Shakey’s Pizza Auburn, Alabama
I have been eating at Shakey’s since the days in Sacramento when minors were banished to a separate room. I’m in my 60s now. I have traveled to distant Shakey’s since the closure in Sacramento. When I lived in El Segundo, cultural center of LA, I ate at the Inglewood parlor on Arbor Vitae every week.
My bias: Shakey’s is the best pizza there is when it is made in the original style.
Having stated that, I can happily announce Shakey’s is back and located in Auburn, Alabama, (10:30 -10:00 daily). We were on a 2000 mile pilgrimage and an escape from Montgomery Al, (about 55 miles away along I85). My wife and I were there last Tuesday, 19 May 2009, at the end of buffet time, and we were in Shakey’s paradise. It had mojo potatoes, chicken, and most importantly, the original thin crust masterpiece. The manager, Wayne, asked if we wanted anything special and we ordered pepperoni and sausage- the gold standard. Fantastic. Just like you first remember.
The place is extremely clean, modern, and loaded with nostalgia. Rare memorabilia is abundant and is displayed in glass cases. The manager Wayne was professional, hospitable, and courteous. This Shakey’s is a class operation.
In the past, Shakey’s lost its way and broke a few hearts and stomachs, and I can be a very harsh critic of Shakey’s past. But this was southern redemption.
The first thing I noticed upon entering the Auburn Shakey’s was the sheeter on the long bench. Mandatory for great pizza. I knew I was home – a sweet home, Alabama. I believe in supporting the best, and when it comes to Shakey’s pizza parlors, this is one of the very best.