There are some things in life that are just worth waiting for. Christmas. True love. And a hot, incredibly thick pizza from The Great Plains Sauce & Dough Company.
This Ames icon has been turning out pizzas and sandwiches for almost 35 years. These pizzas are made from scratch and aren’t assembled until you order one. It takes a little time for the pizza to arrive at your table, but the wait is well worth it.
When my dining companion, his wife and I had lunch together recently, we were unanimous in our decision to head to Great Plains. Slices are available for lunch, but we wanted an entire pizza. We ordered a large Canadian-style bacon and sauerkraut pizza on a thick, white crust ($18.05). This crust is known as “New Orleans style.” The most popular is “Denver Style,” a whole wheat thick crust. You can also choose a thin white crust, a Thin Denver, Oat Style and Idaho Style, which uses potato flour.
“We have to have a cookie,” Mrs. Companion said emphatically. These beauties are $1.40 each and, I am told, go fast. They are also enormously thick. We nibbled on an oatmeal M & M and a triple chocolate cookie laden with oatmeal while we waited.
The pizza was wonderful, as we knew it would be, with lots of cheese, generous toppings and that wonderful crust. Bottles of honey are available to accompany the chewy rolled edges of the crust, but my companion anointed his entire slice. I’ve never thought of pairing honey and sauerkraut, but, hey, to each his own. The three of us only managed four slices of pizza, and I’m not telling who had a second helping. Let’s just say I’ve requested Great Plains pizza for my birthday supper and leave it at that.
The Great Plains Sauce & Dough Company
129 Main St. • 232-4263
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and
4:30 p.m. – midnight
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – midnight
Sunday: 5 – 11 p.m.
Mon. – Sat.: 5 – 11:30 p.m.