Downtown DC has a lot going for it: free museums, great restaurants, pretty monuments, etc. One thing that is lacking, however, is an abundance of restaurants that deliver. In our delivery area there are a couple of Chinese places, Papa John's, Domino's, and a Thai place or two. With the exception of the randomly awesome deep dish pie we had delivered from Alberto's, the pizza delivery options are not exciting.
Fuel Pizza recently opened on K Street and instantly boosted the neighborhood delivery pizza landscape. Fuel was started in Charlotte by guys who wanted New York style pizza in North Carolina. They now boast 9 locations and will be opening their 10th near the Verizon Center soon. The K Street location (in that old 2 story Burger King spot near 16th street) is their first foray into the DC market. They earn major bonus points from me for offering easy online ordering and local delivery.
You can go on their website and schedule your pizza delivery in advance. For example, if you know you're going to be home from work at 8:00 pm, you can go online that morning (or the day before even) and order your dinner so it will be home when you are. My favorite part? You can add the driver's tip on your credit card online so you don't have to worry about having the right amount of cash on hand. So convenient.All this talk about their awesome delivery service is pointless if their pizza sucks. Luckily, we very much enjoyed our large cheese pizza on hand-tossed NY-style crust. It wasn't fancy but was exactly what we needed after a long day at work.
My two quibbles with the order were:
- the pizza wasn't very hot. It was warm but I wish they invested in some of those fancy Dominos-style heated bags.
- the spinach salad was way too small for the $6 price tag.
Second Thoughts from B
You don't get pizza delivery because you want a mind-blowing culinary experience. More than likely you had a long, hard day and don't want to do anything other than sit on your couch in your pajamas and stuff your face like a college freshman. While I'd like to think that we have refined the process through the years, the fact remains that maximizing convenience is the name of the game.
Fuel seems to have embraced this wholeheartedly. Winner, winner, pizza dinner.