Revisiting an old friend after a calamity such as a fire is a pretty important thing to do, so I was delighted to get out to The Other Place when it recently reopened after a major fire earlier this winter.
Firefighters were busy back in February when fires broke out at both The OP and the Silver Boot Motel on the same day. Fortunately, each of the fires was contained, and these businesses that are like old friends to my family are back in operation.
After closing several weeks for renovation, The OP looks better than ever with a fresh and even brighter interior. Of course, there are still too many TV screens to count, positioned so that just about every table, booth and barstool has a view of whatever game or sports event that can be found on the globe.
One thing that hasn’t changed at The OP is the friendly service. You can tell how happy they are to be open again by the way the staff welcomes you and makes you feel at home. Now, let’s get to the good part — the food.
My traditional favorite at The OP has to be the Italian sub. It starts with great bread, which has to be the foundation of any really good sub sandwich. Layered on top are slices of juicy ham, salami spiced to perfection, melted mozzarella cheese and, of course, The OP’s signature pizza sauce. This sub is a mouthful any day of the week and always delicious.
But on my recent visit, I was looking for something lighter than a sub and easy to take with me to share more at home. It had to be the double decker pepperoni pizza. I can never have too much pepperoni, or too much pizza sauce, so the double decker is like an answer to a prayer.
Of course, all of the pizzas at The Other Place are legendary. Come to think about it, if Clear Lake had a Hall of Fame for foods I can make two great nominations, one from the past and one from present day: onion rings from The Ritz and pizza from The Other Place.
Great foods, great places. Who can ask for more than that?The Other Place
Open at 11 a.m. daily
200 Highway 18 W.