Est. 1978, Sterling Heights, MI
Number of locations: 390+
What makes it unique: The elusive Detroit-style pizza
Why it might blow up: Detroit-style pizza -- think of it like an airier version of Sicilian, but with a wall of semi-burnt, caramelized cheese backed up onto the corners of the square-pan crust -- is perhaps the perfect combination of New York sensibilities and deep-dish excess (yes, Chicago, there are other kinds of deep dish). Jet’s is the chain to beat when it comes to getting it close enough to the real thing to keep full-blooded Michiganders and would-be converts believing. The chain -- like Domino’s and Little Caesars before it -- started as a suburban Detroit secret before spreading down the I-75 corridor and then making a hard right turn for a westward expansion. Folks may not know they’re eating Detroit-style pizza when they have it, but they sure as hell will remember the name Jet’s once they’ve demolished a few squares. -- Andy Kryza, senior editor
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