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Happy's Pizza Compliment - Pleasantly surprised...

Review by Ponie on 2009-12-29
TROY, MICHIGAN -- The past few months on local TV there’s been a catchy commercial for Happy’s Pizza sung by the Four Tops. I have a few of their tapes stashed away somewhere and hearing their voices is pleasant.

Yesterday my Godson came over to take me to lunch. Being in his last year at Oakland University, I know the kid (21) isn’t rolling in $$ so suggested he make the two mile drive to a newly opened Happy’s Pizza for a carry-out.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, they have a special: Two large, two-topping pizzas for $9.99. Although I like mushrooms tossed on along with Pepperoni, we decided on Pepperoni only because that’s the way he likes it. After all, it was his money.

I have found that usually on these low-cost ‘specials,’ something may be lacking, mostly flavor.

When he returned with the pizzas, I was pleasantly surprised. The crust was nicely browned and crisp but not brittle. There was more than an ample amount of cheese and Pepperoni. One thing that stood out for me was the sauce. On many pizzas I find the sauce high on the acidity scale. This was not so. (Maybe they put more sugar in it?)

We ate our way through most of one pizza, the two slices left over are in my refrigerator, and he took the other one home with him so he and his buddies could munch on it later in the evening.

After he left, I checked on the history of Happy’s Pizza. They were started in Detroit in 1994. Don’t know why I hadn’t heard about them until the Four Tops began doing that commercial. They’ve since expanded to 65 locations in MI, OH, IL, and IN.

Of course, the obligatory menus were in the boxes. The menu is quite extensive, offering pizza, ribs, sandwiches, subs, Chu Bata wraps, chicken, salads, seafood, pasta, etc.

I know which item on the menu I’m going to try next: a ribs (4 bones) and chicken (2 pieces) combo dinner. Included are fries, cole slaw, and bread. All this for $9.99. I just hope they don’t decide to close down before I get the chance for a good ‘home cooked’ meal. But I doubt it because they opened in this location only about four months ago.

Thanks for doing that commercial, Four Tops. I’d never have bothered to stop in if it weren’t for hearing your music.
Comments:27 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-12-30
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
This place sounds good Ponie (VH)
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
Just writing about it makes me hungry. Think I might toss one of those slices into a frying pan and heat it before I turn in for the night. Heart burn city?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
Ponie, if you have a gas stove skip the frying pan. Place it directly on the burner and flip it a couple of times. You have to be quick but its sooooooo good. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
Fantastic review, Ponie! (VH)
As a friend if they are a pizza joint you shan't divert from their signature (sic) meals (Italian). Ribs from a pizza joint? Nooooooooooooo!

Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
ProConsumer, LOL! When I first read your response, I thought you wrote 'glass' stove. (It's beyond my usual bed time!) I'd never heard of reheating pizza in this manner. I don't like to reheat it in the nuker. Course, I have electric, so can't try your suggestion. Would make it a bit messy on mine, wouldn't it? :)
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-12-29:
Yummmmmmmmm....I'm hungry for a hot pizza now!
Pro...how do you flip a slice of pizza without making a mess?
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
Ooooh, yeah, ZZ. Ever been to Maggiano's? My Sis and I were there a couple of months ago and she had ribs. I kept picking at her food more than at my Gnocchi(SP?).
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
DB: Why would you need to flip a pizza?

Ponie were the ribs baked or grilled?
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
DB--she told us--fast! Kind of like the way we toast marshmallows over our electric burners. :)
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
ZZ, to heat both sides. I put a lid on the frying pan to get the top heated.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
LOL Yes Ponie, on an electric stove it would be realllllly messy.

zz, you flip it because you need to warm both sides. You don't want the cheese to stick to the burners. DB its not messy if you keep an eye on it and flip it fast. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
Ponie: I have never thought of that! Wrapped in foil?
I usually do the stove/oven thing on leftover pizza.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
Burners!?
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
ZZ, the ribs were grilled and they didn't have a lot of sickeningly sweet sauce on them. Naw--no foil. Just slap the thing in the pan, put a lid on, and less than two minutes later--almost as good as when new. Don't you call the heating elements on a stove burners? The only ovens I use in my kitchen are the Microwave and Toaster types. Since I never use it, I have the cleanest stove oven in the county!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
LOL yes zz, burners.

Ponie, my stove is spotless too. With my OCD I clean it each time I use it.
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
Pro, I don't have OCD. I just have an aversion to anything house cleaning related. My stove's got to be at least 15 years old and the oven was used *once* when my niece baked a batch of (I think) Pillsbury refrigerator cookies. Much better to use the toaster oven. Easier to clean and when it gets too glopped up--I toss it and spend another $60 on a new one. Thank God for a good housekeeper. :)
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
Hi, Miss M!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
I had a housekeeper once. Problem is I would clean before she got here. What a waste of money. ;)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29:
Hey, Ponie! You've got me wanting (seriously) pizza now..

Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-29:
I've heard about people like you, Pro. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-30:
Ponie, It's always a pleasure to read one of your reviews as they are always so well written. Good job.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-12-30:
Great Post Poni
Posted by Ponie on 2009-12-30:
Thanks for all the 'helpfuls.' If my 'rewards' have anything to do with it--each of you will be getting an additional star.
Thought I was going to have one of the leftover slices last night before I hit the hay, but instead just finished one a few minutes ago.
Didn't use your method, Pro. My usual, less messy way, worked just fine. :)
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-12-30:
They're in Ohio? I'm going to have to find out where and try em.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-30:
YUM! I just looked them up and they dont have any near me, but there is one within five minutes of my parents. Gonna check to see if they have tried this place yet and if not, tell them it comes recommended!
Posted by Skye on 2009-12-30:
Great review Ponie! We are getting ready to go out to lunch, now I'm craving pizza. Never heard of Happy Pizza, I am digging that name.

Boriello Brothers, here we come!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-30:
Of course, there isn't any in Texas. :-(
But, should I go to Illinois to see family, I know where to go.

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