In 1936, Buddy's was a neighborhood tavern well known for illegally
serving alcohol. They only added pizza to the menu in 1946. Today,
Buddy's Pizza is well known for two things: its "Got Pizza? Give Dough!"
fund-raising campaign, which has raised over $1.2 million for the
Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and the deep-dish pizza recipe that has barely
changed over the years. It's no wonder Metro Times
named Buddy's pizza the best in Detroit since 1985. Buddy's serves
salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, soups, and a variety of appetizers
and desserts, but an overwhelming majority of diners come for the pizza.
The dough is mixed, kneaded and raised at each location to create the
famously crispy, square, deep-dish pizzas. Specialty pizzas include the
barbecue chicken pizza with cheese, barbecue sauce, chicken, red onions
and cilantro; Greek pizza with feta and Wisconsin brick cheese, spinach,
roasted garlic, red onion, diced tomato, dill, and a Greek dressing;
and margherita pizza with roasted garlic, tomatoes, basil, oregano,
olive oil and Asiago cheese. Pepperoni slices are thoughtfully placed
under the cheese to prevent charring, and all pizzas can be made without
cheese or with fat-free cheese. Bloomfield and Royal Oak locations are
Beer and wine available (except at Bloomfield and Royal Oak). Serving lunch and dinner daily.
"Buddy's pizza crust is one of the best in America, although it's
unlikely you knew it was in the running for the championship. That's
because Buddy's, as much a bar and sandwich shop as it is a pizzeria,
specializes in Detroit-style square pizza, almost unknown outside the
- Alan Richman, GQ