Some rave reviews for this pizza place sent us a half-hour down the road to find a middle-of-nowhere joint whose owner grows his basil in the shop, makes his own root beer and ice cream, and puts quite a lot of his proceeds back into the community.
As I mentioned a few chapters ago, living in a smaller city rapidly changed my perception of how much time I am willing to spend on the road for a meal before grumbling. I think that it’s connected with how long my commute to work is. In the twelve years I lived in Marietta, I worked for three different companies. I picked my home for its school district, but worked in Dunwoody, then Alpharetta, then in downtown Atlanta. My morning commutes were about an hour, and longer in the evenings coming home. So driving an hour to get some dinner in Decatur or on Buford Highway came naturally.
Today, my commute is about twenty minutes, maybe a little longer coming back. So when I read Sean Phipps’ story about Bob’s Brick Oven early last month, one takeaway was that a thirty-minute drive for pizza seemed excessive. We must conclude, therefore, that I’m losing perspective.
I’d say that the town of Rock Spring is more part of the Dalton metro area than Chattanooga (and I’m wrong, but see the comments for my reasoning), but either way, it’s very strange to find such a high-quality restaurant so far away from a city center. This honestly would not be out of place in Decatur, where Atlanta’s food hobbyists and writers would rave about the place. They make extremely good pizza here, either as a 14-inch size or a personal 8-inch. For the three of us, this was perfect. Our son could have most of the small pie with each of us grown-ups sampling a slice, and we also got to split a completely delicious Primero Pesto.
I really enjoyed the crust, which was lightly seasoned and chewy with a little bit of char, and all of the vegetables tasted so nice. It was just a wonderful pie, not at all traditional and a million miles from a big New York cheese slice, but still delicious. Worth the drive? You better believe it.
But I mentioned root beer and ice cream, so I should tell you about those. The root beer is amazing. He uses an old recipe that doesn’t include an artificial coloring, so it’s clear and has a strong vanilla flavor. It’s wonderful and in a perfect world, you could take it home in a twelve-pack. His ice cream flavors rotate from batch to batch. We lucked into a weekend with cookies and cream – my favorite – on the menu and of course we loved that as well. The very best part was saving a little ice cream and a little root beer and making myself a mini-float right at the end.
This place is easy to overlook in a small space next to a gas station, but it definitely shouldn’t be missed. This is downtown-quality pizza in a space where you’d expect somebody to be serving reheated Hunt Brothers or something. And if that’s not reason enough, the owner is incredibly generous with his time and charity and is a big supporter of a fabulous, important agency here in town called Chattanooga Room in the Inn. This is definitely worth the drive from the city or from any of the towns in northwest Georgia.
Bob’s Brick Oven Pizza
Rock Spring, GA 30739
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5 thoughts on “Bob’s Brick Oven Pizza, Rock Spring GA”
Dalton metro area? Not a chance. 22 miles apart, with no population at all between the two.
You’re probably right. Rock Spring is in Walker, not Whitfield. The US Census Bureau calls it part of Chattanooga. But Urbanspoon included Bob’s Brick Oven as part of Dalton (most of NW Georgia, in fact), and we always used Urbanspoon’s geography for this blog’s divisions and categories, flawed as it is.
It’s worth the drive! Our favorite pizza!
To clarify this point for new readers…
While Urbanspoon no longer exists, back in 2010 when we formalized the structure of this blog, we did so based around the metro areas that Urbanspoon used. “Urbanspoon Dalton” included towns as far afield as Calhoun, Ringold, and even Trenton and Rossville, so yes, Rock Spring is definitely within that span.
If you look up Bob’s Brick Oven in Zomato, the site that bought Urbanspoon, it’s still listed as a Dalton restaurant as of May 2017.
It was very important to us in the Urbanspoon days to pay attention to these metros, because we competed with other food bloggers on their leaderboards, and got lots of traffic from that site then. These days, it really doesn’t matter anymore beyond the internal housekeeping of this blog. At some point, I’ll redo the categories on our blog and bring everything within the Ringold-Rock Spring-Trenton line into the Chattanooga metro instead of the Dalton metro.
Clearly Urbanspoon was wrong, and Zomato remains wrong, in not including Walker and Dade County in with the Chattanooga metro rather than Dalton. But on the other hand, nobody who’s actually lived here longer than us has ever actually notified those sites about their error, either. We’re still new to town and learning these things, but we’ll try to get it right!
Thanks for the explanation.
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