By Becky Billingsley
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, North Myrtle Beach - Seven states lay claim to Sir Pizza franchise locations until March, when the first South Carolina location opened in North Myrtle Beach.
Diners familiar with the low-cost pizza/salad/pasta buffets at Cici's Pizza and the late great Filling Station in Myrtle Beach will be comfortable with what Sir Pizza offers, which is a low-cost pizza/salad/pasta buffet. The cost is $7 for lunch and $9 for dinner, with children ages 10 and younger half-price.
I was not favorably impressed by the pizza. Although I arrived at high noon and selected slices from two different pies (one all veggie, one all meats), they were both cold. Also, the crust was flavorless.
However, the spaghetti was tasty. I couldn't tell if the meat crumbles in the marinara were sausage or seasoned ground beef, but it had an appealing spicy/sweet flavor.
The salad bar was also more than acceptable. Although the salad greens were just shredded iceberg, the bounty of salad toppings made up for the lack of nutritious greens. Interesting tidbits include dried cran-raisins, chopped hard-boiled egg, pineapple, fresh tomatoes, ham and much more. Two soups are always on the buffet, and my server said one of them is almost always Broccoli Cheese. The other when I visited was Chicken Gumbo.
Beyond the buffet, Sir Pizza also has a menu where you can create your own pizza (starts at $4.50 for a small cheese, and additional toppings are $1-$2.50 depending on the size of the pizza), plus specialty pizzas ($7-$20) such as Hawaiian featuring Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce, Taco Pizza and the Royal Feast with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and sausage. Dessert pizzas come in apple, blueberry, cherry and strawberry.
A la carte salads are available for $3.50-$8, and a few of those include Chicken Chef, Taco Salad and Pasta Salad with lettuce, rotini, Cheddar cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions in Ranch dressing.
Subs and sandwiches are $5-$8, like the Veggie Sub, Meatball Sub, Philly Steak and Cheese, Baked Ham and Cheese and Reuben. The Beef Boat has sliced roast beef with gravy and cheese, while the Crusader Submarine is filled with spiced ham, salami, baked ham, onions, cheese and tomato sauce.
Four pasta entrees are $8-$10 and include Spaghetti, Baked Spaghetti, Lasagna and Fettucine Alfredo, and they come with a house salad and a choice of French or garlic bread. Spaghetti and Lasagna are also offered a la carte.
Hot wings are $5 for six or $7 for a dozen, and dessert choices are Tiramisu, French Silk Pie or Cheesecake. Eight beers are on draft, and bottled beer and wines are also served.
The decor of this brand-new restaurant is roomy and attractive. There are booths and tables, including a couple of eight-top tables. A handful of televisions are strategically placed so one can be viewed from every table, and while I was there they were tuned to The Masters tournament.
The best part about my visit was the service, which was speedy-fast, efficient and professionally friendly. I would make another visit to Sir Pizza, especially if I had hungry children to feed.
Sir Pizza is at 3900 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 663-4000. It's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.