Lubbock may have fame as being the birthplace of Buddy Holly, a popular 1950s musician, and the location of the UFO sighting called the Lubbock Lights, but it's also been voted one of the most boring cities in North America. Lubbock was founded in the late 19th century when two smaller towns united to form one larger community. There was nothing much attention-grabbing about the new development until it became the economic hub for the Texas cotton industry. The prosperity of the cotton industry was what put Lubbock firmly on the map and contributed to its ongoing expansion. Now nicknamed Hub City, as it grew in size, importance and fascination for UFO sighters, and in the mid-1960s Lubbock began to attract more and more terrestrial migrant settlers. Some of those new arrivals in the city were of Italian descent and rather than wasting time trying to spot flying saucers, they opened pizzerias and sold the public discs of dough called pizzas instead.
Even though Lubbock's pizzerias didn't start to open their doors until well after New York-style pizza was the go-to pie of North America, they didn't follow the fashion. Pizza chefs stuck to the traditional when it came down to feeding the city's residents and Lubbock has become known for its thick crust pizzas. While thick crust is the most common on the pizzeria menus in Lubbock, you will find a large number of variations that range from thin crust to Neapolitan-style. It is only slight alterations in preparation that makes one different from the other. There's no change in basic ingredients so thick crust or traditional Italian pizza is the forerunner of every other type of pie there is. Most thick crust pizzas in Lubbock pizzerias are typically round in shape although some will be happy to make you a tray bake or party-sized rectangular pie if you ask for it.
Call Cici's Pizza on 60th Street when you want to get the best delivery pizza in Lubbock. They'll send you out a pie that will have your stomach singing with delight from the first bite to the last no matter what size or shape it is. Cici's dispatch their pizzas from a large premises that's been colorfully decorated in hues of yellow that give it a bright and cheerful appearance. They display pizzas on a long tiled counter, but you needn't worry about getting sent a precooked one as they disappear as soon as they're served. Cici's bake delivery pizzas to order so they always arrive in optimum conditions and you can add whatever extras you fancy as no pre-prep is done other than the initial proving of the dough. If you're unsure what pie to get sent in try Cici's Supreme with beef, sausage, and pepperoni. It's brushed with garlic oil for extra flavor.
If you've been visiting the Buddy Holly Center or the Texas Tech University campus and need to grab a pie for lunch, you'll be in the perfect place to get the best take-out pizza in Lubbock. Simple Simon's Pizza is located on Interstate 27 and has a huge parking lot out front so you'll have no problem finding a space or pulling in there with an RV. Simple Simon's is a favorite with the locals not just because of their great pizza but also because this pizzeria's premises resemble a social club. While you wait for your pizza to bake you can have a game of billiards, play a video game or even pinball. The chefs at Simple Simon's are master pizza makers so you won't have long to wait before they're sending you on your way with a Pepperoni Pounder, a Big 10, or a Veggie Special.
A forty minutes drive due west of Lubbock is Levelland. It's a Texas city that you'd probably pass by if you didn't have a business meeting or needed to do something specific that entailed you being there like attending a game or concert in the Texan Dome stadium. The one compensation about visiting Levelland is you can pick up a great pizza at La Belle Pizza on North College Avenue so don't miss doing that.
If by chance your GPS system wasn't receiving a decent signal and you managed to take a wrong turn out of the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport to end up in Buffalo Springs, bad luck. Admittedly it's a scenic place with a lakeside campground and it is a pretty spot to get out of your vehicle for a leg stretch before turning round and hitting the right highway for Lubbock. You won't find a pizzeria in the vicinity until you hit the suburbs of Lubbock so you'll be hungry until you get to Pepe's on 98th Street.
Head south out of Lubbock and you'll be driving for a while before you reach civilization again. The first town you'll come across is Tahoka and the best way to stay positive when you get there is to remember all the South Plains scenery you passed on the way. After exploring the town, allow around thirty minutes for the experience, if you're fortunate you'll have found Jolly Time Pizza on Lockwood Street where you can sit down for a while, eat a pizza and contemplate life in rural Texas.
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