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Papa Murphy’s – Kalamazoo Township

November 3, 2012

  • 4315 W. Main Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 492-3228
  • Website
  • Menu

After picking up lunch at Blackeye Espresso Cafe, I headed a little farther north (and east) to pick up dinner.  J and I had an evening planned at home…passing out candy…and I wanted to do something simple for dinner.  My first thought was just to order in pizza, but after thinking about it, I had a better idea.

We haven’t done Papa Murphy’s very often in the past, but I’ve always been happy with it when we have.  There’s a store on West Main Street right next to Smashburger that we’ve never been to, so I headed there to pick up a couple dinner pizzas.

I don’t think I really need to explain the Take ‘n Bake concept so I’ll just skip over that.  It makes sense to know that the shop is set up like a sandwich shop moreso than a pizza joint.  There is no seating because they don’t actually cook the pizzas.  You take then home and bake them yourself (hey, I just explained Take ‘n Bake). 

There are a few specialty options, but I just sort of glanced over them.  I wanted simple and I knew what I wanted.

J and I prefer the Delite pizzas which are very thin crust pies.  You can get most, if not all of their pizzas in either the regular crust or Delite.  They also have a stuffed option.

I walked up to the register and put in my order for two pizzas…both Delites…one with pepperoni and one with just cheese.  The total was exactly $15.

After paying, the order slips were passed off to the pizza makers who grabbed a couple of the Delite crusts out of the freezer.  They then take them over to the workstation and top off with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni (duh…I just described the simple act of making a pizza….).  After completion, the pizzas are wrapped individually in plastic wrap on a special baking tray with cooking instructions.

Papa Murphy’s suggests you either cook or refrigerate the pizzas within 60 minutes.  I didn’t think we were going to eat within the hour, so I threw them both in the fridge.

When J was ready to eat, I pulled the pizzas out of the icebox and warmed the oven up to 425 degrees.  Once the oven was ready, the first pizza took less than 15 minutes to cook.

J got hers first.  I went a little longer on the cook time because J likes her cheese a nice, dark golden brown.  The extra cook time didn’t burn the crust, but it did bring the cheese out exactly like she wanted it.

Once I pulled J’s pizza out, I put mine in.  I didn’t cook mine quite as long so it didn’t end up quite as golden brown.  The Delite crust makes it pretty easy for a big eater like myself to polish off a large in one sitting.

Papa Murphy’s is really just a glorified frozen pizza (but it’s not frozen..that doesn’t make sense), but it taste quite a bit better.  J and I didn’t really want to do anything super fancy for dinner and Papa Murphy’s provided a pretty good meal at a decent price.  We were each able to get a pizza for about what it would cost for us to split a pizza from a delivery place.

Large DeLite Cheese Pizza (uncooked)

Large DeLite Pepperoni Pizza (cooked)

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