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“Nothing like LJ's!”
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LJ's Pizza
Ranked #217 of 973 Restaurants in Mesa
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

I have such fond memories as a child going to LJ's with my very large family for the All you can Eat Pizza buffet! With seven kids, t made sense to let us go there and stuff ourselves. We often had slice eating contests. Every visit was topped off with an ice cream cone before you left. My parents didn't have much money so a trip to LJ's made us feel rich! This was in the 1970's and the pizza tastes the same no matter how many years have passed. LJ and Lenore are gone now but the legacy lives on at LJs Pizza Patio. The thins crust mushroom is my favorite but they are all delicious. They have great specials throughout the week. LJs in near and dear to my heart and I so happy to see them back. We try and go at least four times a month. Inside dining area is very small so during the summer we usually do take out. Once the weather cools off we will dine on the patio more often. It really great on a cool night!

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1  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

LJ's has been a fixture in the downtown Mesa area from opening in 1973 until it closed down (as most thought, forever) several years ago. It was a favorite of locals and winter visitors (getting a table on popular days and times was near impossible during the winter season).

So, let's tackle this review in two parts (if you've never been there, then skip to Part 2):

PART 1: For long-time fans and friends of LJ's --- the new one is hard to find. The new restaurant is in a house directly behind (north) of the old location of 30+ years -- but you must enter from Miller Street, the first street west of the old location. Fortunately, they have portable A-frame signs at the street. (Check out the detailed map on their website -- http://ljspizzapatio.com/) The new resaurant is scaled-down in size and most of the seating is outdoor patio; there are only four inside tables, so inclement weather is a problem. Upon entering, you are greeted by the familiar oversized Garfield alarm clock (that gives a felling of "home"). Gone is the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (too small to support that) and the free ice cream cone after eating. However, you will recognize some of the same people (it wouldn't be LJ's without Cathy the waitress) and the same good food. Pizzas haven't changed and they are made using the same equipment moved from the old location and the same recipes. They do have lunch specials that are quite a bargain (to replace the buffet). If you were a fan of the old LJ's you will enjoy the new smaller, cozier LJ's.

PART 2: For those who have never heard of LJ's --- look, you all know that the locals know the best places, so you need to try LJ's. Their pizza is legendary in the central Mesa community. Their pizza is a thin, crispy crust version (which some may not like) with ample toppings (and unusual ones -- ever had sauerkraut pizza or a taco pizza?). The sauerkraut pizza is a favorite of my wife -- she went through withdrawal when LJ's closed a few years ago. Their lunch special is a trip to the salad bar, a generous piece of garlic cheese toast, an individual (anything) pizza, and beverage for $9 (we left pleasantly stuffed) and there is a two-person version of this special. They also have other Italian dishes; others tell us they are good, but we've never tried them because we go there for the pizza. You can also order take-out and catering. Don't expect fancy surroundings -- LJ's is clean, pleasant, and comfortable but it is a converted old house and the emphasis is on the food not the atmosphere. With the friendly staff, it has the feel of visiting a friend's house not a restaurant -- as the long-time fans will tell you (now you can read Part 1).

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2  Thank david-oberpriller
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