Tim’s Pizza at 17201 E US-40 in Independence is a strip mall dynamo of pizza. This is old school pizza shop that starting baking pies in the 80’s. Pizza is hard to ruin, but hard to do well and this is very good pizza. Tim’s pizza pie has very crispy crust. This isn’t cracker crust. This is regular hand tossed style crust that is wonderfully crispy and firm. This crust crackles when you bite. But the best part of Tim’s pizza are the mounds of toppings that stretch all the way to the edge of the pie. This pizza is absolutely drenched in toppings. Wonderful meat toppings include all the favorites, each better than the next. Pepperoni, beef, sausage and ham are all perfectly placed atop these pizzas. The cheese at Tim’s is also great. The cheese melts evenly above the crust and maintains a wonderful color and consistency. Tim’s has a unique Ballpark pizza that includes polish sausage and sauerkraut. Yes, sauerkraut, and I don’t mean a little bit of kraut but heaping mounds. I liked it much more than I anticipated, but wonder if it was as good as I recall because I realize it doesn’t sound appetizing. If you like pizza then you will love Tim’s. Heads up, they don’t take debit or credit cards.
Casey’s General Store has about a dozen locations in the outer edges of Kansas City. Casey’s is a gas station convenience store that sells take-out pizza and they also deliver at some locations. Casey’s is a small town kinda place and if you ever lived in a small community then Casey’s may have been your only fast food option. This pizza is not good. The pizza is greasy and has an odd chewy bite. If your stranded at a Casey’s gas station then I’m sure it could be satisfying. Otherwise, this is not a viable pizza option. Casey’s sells a lot of pizza, but it’s hard to recommend their slice to anyone. If you decide to bring home a Casey’s pizza then try the beloved taco pizza.
This was a lopsided match up that taught us that Tim’s Pizza is an excellent throw back and Casey’s is gross.