[The Mystery Diner went with a classic sausage at Uncle Lar's Pizza.]
The Mystery Diner has seen many a pizza parlor come and go.
They pop up at every corner, touting the newest craze in crusts, add-ons and appetizers. Some make it. Others don't.
Few, though, possess the staying power of Uncle Lar's Pizza.
An institution in Plano for over three decades, Uncle Lar's first opened its doors on the corner of Main and West streets next to the Plano Bowling Alley in August 1983. Larry Albright, or "Uncle Lar," and his wife, Norma, realized their dream of owning a pizzeria. Larry passed away in 2003, and the establishment eventually moved to its storefront location at 108 W. Main St., right across the street from the train station. Today, the restaurant is owned and operated by Jerry and Selaine Stegmann who keep the the same famous recipe that the Albrights passed down.
The Mystery Diner made a drive out to Uncle Lar's one recent evening to sample the pizza he's read glowing reports of on Facebook.
Uncle Lar's exterior is cozy and quaint. Inside, Uncle Lar's walls are adorned with pictures of classic Chicago sports heroes from when the restaurant first opened its doors, from the 1985 Bears to the 1989 Cubs.
Uncle Lar's menu is simple and straightforward.