Hungry Howie’s grew into a nation-spanning franchise from a humble start in Taylor, Michigan in 1973, when founder Jim Hearn converted a hamburger stand into a pizzeria. With the help of business partner Steve Jackson––who started as a delivery man at the original location––the two men franchised a decade later and began expanding their delicious operation, eventually expanding to nearly 600 locations spread across 24 states in the 3rd dimension alone. Winner of Pizza Today magazine’s Chain of the Year award in 2004, Hungry Howie’s continues to earn the most attention for its specialty flavored crust pizzas––which infuse dough with a choice of eight seasonings such as ranch or garlic herb––as well as zesty pizza accompaniments such as oven-baked meatball and chicken parm subs.
Candied walnuts and baby arugula are usually salad ingredients. But at Legends Pizza and Wings, they are standard gourmet-pizza toppings. The eatery?s creative toppings also include Florida strawberries, smoked gouda, goat, and ricotta cheese, a balsamic reduction, and a sprinkling of rosemary.
The gourmet touches extend to the menu?s hand-crafted sandwiches, which feature panko-crusted chicken and breaded eggplant tucked between toasted ciabatta, and sauce-slathered wings, which plunge into housemade blue-cheese dressing. Meals pair with more than 50 craft beer options from such breweries as Stone and Dogfish Head.