Hungry As A Wolf – Traverse City
Our first day in Traverse City saw us in the water park at Great Wolf Lodge for almost three hours. We had planned on finding another brewery, but we were all so tired that we skipped it. We were meeting friends at the Lodge and they got a late start, so by the time they got there and got in the pool, we were already pushing dinner time. We didn’t want to drag the kids out of the pool, get them cleaned up and shuffle them off to another brewery.
All of the Great Wolf Lodge properties have a couple of different options when it comes to food. There’s the Camp Critter Bar & Grill (which we would eat at on night #2), Buckets Incredible Craveables (a concession stand in the water park area) and Hungry as a Wolf…which is what we decided to do for dinner on this night.
Hungry as a Wolf is a pizza place on the first level of Great Wolf Lodge right next to the water park. It shares a space with Bear Paw Sweets & Eats.
The menu at Hungry as a Wolf is really simple. They do one size pizza with nine toppings to choose from. They also have a couple of sandwiches and salads to go with the pizzas, but that is the extent of their menu.
As we sat in the water park, J asked if I’d run and order a pizza. I walked in to the counter and saw that they also had some slices sitting under a heat lamp. I actually considered that, but said screw it and just ordered the Classic Pepperoni Pizza. The pizza set me back about $15 and I was told it would take about 12-15 minutes to cook, so I headed back in to the water park area to wait.
When it was done, I picked the pizza up from the counter and also grabbed myself a beer. They had Bell’s Two Hearted Ale on tap, so I asked for one of those. That set me back another $6.50.
I asked if it was OK if I took the pizza into the water park area. The lady working said I could and handed me four plates. Silverware and napkins were right behind me at a different counter with little packets of red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.
The pizza is probably a 16″ thin crust that cooked to a nice golden brown. It wasn’t cut very well, so I was trying to use the small plastic knife to finish the cuts that didn’t go all the way through the crust.
For a pizza that came out of a really commercialized tourist spot, the pizza wasn’t awful. It’s comparable to a thin crust pizza from almost any of the major chains. The crust was a little tough which is really the only bad thing I have to say about it. The sauce was pretty sweet with a hint of spiciness from the pepperoni. Not the best pizza I’ve ever had, but it certainty wasn’t the worst either.
Hungry as a Wolf has a specific purpose. Carry-out pizza is a pretty popular option when traveling with kids and this place makes it really easy. There’s not a lot to choose from and it’s right in the hotel. We just needed a quick dinner and were talking about ordering pizza anyway. I’m sure we’re not the first ones to fall in to that line of thinking and we won’t be the last. It’s not pizza that I would go out of my way for, but it is pretty tasty and just a short elevator ride away from your room.