When you think of the best pizza in Michigan you probably think of Buddy’s. Rightfully so, I can’t blame you. Maybe you think of Jet’s. I’ll count it. However, when you think beyond the big names and brands the best pizza in Michigan conversation can get interesting…and I think I found my vote.
To my surprise, my favorite pizza in Michigan isn’t Detroit style. I know I’m biased being born and raised here, but I think the Detroit style pan pizza is the best kind of pizza there is. New York’s crust is too thin, Chicago too thick and saucy, which makes Detroit’s just right, if you go the Goldilock route. I thought for sure my favorite pizza in Michigan would be some sort of pan pizza with a greasy thick crust. I was wrong. It’s a garlicy braided crust. Mmm I can taste it now. My favorite pizza in Michigan is the Steak and Jalapeño from The Bucket Bar in Mears.
There’s a lot to process here, I’m sure. Braided crust? Steak and Jalapeño? Pizza from a golf course? Yes. Yes. Yes. It all comes together for Michigan’s best pizza. Did I mention the Béchamel sauce? I feel like that’s important to mention. It’s a white pizza, no tomato sauce. I’ve found that I’m not a big red sauce guy, whether it’s with pizza or pasta. All I need is some garlic and olive oil and I’m set. The cheesy Béchamel sauce ties the whole pizza together with a creamy coolness to balance out the jalapeño. Almost like dipping it in ranch would do? You feel me? The braided crust is unlike anything I’ve ever had on a pizza. It’s like breadsticks as crust. That’s what I’m all about. Why don’t more places do a braided crust? Every bite I think I say it outloud. I just can’t understand it. The picture above is the best I could do. Notice it’s missing a piece? Okay, two pieces? I couldn’t help myself or wait a single minute to eat it before taking the picture. It’s that good.
There you have it. That’s my favorite pizza in Michigan. Have you tried it? What’s your favorite pizza in Michigan? Let me know on Twitter @CortFreeman