Buddy's Pizza

Row 1

Details
17125 Conant St (at McNichols Rd.)
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 892-9001
Pizza
$ $
Hours
Mon–Thu: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM Fri: 11:00 AM–11:00 PM Sat: Noon–11:00 PM Sun: 1:00 PM–9:00 PM

Detroit’s signature square pizza style is like a Sicilian slice on steroids. There's crisp, thick, deep-dish crust action, often formed from the process of twice-baking in square pans that have been brushed with oil or butter, and a liberal ladling of sauce spread across the cheese surface. It supposedly all started at Buddy’s Rendezvous in 1946, a neighborhood tavern that had been run for a decade by owner August “Gus” Guerra. Since 1953, Buddy’s has had several owners. Gus sold Buddy’s to Jimmy Bonacorse and Jimmy Valenti and opened Cloverleaf (a pizzeria featured on last year's list). They sold it to Billy and Shirlee Jacobs in 1970 (their son Robert Jacobs helms it now).

Different stewardships, same results — a passionate following for cheesy, chewy pies — the difference being there are now 11 locations and the rest of the country is catching up. You may think that Detroit-style is confined to its home region, but consider that a few years ago, Alan Richman of GQ singled out Buddy’s as one of the 25 best pizzas in America; that California pizza royalty Tony Gemignani serves his version at several of his restaurants; and the style has started catching on in Texas and New York.

You’re going to want to try at least two pies: the cheese pizza (four or eight squares) from the Detroit's Original Square Pizza collection, and the signature Detroit Zoo pie from the Motor City Pizza Collection: Motor City Cheese blend, roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, pine nuts, and tomato basil sauce.

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

 

 

Foursquare Tips

  • Love the original Buddy's. been going there over 30 years since I was a little tyke.
  • This Motor City institution still serves its iconic square pizza, but their recent adventures in thin crust territory warrant a second look. [Eater 38 Member]
  • THE place for real Detroit Style pizza. This is a must.
  • Great place to sit, watch a game, and enjoy authentic pizza!
  • Try the Antioxidant pizza!! It's fab :-)
  • Check out where the Original Buddy's Pizza started! If you go to a UDM basketball game and the men's team scores 80+ pts you can use your ticket for a free small cheese pizza!!
  • Get thw top shelf long beaches....ur limit is 3....but trust me, u will be buzzed off 1!
  • Must have a long island
  • Try the Miller High Life - The Champagne of Beers!
  • Just go and enjoy yourself. PERIOD
  • Amazing pizza. Very filling and yummy
  • Perfect Detroit-style pizza
  • 4-square pie with pepperoni is perfection
  • Some of the best pizza I've ever had. Loved the "Detroiter" pepperoni and basil for the win. Very friendly staff. Old school comfort at its best.
  • OMG finally some good American pizza.
  • Detroit Style Pizza - if you live on the east coast you only hear NY vs. Chicago.If feel this is a great contender for that conversation. Cheesy, Flavorful, and you don't need to wait an hour!
  • By far, the best pizza I've had! Great mozzarella sticks too!
  • My favorite all time pizza place. A must have when I am in town visiting family. I search all over California to find pizza like Buddy's no such luck. I love the corner slices.
  • The deep dish pizza is really good
  • Delicious thick square pizza with fresh ingredients. Yum!