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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hot out of the oven: Buddy's -- Detroit’s original square pizza now with kale, is fit to be square

  DETROIT -- It’s time to make eating more pizza your 2015 resolution and at Buddy’s Pizza, fans can eat their favorite pie guilt-free.

Whether you are watching your waistline or have a dietary restriction, keeping health and fitness goals is easy at Buddy’s.

Delicious and healthful choices start right with a slice of Detroit’s original square pizza. Gluten-free and vegan choices offer diners with dietary restrictions a way to enjoy their favorite square pie, while veggie toppings, low fat  or dairy-free cheese, multi-grain and thin crust options make building a nutritious pizza a piece of cake.

Buddy's Margherita and Original Veggie pizza served at the Farmington Hills' location. (Jim Fox photo)
 “This time of year, we’re all trying to watch what we eat and be more health conscious, and pizza can be a healthy choice year-round,” said Wes Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza, vice president of operations. “We’ve worked hard to reduce sodium levels, prepare our dough without sugar or oil, and offer our patrons gluten-free, vegan and a variety of healthful options.”

 Pikula has worked consistently with nutritionists to ensure Buddy’s Pizza’s menu items not only taste great, but also offer high levels of nutritional value. And recently, Buddy’s added superfood kale to the menu.
Yum -- enjoying a slice of cold Buddy's Pizza the morning after in a Detroit hotel room. (Barbara Fox photo)

 “Kale has really increased in popularity over the last year, and it lends itself well to topping pizzas,” said Pikula.  “Even those customers who have never tasted kale before, seem to enjoy it on our Kale Lover’s pie.”
Buddy's Pizza original downtown Detroit location
Available at all 11 family-owned metro Detroit locations, guests may top any Buddy’s pizza with  kale, or order the Kale Lovers pizza which features a multi-grain crust topped with brick cheese, green kale and Buddy’s original sauce.

Other kale offerings include two refreshing salads, available at the Auburn Hills, Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Shelby Township and Warren locations. They are:
  • Sweet and Zesty Kale Salad – chopped green kale, shredded cabbage, toasted walnuts, cranberries, golden raisins, granny smith apples and parmesan cheese, tossed in a honey lemon vinaigrette and served with a lemon wedge.
  • Mediterranean Kale Salad – chopped green kale, shredded cabbage, red onions, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, cucumber, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives and feta cheese, tossed in a honey lemon vinaigrette and served with a lemon wedge. 
Buddy's Farmington Hills' location (Jim Fox photo)
 “Everything from our specialty salads and homemade soups to pizzas and entrees are made fresh daily with hand-cut vegetables and meats,” said Robert Jacobs, Buddy’s Pizza president. “Quality is very important to us, and we’re proud to offer our patrons an abundance of fresh and nutritious options to suit their individual needs and tastes.”

About Buddy's

Established in 1936 on the corner of Conant and Six Mile Roads as a neighborhood tavern, it was not until 1946 that Buddy's first introduced our famous square pizza — the first of its kind — to Detroit. It was love at first bite.

More than 69 years, and numerous awards later, Buddy's continues to serve Detroit's original square pizza, made from scratch soups, and our celebrated Antipasto salad. Over time we have added a variety items to our menu including gluten-free pizza, multi-grain crust, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and more - each prepared just as they would have been in 1946 — with the freshest ingredients and an acute attention to detail.

A hometown Buddy's sign (Jim Fox photo)
One of the secrets to Buddy's success has always been our dedicated, hardworking staff. Many of whom started off at Buddy's original location now take pride in keeping Buddy's traditions alive at the nine metro Detroit locations.

Buddy's is proud to give back to the community through our participation in a number of charitable causes as well as our "Got Pizza, Give Dough," "Sometimes You Need Some Buddy's," "Celebrity Signature Pizza", "Dining With The Stars," "Motor City Pizza Collection", "Great Lakes Pizza Collection" and "Buddy Bone" campaigns.

Buddy's decadent cream puff (Barbara Fox photo)

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