I live my life with abandon and I will absolutely try any food. Today, that includes Quad City-style pizza.

Per your suggestions on Instagram and my coworkers thoughts on the best places for QC pizza, I went to Harris Pizza and Happy Joe's to get a vibe on QC pizza. At Harris Pizza, I had the taco pizza and at Happy Joe's, I had the extra cheese. Harris gave me a large even though I bought a small (my coworkers were thrilled).

As I learned, QC pizza has malt in the crust, tomato sauce made with red chili flakes or cayenne, toppings under the cheese, and it's usually cut into strips. I had the square pizza in school lunches so the shape isn't that weird to me, but Harris and Happy Joe's came through with triangular shapes.

Sarah Stringer
Sarah Stringer

First up- Harris Pizza. Yums. I'm a fan of the thick crust style and I don't mind a chewier crust if the outside has a good snap. The taco meat in this pizza had such good flavor! Honestly after just one slice, because of the generous amount of toppings, I was full.

Second: Happy Joe's. Loved this one too! The cheese drips off the slice in just the right way and the super cheesy flavor profile is so good.

I should note that the people working at both of these places were so nice! "Iowa nice" is definitely a thing.

Whitey's is the next QC staple I have to try. Where else should I go? Tell me on Insta: @sarahsonair.

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