The Dish

The Detroiter from Buddy’s Pizza


Celebrated Detroit pizza chain Buddy’s has finally landed in Lansing. The coronavirus delayed its grand opening, but now that the rules are loosening — for better or worse — Lansing can finally enjoy the square-shaped goodness that Buddy’s has to offer.

To get an idea for what Buddy’s Pizza thinks its customers should have, I went with one of its signature options, the Detroiter. I opted for takeout instead of dine-in.

The Detroiter is made of Wisconsin brick cheese, pepperoni, tomato basil sauce, shaved Parmesan cheese and Buddy’s Sicilian spice blend. The ingredients played off of each other extremely well.

If I had to pick the standout topping, honestly, it would be the cheese. It was absolutely delicious. Yes, I recognize this is a very typical ingredient list for a pizza, but the sheer quality of it made it feel like I was experiencing something brand new.

My immediate reaction is that Buddy’s is very similar to Jet’s, except leagues above it. Where I find fault in Jet’s — far too greasy, overbearingly thick and crunchy crust — I find fortune in Buddy’s. I predict that it won’t take long for Lansing to fall in love with Buddy’s. I know it’s going to become one of my new favorite spots.

Buddy’s Lansing

Open for dine-in and carryout

5924 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing

(517) 273-8900

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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