Reading Week is rough. Sigh.
Seeing as GOT7's < 7 For 7 > Showcase involved me awaking to roaring, rainy gusts in the wee hours of the morning, motivation to embark on CBR- and steel member calculations was in absolute absence. We set out for a brisk trip up north instead.
Two failed attempts later, Pie Wood appeared on our radar. A quick call to the establishment confirmed their operating status, and off we went.
A similar case lay with the restrooms. With the exception of an air jet hand dryer, the facilities were generally weathered: trickling streams from the faucet rendered hand-washing inefficient, while sliding locks had been relocated to the lower quarter of the plastic door for reasons beyond me. Flushing capabilities were also compromised by aged toilets.
As the name suggests, Pie Wood's specialty lay with wood-fired pizzas. Prior to stepping foot inside the establishment, I anticipated carb-laden mounds presented in a similar fashion to Goodfellas. The products we received, however, were far more enjoyable that I would have imagined. All dishes were absolutely wonderful and completely deserving of their top rank on Yelp amongst Downtown Barrie restaurants.
The Big Quack Pie was my pick and featured smoked duck breast, shredded romaine, and a pale orange drizzle of dill mustard aioli. While creamy, the flavours within the aioli were not particularly distinct. This did not matter significantly, for all other aspects of the pizza exceeded expectations greatly. An impeccably thin, crispy crust caught my attention first, followed by the luscious, smoky strips of duck. One can consider this a "levelled-up" prosciutto with lower sodium content. Romaine added freshness without distracting from the main palette.
Draft and non-alcoholic beers were also available for purchase. The latter import variety was on the odd side of the spectrum, but the standard alcohol-containing beers were invigorating and actually quite sweet.
Bees and cleanliness gripes aside, Pie Wood was a fantastic way to conclude a Thanksgiving mid-day meal.
The Iced Latte set me back $3.99 before tax. This was pricier than anticipated, but its shockingly strong caffeine content was almost enough to justify it. Had I not been subjected to an immediate headache, I wouldn't have minded returning for more.