7 Pure Michigan Pizzerias That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Today is National Pizza Day! Who doesn’t love a cheesy, saucy piece of pizza? No matter how you’re celebrating, either with a slice or a whole pie to yourself, we’ve scouted seven of the best pizzerias in Pure Michigan that you can visit today to celebrate or whenever you’re craving this delicious dish. 

Supino Pizzeria
2457 Russell St, Detroit

Our first stop is Supino Pizzeria. This much-loved pizza joint, located in Eastern Market, uses the freshest ingredients and bakes their pizzas in an Italian wood-burning oven. They have a wide variety of thin-crust pizzas sure to make your mouth water. If you’re feeling cheesy, get the Quattro Formaggio: a red pizza with mozzarella, smoked Gouda, chevre and feta cheese.

Photo Courtesy of Buddy’s Pizza

Buddy’s Pizza
17125 Conant St, Hamtramck

Of course, we had to include Buddy’s Pizza on this list. This iconic pizzeria started out in Hamtramck on Conant St in the 1930s. However, it wasn’t until 1946 that their famous square pizza was introduced. Buddy’s has now grown to 11 different locations in Michigan, so you’re likely to find one near you! Try a pizza from the Great Lakes Pizza Collection like the Lake Superior and you won’t be disappointed. It incorporates a cheese blend, basil, pine nuts, pepperoni, tomato basil sauce and Buddy’s Sicilian spice blend all into one great pie.

Mani Osteria & Bar
341 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

Mani Osteria & Bar is an independently owned restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor that specializes in artisanal pizzas and other creative Italian dishes prepared in a wood-burning oven. They often use locally sourced ingredients for their dishes. Check out the bar for regional craft beers, old world wines and much more. Indulge in the Shrimp Scampi pizza equipped with fontina cheese, scallion cream and bacon.

Ambassador Restaurant
126 Shelden Ave., Houghton

One of the best U.P. restaurants to get your pizza fix is the Ambassador. It has been around since 1965 when the Rossi family transformed the previous tap bar into a restaurant that specialized in pizza and sandwiches. One of the most interesting pizzas here is the Tostada, a pizza with spiced ground beef, white Colby cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, topped with hot sauce. If you’re looking for a more traditional dinner, try the BLT pizza made with thin crust, salad dressing, Colby cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.

Photo Courtesy of Ambassador Restaurant

D’Angelo’s Pizza
1305 Columbus Ave., Bay City

D’Angelo’s Pizza in Bay City is a local joint that has several rave reviews of their pizza and has won many awards. The restaurant is often included in the best of Michigan lists. Be sure to try their Voodoo pizza that includes grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, garlic, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and fresh mushrooms. (Closed Tuesdays)

Fricano’s Pizza Tavern
1400 Fulton Street, Grand Haven

Fricano’s is claimed by many customers to be the best pizza they’ve ever had. The restaurant started as an old boarding house in the late 1800s, but was transformed in 1949 by the late Cosimo (Gus) Fricano and is thought to be the first pizzeria in Michigan. Try their Sausage and Mushroom Fricano’s Pizza pie!

sausage pizza

Photo Courtesy of Fricano’s Pizza

DeLuca’s Restaurant
2006 W Willow Street, Lansing

DeLuca’s is a family-owned business since 1960, specializing in pizza, so you know they have great pies to try. The family jokes that pizza sauce, not blood, runs through their veins. The restaurant has been voted best pizza in Lansing 10 years in a row by View Magazine. Satisfy your cravings with a Bruschetta pizza made on thin crust with olive oil, bruschetta, tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella and Romano cheese.

What other Pure Michigan pizza spots do you love? Comment below!

Seven Michigan Eating Challenges That Are Sure to Make You Hungry

Order up! Michigan may be known for its beautiful scenery and outdoors, but Michiganders know all too well that the state boasts some of the best restaurants around. While many of these hometown spots offer delectable classics, a few others bring something far ‘bigger’ to the table.

We rounded up seven eating challenges across the state that are available to try year round. So prepare your stomach, and mind, for these gargantuan Pure Michigan food feats.

The Dog Central Challenge
Dog Central, Mount Pleasant
If you’re heading to Mid-Michigan, ask around: Many of the Mt. Pleasant locals will know about the famed Dog Central Challenge. Dubbed as a test of both mental and physical toughness, challengers are tasked with taking down three foot long hotdogs with chili and two toppings, a bed of French fries, stack of onion rings and a 20 oz. fountain pop to wash it all down. If you complete the challenge, your determination earns you a spot on the Wall of Fame. But be warned! Losing the challenge earns you a spot on the Wall of Shame

Other Dog Central challenges include: most hot dogs eaten in two hours, most hot dogs eaten in one half hour, and the Ghost Chili Challenge (three hot dogs with ghost pepper chili)


Photo courtesy of Dog Central

Lumberjack Club
The Grill House, Allegan
Do you have what it takes to join the Lumberjack Club? This 42oz Top Sirloin is not for the faint of heart. The record time for eating this monstrous steak is 5 minutes and 26 seconds, but you get one full hour to take on this mountain of meat. Don’t worry if you can’t finish it in under an hour – you’ve still had a wonderful steak dinner, and now you can have a tasty steak and egg omelet for breakfast!

50-Wing Challenge
The Winter Inn, Greenville
Every Sunday, challengers are invited to take part in the famed 50-wing challenge. You’ll have one hour to eat 50 of the Winter Inn’s delectable wings in the hopes of earning a plaque to put on the Wall of Fame. If you’re able to finish the challenge, you’ll receive a Winter Inn t-shirt, $15 gift certificate, and, of course, bragging rights as the wing champion.

Big Bambino Burger
Stucko’s Pub, Marquette
If you’re looking for a burger challenge, look no further than Stucko’s Big Bambino.  This mammoth one-pound burger is topped with a quarter pound all-beef hot dog, three slices of bacon and three slices of American cheese. Served with lettuce, tomato, pickle spear and one pound of fries, this majestic sandwich will bring even the burliest-burger lover to their knees.

Hellfire Hat Trick 
Mallie’s Sports Grill and Bar, Southgate
Spice-chasers head to Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, a Detroit suburb, to take on the “Hellfire Hat Trick.” Eat 1 hellfire burger, 6 hell fire wings and 1 bowl of hellfire chili in 30 minutes or less with a 5 minute burn period. Complete the Hat Trick and win free burgers for a year or a $100 Mallie’s gift certificate. This challenge is so hot it was even featured in USA Today Travel’s list of America’s spiciest eating challenges. 

Also available at Mallie’s – a burger challenge even more mammoth than the Big Bambino! The 10 lb. Monster Burger Challenge dares the largest of appetites to finish it all in 2 hours or less and it’s free. Plus, you get $100 and your photo on Mallie’s Wall of Fame!

Photo courtesy of Mallie's Grill n Bar

Photo courtesy of Mallie’s Grill n Bar

Burrito Challenge
Sabor Latino, Ann Arbor
If you’re looking for a challenge in Ann Arbor, take a trip to Sabor Latino for the hearty Burrito Challenge. You’ll come face to face with a triple-size burrito stuffed with beans, rice, you choice of meat or vegetables, lettuce, cheese, habanero-onion slaw, and topped with sour cream, guacamole and cheese. If you finish the burrito, you’ll earn a $20 gift card, your picture added to the Burrito Challenge Hall of Fame Facebook page and Sabor Latino will pick up your bill.

Have you conquered an extreme Michigan eating challenge? Do you know of any others to add to the list? Tell us! 

Interested in learning more about places to eat in Michigan? Head over to Michigan.org/dining for more delicious Michigan made entrees.

Behind-the-Scenes of Michigan Restaurants with Under the Radar Michigan (Plus a Giveaway!)

There’s no shortage of sensational places to eat when you’re traveling in Pure Michigan! So, what makes a Pure Michigan culinary creation so delicious? Under the Radar Michigan takes us behind-the-scenes of some of Michigan’s prime foodie destinations. Plus, see how you can win a copy of Under the Radar Michigan’s new paperback book! 

hand logoHey food fans … it’s me, Tom Daldin from the PBS TV show “Under The Radar Michigan.” If you live to eat, you should live in Michigan. We’ve got such an incredible variety of great places to chow that you could spend a lifetime here eating your way to supreme culinary contentment. From fabulous fine dining to funky finer diners, Michigan has every kind of cuisine from every corner of the planet. We discovered early in season one that food is the single biggest trigger for human beings (and our crew) so we pull that trigger early and often on our show.

In Michigan, we’ve discovered everything from the world’s best sliders, and a place where you can get Thanksgiving dinner any day of the year, to places that grow absolutely everything you eat, and incredible restaurants where the atmosphere and experience is every bit as cool and unique as the food. A lot of people are now coming to Michigan for what they’re calling “Foodie Adventures” … They’re vacations that revolve around great food finds … and that’s something we love to do on UTR. It’s a tough job … but somebody’s got to do it … and it may as well be us. But, guess what … you can too … take a look:

Where are your favorite places to eat in Michigan? 

Under the Radar Michigan Book Giveaway

51-Gc-PUoNL“Under the Radar Michigan” is an Emmy award winning PBS television series that features the cool people, places and things that make Michigan an awesome place to live, work and play. If you’re looking for great Michigan places to explore, vacation, eat, live, start a business or just relax, this book is for you. Chapter by chapter, Tom Daldin and his team take you along on their first fifty episodes and discover great Michigan cities, interesting people, incredible restaurants, romantic spaces and great places to vacation with the whole family. You’ll speed through Michigan’s Everglades; go to santa school; eat awesome food; hike giant dunes; meet inspired people; explore great wilderness; fly through the air on skis; sail the Great Lakes; tour great museums and even swim at a secret beach.

Do you want to win a copy? Simply tell us in the comments section below where in Michigan you would go on a “Foodie Adventure.” We’ll then randomly select five lucky winners to receive a paperback copy of  “Under the Radar Michigan: The First 50.” To enter, submit your comments (along with your email address) by Sunday, March 8th at 11:59 p.m. EST. We’ll contact the winners Monday morning using the email address provided (we won’t share it or sell it to anybody). UPDATE: This contest has ended. The winners have been selected and contacted via email with their prize. Thank you everyone for the comments!