On Alan Richman's big GQ list of the Top pizza joints in the country, Buddy's in Detroit came in at #15. I had NOT been to any of the places on the list despite the top choice being in Chicago (Great Lake), so a visit to Buddy's was going to be my first rare-air experience in the world of pizza.
*UPDATE on Feb 3, 2012* I recently decided to try my hand at making Buddy's pizza at home. To that end, bought 2 Detroit-style Blue Steel Pizza Pans and changed my recipe a bit.
The GQ list isn't the first time Buddy's has been recognized, but being a high-brow list, it is great to see a place like this able to make it. That photo is the side that is facing the parking lot and I would say is the 'good side'. The neighborhood is pretty bare, with just a pack of dudes hanging out on the corner and not a lot of other things going on. If my Mom were in the car, she would have locked the car doors.
We ordered half pepperoni and half green pepper and mushroom. Clearly, I wasn't left in charge of ordering, as I'd have doubled down on a sausage/pepperoni combo. They cook the pies well there and the crust has a bit of a Pequod's/Burt's thing going on with the caramelized crust.