Dr. Ho’s Pizza–Music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

I need to write about Dr. Ho’s.  Food and music, music and food.  I love the fact that they present music only on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  I think that is cool.   It’s like a weekend in the middle of the week.  Dr. Ho’s is one of those hole-in-the-wall places that just feels good to walk into–people call you by name, and you’re more than likely going to run into someone you know–and like, even.  The owners are cool, the waitresses are cool and laid back…MB will even sit with us at our table and talk books.  The walls are beset with postcards, album covers (Humble Pie), all sorts of kitsch.  The bathroom is full of paper plate art–Grateful Dead themes, “wanted Dominoes Pizza” posters, “Dr. Ho’s Knows…”  It’s beautiful in its variegated mash.  Bands pile into a corner of the restaurant after the wait staff move out a couple of tables, making the already usually packed joint a SRO establishment.  Yes it can be a pain in the ass, but the bands they get are worth standing for…on a nice evening we’ll sometimes take our pizza out to the grass next to the building, eating on a blanket and peeping in every now and then to hear the music.

And the food.  Man.  Dr. Ho’s is the first place I’ve witnessed using celery leaves in a dish–in their incomparable beet salad…beets sliced paper thin, celery leaves, spicy pecans, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and Caramont Farms goat cheese.  Good stuff.  Great stuff.  Their soups are delicious–potato & leek, butternut squash, minestrone.  The pizza.  We always get a mix of the tomato and pesto sauces, organic Italian sausage, artichoke hearts…it’s an old stand-by, but all of their pizzas are amazing.  Plus they have a great beer selection and serve the local Blue Mountain Classic Lager, which is about my favorite beer of all time, although that is a distinction that can be debated, depending on what’s available at the time, if you know what I mean.  Check out the web-site and look at the menu:

http://www.doctorhoshumblepie.com

One night after eating at the Ho, as we drove home down 29, Mary Catherine said, “You’re going to think this is cheesy, but you know what that place reminds me of?”  Without pause, I said, “Cheers.”  It’s not cheesy.  Everybody knows your name.  It’s got great food, beer, music, and it just feels great.  Like it says on the wall…”Dr. Ho’s Knows.”

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One Response to “Dr. Ho’s Pizza–Music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays”

  1. Jeff "Lefthand" Neal Says:

    There was a restaurant that I designed many years ago and the owner wanted to call it “House Of Ho” or “The Ho House”…we convinced him to call it “Mr. Ho’s”.

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