An average Joe’s first experience with Mesa
If you ask any University of Minnesota student about dining establishments in the campus area that you should pay a visit to, you are likely to hear Mesa Pizza among the more common suggestions. Founded in 2006, Mesa has a proud legacy of atypical topping options, such as the widely popular macaroni pizza.
I decided to visit this famed hot spot in the heart of Dinkytown to see what all the fuss was about. I was not disappointed. Though there were only two other customers in the building—one of whom was taking a snooze—it had a lively atmosphere due mostly to the exuberance of the multicolored walls.
The prices were reasonable for the novelty of a guacamole burrito pizza.
The counter displayed an array of the most bizarre and unique pizza topping combinations imaginable, such as potato and pasta (yes, pasta on top of the pizza). The staff was particularly helpful in the navigation of the selections; when I pointed out a particularly healthy-looking pizza, they informed me that it was “Spinach Mush.” I was shocked by this naming as I thought it was a fine-looking slice, until my companion pointed out that it contained mushrooms. I was a bit put off when the employees told me they were out of drinks that night, but my discomfort was alleviated when they proceeded to inform me what a joke was.
The prices were reasonable for the novelty of a guacamole burrito pizza. My entire meal cost me exactly five dollars. Beside the register, there was a tip jar that read: “Your donation funds important alcohol research.” Not only did I have a delicious meal, but I was able to contribute to science, adding to my overall good feelings about the place.
The seating options were quite varied as well, with the choice of bar stools facing the wall or bar stools facing the window. I chose a seat by the window and had a lovely view of a bike being stolen across the street.
Not only did I have a delicious meal, but I was able to contribute to science…
The building is well equipped for studying, though the outlets are several feet above the counters. These are easily accessible by standing on the countertop to plug in electronics.
Mesa Pizza is within easy walking distance of Insomnia Cookies, so you may enhance your dining experience with a dessert. It is clear from such a successful outing that Mesa Pizza isn’t leaving anytime soon.