We drive past Trolley Stop Market almost every day, and for the longest time I’ve wanted to go there. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the food, and everyone raves about the pizza. If I was forced to eat one type of food forever, it would pizza. I HAD to eat at Trolley Stop Market before I left.
#59 on 100 Things to Eat in Memphis Before You Die & #110 on 100+ Things to Eat in Memphis – Margherita Pizza from Trolley Stop Market.
This story takes place March 9th, 2013. The day after my birthday.
It was a Saturday evening. We had done a little shopping earlier in the day to get presents for our friends as they were having a joint birthday party (I had already had my party the day before by going to Tunica with my wife, my mother-in-law and her husband). Their theme was Black & White, so I bought a black and white Memphis Tigers hat to wear as well. We were all dressed up and thought the perfect pre-party meal would be some pizza from Trolley Stop.
We arrive at Trolley Stop around 7.30pm. There’s a party going on at the back, so people are a little busy, but eventually we’re seated. 5 minutes later and our order is taken. One medium margherita pizza, one water, and one sweet tea. Our drinks arrive quickly, and we chat while listening to the karaoke in the back. My wife uploads the photo of us below on Instagram after getting the wifi-password.
30 minutes or so later, our server comes to tell us that our pizza will be out soon, and the reason for the wait was because of the parties. At that time we ask if we can have the cheque and get it in a box to go so we won’t be late for the party.
Thanks to the Instagram photo, we know that 55 minutes after my wife posting that photo we still hadn’t received our pizza. So we went to see the manager. He said he’d heard of the situation and that the pizza would be ready soon, they were just boxing it up, and it’s now a large. We still had to pay for the pizza. When the pizza came, our server apologized and said apparently someone had taken our pizza to another table. I asked her if she thought it was unreasonable to wait an hour for a pizza, and she agreed it was. The manager was basically uninterested by this point.
Our server was very nice, I don’t fault her at all. The manager, however, could have tried to make some recompense for the screw-up.
So, how did we get to enjoy our pizza? Cold, late at night, in the car on the way home from the party because we did’t want to spill any on our clothes before getting there. And I did not want to share a photo of cold, soggy pizza.
Here’s the sad thing about all of this. The flavors were delicious. The dough tasted like, had it been hot out of the oven, it would have been amazing. Margherita is the true test of a good pizza, and they do a good margherita. A very well balanced pizza.
I have one more thing to eat from Trolley Stop Market on the lists, but I won’t be dining in their establishment again. Not the fault of our server or the chef, but the manager absolutely soured the evening.
If you’re going to eat at Trolley Stop Market, I’d phone your order in, pick it up, and eat it elsewhere. Just to be safe.