I probably should not have been surprised when I ordered a hot baked potato at Old Town’s Sir Pizza Grand Café that it was served like, well, a pizza. After all, it is a pizza joint. I must say, though, it was a welcome surprise.
I expected the typical large spud sliced open on a plate and garnished with the toppings I chose. Instead, the server delivered a 7-inch pie tin that looked more like a mini-pizza than a traditional baked potato. It bubbled with hot cheese and filled the container from end-to-end.
An Idaho potato was in there, but it had been flattened out and loaded with toppings. There were separate layers of cheeses, garnishes, e potato — and finally — the cooked peel.
Except for pineapple, jalapeño and double dough, Sir Pizza offered the same choices for its hot baked potato as it does for pizzas — everything from pepperoni to banana peppers to broccoli.
But the spud selections has four unique items: blue cheese, provolone cheese, sour cream and brown gravy. I choose green peppers, black olives, mushrooms and cheddar and feta cheeses.
For a mere $2.99, I added tasty garlic bread (two slices of thick toast) and a small dinner salad, which included fresh iceberg, romaine, and endive lettuce, tomatoes and a blend of provolone and mozzarella cheeses.
To be excited about the hot baked potato meal, I did not have to be baked.
Sir Pizza Grand Café
11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-midnight Sunday 201 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 484-4825, sirpizza-mi.com