Sir Pizza – Territorial Road
- 1000 Territorial Road
- Battle Creek, MI 49015
- (269) 968-3369
This one’s gonna be a doozy. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to find information on a restaurant in 2016, but it seriously is like this restaurant doesn’t exist. The web is barren on almost all information other than an address and phone number.
What I’m talking about is the Sir Pizza on the corner of Territorial Road and 20th Street in Battle Creek’s Lakeview area. It’s a Sir Pizza. It says so on the sign and on the very, very minimalist website. In fact, it claims to be “the original” Sir Pizza that website…that offers no menu. The only thing it does offer are these three helpful facts.
- Pizza only
- Carry-Out Only
- Cash Only
OK. Well, that’s good to know. Lucky for me, I was in the mood for a pizza and I needed to do carry-out. I didn’t have enough cash though so I did have to stop at the Family Unit Market (advertised on the Sir Pizza website) to see if they had an ATM. They did, so I was in luck. I was able to call in my pizza order.
Oh…about that. It’s impossible to find a menu anywhere online specifically for this place. The one I linked to is the pizza menu from all the other Sir Pizza locations so I’m making the assumption it’s the same. I was hoping when I went to pick up my pizza I would find one, but all I found was this.
That’s the toppings for the Royal Feast and price for 10″ pizzas…but they also have 14″ pizzas which I didn’t see a price list for.
Anyway, I figured I would be safe ordering a large pepperoni pizza. I had no idea what a “large” pizza was when ordering but whatever. I was told it would take about 15 minutes and I was right across the street, so I just kept staring at my clock until the time was up.
There really isn’t much to this small building on the somewhat busy corner of Territorial and 20th Street. It kind of sits on an able with a pretty large parking lot. The public space of the restaurant is nothing more than a small area with a pick up window and a cash register that looks like it’s from the 1950’s. I told the lone person working both the kitchen and the register I had a large pepperoni pizza and he grabbed a box from near the oven. He told me it would be $13 and I handed him a $20. If you look at the prices at the other Sir Pizza stores, $13 is too much for a 14″ one topping pizza….but they don’t have prices posted anywhere and I had no reason to question it at the time.
I walked back to my car where my co-worker was still working on her computer. I put the pizza on the hood and grabbed a Pepsi I had out of the front seat.
It’s been a long time since I have had Sir Pizza. J and I ate at the Lansing Sir Pizza Cafe in Old Town back in 2009. I don’t remember that much about it, but I don’t remember it being something very memorable. I wrote that it was good, but I also know we never went back to that location, so it wasn’t something that jumped out at me either.
The history of Sir Pizza is really convoluted. There are actually several of them in several different states and most of them are tied to Pizza King in Muncie, IN. The most thorough discussion I could find was on this message board if you really want to get in to it. Just know, there’s a lot of family that branched off in different directions, so while they’re all related to each other and Pizza King in some way, they’re all their unique identities as well.
Alright. So what makes Sir Pizza unique. The pizza is made from fresh dough and the Lakeview location, at least, uses a deck oven which will make the crust a little crispier than a conveyor oven. The pizza is cut into squares instead of triangles and the toppings go all the way to the edge of the crust. There’s really no place to hold on to the slices other than to just put your fingers right in the cheese.
At first I was wondering if I really got ripped off and they forgot the pepperoni, but after a few bites, I realized the pepperoni were actually cut into little chunks instead of the more traditional slices. The pizza had a nice crispy crust to it and a slightly browned top layer of cheese. The sauce was nice and sweet and the whole pizza was much better than what I remembered from our one trip in Lansing several years ago.
I know quite a few pizza who crave Sir Pizza and go back to it when ever they are in Battle Creek or Lansing. I can kinda see why after this experience. It’s definitely a unique pizza. This location seems a little sketchy to me though. While I like the idea of a simple pizza place that just does pizzas, the lack of any information or even a posted menu somewhere just seems odd. Facebook pages are free. Websites are super cheap (and they already have one….just stick a menu up there). $13 is not a bad price for a delicious pizza and I definitely felt this one was worth that $13. I’m just left wondering if that was the price I was supposed to pay.