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Jet’s Pizza – Portage

May 29, 2010

  • 631 Romence Road
  • Portage, MI 49024
  • (269) 329-0528
  • Website
  • Menu

One of my favorite things about Michigan, food wise, is Buddy’s Pizza in Detroit.  Buddy’s isn’t just one of my favorite Michigan pizzas, it’s one of my all time favorite pizzas.  I took my family there before a Tigers game last summer.  While the neighborhood was more than a little scary, the pizza made the trip worth it.

I always wished I could find something like Buddy’s somewhere else.  The place that was always mentioned was Jet’s.  Well, J and I had tried Jet’s before we knew about Buddy’s and neither of us were impressed, but we didn’t really order the right thing.  We were actually in the mood for sandwiches that day, but a late delivery left the store we went to without a lot of ingredients.  I still ordered a sandwich, but J got a small round pizza.  It was ok, but nothing special.  We didn’t give it a second thought after that.

Still, some more prodding got me to reconsider Jet’s.  J wasn’t super hungry and I just had a hankering for pizza.  They have one of my favorite features, online ordering, so I put in an order at the Jet’s on Romence Road in the shopping center that is anchored by D & W across from the mall. 

There was a deal going on for a large 3 topping pizza, wings, and Jet Bread for $20.  It was a lot more food than the two of us could eat, but it would be good for lunch.  I put my order in through the website then headed out about fifteen minutes later to get there as it was coming out of the oven.

When I got it home, we went right away for the Jet’s Bread and wings.  The bread is pretty typical.  It’s a small round crust topped with cheese and baked to a nice golden brown.  It came with a side of marinara for dipping.  We ate most, but not all of the bread because we really wanted to get to the pizza.  The bread would still be ok heated up later.

For the wings, I went with the boneless so J could eat some with me if she wanted.  I also went with the medium sauce thinking it would be mild enough for her.  I was wrong.  The medium was hot.  I’m glad I didn’t order the hot.  It probably would have been too much for me. As for the wings, wing is a little bit of a generalization.  They were more like buffalo chicken nuggets.  They were big and meaty, but in hindsight, I wish I would have went for the regular wings.

The pizza we got was a large square pizza with pepperoni and bacon on one half.  I should have went bacon on the whole thing, but I never think about it until it’s too late.  The pizza was much better than we expected.  The crust was actually a flaky butter crust.  The handle portion of the crust was fantastic.  Had the bottom been just as browned, it would have been a great pizza.  It was still very delicious.  My half of the pizza was loaded with Pepperoni and bacon.  J took one slice from my side of the pizza because she wanted the bacon.  She had to pick off quite a few pieces of pepperoni.

I’m pretty happy we gave Jet’s a second chance.  We walked away from the dinner table with a completely different impression than we had from our first trip.  The pizza is pretty similar to Buddy’s, but nothing will ever compare.  Our go-to pizza is the thin crust from Cottage Inn, but Jet’s could work it’s way in when it’s time for a change of pace.  I know I’ve talked a lot about thin crust pizza in this blog, but as far as deep dish goes, Jet’s ranks pretty high..even for a couple people who normally don’t go for that kind of thing.

Jet's Bread w/Pizza Sauce

Boneless Wings w/Medium Sauce

Large Square Deep Dish w/Pepperoni & Bacon

Large Square Deep Dish w/Pepperoni & Bacon

Jet's Pizza on Urbanspoon

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Ken permalink
    May 29, 2010 3:09 pm

    For thin crust, try Fricano’s on 6th St in Texas Township.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      May 29, 2010 3:25 pm

      I’ve heard a lot of good about Fricano’s. Actually had the menu pulled up last night, but didn’t feel like going to a restaurant

      • Ken permalink
        May 29, 2010 3:38 pm

        THe original is in Grand Haven and there is also a location in Muskegon.

        • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
          May 29, 2010 3:44 pm

          I had a friend tell me about the Grand Haven location when we lived in Lansing…I was excited to see there was one here, yet I still haven’t made it there.

  2. Ken permalink
    May 29, 2010 3:13 pm

    And also Supino’s in the Eastern Market in Detroit. Thin crust and awesome.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      May 29, 2010 3:25 pm

      If we can ever get our butts out of bed on a Saturday morning and make it to the Market, I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks!

  3. June 13, 2010 11:07 pm

    Thank YOu for posting this helpful Information about “Jet’s Pizza – Portage”. I like it. just keep on posting. 🙂

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