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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Checker Flag: The Tiebreaker

The first time I got a slice at Checker Flag on Dewey Ave., I didn't like it at all, and gave it a D-minus. The second time around, I found it much better, and bumped it all the way up to a B-minus.
So at some point, there had to be a tiebreaker visit, which I made the other day. As before, I got a $1 cheese slice.
I'm primarily concerned with quality, not price, but a buck a slice is a great deal, provided that the slice is reasonably good.
And this was. Reasonably good, that is. It was very thin,with a good deal of corn meal underneath. The bottom was dry and somewhat crisp. It was not charred, but did have a scattered pattern of dark brown spots. The texture was a little chewy.
The slice had decent flavor, with a slightly sweet sauce and some dried herbs noticeable on the palate.
The cheese on this slice was a little skimpy, but there was enough for me, especially since the crust was pretty thin. I would've preferred a bit more, but whattaya want for a dollar?
At its outer edge, the slice was formed into a fairly wide but relatively thin cornicione. It was reasonably pleasant, with some crispness, though not outstandingly bready or toasty.
One thing I was a little puzzled about here was a sign posted on the wall to the effect that if you, i.e., the customer, didn't like it here or didn't like their prices, you should go down the street (presumably meaning to some other establishment). I don't know what that was all about. Maybe they've had issues with some of the customers. Again, I don't know.
I also noticed that a medium pizza here is $5. That's a good price, but I was wondering if it actually works out to be a better deal than getting five slices. I'd have to know the dimensions of the medium and large pies to figure that one out.
So, what's my current verdict on Checker Flag? Well, this isn't bad, by any means. It's not really great, either, judged strictly on its own merits.
Now if  you figure the price into the equation, I would have to say this is, for the money, one of the best slice deals in town. As I said at the beginning, a cheap slice is no bargain if it doesn't taste good. But this was reasonably good, and for the price, it's a real bargain.
In the end, though, I have to rate this based on how inherently good or bad the pizza itself was. And all in all, I'd say this was, well, OK pizza. It wasn't as good, or as bad, as the slices I'd gotten here in the past, and in that sense I think it probably is a pretty fair representative sample of Checker Flag's pizza. So it scores a C from me.
Checker Flag Pizza, 1481 Dewey Ave., Rochester 14615

Mon. - Thu. 11:30 - 9:00, Fri. noon - 10:00, Sat. 1:00 - 10:00, Sun. 1:00 - 9:00
Menu can be viewed here


  1. Is this pizza place in a dangerous area?

  2. I wouldn't say that it's in a "nice" area, but it doesn't strike me as dangerous either, at least during daylight hours, which is the only time I've been there. It's a busy stretch of Dewey and is not far from Ridge Road. But the timid may be a bit apprehensive about going there.


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