Munch Madness: Hoop Dreams: Pizza from Red Brick Tap and Grill ($11-$22)

From the March 20, 2014 edition

Home Court Advantage: Last year’s vintage-exterior-preserving transformation of this former dive into a sleek and cool hangout with warm lighting and hot red colors is kinda stunning. Now comfy padded booths with retro-diner-style tables and a large attractive bar make prime perches for seven, everywhere-you-look screens and approximately 30 taps.

Slam Dunk Snack: “EAT PIE” is prominently spelled out on Brick’s walls. Take that advice, because Brick’s creatively topped, handmade pizzas ― featuring thin-but-not-delicate “artisanal”crusts that exaggeratedly puff out on golden-brown, garlic-scented edges ― outscore those from most pizzerias. Vegetarians disappointed by bland pies will love the vibrant Lisa Simpson; everyone else should relish the inspired Italian-sub-meets-Greek-salad Mad Hatter.