Eating Edmonton: The Rock Wood Fired Pizza

Classic rock. And pizza.

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rockA new location on 137th Ave in Edmonton offers up a cool decor, good music, excellent pizza and some really good micro brews. The interior of the bar area is cave-like, with all exposed brick and dim lighting, highlighted by the massive neon signs promoting the various beers the place has to offer. Graffiti on the walls and a reasonable amount of seating (they probably should have gone with smaller tables to get more parties of people in, but that’s a small gripe) makes the place a cool one to hang out in. It avoids the cheesiness of something similar, like a Hard Rock Cafe.

The main draw here is the wood fired pizza. And it is worth the hype. We tried out two kinds, the perfectly seasoned and not-too-spicy Crazy Train and the sweeter and cheesier Founders Pie. Both were absolutely delicious (and tasted great as cold leftovers the next day, as well, something that is very important with pizza). At about $20 for a medium pie, the prices are reasonable, and good when considering the quality and comparable pizzas out there.

TheRock_Food_FramedThe beer was really good as well. Both of us were drinking the Suicide Blonde beer, a lightly coloured and tasty brew. I would definitely go back for more of it. The prices on drinks were reasonable as well, at just under $4 for a 16 oz beer. There is also the option to go for the 22 oz for a little more than a dollar more. Next time I go, it will be tempting to try out their beer sampler, to test out the different beers they have to offer.

At a newer place, often it seems like they would be disorganized or poorly trained, but that isn’t the case at The Rock. The waitresses were quick, attentive, friendly, and cute. Not much more to ask for, is there?

Overall, this place is one to head back to. The food is outstanding, and it is nice to be somewhere where you don’t have to listen to annoying pop songs. Give me Zeppelin, Sabbath, and Clapton any day of the week.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

I had to debate a fair amount if I should get tickets to Black Sabbath or not. I am still a bit of a metal head, and love that these classic bands are still doing the rounds. I have to say that I was impressed with their latest album, 13, which still maintains a lot of the feel of their old music. But still I wondered if I should spend the money to go, plus endure the inconvenience of having to ever attend something at Rexall Place.

blacksabbathThe largest decision was weighing my dislike for Ozzy Osbourne with the fact that we may never get the chance to see this band again. I was never a fan of Ozzy’s solo career, and his voice is far and away the worst thing about Sabbath, in my opinion. Yes, he gave personality to the band, and he is definitely an iconic frontman, but I never really got on board with his voice or his consistent, follow-the-guitar, vocal rhythms. Plus, the fact that he ended up being little more than a reality show cartoon character really turned me off of him.

But, let’s be honest. This is Black Sabbath. A pioneer band, without whom we would not have seen so many great metal acts follow in their footsteps. They may never tour again, so I am glad to get a piece of it while I can.

Now, I just need to keep my fingers crossed, as they already have been since I developed a taste in music, that there will someday, somehow be a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.