Pizza at Ironwood Grill, Plymouth MI

This was our second visit to the Ironwood Grill in Plymouth, Michigan. We enjoyed the food on the first visit and decided to try out their pizza on this visit. We had stopped by the day before this visit, but the wait was an hour so we decided to try our luck elsewhere. We came back the next day and the wait this time was only about 5-10 minutes on a Saturday night, not bad.

The waitress brought our Cokes to the table, but after tasting them we found them to be a bit low on syrup. The server brought back a “test” glass from a different spigot, but it still wasn’t right so she offered that we try something else. I was a bit disappointed at first that they wouldn’t just switch the mix to adjust the amount of syrup coming out, but I gave in and ordered a bottled root beer for the sake of being easy. The root beer was Goose Island brand and was really good. It was almost on par with some of the best homemade root beer I’ve had.

We ordered their BBQ Chicken Pizza and an order of garlic cheese bread. Both were fantastic. The bread came out first with a nice mix of cheeses: cheddar jack, mozzarella, parmesan and muenster. The marinara sauce on the side had good tomato flavor and a nice sweetness which was great with the salt and garlic flavors in the bread. The pizza was served directly on the wooden peel which was a fun touch. The pizza we ordered had the same tasty mix of cheeses that were on the garlic bread, but also had applewood smoked bacon, chicken and a house-made barbecue sauce. It was so good I couldn’t wait to have leftovers for lunch the next day. It was a little on the high-side as far as price ($18.95 for a large pizza), but we had enough leftover between the two of us for two more meals. They refer to their crusts as Neapolitan (which is similar to a thin crust) and Deep Dish. One word of warning, their deep dish the not a traditional deep dish that you may think of, it’s closer to a standard hand-tossed crust available at most pizzerias.

The service was adequate just like the first time we came, but that isn’t what is bringing us back here. The food is really comforting and surprisingly good. If the servers could put in a little more effort to show a smile or that they might actually enjoy working at Ironwood, then this would be more than just a good place to go, it would be a great place to go for dinner.

Aubree’s Pizza & Tavern, Ypsilanti, MI

I don’t make it out to Aubree’s Pizza and Tavern on Whittaker Rd. in Ypsilanti very often, partly because even though their pizza is good, it’s a bit pricey. However, after I received my annual “free large specialty pizza” coupon for my birthday the other week it was an easy decision to go.
I ordered a house salad to start because their breadsticks in the past have come out hollow inside. I asked for a side of their creamy cucumber dill dressing. The dressing was incredibly thick, almost dip-like, but was a nice change from the standard dressing choices. I might suggest a little more buttermilk to thin it out a bit. The salad itself was a fresh mix of field greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and shredded cheddar and went well with the flavors in the dressing.
We ordered a deep dish BBQ Chicken pizza, minus the red onions. As always, it was really good. They use a sweet local barbecue sauce, Frog Island, in place of tomato sauce and top it with grilled chicken, lots of bacon and a four-cheese blend. The chicken somehow stays moist and there’s plenty of crisp bacon to satisfy any meat-lover. I’d order it more often, but it would probably clog my arteries if I ate it regularly. Plus, at $16.99 for a large it puts a bit of a strain on my wallet when it’s not “free”.
The Whittaker Rd. location has a more sophisticated and upscale feel than the one in Depot Town which is more of a college kid destination. The staff is efficient and pleasant. On a past visit we had problem resolved by the general manager in a very professional and friendly manner.

If you haven’t already, you should stop in for a change of pace from the Depot Town location. Also, make sure to sign up for their email list to get a free pizza during the week of your birthday (dine-in only).

Pizza Perfect, Ypsilanti, MI

Writing about pizza on a food blog may seem a little low-brow, but this is very well deserved. Pizza Perfect in Ypsilanti on S. Ford Blvd. is fantastic. They don’t sell gourmet pizza, but they serve excellent quality food and consistently give outstanding service. I have a standard order of ham and pineapple with butter cheese crust and mozzarella bread. The service is always friendly and efficient, the estimated pick up time is always accurate and the food is always perfectly cooked and just as it was ordered.
I grew up in Farmington Hills near the Papa Ramono’s chain; I consider Pizza Perfect to be the Papa Ramano’s of Ypsilanti. The crust is crisp on the outside, soft and chewy inside and you can really taste the flavor. The cheese is gooey and the toppings are plentiful. The portion sizes of the pizza and bread for the price are generous. For a large 2-topping pizza, a large order of mozzarella bread with ranch and marinara, and a 2-liter of pop it will run you a little over $13 for carryout.
The staff is always friendly when you arrive for your order. The food is always ready to go and they always thank you for your business and hold the door for you on the way out. It’s rare these days to find a business that really shows how much they value their customers, but Pizza Perfect is an exception. Maybe it’s because they’re in a less desirable part of town and want to make sure their customers come back, but I think it really comes down to their love of the business and genuine love of people.
Pizza Perfect may be a bit off the normal route, but I highly recommend trying it. It’s a rare combination to get both quality food and service when ordering pizza on a Friday night.
Pizza Perfect
332 South Ford Blvd., Ypsilanti
(734) 485-8800