by Malena Lott
For the longest time, the only reason I went to 23rd street was to visit Cuppies and Joe, a little cupcakery that looks like you’ve stepped into your great-grandma’s
early 21st century farm house: old sofas and afghans and a collection of vintage tables and chairs with an old-fashioned at home feel. Then something strange started happening. All of these amazing locally-owned restaurants started popping up like Tucker’s Onion Burgers and Big Truck Taco’s. Cheever’s was already a staple for good quality food on the street since 2010.
The area has been in a renaissance for several years and with the purchase of the Gold Dome last year and its renovation set to be complete this spring, 23rd street is looking more like the “Uptown District” moniker for the area. Uptown 23rd is a group focused on promoting the vibrancy of the historic uptown area. They pull together resources to promote the businesses and area in general. It’s refreshing to see work being done north of Midtown – and honestly upkeep around the whole city is always a welcomed and worthy venture.
You don’t have to tell me twice to eat pizza, so when I saw Pizza 23 had opened at 600 NW 23rd in a refurbished building that’s a mixed use retail and office space, we put it on our Must Eat list.
Pizza 23 serves homemade pizza, fresh salads and offers wine and beer, including local options. To help you wait out your pizza being made for you, order an appetizer like the Rumble bread or Rib Tips, sip a beer or wine and love your company!
The vibe is contemporary with clean lines, white walls with black and white photography, red accent color, exposed beams and a few flat screens that thankfully they were not turned up loud.
Big kudos to 23rd street for taking care of historic architecture, one building at a time. It’s projects like these that inspire developers to want to come into the area and be a part of the action.
After you’ve eaten and drank to your heart’s content, you can visit Orange Leaf next door for some FROYO. What are you waiting for?