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Buzzard's Pizza

4745 Northwest Hunters Ridge Circle
Topeka  Kansas  66618
United States
(785) 215-8829
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Midwest Living Review

Liz Weslander
This local chain of small-town pizzerias offers basic, unremarkable pies.

It takes guts to name a pizzeria Buzzard's and create a signature pie called Road Kill. Luckily, the food is much more appetizing than these names might imply. The pizza is really all Buzzard's has going for it. It's a small family-owned chain with outposts in Pomona, Wellsville, Lyndon and Osage City; the newest North Topeka location is in a strip mall. Interior space is tight with seven booths and a few tables, and decor is utilitarian at best. The walls are lined with two-liters of pop, industrial-size cans of ingredients and pizza boxes. A little background music would be nice or maybe a television, but as it is, the only noise comes from patrons.

As for the pizza, the Road Kill ($5.99 for a 6-inch mini to $17.99 for a large 14-inch) arrives topped with barbecue beef, grilled chicken and bacon crumbles on a hand-tossed crust with nicely browned cheese and enough ingredients to satisfy a hearty appetite. The sauce isn't anything special, most likely straight out of a can. A plain pepperoni pizza ($4 to $13.99) offers basic ooey-gooey goodness.

The cheese-topped bread sticks were nothing but repurposed pizza crust served with marinara. Service is lackluster (one teenage waitress seemed bored and uninterested), and the wait for the food can be long.

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