By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: August 2012
Garrett McKinney, Taylor Bennett, and General Manager James Gaddis of Top That! Pizza in Tulsa Hills Shopping Center.
“Pepperoni and jalapenos!” “Polish sausage, onions, and garlic!” “Hamburger with black olives!” “Cheese, cheese and more cheese!” Have you ever gone out for pizza with the family or a group of friends and heard a similar conversation, where not a single person could agree on what kind of pie to order up? (This can especially be the case with kids in tow.) The next time that happens, make your way to Top That! Pizza in the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center.
The concept is simple. Everyone orders their own personal 10-inch pizza – with their choice of crust, sauce, cheese, and unlimited toppings, all for one low price. Your pizza is made right in front of you, and by the time you’ve paid for your meal, the hot and delicious pizza is ready to devour. How can you top that?
Sean Swank, owner of Top That! Pizza in the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center, became interested in the franchise because of his own love for the pizza. Sean is an 18-year Air Force veteran from Oklahoma and currently works as a recruiter. He will retire from the military in two years in his home state.
One day a while back, Sean and a few of his friends were eating at Top That! Pizza in south Tulsa (which they did frequently), and the conversation turned to what Sean planned on doing after he retired from the Air Force. Sean didn’t have an answer, but his friend did – “You should open a Top That! Pizza.” At first, Sean thought the idea was crazy; the food service industry just didn’t seem like a good fit for him. But things changed and the idea quickly grew on him.
As residents of Glenpool, Sean, his wife Sheila, and their daughters Mikayla and Addison would regularly shop and eat at the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center. He always thought Tulsa Hills would be an ideal location for Top That! Pizza, and the plans soon fell into place. Sean opened up shop in December of 2011 at 7466 S. Olympia. “The opening of the store stemmed from my love of the product, the perfect location becoming available, the help of my investors Eddie and Merrell Beach, timing, and an amazing team to help make things happen, including General Manager James Gaddis and Store Manager Andre Casteel,” says Sean.
As you enter Top That! Pizza, you’ll be greeted with smiling faces and will enjoy a personal pizza-making experience all your own. First, choose one of three crusts: Italian white, hearty multigrain, or honey wheat. Next, choose your sauce (you can even mix two sauces) – options include bold Italian red, sweet Roma red, angry red (spicy), alfredo, angry alfredo, barbecue, basil pesto, or Thai peanut. A five-cheese blend is included with all pizzas, and you may choose an unlimited number of toppings (all for one price).
Veggies include artichokes, banana peppers, caramelized onions, carrots, fresh garlic, mushrooms, green and black olives, spinach, green onions, jalapenos, peanuts, pineapple, red and white onions, roasted garlic, roasted peppers, Roma and sundried tomatoes, and tri-colored peppers. Meat options are Applewood bacon, buffalo chicken, Canadian bacon, marinated chicken, chorizo sausage, hamburger, hot links, Italian sausage, pepperoni, polish sausage, marinated ribeye and turkey pepperoni. Finish the pizza off with a selection of eight different topping cheeses including feta, parmesan, gorgonzola and more.
“All of our ingredients are fresh every day; that’s one of the reasons the pizza is so delicious. We also press our own crusts,” adds Sean. If you have trouble making decisions, or if you’re calling in an order to go and want to make it easy, choose from one of eight signature pizzas available, including Philly Cheesesteak, All You Can Meat, Hottie, and Zorba the Veggie. For health-conscious eaters, a light menu is available with pizzas ringing in at less than 600 calories. And of course, you can also create your own healthy pizza concoction. Kids’ combos and desserts round out the menu.
To wash down your mouthwatering meal, you won’t want to skip the soda machine. Top That! Pizza has a touch screen soda fountain with over 120 drink flavors available, with the option of customizing your beverage in thousands of different ways. For example, if you like Coke, you can sip some classic Coca Cola, or choose flavors such as vanilla, lime, raspberry, cherry or orange Coke.
Stop in to Top That! Pizza in Tulsa Hills Shopping Center today and get creative with your pizza. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.