Guido’s Premium Pizza – Auburn Hills
I don’t think I have to explain to parents the obsession little kids have with hotel pools. My daughter loves going to hotels and asks constantly if we can stay in the hotels by our house just so she can swim in the pool.
Last Friday, J woke me up and said, “Screw it. Let’s go to Blake’s,” so we took a trip to the other side of the state. Six hours in the car was too long for two youngsters so we decided to hit up SEA LIFE in Auburn Hills to give L something fun to do.
We still weren’t going to drive home the same night, so I got on Priceline and found a great deal on a 3 1/2 star hotel in Auburn Hills. Using my detective skills, I thought I was getting the Hyatt Place. Turns out, this is the 1 out of 10 times that I’m wrong. We actually got a Springhill Suites by Marriot. Still a great hotel and they still had a pool which is a requirement for us these days.
We left the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets figuring we’d find a pizza place near the hotel. Turns out, we didn’t have to look too far. As we made the turn in to our hotel, there was a sign for a pizza place right across the street.
Guido’s Premium Pizza in Auburn Hills is in a pretty barren shopping center on a pretty barren corner just down the street from the Palace of Auburn Hills. It sits on the corner of Lapeer Road and Dutton Road across the street from the Republic Services landfill. The entrance to the shopping center is actually off Interpark Drive which was the road our hotel was on.
Guido’s Premium Pizza is a small chain based in Oxford. Guido’s has been around since the early 90’s and most of the stores are on the east side of the state. The exceptions are one in Okemos and one in Sault Ste. Marie.
We got checked in to our room and both J and I pulled up a menu on our phones. We started discussing what we wanted as I noticed they did online ordering. By the time we were done figuring out what we wanted, I was already at the step to pay on the mobile site. We were in the Detroit area, so we went with a Detroit style pizza. I ordered a Large Detroit Style Square Deep Dish with pepperoni. I also added on a couple of 20 oz. bottles of Pepsi and a bottle of water bringing the total to around $17 before tip. The email confirming the order said it would take about 40 minutes
We spent the 40 minutes just relaxing in our room because the restaurant was literally right across the street. When it was time, L and I hopped in the car to go pick it up.
The restaurant is a carry-out business with a few seats in the waiting area for those people who arrive before their food is cooked. It’s in what looks like a fairly new shopping center, but there’s not much there. Jimmy Johns has a space as does Allstate,but there are quite a few empty storefronts. I told the guy at the register that I had an Internet order and he turned around to grab a box off the counter. I had already paid so he told me to grab the drinks out of the cooler and there were paper plates and silverware if I needed them. I did, so I grabbed those then the drinks before heading back to our hotel.
Detroit Style Square Deep Dish is something new to us since moving to Michigan. We both grew up in Chicago so we’re familiar with that. Detroit style is similar, but different and it’s those difference that really make us like this kind of pizza.
The crust of the pizza is what makes Detroit Style what it is. They actually use a fat (butter) heavy crust like Chicago style does, but there’s a lot more of the out surface that crisps up and gives the whole pizza a super buttery taste.
The pizza from Guido’s was cut in to 12 long strips. There were no middle pieces. Every slice was a crust slice. The pizza, as expected from the style, was very rich and buttery. The sauce is made fresh in the story. It’s a rich, savory sauce that isn’t too sweet, but but works well with the butteriness of the crust.
The three of us made pretty short work of the pizza. L was itching to get to the pool and I told her I’d take her after dinner so she downed her slice pretty quickly. J and I both had multiple pieces leaving me about three slices for breakfast the next morning.
Our plan all along was to get pizza when we got to the hotel. Stumbling upon Guido’s just because we saw a sign worked in our favor. We really had no direction and no motivation to go hunting down good pizza in Auburn Hills. We got lucky enough that Priceline put us in a hotel right across the street from a delicious Detroit style pizza joint.