Review: Why Blaze is my new favorite pizza place


Blaze Pizza on Jan. 3.

I've never been a big fan of pizza. 

Though I'll indulge in a pizza every now and then, I typically find them too greasy or saucy, never eating more than a slice or two. 

However, with the recent hype last semester around Blaze Pizza coming to Mount Pleasant, I knew I had to step out of my comfort zone to try it out. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Blaze surpassed my expectations, offering something new to the area: a build-your-own-pizza, Subway-style pizza restaurant with a classy environment and amiable workers who aim to please.

I first entered the Mission St. location to find a line wrapped around the inside of the store, proving that Mount Pleasant residents were eager to try the new pizzeria as well. 

As I waited in line to make my order, I took in my surroundings and found that Blaze offers a nicer environment in comparison to its peer eateries. With good lighting, stainless steel appliances and modern tiling, it has a hip environment that college students will love. It earned bonus points for playing my favorite alternative rock tunes in the background.

Once warmer days roll around, Blaze offers a patio of outdoor seating so customers can enjoy their pizza in the sun. For those who are above the age of 21, Blaze offers a selection of beer and wine to pair with your pizza. 

I ended up ordering a signature pizza, which has now become my go-to order: a build-your-own-pizza with thick crust, Alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken and spinach. 

Blaze offers fairly decent prices for their pizzas: I ended up paying around $10 for my signature pizza. It was a little pricey for a 6-piece personal pizza, mostly because I paid $2 extra for the thick crust, but the added thickness was worth it for me. 

My only complaint about the restaurant would be the thinness of the pizza dough. While Blaze will please the thin-crust pizza lovers of Mount Pleasant, I personally love a thick, doughy pie. Customers must pay an extra fee to get thick crust in their pizza – although what Blaze calls "thick," I would only equate to an average-sized pizza crust. It's no Chicago-style pizza.

All-in-all, Blaze is now one of over a dozen pizza eateries in Mount Pleasant. It ironically sits right across the parking lot from the Mission St. Pizza Hut, so viewers can see a lack of customers at Pizza Hut while the line at Blaze grows. 

I was skeptical to what Blaze would have to offer before I tried it. Those who have watched the hit '90s show Seinfeld may remember the episode where Kramer has the idea for a build-your-own-pizza restaurant, which does not come to fruition when it's decided that "the people cannot choose what goes on their pizza."

I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. Blaze Pizza has now earned it's spot as My Favorite Pizza Place, a title I'm sure they are thrilled to have earned.