If you're in the mood for pizza or a sandwich before a movie at the Wieting Theatre, it's worth giving Bumblebee's Pizza a try.
Just across the street from the courthouse and two blocks from the Wieting, Bumblebee's consists of two businesses: the pizza place on one side and an adjacent pool-billiards hall and bar on the other. Each has a separate entrance, though an interior door connects one to the other, allowing for frequent and loud arcade game-type noises. Bright and clean (but no-frills), the restaurant area's three spaces accommodate six four-person booths; one room also has a long table suitable for a larger group.
As soon as you walk in, you'll notice the enticing aroma of garlic. The menu includes traditional and specialty pizzas (mini 8-inch to extra-large 16-inch pies range from $6.99 to $20.99); salads, sandwiches (including burgers, meatball subs, tenderloins from $3.50 - $5.95); cheese or garlic bread; appetizers (such as onion rings, nachos, wings); and beverages including soft drinks and beer. Try a traditional pizza with the toppings of your choice or ask about any new ones made to taste like other foods, such as the Big Mac pizza.
We tried the BLT pizza—white sauce, bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato and cheese—on a hand-tossed crust. It looked good and smelled fresh, but after two just two small slices, the initial interesting taste of the pizza was overwhelmed by the excessive amount of ranch dressing (white sauce).
On our visit, service was friendly, but slow and inattentive. We left with mixed feelings: Though we liked having creative pizza options, results don't always measure up to expectations. Perhaps a choose-your-topping pizza is a better first-time choice. Ordering options include dine in, carry out and delivery.