As one of my first public reviews of a local restaurant I decided to give Joe Goodpies in Vinton VA a try. I will first point out I did not even order Pizza (A Pie) from them yet and will review the Pizza later.
I placed a to-go order with them and was in the mood for Wings and a Cheese Steak Sandwich and my dinner partner wanted a simple submarine sandwich. We placed the order and I thought the prices were a little elevated compared to their competition in the area. I figured maybe it was worth the 25% or so more in price so I did not think much of it. Prices are not astronomical but they are a little higher than other establishments like the (I’m unsure of pizza prices but will find out later).
The to go order took about 25 minutes to prepare which is pretty good timing on their part. The food gets carted back to my house and I open the containers and the Garlic Parmesan wings look good and juicy and delicious and my cheese steak sub (I will not say Philly because that would be an insult to Philly) looked a little weak as in it was mostly bread and dry meat. The submarine sandwich looked ok but the cold cheese on it reminded me of cheap off brand cheese you would get at a local 7-11 at midnight on a Tuesday.
The fist bite of the Garlic Parm. Wings was disappointing to say the least. They were undercooked a bit and the skin on the wings had a rubbery chewy like feel to them. The seasoning lacked and zing that would light up your taste buds. I dove in to another wing or two and realized I could not eat them so I moved over to my “Lack Of Cheese Dry Steak Meat Sandwich” (cheese steak sub). This thing was basically bread and dry meat I literally had to tear half of the top layer of bread off to bite in to some meat. It was not good. I would have to say that the entire meal was as if you were sitting at home and 2 strangers named Ron and Karen came to your door and gave you a meal they cooked at home with cheap ingredients. Have you ever had food at someone’s house you didn’t know well and the food just tasted like a strangers food and grossed you out a bit? That is what this was like.
I can’t say all of their food or pizza is bad. I can only say the wings were cold, undercooked (Not Raw), and the cheese steak was just a bland dry meat sandwich. Maybe they will live up to their name and impress me with their Pizza “Pies” or maybe they are actually “Joe Goopies” and not Joe Goodpies. We shall see.
I give them 2 out of 5 stars and that is because I love Vinton and want Joe Goodpies to contribute to the local economy.
Step up your game a bit Mr. Joe – Vinton loves to support local, don’t make it hard on us.