. It had a great flavor and I like the fact that these are nice thin pizzas. I also loved the garlic strips; they were delicious. The boys didn’t care for the pepperoni pizza with the white sauce so they decided to go build another pizza.

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This is what they ended up with- pepperoni, rosemary, oregano, and mushrooms on half.

This is what they ended up with- pepperoni, rosemary, oregano, and mushrooms on half.

This pizza was better than the other pepperoni we got. We thought that the white sauce wasn’t as flavorful as the red sauce.

The boys also ended up with cinnamon strips.

The boys also ended up with cinnamon strips.

Connor loved these. He’s a big fan of cinnamon and they were good.

Besides pizza, salad, garlic strips, and cinnamon strips, MOD also has milkshakes. We didn’t order one but they have them so that might be something to try next time.

If you’d like to learn more about MOD here is a bit more info:

ABOUT MOD PIZZA
The pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, MOD Pizza was founded in Seattle in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas and salads are made on demand, letting customers choose whatever they like from over 30 toppings, all for one set price. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that’s committed to being a force for good in the community – creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. MOD was recently ranked as America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic; earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list as one of American’s fastest-growing private companies in 2015 and 2016; and was recognized by Fortune as one of the 20 best workplaces in retail for its progressive hiring practices and career-growth opportunities. MOD has over 160 locations across 18 states and the U.K. To learn more, visit modpizza.com.

In the words of MOD Pizza, what’s your MOD?

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Have you tried the Lone Star Stack?

Last month McDonald’s launched the Lone Star Stack in Texas and Connor and I got to attend a VIP Tasting Party.

We usually only ever go to McDonald’s for breakfast so I had not had a McDonald’s burger in forever and Connor said that he’s never had one ever. I feel like he must’ve had one in a happy meal at one point but I guess he only ever orders nuggets.

When we arrived at McDonald’s we were sent upstairs to where the party was and Connor picked a table by the window to sit at. The tables looked really nice. They were set with Texas flag bandannas, blue flowers in red vases with a star tied around the vase, and the tasting menu.

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Trays of nuggets and salads were being passed around for the appetizer course. The first round of nuggets we received were with sweet and sour and Connor did not like the sweet and sour at all. We looked around to find him nuggets wit BBQ or ranch but couldn’t find any. Eventually though someone came around to our table with some.

The salads we received were ranch salads but there were supposed to be southwest salads as well. We never saw them though.

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While we were waiting for the main course we decided to go get our picture taken at the photo booth that was set up with the Lone Star Stack props.

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As soon as we finished with our picture the main course started to arrive. The fries arrived first and they were hot, fresh, and delicious. I think Connor finished all of his before his burger arrived.

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At last the Lone Star Stack arrived. The Lone Star Stack is 2 quarter pound beef patties, exactly 5 pickles, applewood-smoked bacon, 1 slice of white cheddar, 1 slice of american cheese, caramelized onions, and sweet onion BBQ sauce in between 2 slices of Texas toast.

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I’ve never had BBQ sauce on my burger so I wasn’t sure of how I would like that but I actually really liked it. I thought the Lone Star Stack had a really good flavor. The sweet onion BBQ sauce went really nicely with everything else and the burger was very well seasoned. I did take out the bacon though but that’s just because I don’t like bacon on my burger. I did try a bite with the bacon just to get the full flavor of the burger and it was fine but I prefer it without the bacon. Overall though, Connor and I both liked the burger.

While we were enjoying our Lone Star Stacks Ronald McDonald came by and took a picture with Connor.

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Once we finished our burgers we hung around awhile for some dessert. The first items that came by were chocolate shakes and chocolate chip cookies. Connor didn’t want either of those but I took both. Next was the strawberry banana smoothie and last was what Connor had been waiting for- the Oreo McFlurry.

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After dessert it was time to go. Connor and I had fun at the party and surprisingly I really liked the Lone Star Stack. If you’re in Texas and haven’t tried it yet make sure to do so soon because it’s only here for a limited time and then let us know what you think of it.

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El Gallito de Jalisco- San Antonio Food Truck

Recently we picked up dinner from El Gallito de Jalisco. El Gallito de Jalisco is a food truck that we’ve passed by many times. I had always wanted to try it but never actually remembered when thinking about what to eat. Then the other day we were driving and trying to figure out what to get to eat when I saw the food truck and we decided to stop.

 My picture of the truck is not that great. It was really busy when we were there so I had been waiting until there were no customers so I could take the picture. Finally it was clear and then I saw the man walking up and I thought I took it before he got there but apparently I wasn't fast enough.


My picture of the truck is not that great. It was really busy when we were there so I had been waiting until there were no customers so I could take the picture. Finally it was clear and then I saw the man walking up and I thought I took it before he got there but apparently I wasn’t fast enough.

El Gallito de Jalisco’s menu consist of mini tacos, regular tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, gorditas, and tortas. We ordered mini asada tacos and crispy tacos and we all shared.

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I’m a big fan of mini tacos and these were just as good as I was hoping they’d be. I don’t think the boys had ever had them before but they seemed to like them, especially Connor. I also enjoyed the crispy tacos. They were a nice small size as well. My favorite crispy tacos are from restaurants that use a picadillo with potatoes in it so these did not disappoint. The only thing I didn’t like was the salsa. We got both the regular red salsa and the salsa verde. They were just way too spicy for me so I couldn’t eat them at all.

El Gallito de Jalisco is on Huebner road in the north side of San Antonio. I was able to find a Facebook page for them if you’d like to check them out.

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Orderup San Antonio

Orderup is a restaurant in San Antonio with a menu that consists of pizza, burgers, and tacos.

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We attended a pizza for breakfast event in November. I’ve been meaning to write about it for quite awhile but keep getting behind. This was our first time at Orderup and we really enjoyed it. We got to try a lot of food and it was all very good.

We started off with the pizza.

The first one was the Green Eggs and Ham.  This one has eggs, ham, cheese, and avocado. It was very good. JT loved it.

The first one was the Green Eggs and Ham. This one has eggs, ham, cheese, and avocado. It was very good. JT loved it.

The next was the San Antonian. This one has sausage, eggs, jalapenos, and cheese. They only gave this one to the adults. I liked this one as well but the Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite.

The next was the San Antonian. This one has sausage, eggs, jalapenos, and cheese. They only gave this one to the adults. I liked this one as well but the Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite.

Next they brought out some chips and queso which we all loved.

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While the boys were eating the queso I also got a pulled pork taco.

The taco was really good as well and had a watermelon pico de gallo.

The taco was really good as well and had a watermelon pico de gallo.

Next up was burgers and fries.

There are holes in the middle of the table that are specifically for these cones of fries.

There are holes in the middle of the table that are specifically for these cones of fries.

I loved the sweet potato fries. The regular fries were good too but I happen to be a big fan of sweet potato fries.

I loved the sweet potato fries. The regular fries were good too but I happen to be a big fan of sweet potato fries.

Here is the cheeseburger. This was also very good.

Here is the cheeseburger. This was also very good.

By this time we were getting full but we still had one more thing coming.

Pepperoni pizza- We all took a slice of this and brought the rest home.

The pizza was also good but we took most of it home.

We were also sent home with some dessert.

We brought home cinnamon rolls. Connor loved these.

We brought home cinnamon rolls. Connor loved these.

We also brought home chocolate chip cookies. These were big, soft, chocolate chip cookies. JT loved them.

We also brought home chocolate chip cookies. These were big, soft, chocolate chip cookies. JT loved them.

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We really enjoyed our time at Orderup. Everything was really delicious and we’ll definitely be going back.

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Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

Last month my best friend, Roxie, treated me to dinner for Culinaria Restaurant Week at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery. Southerleigh is here in San Antonio at the Pearl.

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It’s fairly new…I’m not sure how new but it’s new enough that it was not on the map in the parking garage so it took the boys and I awhile to find it. Eventually we found it though and when we went in my friend was already seated and had ordered some cornbread.

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The cornbread was a little bit spicy but it was good.

Since it was Culinaria Restaurant week there was a special Culinaria three course menu to choose from. For the appetizer I chose the green salad with shaved radish, sweet onion, soft boiled egg, and white cheddar.

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For my entree I went with the 44 Farms NY Strip with BBQ glace and whipped potatoes. I was a little worried about this at first because they were only preparing this medium rare but it came out more done than I was expecting. The NY Strip was good. It had a nice flavor to it. The BBQ was good but I personally feel like it wasn’t necessary.

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Dessert was the milk cookies pot de creme.

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Roxie ordered the same entree I did but for her first course she chose the oven roasted beets with Texas goat cheese, lemon, and thyme. She let me try one of the beets and they were really good. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had beets but I liked these.

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Roxie also ordered a beer flight and the carrier it came in was really cute. The sides were carved to look like the building.

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The boys both ordered fish sticks, which were actually fish fillets rather than sticks. JT ordered his with mashed potatoes and Connor ordered bananas.

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The boys were also given pretzel dough to shape while we waited for our food. The pretzels were baked, cinnamon sugar was added, and they were given to them after dinner.

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JT's pretzel- JT was trying to make a J with his.

JT’s pretzel- JT was trying to make a J with his.

Connor's pretzel- Connor's is a two-headed sea dragon.

Connor’s pretzel- Connor’s is a two-headed sea dragon.

Southerleigh doesn’t serve regular sodas. They have the Maine Root sodas. The boys both ordered root beer and I got a Mexican cola.

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They also have water on the tables in a Southerleigh bottles.

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I really enjoyed our dinner at Southerleigh and would love to go back and try the other items on the menu.

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