Always Have a Plan B:
Ultimate California Pizza

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2006.


Ultimate California Pizza

Most often we find ourselves at the Ultimate California Pizza in the heart of Myrtle Beach, but on a recent Wednesday night we were down south of Myrtle Beach looking for a recommended restaurant, which had evidently closed. Therefore we ended up at UCP, always a reliable fall-back position.

The Surfside Beach UCP, at 1502 North Highway 17, turned out to be the noisiest Divine Family eatery we've tried, perhaps because of the odd acoustics created by a slight dome shape in the ceiling with a metal two-dimensional sculpture of a surfer hanging in it (see photo at right). Sounds seemed to echo and bounce and reverberate throughout the dining room.

We ordered the Family Salad with blue cheese dressing. Henry and I wanted a good dry red house wine with our pizza, but this UCP only had yucky (to our taste) Merlot, so we passed on the wine idea.

Three of us got the “build your own” pizza with shrimp. The whole wheat crust at this location was a lighter color than at the other UCP, or maybe they've changed the recipe…. Nevertheless, it was a quite satisfactory pizza. Our son Jonathan chose the California White Pie. This pizza is comprised of olive oil, garlic, oregano, and mozzarella, provolone, chevre, and Parmesan cheeses. (I tasted it and thought it a bit oily, not surprisingly, but okay.) He liked it.

Our waiter seemed overworked so service was slow, but we got our appetites satisfied, with leftovers to take back to the room, and a bill of around $35.00.



Ultimate California Pizza

Family Salad.



Ultimate California Pizza

Shrimp Pizza.



Ultimate California Pizza

California White Pie.



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