The Great Plains Sauce and Dough Co. has served satisfying food in a comfy atmosphere since 1979. A longtime favorite of the Iowa State University community, Great Plains is the breadbasket of the pizza world. Pizzas come in thin-crust and thick-crust varieties made from white, wheat or potato flour (a large thin-crust pie is $13.50, extra toppings are $1.65 each). The whole wheat Denver-style crust most people order has a hearty, yeasty flavor and provides a solid (naysayers might say bricklike) base for zesty red sauce, traditional toppings and a flood of cheese. The piping-hot Prairie Special makes a good choice with pepperoni, sausage, onions and green peppers.
Diners not in the mood for pizza can consider a short list of sandwiches; beer and wine are also available. The interior space is filled with tables and booths topped with plastic-covered potato sacks, and a variety of antique signs adorn the walls. It’s inviting and dimly lit, just what you'd expect in a college town. All pizzas are cooked to order, which can mean a short wait. On weekdays, Great Plains serves pizza by the slice for lunch. This is the stuff Freshman Fifteens are made of.