D. P. Dough is actually a small but far-flung chain of 23 restaurants located around colleges centered around New England and the Midwest. Its primary allure is that it delivers calzones at just about any time of the day and night. D. P. Dough specializes in calzones almost exclusively; the menu contains a few salads, breadsticks and chicken wings, but none of these is particularly inspiring. Instead, a huge variety of calzones make the bulk of the menu, and a consistent delicous flavor keep people coming back again and again.
D.P. Dough will take just about anything you want and put it in a calzone for you for $6.75. And then it will deliver that calzone to you at virtually any time. The eatery in Athens closes at 4 a.m. There are a variety of creative calzone ideas.
- Roni Zoni: Pepperoni and cheese. Simple but delightful calzone.
- BBQ Steak: Steak, mozzarella cheese and barbecue sauce. Sounds simple, but the trinity is perfect. My favorite calzone on the whole menu. I’m not exaggerating when I say I have eaten dozens of these.
- Cheeseburg Zone: Beef, American cheese, bacon and pepper. This one is a bit greasy and pepperey but if you like those, it’s perfect.
- Buffer Zone: Breaded Chicken, Mozzarella, Hot Sauce, Blue Cheese. A fan favorite, and definitely good with the ranch sauce.
- BBQ Chicken: Breaded Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar, BBQ Sauce. A little crunchy, but barbecued chicken is wonderful, almost like eating wings.
D.P. Dough offers a number of specials including a “zone of the day” discount as well as an almost-permanent buy 2 get 1 free offer so the food is often cheaper than it looks. It’s imperative that you research these ideas, be they in a newspaper, a flier or in the restaurant itself; almost any way you cut it, you’ll be able to find a deal in some way.
The quality of the calzones, and the convenience of the delivery, is awesome. Unfortunately, if you are in the mood to eat in, or want something other than a calzone, I would say to stick with another place. D.P. dough has very few particularly healthy choices, and the interior of the restaurant leaves much to be desired. It is clear that it keeps to the niche market of delivering calzones. If that sounds appetizing to you, D.P. Dough might be the best place to find them. Also, service has been a mixed bag for me. The prices on food have been steadily going up over the past few years and on top of that, delivery boys seem to constantly “forget” to bring change for you when you pay, hoping for a bigger tip. That’s a huge problem to me. Watch your dollar when you order.
- D.P. Dough offers a variety of deals, coupons, and discounts. Check fliers, newspapers, and in the store to see what you could be saving money on.
- With late hours as early as 4 a.m. some mornings, this is the place to go if you’re hungry late, it’s got the latest hours in town.
- Though there is a small dining room to enjoy calzones, D.P. Dough should generally be regarded as “take-out only.”