Douglass Pizza & Grill (Central NJ)

Rating:

Quality, Taste, Cleanliness, Environment, Price, & Staff

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Positive: Good quality cheese steaks and fat sandwiches in a great location unbeaten by surrounding “halal” restaurants in downtown New Brunswick and Somerset.

Negative: There is nothing exceptional for which I would drive here over and over again unless if I went to school/work in the area.

Overall: Good quality food that you can’t beat when going to Rutgers University or visiting New Brunswick.

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Update (5/14/2011):  All in all I am disappointed in Douglass Pizzas decrease in food quality and increase in prices.  But, what I can say, their locations are excellent, they still have pretty decent food compared with other similar halal food places, and their menu is pretty expansive.

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Those were the days.  Where art thou?

Wow…I miss the days of going to eat at Douglass Pizza on Commercial Avenue.  Their cheesesteaks were amazing (especially the chicken cheesesteak which I enhaled almost daily after I worked out)!  After they closed down during Rutgers University’s takeover and reopened at two great places in New Brunswick & Somerset they were never the same again.  (By they way, I think that these two places have now split but have similar menus).
Maybe it was because they didnt use the same grills they had or maybe its just because they have hired help that doesn’t put as much passion into food as they did.  Those were definitely the days..but now they are gone and I dont think they will be coming back soon. There is another place called New Brunswick Pizza & Grill (opened by one of the original Douglass workers) in the area which has a similar menu but probably not as good.

Douglass, however, does have alot more additions to their menus and some are actually very good.  Their fat sandwiches (especially the fat zaza if you are into the gyro meat or fat boy if you like cheesesteak) are good and unique to New Brunswick and the Grease Trucks.  The cheesesteaks are not as good as they used to be – however they still are pretty good compared to their other dishes.  Their buffalo wings were never that good and still aren’t.  The meat pizza is decent, but Paulies Pizza (another similar place on Easton Avenue) has better pizza by a long shot.  And their hamburgers are either good or average depending on the day.  I never tried their random sweet dishes at the counter so I dont really know how good they would be.

All in all I am disappointed in Douglass Pizzas decrease in food quality and increase in prices.  But, what can I say, their locations are excellent, they still have pretty decent food compared with other similar halal food places, and their menu is pretty expansive.

I used to go to Douglass Pizza almost every week or two, but now I barely go every few months.  Its good for those that live in the area I guess and pretty unique for those who like fat sandwiches from other states – but I think they really need to increase the quality of their food back to the original.

Also, the difference between the George street, New Brunswick Douglass and Somerset Douglass is the crowd.  In New Brunswick you’ll see mostly students and the location is fairly new looking.  Best place to park is in the deck behind the store.  The Somerset location is next to a Halal Meat store and you mostly see families and people from surrounding areas.

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Douglas Pizza & Grill on Urbanspoon
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