This is another one of those by special request. And I mean by request over the past couple of years.
When I get to or end up in Owings Mills, I’m not always thinking about pizza. Then again, I’m not really thinking about anything. I’m here, I drive, I do things, and then I keep going about my business.
It’s an area I would be sentimental to, as you see, it was where I had my first grown up job, out of college. It lasted for a time, I left on good terms, and all the while I could see the writing on the wall. The area was growing, new buildings were well, being built; and more land was turning into corporate and professional entities. This is not a ran about progress or whatever you want to call it. It’s just an observation.
Many years later, here we are. More is coming. And that more of the past is Times Square Kitchen, in an area of Owings Mills where I don’t even recall what was there before, which makes believe there was lots of green, and lots of land to do what people choose to do with it. It’s there. I remember seeing it on the highway which feels like a different lifetime ago.
Nevertheless, there’s restaurants, a library, a branch of college, and a residential development up the street. I’m sure I’m missing a few things.
Before I lose track, the question always is, how was the pizza?
I found it missing something. Maybe it was the mood I was in, but it just didn’t wow me. And I gave everything a chance. I ordered a cheese, a white vegetable, and a buffalo chicken slice. So I tried to cover all bases.
The crust on all of these was again, fine. It just tasted like decent pizza. If you’re to rate a pizzeria by its cheese then it continues to the theme of an alright pie. The cheese is again, decent. It’s not that the cheese and sauce was bad (they make everything in house), it just lacked spark. I wanted to like this. I actually want to love everything I eat. If not, what’s the point of all this?
The white veggie was a bit overloaded. The crust wasn’t big enough to handle all this. And it’s a sizeable crust, but the whole didn’t equal the sum of those things. I’ve said it before, I think white is one of the more challenging slices to make. I think you can rate a place based on their blanca, as much as their plain cheese.
The buffalo chicken was a bit of a saving grace. I liked the shredded piece of chicken on top. The buffalo sauce was good, and this was a slightly better piece of pizza then its predecessors, but again the feel good story wasn’t there.
I haven’t been to New York in some time. But I’ve had great slices there. I’ve had great New York Style slices in various places, including Maryland. This doesn’t quite reach that.
Even though I didn’t love it this time, you may think otherwise. I’ve been told by several people that this is one of their favorites in the Baltimore area. It’s important to agree to disagree. We all shouldn’t like the same things. We all shouldn’t love the same things. That wouldn’t be fun.
There’s fun in respectfully disagreeing. There’s fun in sharing the love of pizza (among so many other things) with the people you love as well. It’s disappointing this one didn’t work out, but I’ll gladly give it another shot again down the line.
Many a time I’ve gone back a second or third time to many types of a restaurants (not just pizza) and was happier. One iffy visit isn’t going to stop me from coming back, just like one amazing visit somewhere else should sometimes be met with caution, depending on the place or scenario.
That’s what makes this all so fun. I shall revisit Times Square Kitchen down the line. Local business will always have my heart. I’m all about an encore.
Peace Be With You.