On Toppers

February 13, 2012 at 12:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Downtown diners among you have probably been waiting for Toppers [WARNING: obnoxious music] to open so you could check it out and compare it to all the other pizza joints in the area: Yia Yia’s, Lazzari’s, Sam & Louie’s, Papa John’s, Old Chicago, Pies & Pints. Taste of Lincoln has a first look. The core message: Toppers isn’t a dine-in restaurant, it’s a carryout and delivery joint.

Oh sure, you can dine in. But seating is extremely limited, and that’s just not the focus of the restaurant. Toppers is a new Domino’s, not a new Sam & Louie’s.

You might wonder then, as I have, why they chose the location they chose. It seems like such a dine-in-oriented and expensive location. I suppose visibility is a big reason. Getting established Downtown isn’t easy, so they want to catch folks’ eyes and stay on their minds by locating in a prominent, frequently-seen spot, as opposed to situating in a boring ol’ strip mall like, say, Papa John’s.

Will diners go for it? It’s obviously far too early to tell. You can help be the judge on that by giving Toppers a try at some point. I would be happy to, though I’m not sure when I’ll be able to grab a carryout order to test them out. Depending on their delivery zone, perhaps I’ll go that route instead.

Let us know what you think after you give Toppers a try.

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George February 13, 2012 at 5:38pm

Totally off topic… Have you tried Cheddars yet?  We went last night and the food was wonderful!  There is a huge wait though getting in (I got there at 4:30 on a Sunday and there already a 45 minute wait) but I have to say, the food and price and quantity of food based on price was spot on!  We will be going back.

Mr. Wilson February 13, 2012 at 7:48pm

Nope, haven’t been there yet. For whatever reason, most of O Street from 56th to Downtown is basically a blank spot in my mind. I just don’t think about Cheddars when it comes time to plan where to eat.

We’ll make it there one of these days.

meatball February 15, 2012 at 9:15pm

A coworker and his wife went over the weekend. His take—average, OK food, reasonably priced (he went so far as to call it cheap). He said his wife didn’t care for her entree at all. I don’t recall what she had. He said they’ll be in no rush to go back.

Guess I’ll have to find out for myself.

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