Well, I have been waiting for years, literally, to try Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar. Backyard Pizza, the creative pizza joint, is essentially Huntington's version Pies & Pints.
For a long time, I had heard rave reviews of this pizza/oyster bar, but before I had a chance to make it down there, it tragically went up in flames. While they were rebuilding, I got a small taste of Backyard while at Rails & Ales, and I immediately fell in love.
I'll never forget it: It was the Woo-Tang, with hickory grilled chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, fresh shredded mozzarella, roasted red peppers, diced jalapenos, and red onion with cilantro, honey, Sriracha and lime schwing sauce.
So, when they finally reopened, I started making plans to check it out -- the real deal this time. Walking inside, I was already tickled to see a giant West Virginia flag hanging on the wall. The space is large with some almost celestial or cosmic themes - astronauts on the wall with some orb lighting. Pair that with some brick and wooden accents.
We were seated near the kitchen, so we could see all the pizzas coming out of the giant, wood-fired oven. I passed on the oysters this round and opted for the "Truffle Shuffle," which has baby portabello mushrooms tossed in white truffle oil and rosemary. Roasted garlic cream sauce, caramelized onion, sauteed spinach, smoked applewood bacon with mozzarella and parmesan.
Ayyeee, this one is super good too. That flavor combo is right up my alley - so I love the rich, creamy based, the umami truffle, and the earthy mushrooms. It was pretty good. I have to say, I think the Woo-Tang is my favorite. But this one - very good, especially if you're in the mood for creamy, smoky, cheesy goodness.