Iconic Eats: Buddy’s Pizza


In addition to the Coney Dog, Detroit also has its own unique style when it comes to pizza. The rectangular thick crust pie can be found several places throughout the city, but the place that introduced it to the Motor City back in 1946 was Buddy’s Pizza.

Buddy's Original Location
Original Location

Buddy’s serves “The Original Detroit Style Square Pizza”. With 12 locations throughout metro Detroit, the iconic pizza chain still prepares each pie the way they did in 1946.

Bar Area

I went to the original location on the corner of Conant and Six Mile Roads. It was late afternoon and I was immediately shown to one of the booths near the bar.

Since 1946

If I was about to eat something created in Detroit, I was gonna drink something made in Detroit too. I ordered a Vernors Ginger Ale. Created in 1866 by a Detroit pharmacist, it’s the oldest surviving ginger ale brand in the United States.

Vernors Ginger Ale

The menu also offers salads, made-from-scratch soups, thin crust pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, and burgers. But I was there for their famous square pizza and nothing else. I ordered the popular Detroiter.

The Detroiter
The Detroiter

It had cheese, pepperoni, and tomato basil sauce topped with shaved parmesan cheese and Buddy’s Sicilian spice blend.

Detroit-Style Square Pizza

I definitely need more Detroit-style pizza in my life. It was delicious! The thick pan pie had nice crispy edges along the buttery chewy crust. It’s not as thick as a Sicilian which can be too doughy.

Crispy Edges
Crispy Edges

The cheese melted to the edges, the spices, the salty pepperoni…it was so good.

Buddy's Pizza

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at Buddy’s Pizza. They take pride in keeping Buddy’s traditions alive and it shows. The casual eatery is the place to try Detroit-style pizza.

Buddy’s Pizza
17125 Conant Street
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 892-9001

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