Some photos I took during a family vacation to northern California on March 7, 2010. We made a special trip to Oroville to partake at the local Shakey's restaurant. This is about 1 hour north of Sacramento, where Shakey's first began (and near as I can tell, no more Shakey's restaurants exist). The restaurant has been remodeled to conform more to the new look of Jacmar Shakey's locations, but it still has some of the old feel to it.
The pizza was an Italian sausage and mushroom. We got some chicken and mojo's just to try them (they never had these items when I was frequented Shakey's in my day).
Bear in mind, I have not tasted a Shakey's pizza in at least 30 years.
I was expecting to be transported back to those thrilling days of yesteryear just by walking through the door and taking my first bite. That didn't really happen, but it was well worth the trip, nonetheless. The pizza was very good to excellent. What I found holding my attention and taste buds was not the crust or toppings (good, though they were), so much, as the sauce. That sauce was what really brought back some memories and, for me, made this trip memorable, as well. My wife found the Italian sausage to be a little too spicy. By itself, it did have a little kick to it, which I liked, but on the pizza it blended so well that I didn't even notice. Take note, Shakey's still applies their Italian sausage in little globs, not like some places where it's in guinea pig pellets or completely ground up and sprinkled over the pie.
The chicken was okay but forgettable. I never had mojo's before, and frankly I can't see what all the fuss is about. Seasoned fried potato slices. They're okay, but nothing to write here about, imo.
Bottom line: very good. I'd give it an A-.
Why not an A or A+? I'm not sure I could say for sure. One part may be a slight lack of the hype I had built up for myself that nothing ever lives up to. Part of it my be my open pizza snobbishness and the fact that since those days of my youth I have sampled and enjoyed some very fine pizzas of all types from all over the USA. But would I go back? You bet!!
Would I love to have a Shakey's in driving distance of my house? Absolutely.
Hats off to you Shakey's - Oroville. You are worth every bit of the tip I left you and then some.