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How can pizza be this good - my first trip to Loui's [Hazel Park, MI]

A few weeks back I was reading a thread on the state of pizza in my neck of the woods. I love a good pizza. Doesn't matter if it's round or square, thick or thin, as long as it's good. I remember someone saying they envied the person who had never been to Loui's, because there's only one first time, one first bite. (Boagman maybe?) Well, that had been rattling around in my head for a while. Today DH and I were out running around and it was about 3:00 and I was really hungry. I suggested Loui's because well, I couldn't get it out of my mind. DH agreed and off we went. When we walked in I was a little taken aback. Quite old school. And I knew right away it was going to be all about the pizza...oh yum. We got an antipasto salad (super delicious) and a large pizza. I knew I would want leftovers. It was so good. The crust was perfect. I admit, I do frequent Buddy's from time to time. It was like that, only 1000 times better. Thicker, lighter, crispier. And the cheese.....I've ordered double cheese before and not had this much cheese. And the hidden pepperoni underneath the think layer of cheese...pure goodness. Not too greasy, not too salty, just right.

I wished 2 things - 1 that they didn't use canned mushrooms, but not a biggie. And 2 - that our waitress had been a little bit less surly. It was obviously our first time there but she didn't care. Granted, judging by the crowd in the middle of the afternoon, they probably aren't hurting for business. But still. And when I asked about the cheese - I wanted to know what blend it was because I knew it wasn't just mozzarella she wasn't very friendly about it. But surly waitress or not, I will be back.

Oh, and the best part? Leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Yay.

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  1. That was me, yes. Congratulations, you super-lucky person, you.

    Since I don't usually get mushrooms (I'm a pepperoni/green pepper guy myself), I didn't know or realize that they were canned. I'm actually kind of surprised by that! I know that the green peppers are fresh.

    I know *exactly* what waitress you're referring to. I'd bet dollars-to-doughnuts that you sat in a booth on the north side of the restaurant, yes? Trust me: most of the waitstaff aren't as surly as she, and some are downright great to be around! Ask for a table in Diane's section next time...I promise you she's more friendly.

    Even so, I'll bet that the service you received was at least adequate, right? And once that wonderful pizza came to the table, nothing else really mattered, now did it? So glad you liked it...it is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

    Oh, and just for reference: reheating that pizza should *never* be done in the microwave...it's a sin. Use the oven, or a stove-top pan with a cover. Using the microwave will kill the crispiness of the crust, and you'll be disappointed.

    And of course, now I've just ordered a small to go. I'm not blaming you, since I was already thinking about it...but you put me over the top. So, what I'm really saying is, "It's *totally* your fault." ;)

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    1. re: boagman

      I thought it was you who was the big fan of Loui's. I can totally see why. You're right, that's exactly where we sat. But like you said, it didn't matter once the pizza arrived. I normally ask about the mushrooms, but in my excitement of finally being at Loui's, I forgot. I loved the green peppers, next time will skip the mushrooms. DH is not a pepperoni fan so he gets bacon on his (I know, unAmerican, right?) and the bacon was very good. Had a smokey taste to it.

      Thanks for the tip, but every good pizza connoisseur knows you should never ever reheat pizza in a microwave. Tis better to eat cold, then microwaved and rubbery. I usually throw mine in the oven. Is it lunch time yet?

      Thanks again for the great advice on Loui's.

      1. re: tdmort

        You're quite welcome. Oh, and FYI: so far as I know, Loui's is quite protective of the way they make their pizza, right down to the ingredients they use. The sauce is their own proprietary recipe, and I'm sure that the cheese probably is as well. Getting info out of them on such things can be (rightfully so) like getting water from a rock. They don't want to give away their secrets...they want you to come back for more! ;)

        1. re: boagman

          Yes, I understand what you're saying. I was just curious if they used brick cheese (which the waitress confirmed). I wouldn't expect a list of their ingredients for their sauce. But a smile from the waitress or something that showed she was pleased that we were so pleased with our first visit would have been nice.

          So...did you get your small to go? Was it just wonderful? I seriously cannot wait to heat up the leftovers tomorrow.

    2. Where is this place? City? State?

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            1. re: pikawicca

              I'm sorry. I guess my review wasn't too helpful. City and state are always good things to know when reading a review, right? :)

              1. re: tdmort

                Is Louis's better than Tomatoes Apizza and Supinos. I can't imagine it being better than that!

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                Tomatoes Apizza
                29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI

                Supino
                2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

                1. re: Rheta

                  It Loui's. Not Louis's, nor Louis'. This can be very confusing, I know, but it's an important distinction.

                  As for whether it's better or not, that's hard to tell, especially with "better" being pretty subjective *and* the fact that Loui's is thicker pizza, while Supino and TA are both thin, from what I've heard. I haven't tried either of the latter, but Loui's is still my #1 pizza ever.

                  1. re: Rheta

                    Rheta...I can't say about Supinos because the one time I was there the wait was 45 minutes and I couldn't wait. Tomatoes Apizza is really good. And Loui's is just as good...but in a different way. You should check it out!!

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                    Tomatoes Apizza
                    29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI

                    Supino
                    2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

                    1. re: Rheta

                      I have been to Loui's and Supino's....

                      I personally am a bigger fan of Supino's pizza but again that is subjective. It is almost unfair to put them against each other, since they are such different beast. I love them both but if you put that gun to my head I will pick Supino's hands down...then I will have Loui's later in the week. That is the great thing about food...you don't need to stick to just one restaurant, recipe or ingredient.

                      1. re: JanPrimus

                        O.K. so where is this place EXACTLY? I've lived in and around Hazel Park for 10 years and never seen it, but wait, is it on Dequidre just north of 9 Mile? I think I know where it is. Thanks to whoever posted this. I'm glad I finally found this site. I'm quite a foodie myself and am always looking for new good places to go so thanks to whoever posted this originally and everyone else for all the good comments. I'll definitely have to check it out now.

                        1. re: veniveni

                          Welcome to the board!

                          Hope to many things from you in the future!

                          1. re: veniveni

                            Welcome! I hope that you have a chance to try it out!! I am hoping to get there for dinner this weekend. I have been craving it. And nothing is as good as Loui's so I'm going to have to make the trek to HP. If you like Antipasto salads - theirs was very good. The dressing was perfect.

                  2. Adding a link, where I also fixed the name. I'm coming back to the Detroit area for a high school reunion after 10 years away, and Loui's is on my must go back list. It's been my favorite since it opened.

                    Michael

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                    Loui's Pizza
                    23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

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                    1. re: mdg

                      Thanks for the link! Welcome back to the D.

                      1. re: mdg

                        My first visit back to Loui's in a zillion years (well, at least 10, probably quite a few more) was a great success! We ordered a small pepperoni pizza. My non-Detroit wife, who didn't understand the attraction of Buddy's when we went a long time ago, liked this one! She especially enjoyed the more flavorful and prominent sauce, although the priority order in this pizza is still distinctly crust / cheese / sauce / toppings. And she got what I've been saying for years about the texture of the crust; the crunchiness on the outside, the chewiness on the inside.

                        The only thing different from my taste memory is that it was saltier than I remember, and it seemed to be due to the cheese. Maybe this was from a saltier-than-usual batch of cheese? I like salt and have never been particularly salt-sensitive, but of course our tastes change over time.

                        What fun to revisit after so long and find it still so great, so unique!

                        Michael

                        1. re: mdg

                          It can honestly change on a given day, depending on who's in the kitchen. It's usually not a significant change, mind you, but one day's pizza might slightly differ on the next day. I'm sure that they *try* for perfect consistency, but when everything is made in house, there's bound to be a discrepancy now and again. Considering that I've been eating the stuff the entire time they've been open, take it from me: the only true change I've noticed over the years is that the green peppers are now chopped pieces rather than slices. That's about it.

                          Thank heaven. :)

                      2. Gah! Foiled by Loui's! I was *finally* in the area and ready to try this legendary pizza, but- CLOSED on Mondays! AND Tuesdays. (FYI to other early-in-the-week pizza eaters.)
                        Who knows when I'll be back around, but it's still on the list.

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                        1. re: tokyo

                          Yes...that's true, and it's been the case for many years. It's not uncommon for a restaurant to be closed on Mondays, of course (the slowest day of the week for restaurants), but the Tuesday thing can really throw people off, understandably so.

                          So sorry that you missed it. Don't worry...it'll be there when you're around again. Now I'm all wanting some Loui's...