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Upper Crust

June 29, 2010

  • 1420 M-89
  • Otsego, MI49078
  • (269) 692-6811
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

My plan for tonight was just to throw in a frozen pizza when I got home from work. I actually figured J would either be in bed or  have already eaten.  Just as I was getting off work in Grand Rapids, I got a text.  Since I wasn’t driving yet, I looked at.  She asked when I was getting off.  I replied, “Now.”  She called me right back and asked if there was anywhere I wanted to pick up dinner from.  Like I said, I was planning on frozen pizza, so pizza is what I thought of.  I didn’t want to pick up anything in or close to Grand Rapids because it would be pretty cold by the time I got home.

I thought of a restaurant I passed a couple weeks ago when I had a job in Otsego.  The Upper Crust is on M-89 northwest of the US-131 interchange.

J offered to call in an order, but couldn’t find a menu anywhere online.  There was no website and there’s not one posted on any of the restaurant listing sites.  We had not idea what they actually offered.  She called and asked for a large half cheese, half pepperoni pizza.  The guy on the other end asked if she wanted round or deep dish.  She didn’t know what to say so she said round.  He told her it would be about twenty minutes which was about perfect since I had just gotten on the road.

About twenty minutes later, I rolled up on the building on Otsego’s southeast side.  The parking lot was pretty full for a Tuesday night.  I found out later that’s because they have a smorgasboard for $6.95 on Tuesday’s. 

A lot of the review I read rave about the food, but complain about the atmosphere, but a lot of those were from pre-smoking ban days.  Obviously I didn’t eat in, but I did walk through the dining room.  The area is a large open area with a bar in the back corner.  In the other corner is the buffet which was stocked with a number of different pizzas and salads.  There’s also a patio, but it’s pretty well fenced in with a large wooden fence.

I came in the dining room right at the hostess station.  I told her I had called in an order and she led me back to the kitchen where another guy came out with my pizza and took my $15.

On my way out, I passed the hostess station again and saw they had paper carry-out menus. I grabbed one and posted it along with this review so others won’t run into the same problem we did.

Looking at the menu now, we may have done things a little different.  The deep dish J was offered is the square deep dish.  They also have a thin crust pizza, but we didn’t know that..because there’s no website.  I still do not understand how any restaurant that does carry-out business does not have some sort of web presence.  There are so many free options (Facebook takes almost no effort).  I know regular customers know what to order, but new customers, like us, have no idea.

It took me about another twenty minutes or so to get home and J was waiting for me.  She was hungry and so was I.

The large pizza is 16″ and that was more than enough for the two of us.  It was cut in to ten slices instead of the typical eight.  For a hand tossed pizza, it was a little thinner than typical which is better for us.  The handles still had a dusting of flour which is another good sign that the dough isn’t prepackaged.

There was a lot of cheese on top of a somewhat sweet sauce.  I didn’t have much of a problem polishing off my half of the pizza.  J had ate about half of hers.

If I lived in Otsego, Upper Crust would be getting my business a lot more often.  I’m really curious about some of their other menu items.  They have a pretty large menu that includes a wide variety of steaks, seafood, chicken, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and some Mexican cuisine.  The pizza was good.  Not entirely our style of pizza, but good for what it is and something I would order again.

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