Becca – February 2014
Everyone always goes on about the original Atomic, “the best burgers ever” they say. “Awesome retro restaurant” comes up pretty often too. But not much is said about their sister restaurant in Oxford, Atomic Pizza which is just a little bit further up the road, despite their full burger menu being available there too, as well as the purely genius idea of taking those burger toppings and whacking them on a pizza!
Bigger than AB, Pizza has the same random eclectic collection of geeky goodness, ranging from the welcoming full size Simpsons family, Han Solo in carbonite, a Tardis that leads you into Narnia and a pretty enviable My Little Pony collection. Spread over three rooms, Pizza has more space to navigate between tables and not inadvertently eavesdrop on your neighbour’s chat. The third room is available for larger groups so ideal if you have a birthday coming up as we were.
As we were celebrating, we decided to go all out and kicked off with nachos and chicken wings in barbecue sauce, proper finger licking good! The whole burger menu is available along with possibly the best hot dogs I’ve ever had. These are thick and have a thick skin like a proper German sausage which gives a nice bite without being the usual mouthful of mush we associate with hot dogs. There’s also some seriously scrummy pizza toppings such as the Gambit, which comes with Cajun spice, chicken, bacon, onion rings, mozzarella, bbq sauce and a tomato base. Or the one I had, the Lost Boys, pulled pork, red jalapeños, lime zest, garlic oil, coriander and a white base, which was darn good but gave even me a bit of a menopausal glow! These are good pizzas, full of flavour and texture.
I shared the trailer park fries, fries topped with pulled pork, cheddar and tumbleweed onions and although these are good, you do have to eat them quickly whilst they’re hot. Once cold, they’re not quite as edible.
We’ve never managed a dessert but have sampled the milkshakes and for us the Baconator is an absolute winner! A full on, creamy bacon flavour and yet it’s vegetarian! Well, apart from the stick of caramelised bacon sticking out the top….