Happy’s Pizza – Kalamazoo
J wasn’t really in the mood to go out tonight. I was hoping for dinner and a movie, but she wasn’t feeling so instead we just ordered in pizza. She wanted Cottage Inn, but as we were coming home from the Farmers’ Market today, we passed Happy’s Pizza. Another place I keep forgetting about.
Happy’s Pizza is on South Westnedge at the intersection with Crosstown Parkway. It sits right in front of the PNC Bank in a brand new building. I don’t remember what was there before, but I do remember them tearing it down to make room for the new building.
Happy’s Pizza isn’t new to us. We actually were first introduced to the Detroit chain when we lived in Lansing. The first Happy’s Pizza in Lansing opened up just down the street from us and we gave it a shot within the first couple weeks. My blog post on Mid-Michigan Dining actually became one of the more active posts on the site. It went from people really liking the place to people really not liking the place. Our experience was pretty good but it was still a chain style pizzeria. The thing we didn’t know at that time is that they do square pizza.
That was actually a pretty recent discovery. J’s place of employment picked up pizzas there one day and when J opened a box, she found a square pizza. That was the reason I wanted to order it tonight instead of Cottage Inn.
If you watch the specials and check the website for coupons, you can usually get a lot of food fairly cheap. The thing that makes Happy’s different from the other chains is that they have a huge menu. Besides pizza, they do ribs, chicken, seafood, sandwiches, and more….and that more includes beer and wine. We stuck with a XL Square pizza that was half cheese and half pepperoni and tacked on a tossed salad so we could get a little greens.
I headed across town to pick up the pizza which cost me a little over twenty bucks. When I got home, we actually went towards the salad first. The tossed salad is pretty simple iceberg lettuce with mozzarella cheese, red onions, tomatoes, croutons, and pepperocini. We went with the gourmet Italian dressing which was a little bit thicker of a dressing with a little bit of a kick to it. The salad was pretty good for what it was and J was happy to have a little bit of greens with the pizza.
The pizza was just what I wanted as well. The crust has that great buttery burnt taste to it. I could have used a few more pepperoni’s, but other than that it was fine. It’s no Buddy’s, but it’s a decent substitution if you can’t make it to Detroit.