Finally made it here last night for a full pie: half cheese half pepperoni & sausage to go. Unquestionably the best NY-style pizza I've had in Portland so far.
One of the big things that sets this pizza apart from the other NY-style joints in town is the sauce. It's the first thing I tasted when biting into a cheese slice, and it's excellent. Most other sauces on NY-style pizzas are too sweet, too salty, and overherbed (like most canned versions). Baby Doll's tastes like fresh tomatoes, period. There's a little salt and a little seasoning in there, but not much. The tomatoes really shine on their own here, which is good, because most if not all of the saltiness is delivered via the potently cheesy aged mozzarella.
The weakest aspect is the crust, which is a standard, dense, bland affair. I wouldn't salt it any more than they already do, though, because the saltiness level of the pizza as a whole is pretty perfect as is. However I wouldn't blame you for not finishing these end crusts, because they're just not that interesting.
I preferred the cheese slices, if for no other reason than the fact that the sauce was more prominent, but the pepperoni & sausage half was worthwhile, too. Their pepperoni was a bit on the mild side for me, but I liked their house sausage; a little more fennel seed would have been nice, because the best bites included that unmistakable hit of anise. This half of the pizza really wasn't all that greasy, which really surprised me.
I guess if you order a whole pie they toss in one of their garlic knots. I almost never order garlic knots because I want to save more room for pizza, but I really liked this one, mostly because it didn't taste like it was imbued with garlic powder. A nice addition to an already delicious meal.
Can't believe it took me as long as it did to try Baby Doll, given how often I pass by it, but it's definitely going into the rotation now. Fingers crossed they'll continue to improve the crust, but it's still delicious pizza. Next I'll have to try one of their reheated slices to see how they compare. Thanks to everyone who kept recommending this place!