What a miserable day. It hasn’t stopped raining since Friday and that’s made it hard to work up the ambition to do anything but lay on the couch and watch TV. Good thing there’s a NASCAR race on today. We had talked about going to Okemos to pick something up, but ultimately, we both decided neither of us wanted to do much of anything except lay around and be lazy.
We had been watching the progress at the old BP station on the corner of Miller and Cedar that was being turned into a Happy’s Pizza. Not being from Michigan, I had never seen a Happy’s Pizza before. They got their start in 1994 in the Detroit area. Since then, they have expanded a lot in Southeast Michigan. Currently, they’re heading west and even starting to look at expansion in Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.
Lunch was becoming a problem. We were both hungry but too lazy to actually do anything about it. Earlier this week, Runs With Spatula put up a post about Happy’s opening. J and I talked about it all week. She finally suggested if I could reach my cell phone on the coffee table, we should order pizza. Grudingly, I got up and checked out the Happy’s Pizza website where I found a coupon for 12 wings,a 2-liter of Pepsi and a large pizza for about $16. Since I was already up, I grabbed my cell phone and called in an order.
Every one on the south side of Lansing must have had the same idea. I was put on hold for about five minutes. The girl on the other end finally came back and took my order. She knew what I was talking about when I mentioned the coupon. She took down the specifics of cheese only on the pizza and hot wings then told me it would be about 20-25 minutes. Not bad for a place that just opened. We had another errand to run anyway, so the 25 minutes worked out perfectly.
After running to Walgreens, we stopped to pick up the pizzas. I was right about them being swamped. There are about a half dozen tables in the small shop lined up against the wall. All the tables were full and the poor girl working the cash register was juggling phone calls trying to take orders and deal with the counter. She finally had a second where the phone stopped ringing and took care of me. Our pizza and wings were waiting. I paid the lady, grabbed my food, and ran like hell through the pouring rain back to my truck.
Happy’s Pizza is by far the best chain pizza in town. It’s not the best, but the definitely the best chain. It’s typical chain style pizza with a thin crust where the toppings are and a thick crust handle. The crust was more chewy than crunchy, but the sauce was really good. It reminded me of something, but I can’t say exactly what it was. Even J agreed this was probably the best chain restaurant pizza we’ve had since moving here.
The wings were alright. They were definitely spicy which is a good thing, but they were kind of soggy. It’s the problem I run in to when I make buffalo wings at home. I’m a huge fan of Buffalo Wild Wings’ wings. I like the crunch they have. I know how they do it, but I’ve never been able to replicate it. Happy’s wings were more like what I make and more like how most restaurants attempt to do wings. They were a good size and the flavor was good. The texture was a little off, but I would probably order them again.
We were both pretty happy with Happy’s. The food was cheap enough. We’ll get a couple meals out of our order and it costs a little over $18 with tax. The south end of Lansing has it’s share of chain pizza restaurants, but I think Happy’s adds something that the others don’t. Besides the pizza and wings, they offer ribs (not smoked on site if they’re smoked at all), salads, subs, sandwiches, burgers, and fries. The menu is much bigger than at most places so even if you’re not in the mood for pizza, you’ll have options. I’ll say it again, Happy’s Pizza is the best chain pizza we’ve had since moving to Lansing.