Saturday, May 3, 2008

Bredeaux Pizza

Restaurant: Breadeaux Pizza
Address: 245 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA
Genres: Pizza, Pasta, Delivery
Check Constraints: $2.00 delivery charge
Chain: Yes | More Omaha Locations: No

  • Tortellini with Alfredo ($6.49)
    • Breadsticks
  • Cinnamon Breadsticks ($3.99)
  • Toasted Nacho Cheese Ravioli ($3.99)
  • Ranch Baked Potato ($4.99)
If you think this looks like a lot of food, you'd be right. I found this place last night, courtesy an ad in my mailbox, saw that one of the coupons provided was for pasta, and gave the website a check. After a quick call this afternoon to confirm that they have both pasta in general and alfredo in specific (as the pasta section was inadvertently left off the local branch's menu), I ordered a decent cross-section of their menu. We don't generally review delivery places, but I felt this one deserved it, as it's a very regional chain that could use a little good publicity.

All of Breadeaux's pizza crust, bread, and breadstick type menu items are made in a manner derived from French bread. While this doesn't make a hell of a lot of impact on the breadsticks, it does make the pizza stand out from the competitors.

Okay, we'll start off at the beginning. The toasted nacho cheese ravioli was a bust. The ravioli ended up mostly hollow, the nacho cheese was too spicy for an appetizer, and the whole thing was just generally not very high quality. Much lower than you could get even at a supermarket and bake yourself. The meat ravioli will likely be better, but not significantly so.

The baked potato was... well, a potato. It was a -big- potato, though not the biggest I've ever had, but it was definitely a respectable baked potato. It was smothered in cheese, ham, and bacon, and came with ranch dressing, though I'd rather have had sour cream. The ranch, thankfully, came on the side, keeping it from going nasty from the heat on the way here. as it was, the cheddar cheese got just a little rubbery, but that just meant it cut easier. For the price, these potatoes could pretty easily be a good meal in and of themselves.

The cinnamon breadsticks are nice and dense, but not so dense that you have to work to tear them apart. They've got a scarily large amount of cinnamon and sugar baked onto them, and I do mean a LOT of cinnamon. If you are not prepared for a strong cinnamon flavor, be careful. They also come with an interesting dipping sauce that tastes kind of like heavily sweetened sour cream. I'm a big fan of sour cream donuts, and this reminds me a lot of those. it's a good flavor, especially with the heavy cinnamon.

The alfredo isn't chicken, though I think chicken might be available for an additional charge. The portion is actually fairly large, though the cost is perhaps a tad much. On the other hand, this is cheese tortellini, covered in alfredo sauce, with mozzarella on top. This is a plethora of cheese. This is only barely short of an orgy of cheese. The alfredo isn't stellar alfredo, but it's better by far than you're going to get from Pizza Hut. I haven't had a chance to compare it to Valentino's, since my local Valentino's dropped all support for alfredo products, but it probably compares fairly favorably. You're not going to be blown away by this alfredo, but as part of a delivery dinner that takes no work, it's not bad at all.

Bredeaux Pizza is an Iowa-based regional chain, but it's not all that prolific. If you're in Saint Louis, Kansas City, Des Moines, Springfield, or Jefferson City, you can be pretty sure you're covered, but otherwise, it's not all that likely. Still, you can check the locater on the website, or your local phonebook, and maybe you'll get lucky. Give them a shot, they're a chain that deserves more business.

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