Hey, I don't create food trends — I just report on them.
That's what I often find myself telling my fish oil-supplementing, yoga-practicing mother when she advises me "not to make a habit" of eating the more indulgent creations I've sampled for this column.
(Oh, so perhaps I shouldn't integrate a hamburger topped with chocolate syrup and processed cheese into my everyday diet? Thanks for the sage advice, Mom.)
I'm guessing I'll probably hear more of the same in a few days when Kathy gets around to reading this week's Off the Beaten Plate, featuring a pie simply called "Ranchalicious."
Apparently, dipping and/or drizzling pizza in ranch dressing is a thing. Pyramid Pizza's hearty creation takes that to the next level, slathering on ranch dressing in place of marinara sauce and loading it up with chicken, mozzarella and bacon (what else?).
A generous helping of diced tomatoes fill in for the marinara sauce, and give the pizza some nice color and acidity.
Where to get it: Pyramid Pizza, 1029 Massachusetts St.
What you'll pay: $12.99 for a medium
Try it with: This thing is incredibly rich, needless to say, so... a salad? Green, leafy vegetables of any sort? A colon cleanse? I don't know.
Also on the menu: Appetizers galore, from the popular Bonez ("a better version of breadsticks," Pyramid's menu boasts) to bar favorites like jalapeno poppers, buffalo wings and onion rings. Plus, sandwiches, desserts, and, of course, pizzas — either by the slice or whole pies. Build your own or choose from one of Pyramid's many specialty options, including the Cream Cheese Delight, West Coast Style and Philly Cheesesteak.
— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat item we should check out? Email reporter Joanna Hlavacek at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Check back weekly and monthly, respectively, for more Off the Beaten Plate and Lawrence Libations.