Spartan Pizza

In a word: McFarland's pizza stop.

The specs: #01062  
5813 Main St., McFarland 53558
Details at Yelp, official web site.

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JM and Nichole ate the Spartan Deluxe pizza (12") with two sodas.
The bill was $23, or $11ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Spartan Pizza a B+ (see our grading rubric).

Spartan Pizza was bustling aplenty on the night we visited.  The bar was mostly full and the tables were all full.  Turns out there was some sort of high school fundraiser, which accounted for about half of the tables being occupied, and then it was ALSO euchre* night.  Mean card players gave way to friendly staff, though, and we eventually found a small table in the bar we could perch at.

The pizza here is really quite good.  The crust is a little tough, which led to topping slippage, but otherwise the pizza is classic small-town pizzeria.  We got a Spartan Deluxe which came with all the classics: mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, green and black olives, green peppers and onions.  While that may just sound like a vanilla Supreme pizza, each item was well-balanced. For pizza division nerds, this one came in squares.

Spartan Pizza

Spartan Pizza has been in business for over four decades, and received rave reviews from the McFarlanders we know. If it turns out this kind of pizza consistently, we would certainly be regulars if we lived in town.  Maybe we can visit by crossing the new bike bridge.

*A brief note about Euchre from game guy JM: I actually think euchre is a fine game for playing on apps or as a way to introduce trick taking games (moving on to the far superior 500 and then Bridge if you're really into it).  But for people to play hundreds of hours of Euchre is kinda pointless.  Once everyone gets to the plateau (which is maybe after 25-50 games) then you're just shuffling cards to see who got luckier. Not hating, just agog at the staying power of a game that I'd imagine people would tire of.

Spartan Bowl

Spartan BowlIn a word: Spartan.

The specs: #01061  
4711 Farwell St., McFarland 53558
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JM ate the Bavarian ham and cheese with nacho sauce, waffle fries and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Reuben.
The bill was $17, or $8ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Spartan Bowl a D+; Nichole gave Spartan Bowl a C- (see our grading rubric).

We did not Bowl at Spartan Bowl, so they could be good quality lanes kept in good condition. We did order food and food did arrive, but it wasn't very good and we really don't think food from there is worth trying.

First came the drinks, and you can imagine JM is a bit of stickler for lemonade. Imagine his shock when what arrived was a glass of water that had been told to pretend it was lemonade. Friends, it was slightly mottled and tasted less of lemon than some glasses of water with a lemon wedge in them do.

Nichole got a Reuben and this was okay, though it came with a packet of dressing for her to affix to the sandwich herself. Nichole got the standard fries which were thin like McDonald's fries and nicely done even if they were only from a bag.


JM's meal was an entirely different kind of disaster. Sometimes he pushes back on a place that gives somewhat nonsensical options to see if they work (Nichole did a similar thing on our trip to Mr. Brews). Here, JM got a ham and cheese sandwich but one of the cheeses on offer was the cheese sauce that normally accompanies the nachos. It was that and then served on a pretzel roll as well. It was soggy and gross, even for JM. Why is this on the menu this way? Did someone ask for a ham & cheese like this? Who knows? 

Bavarian ham and cheese sandwich

JM could have forgiven even this since it was the he chose to order it if the sandwich hadn't been accompanied by exactly seven waffle fries. It seems that Spartan Bowl is not interested in their food except to cut a couple corners.  Fine, but we're likely not coming back.


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