Food Porn: Chappies Northtown Pizza

UPDATE: Chappies has since closed.

On my lunch breaks I occasionally drive around looking for new places to eat hoping something catches my eye.  Last week I saw a sign on Transit for Chappie’s that was advertising their grand opening.  Now a new pizza place wouldn’t really draw much attention, but I couldn’t remember the last time I went to a pizza lunch buffet, which they were also advertising on the sign.  Maybe the pizza wouldn’t be that great but at least I’d get a good deal.  After trying their buffet, I also made another trip to try their Chicken Finger Sub (their May special was 3.99 for the full sub).

Chappie’s is located in the former Papa Leo’s location on Transit Rd, I’ve visited several of the restaurants in that area but was never been enticed by Papa Leo’s $4 pizza lunch special that was prominently advertised on the outside.  The inside has a fairly large dining room with a couple tables and several booths but on both of my visits there was no one else dining inside.  They also had a very large television that was playing Sportscenter while I dined inside both times.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual, Lunch Buffet
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Location: East Amherst
  • Prices: Buffet ~$6, Subs $5+

Their lunch buffet is located in the rear of the restaurant; when I visited they had three different types of pizza, ziti with mozzarella, french fries, mini onion rings, chicken bites and an entire salad bar that I didn’t touch.  I lucked out because the food was very fresh when I got there for an earlier lunch (a little before noon) and they just filled the pasta and chicken bites station.

The pizza was pretty bad.  I tried their Buffalo Chicken, White and Pepperoni pizzas (left to right below) and the biggest complaint for all three slices had to be the crust.  It tasted like a bread stick, the texture was off and the chewiness of the crust was almost non-existent.  The Chicken Finger pizza had a lot of blue cheese with no tomato sauce and was fairly greasy.   The white pizza had a lot of onions and big slices of tomato but otherwise a little plain and lacking a strong flavor.  The regular pepperoni had a really sweet sauce but the pepperoni was larger and thinly sliced, (my personal preference is the smaller crispy cups) also there was a funky sweet after taste that I wasn’t a big fan of.  The french fries were pretty standard but nice and crispy and their chicken bites had a nice medium sauce coating and was the only thing I considered going back for seconds on.

They were running a very cheap deal for their first month and I decided to take advantage of their 3.99 Chicken Finger sub deal.  It was a pretty good sub, albeit a little small but the lettuce and tomato were fresh, the bun toasted and the chicken finger was fried nicely with a good amount of medium sauce.  Not the best I’ve ever had, but certainly not the worst.

The visit to Chappie’s wasn’t too memorable but if you desperately want to fill up on chicken bites, salad and french fries their lunch buffet isn’t a horrible deal but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there.  Unfortunately, their pizza was pretty bad and considering what you can get from Bocce (which is a short drive away) then I can’t imagine why someone would come here for a slice.  That said, the Chappie’s ownership has only been in this location for a short period of time and their pizza could change over time, but until someone tells me otherwise I won’t be back.

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