E. Coast v W. Coast

New Pizza Parlour Puts Pressure On Popular Pointe Pie Pickup Place. Pepperoni.


Disclaimer: I worked at one of these places.

For seven years, full-service grocery store Fresh Farms Market (est. 1939 — right across the street from South High School) has been slinging New York-style pies on Fisher Rd. for students and families in GP.

Strengths: 600F clay oven, ‘signature’ thin crust, extensive toppings selection

Weaknesses: limited primetime capacity, no delivery

For sure, Farms is a refreshing alternative in the GP area, a break from greasy, square Detroit-style (Jets, Mister A’s, Mr. C’s, Buddies) or cheap, crappy Michigan-headquartered delivery chains (Hungry Howie’s, Little Caesars, Papa Romano’s, Dominoes).

But some apparently found the small Fisher Rd. commercial strip lacking in baked bread/sauce/cheese options. So, on January 14, fewer than 100 ft. away from Fresh Farms, local businessmen Sam Saigh and Ed Moran cut the ribbon at Michigan’s first Extreme Pizza franchise. [Facebook]

Strengths: elaborate multi-topping specialty pizzas, hot sandwiches, delivery, weekend hours till midnight

Weaknesses: “extreme” startup hiccups, pricey slices, conveyor oven

Do west coast favorite Extreme’s (369 Fisher) California-style rounds present a challenge to Farms’ (355 Fisher) ascendancy? I think not. We’ll see.

Fisher Road Parking Lot

the parking lot on Fisher is shared by Fresh Farms Market (L) and Extreme Pizza (R) – via Google StreetView