Grand Rapids just got a little more East Side with the addition of an iconic Detroit pizzeria. Buddy’s Pizza has been a Detroit landmark for many years, known to be the ‘Tastiest Pizza in North America’, and now us Rapidians can enjoy that deep dish, square edged, sauce on top goodness right here in our area. The company has 12 locations on the East Side with three more planned and recently expanded to our neck of the woods, in Grand Rapids, earlier this April.
Buddy’s Pizza Grand Rapids is located at 4061 28th St. SE, in the space of the former Carraba’s Italian Grill (28th Street and East Paris area). The 6,620 square foot space has been renovated to seat about 210 people and features a patio that seats 20. The interior design is complemented by a garage door over the bar, mosaic floors and reclaimed beams from Detroit factories.
Recommendation: Sit up at the bar if you’d like to catch a pro game or snag a table in the main area if you have a large party. Not in the mood to be out in public eating? Get it delivered by DoorDash (must be in the delivery area).
The eatery is known for their Detroit style pizza which is served in four square and eight square portions. The menu also includes gluten free pizza, burgers, salads and more. Looking for more options? There are sandwiches that range from hoagies to pitas and even grilled cheese with Texas toast. Buddy’s also offers a wide selection of Grand Rapids beers (YAH!), Buddy’s signature beers, Buddy Brew and Bocce IPA. Cocktails are also available and exceptionally tasty.
Recommendation: Order the Moscow Mule that incorporates Valentine White Blossom vodka, which is also a Detroit brand, into the classic beverage.
Buddy’s originally opened as Buddy’s Rendezvous Pizza in 1946. They became innovators in the world of pizza due to the blue steel pans they used to make their square shaped pizza. These pans were originally intended to hold nuts and bolts at local auto factories but the cooking method they used gave birth to what is now known as ‘The Original Detroit Style Pizza’.
Another unique fact about Buddy’s was the way they prepared their pizza. They started by rolling out the dough, adding pepperoni, then cheese and topped it off with sauce. This ‘sauce on top’ recipe made for a pie with a buttery crunch that was, and is, truly delicious.
Recommendation: Order pizza in 4 squares so you can order more different types of pizzas. These squares are BIG so we cut each in half and shared amongst the table. The more pizza options the merrier, right?!
Over the years, Buddy’s has continued to grow and thrive. There are now 16 locations of the restaurant opened or set to open throughout the Midwest. Yah, Detroit pizza is taking over!
Buddy’s Pizza has a rich Michigan history and their 70 plus years in business is proof of their ability to create a stand out pizza. If you haven’t stopped in to the new location, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on tasting this truly unique slice of pizza heaven!
So, what did the GRNow team try…
Buddy’s Garlic Bread – Italian long-loaf sliced in three, grilled and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Antipasto – A freshly chopped mixture of romaine hearts and iceberg lettuce topped with diced imported ham, salami and natural Wisconsin brick cheese and fresh tomatoes.
BBQ Chicken – Cheese, grilled chicken, red onions, fresh cilantro and Buddy’s BBQ sauce.
Hawaiian – Cheese, ham, pineapple and Buddy’s BBQ sauce. ***We added jalapenos and subbed the BBQ for red pizza sauce
Oven-Baked Cheese Lasagna – Fresh wide-ribbon noodles layered with a classic blend of ricotta, brick and Parmesan cheese. Served with your choice of sauce.
Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff + Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae