My toddler & I were looking for some lunch in Springfield today after a Doctor's appointment. I couldn't stand the thought of another Happy Meal toy floating around, so I wanted to step somewhere off the beaten path. Lo and behold, I drove past Joey's, figuring that any place that looks so very worn down and is still in business has GOT to be good.
(I have a rule about restaurants: generally, the cleaner and more well-kept-up the place looks, the better the food is. The exceptions that prove this rule? Chinese and pizza joints. For the best of those cuisines, you want a DIVE.)
Joey's is charmingly creepy. Admittedly we popped in at about 11:30 on a Thursday afternoon - not exactly rush hour. But we were literally the only people in the restaurant. The decor is straight out of the pizza joints you remember haunting as a teenager in the 80's/early-to-mid-90's (i.e. before Papa Johns killed pizza) - oppressive, dark wood paneling, tables & chairs at least 30 years old and held together in places with duct tape, and best of all, VINTAGE ARCADE GAMES!
The person who greeted us at the counter (Joey?) was very friendly. They didn't have a lunch special per se he said, but he offered to just whip me up half a pizza and a side salad. I went with his advice and asked about milk or juice for the kiddo - nope! Soda or beer! I laughed, not being a parent who frets about every-little-corn-syrup and rolled with it. My son had his first ever taste of orange soda (out of a fountain that looked at least as old as his mother) and LOVED IT - also got a cute orange mustache to go with.
The salad came first and was better than I was expecting (except for the canned mushrooms, everything else was fresh & tasty. I would advise asking for no mushrooms unless you enjoy canned...). While we waited for the pizza to cook, I pulled up one of those 30-year-old stools to the super awesome Jurassic Park pinball machine and showed my son how it's done (I'm pretty good at pinball, if I do say so myself! 390,000,000, baby!) It was very fun to do do. You just don't find arcade machines in many pizza restaurants these days... I had a blast showing him how I spent my skipped-periods in high school ;)
The pizza came (and my son wanted to just play pinball over and over) and it was DELISH. That wonderful cracker style crust that I associate with the Pietro's of my youth (RIP!) with real cheese and lots of it. Just the way I like it!
All in all, Joey's is a gem in Springfield. I'm sad that when I lived there we didn't go. I will definitely make a point to come back again, hopefully it continues to stay around for a long time. I feel like the lunch "special" I got was a great deal - it was $8 for half a small pizza, a side salad & 2 soda's. If you like thin crust pizza, vintage ambiance, and retro games, Joey's is the place to go!
FYI - they also had Bowl-A-Rama (ORIGINAL!) and The Simpson's as well as 2 or 3 other cabinet games that I don't recall. I wish I had had more quarters - I REALLY wanted to play Bowl-A-Rama! :)
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