February 25, 2014

Blind Tiger Dishes Divine Pizza in Maplewood

The hand-tossed, New York-style pizza is where Blind Tiger excels. We tried three of the four specialty pies (there is also a build-your-own option), and they were all excellent. The “Bolo” was topped with a sausage and beef Bolognese sauce, and there was a generous amount of meat in every bite, finished with housemade ricotta. The “Soldier of Four-Cheese” was a beautiful marriage of pizza and cheesy garlic bread. The sage brown-butter base was topped with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano and American cheeses, then generously sprinkled with smoked garlic. Blind Tiger’s signature pizza is the “Hog Mess,” a mélange of pepperoni, salami, bacon and sausage with a spicy rib-braise sauce. The pizza sears with serious spice from jalapeños, pepperoncini, red peppers and smoked garlic. It could have been overwhelming, but the chunks of juicy pineapple gave a burst of refreshment when I was ready to cry “uncle.”

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Blind Tiger.

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The "Garden of Eatin'" pizza comes topped with house marinara, mozzarella, olives, sliced San Marzano tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, giardinera, peperoncini and fennel.
The "Garden of Eatin'" pizza comes topped with house marinara, mozzarella, olives, sliced San Marzano tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, giardinera, peperoncini and fennel.
A Manhattan.
A Manhattan.
Blind Tiger's bar manager Jeff Handlan.
Blind Tiger's bar manager Jeff Handlan.
Blind Tiger's house salad, made with romaine, cabbage, fennel, olives and apples, complete with baked-polenta croutons and dill-cucumber vinaigrette.
Blind Tiger's house salad, made with romaine, cabbage, fennel, olives and apples, complete with baked-polenta croutons and dill-cucumber vinaigrette.
The St. Louis-cut pork ribs are brined overnight and braised in housemade bourbon marinara, then broiled and topped with fresh parmigiano and scallions.
The St. Louis-cut pork ribs are brined overnight and braised in housemade bourbon marinara, then broiled and topped with fresh parmigiano and scallions.
Chef Jaxon Noon.
Chef Jaxon Noon.
The "Garden of Eatin'" pizza comes topped with house marinara, mozzarella, olives, sliced San Marzano tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, giardinera, peperoncini and fennel.
The "Garden of Eatin'" pizza comes topped with house marinara, mozzarella, olives, sliced San Marzano tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, giardinera, peperoncini and fennel.
Inside Blind Tiger.
Inside Blind Tiger.
Blind Tiger's house salad, made with romaine, cabbage, fennel, olives and apples, complete with baked-polenta croutons and dill-cucumber vinaigrette.
Blind Tiger's house salad, made with romaine, cabbage, fennel, olives and apples, complete with baked-polenta croutons and dill-cucumber vinaigrette.
The housemade Giardiniera are spicy pickled vegetable salad in extra-virgin olive oil, served with bread and Parmigiano Reggiano.
The housemade Giardiniera are spicy pickled vegetable salad in extra-virgin olive oil, served with bread and Parmigiano Reggiano.