Red Devil Pizzeria, 907 W. Foothill Blvd. (at San Antonio), Upland
Sometimes these Restaurant of the Week posts come about by happenstance. I drove one lunch hour to the Upland Town Square shopping center, the one with a Sprouts market, to try out Tao Thai. But this was the day after Thanksgiving and neither Tao Thai nor Loving Hut a few doors down were open.
I almost left the center to look elsewhere but decided to try Red Devil, just paces from where I parked.
Red Devil is almost cavernous in size, with Coors streamers, pennants of NFL teams and picnic-style tables. It’s designed for Little League teams and football watching. But it turns out they have some great lunch specials, all priced at $5. Five dollars!
I got a slice of pizza, salad and soda, $5.40 with tax. The salad was decent: iceberg, cheese, tomatoes and black olives. The slice was wide, soft and thick. I got mushrooms as my topping. It’s not my new favorite pizza in town, but it was acceptable. And the price was outstanding.
A few days later I returned for another $5 lunch special. This time I got baked ziti, garlic bread and soda. Tasty and filling.
My only complaint is that all three TVs, spread around the room, were tuned to “Days of Our Lives”; seated in the middle of the restaurant, with the same dialogue coming from three corners of the room, seemingly a split-second apart, I had to move closer to one TV or risk my brain exploding.
(Note: This is not a real complaint, although it’s true that the effect was annoying.)
I don’t know how long they’ll keep the $5 price, but right now it’s one of the best deals around.
How does Red Devil relate to Sal’s Red Devil in La Verne, there since 1973? Not at all, apparently. Covina’s Red Devil opened in 1966. Two brothers split off to open Barros and Lamppost. This Upland location was a Lamppost until 2010, when the family took it back and opened the second Red Devil. They call themselves The Original Red Devil Pizza.
Now I still have to try Tao Thai, if I can keep myself from veering back into Red Devil for a cheaper lunch…