Joe’s is the last in the triforce of “Gino & Joe’s”, “Gino’s”, and “Joe’s”, barring a visit to the “Upstairs Gino & Joe’s” in the Main Place mall, which I refuse to believe is even a thing. This whole naming clusterfuck is already out of hand. Anyhow, it’s in the Top’s plaza on Grant and a lot of you seem to really dig this place. Pricing was steep. Regular deal is 2 (no drink) / $6.50. I got a specialty slice for me 2nd (stinger), and a drink, so my total was about $8.50. Buff Staters are breaking the bank in here.

First impression is good. Very standard NY style. Crust looks puffy and chewy. Thin as paper, but somewhere in between Gino & Joe’s (thicker) and Gino’s (thinner). Most grease I’ve seen yet. Just an observation.

The cheese is excellent. There isn’t a mountain of it on here, but there shouldn’t be for this style. Lots of herbs, which turns me on. You can tell by the strand-pattern from the pull (I’m making this shit up as I go, man) that it was quality stuff.

This is the poorest excuse for pepperoni I’ve ever had. In all seriousness, if I blew onto the side of my slice, these would have flown off. This one fell off when I picked it up. It was like someone warmed them in a microwave and placed them on the already-cooked pizza. On top of that, they’re so thin they’re translucent! Seriously, take a look at the plate shining through the back of that thing. Pretty much just adding grease to the slice.

Joe’s dough is just ok for me. Gino & Joe’s is a tough act to follow, because they have what I (thus far) consider to be the best dough in the NY style game in Buffalo. It had the underside crispiness of Gino’s, but wasn’t rock hard or burnt out. However, I still prefer a little more chew in the dough than crispiness, and Joe’s airs more on the crispy side. Good, but didn’t blow me away. However, due to the added thickness at the back (oh lord), the crust was awesome.

I know this isn’t a great sauce shot, but I didn’t get a stellar one. Joe’s sauce surprised me a bit. Not to say it was amazing, but it was a little sweet for NY style. Notably so. I thought it was a nice twist. It was certainly done well, but nothing I would rave about. I would have preferred about a teaspoon more. Let’s look at the data.

DoughšŸ„–: (B/B+)
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CheesešŸ§€: (A)
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SaucešŸ„«: (B/B+)
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PepperonišŸ–: (D+/C-) At least they were laid out nicely.
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OverallšŸ•: (B)

Better than Gino’s, but far from my experience at Gino & Joe’s. The pepperoni really dealt Joe’s a blow, and their dough could have used a little more consistency for my preference. That’s a subjective point, but the pepperoni complaint really is a bonafide flaw. First time any score has really suffered because of a misstep in that category. Still really enjoyed the slice, and wouldn’t hesitate to head back if I was hungry and in the area. Their stinger slice was unreal. I can see why the Buff State kids dig it. Business seemed to be going well and I wish them the best. Thank’s, Joe’s!