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JumpCutz
04-22-12, 10:47 PM
Yeah, we all have our favorite superior local joints, but what is the best pizza chain?

kgrogers1979
04-22-12, 10:57 PM
The one where you make it yourself and save $15.

No pizza chain in my opinion can match a homemade pizza in either taste or cost.

TomOpus
04-22-12, 11:03 PM
I really liked the pizza I've had at Papa Murphy's. Not too expensive and you bake it yourself so it's a little bit fresher.

TomOpus
04-22-12, 11:06 PM
The one where you make it yourself and save $15.

No pizza chain in my opinion can match a homemade pizza in either taste or cost.I'd be willing to bet a lot people can't make decent homemade pizza. They probably use a box of dough mix and that's where it'll fail.

My Other Self
04-22-12, 11:08 PM
I really liked the pizza I've had at Papa Murphy's. Not too expensive and you bake it yourself so it's a little bit fresher.Yeah, Papa Murphy's ranks up there for me.

I guess Costco Food Court counts as chain pizza and I love it, so that wins it for me.

bunkaroo
04-22-12, 11:11 PM
When I think chain pizza I think Connie's, Giordano's or Home Run Inn. They're all good but I'll take a great neighborhood joint any day.

As for what's on the list I haven't had half of them. Of what I have had recently Domino's probably wins. I had LC for the first time in a while and it's was god awful. Even the crazy bread was terrible.

bunkaroo
04-22-12, 11:11 PM
Yeah, Papa Murphy's ranks up there for me.

I guess Costco Food Court counts as chain pizza and I love it, so that wins it for me.

I'd take what Costco makes over any of those listed. Tons of cheese and huge slices, not to mention dirt cheap.

Troy Stiffler
04-22-12, 11:20 PM
When I don't mind spending the extra money, we have NYPD Pizza (which I think is a chain). There's also a newer place popping up, called Spinatos, and they have awesome pizza. When I go cheap, Pizza Hut and Dominos is good. Usually Dominos.

Last is Papa John's, which I swear is so packed with salt and MSG(?) that it makes me sick for a couple days.

Oh, and I eat a lot of pizza. A lot.

davidh777
04-22-12, 11:24 PM
Funny, I had drafted a similar pizza poll but with a few more selections, including "Papa Murphy or other take 'n' bake" and "Costco or other store brand" but I never got around to finishing it and posting it. Sometimes I get paralysis by analysis, or by fear of leaving something out. :lol:

Of the choices, I'd probably take Pizza Hut.

fumanstan
04-22-12, 11:24 PM
Maybe its because I grew up on it, but I still love Pizza Hut :shrug:

kgrogers1979
04-22-12, 11:33 PM
Oh, and I eat a lot of pizza. A lot.

In my younger, unhealthier days I ate pizza every single day. In college, the dorm cafeteria had an all-you-can-eat kind of pizza buffet. I pretty much ate an entire large pizza every day for lunch. The "freshman 15" for me turned out to be more like the "freshman 30".

I blame the ninja turtles for it. They made eating pizza the cool thing to do. :lol:

My Other Self
04-22-12, 11:36 PM
Maybe its because I grew up on it, but I still love Pizza Hut :shrug:The experience I had during the NFL playoffs this past season with them swore me off for life. I will never eat there again.

And I used to like the Pizza Hut lunch buffet. I would go there during Spring Breaks when I was a kid.

bcd
04-22-12, 11:45 PM
Hell's Pizza, without a doubt. I need to get back to NZ soon...

http://hellpizza.com/nz/

Very close second is Buddy's Pizza in the Detroit Metro area

http://www.buddyspizza.com/

Now I am hungry for pizza...

My Other Self
04-22-12, 11:48 PM
I wonder if a chain with a name like that would fly in the US.

One of the pizza joints from where I grew up had a gigantic pizza known as the "Big Ass Pizza" and people were outraged when they first started serving up. :lol:

kgrogers1979
04-23-12, 12:05 AM
I wonder if a chain with a name like that would fly in the US.

It would be good in Hell, Michigan

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/68/NWS_Hell_MI.jpg/800px-NWS_Hell_MI.jpg

TomOpus
04-23-12, 12:07 AM
One of the pizza joints from where I grew up had a gigantic pizza known as the "Big Ass Pizza" and people were outraged when they first started serving up. :lol:I like that name. Very accurate and descriptive of what they have.

Mike86
04-23-12, 12:16 AM
I have to go with Pizza Hut. Next would probably be Little Caesars as it's cheap and pretty decent. Domino's is okay sometimes but I get sick of it. Papa Murphy's=:yack:
I also haven't had it for quite some time but I remember it seemed like every time I ate a pizza from Godfather's I'd get sick off of it.

whoopdido
04-23-12, 12:21 AM
Every now and then I just get a craving for Little Caesar's. There's hardly anything to it and sometimes it's great to just stuff your face when you're really hungry.

Pizza is one of those things that even if it's bad, it's still pretty good but Papa Murphy's makes me sick. Probably the only pizza that I would actually refuse.

My Other Self
04-23-12, 12:26 AM
Every now and then I just get a craving for Little Caesar's. There's hardly anything to it and sometimes it's great to just stuff your face when you're really hungry.Way back in the early-mid 90s, before they could only be found in K-Marts (which was before they started showing up in strip malls again), Little Caesar's was the best chain pizza. I remember getting it quite a bit as a kid, and this was even with tons and tons of local places to choose from.

Once they all closed, I didn't think twice about them until I moved to Florida a number of years ago and was shocked to see the chain was still in business. Their recipe had to have changed because it was good for $5 but it wasn't what I remember getting. I had it a couple of months ago since there's one close to my house and the sauce tasted bizarre. I didn't finish it.

TomOpus
04-23-12, 12:34 AM
Way back in the early-mid 90s, before they could only be found in K-Marts (which was before they started showing up in strip malls again), Little Caesar's was the best chain pizza. I remember getting it quite a bit as a kid, and this was even with tons and tons of local places to choose from.Remember back when, for one price, you got two pizzas. That's why their Caesar says "pizza pizza" in their ads.

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My Other Self
04-23-12, 12:36 AM
Remember back when, for one price, you got two pizzas. That's why their Caesar says "pizza pizza" in their ads.I feel old now but yeah, that's when Little Caesar's was good.

I can appreciate the Hot and Ready concept but it just feels like a conveyer belt going off in a factory. The pizza just tastes cheap.

bcd
04-23-12, 12:37 AM
A baby pan-pan, order of crazy bread and a drink was pretty much my lunch every day in High School. That was when Little Caesars was good.

TomOpus
04-23-12, 12:40 AM
I can appreciate the Hot and Ready concept but it just feels like a conveyer belt going off in a factory. The pizza just tastes cheap.Plus you don't know how long it's been sitting in the warmer. I guess that's the trade-off to get it right away.

gmanca
04-23-12, 12:42 AM
I too remember when they were really good; the pizza was better quality and they also used that cornmeal dusting that's awesome on a pizza.

I'd say now it's Round Table though they cost more than they really should IMO but it's always good. Definitely hate their normal style of pizza though; the same toppings on a pan pizza and the standard form look and taste pretty different.

My Other Self
04-23-12, 12:51 AM
I'd say now it's Round Table though they cost more than they really should IMO but it's always good. Definitely hate their normal style of pizza though; the same toppings on a pan pizza and the standard form look and taste pretty different.Most people that I've talked to that live here stand by Round Table. I don't think their pizza is very good, though. It's unique with all of the different varieties they have but it's just way overpriced, even with coupons, to justify the cost.

We also have Mountain Mike's here which I prefer to Round Table but it's also just too expensive. A large pie should never cost $20.

davidh777
04-23-12, 01:11 AM
Little Caesar's cheesey bread is better than the pizza. I'm also annoyed that every time I go there I have to wait 5-15 minutes rather than it being hot 'n' ready. It's not like I'm always going at 6 p.m. either.

kvrdave
04-23-12, 01:50 AM
I eat Papa Murphy's the most, and prefer their delite crust for everything. Good and cheap. But, when I can find a Godfather's, I still prefer it to any other chain.

The Bus
04-23-12, 03:55 AM
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I like <b>Papa John's</b> but I consider their pizza to be a kind of cheesy, saucy, spongy bread-thing. Much the same way <b>Uno's</b> bread-lasagna has a lot of fans.

I wish I knew about Hell's Pizza when I was in NZ... I've had a big suspicion that there isn't great pizza around here (or, rather, that it's hard to find). There's been a few places that sell a margherita pie for $25 and that's too big of a risk to take on something that might be awful.

My favorite chain pizza that's only in the East coast is <b>Peace-a-Pizza</b>, but I only have their pizza w/o red sauce, as their red sauce is unbearably sweet.

RocShemp
04-23-12, 06:48 AM
I'd have to vote for Costco as well. I really like how loaded and cheap they're pizzas are.

kd5
04-23-12, 07:38 AM
While not a national chain, Wedgewood Pizza has several stores around the area here, they have the best pizza I've tasted in a long time.

IMHO, Papa John's is to pizza like what Pringles is to potato chips. Words synonymous to it would be artificial and pizza-flavored cardboard. -kd5-

starman9000
04-23-12, 07:59 AM
Murph's Veggie Delite or Chicken Bacon Artichoke Delite are pretty good.

Happy Joe's taco pizza is good, but pricey. I know they aren't national, but do cover a pretty big area.

Trevor
04-23-12, 08:48 AM
Been meaning to try Costco pizza for 20 years now. Never knew it was so loved.

I miss Shakey's, especially their taco pizza.

cultshock
04-23-12, 09:09 AM
Oh yeah, I love Costco's pizza.

Randy Miller III
04-23-12, 09:09 AM
There's a small chain in the Staten Island area called Goodfellas that's damn good. Other than that, I can't remember the last time I really enjoyed chain pizza. My mom loves Pizza Hut and occasionally I'll suck it up and go with the family, but I really don't like it all that much. Regional mom-and-pop shops are usually so much better.

Dash
04-23-12, 09:18 AM
I didnt realize Mountain Mikes was a big chain, just a nor cal thing, same with round table. Those would be my top 2 in that order.

Nefarious
04-23-12, 09:38 AM
Breadeaux or Casey's.

Trevor
04-23-12, 09:39 AM
For these big chains, I can tolerate them all in small doses. I'll usually mix in Pizza Hut and Papa Johns to my once or so monthly pizza meals, mainly because of bargains. I'll rarely order Dominos, but once or twice a year I'll want a different taste and get it.

Should Ledo's be on this list? Or is it this area only? I'd vote for them perhaps.

Cardsfan111
04-23-12, 09:41 AM
I'm partial to Pizza Hut, especially the meat-lovers variety.

printerati
04-23-12, 09:45 AM
I'll second Giordano's, but there are no locations in this area. As far as the chain locations we do have go, I would have to go with Mellow Mushroom.

Sonny Corinthos
04-23-12, 09:48 AM
Pizza Hut.

Noonan
04-23-12, 09:50 AM
I'm not sure how wide-spread they are but Papa Gino's is my favorite in this area. Not as good as all the town local shops we have in NE but my favorite chain.

TomOpus
04-23-12, 10:07 AM
Just wanted to mention that Pizza Hut's website has needed some serious revamping for years. I've actually ordered from some place else due to frustration. And this is coming from someone who is pretty good at navigating websites.

Osiris3657
04-23-12, 10:12 AM
I'm not very picky with pizza, most are good enough to keep me happy.

I think we should extend this to frozen pizza brands.

DiGiorno's is the best frozen brand by far.

dvdjunkie32
04-23-12, 10:19 AM
I honestly don't see how Papa John's stays in business. I ate there a few weeks ago, and I've had much better frozen pizza. I ordered their big meat pizza, and it was practically barren of toppings, dry as a bone and definitely felt like eating cardboard.

Pizza Hut is still my favorite, but I've really taken a liking to Walmart Deli pizza. Their supreme is loaded with huge mushroom slices and big chunks of italian sausage. That's what I like.

RichC2
04-23-12, 10:20 AM
National brands I'd go with Pizza Hut, just because it's more consistent than Papa Johns (which is hugely hit or miss, though I do love me some garlic butter dipping sauce). To Pizza Hut and Domino's credit, they both will do odd requests -- my buddy did the standard "Draw a Dragon" and came back with a pretty bad ass pizza box drawing. Though I guess a lot of places comply (http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/11-special-instructions-for-pizza-delivery-place)

My favorite frozen pizza is probably Freschetta, I absolutely hate the sauce on DiGiornos.

bunkaroo
04-23-12, 11:18 AM
Hell's Pizza, without a doubt. I need to get back to NZ soon...

http://hellpizza.com/nz/

Very close second is Buddy's Pizza in the Detroit Metro area

http://www.buddyspizza.com/

Now I am hungry for pizza...

Damn I wish I would have known about them when I was in NZ a few years back. We were near several of them on both islands.

sracer
04-23-12, 11:24 AM
When I don't mind spending the extra money, we have NYPD Pizza (which I think is a chain). There's also a newer place popping up, called Spinatos, and they have awesome pizza. When I go cheap, Pizza Hut and Dominos is good. Usually Dominos.

Last is Papa John's, which I swear is so packed with salt and MSG(?) that it makes me sick for a couple days.

Oh, and I eat a lot of pizza. A lot.
NYPD PIZZA!!!!

I was excited to finally find a pizza joint out here that makes authentic NY pizza. The location in Tempe makes pizza that is virtually identical to the shop in my old Brooklyn neighborhood (Bensonhurst). With NYPD Pizza and Chompie's I never have to go back East. ;)

I'd have to vote for Costco as well. I really like how loaded and cheap they're pizzas are.
When we can't drive down to Phoenix, Costco is the place.

Obi-Wan Jabroni
04-23-12, 01:43 PM
Little Caesar's cheesey bread is better than the pizza. I'm also annoyed that every time I go there I have to wait 5-15 minutes rather than it being hot 'n' ready. It's not like I'm always going at 6 p.m. either.

My buddy likes to refer to them as "Hot or Ready"

Dr Mabuse
04-23-12, 02:15 PM
'Dion's' is excellent for chain pizza. I guess that's my favorite.

'Mellow Mushroom' is good chain pizza.

'Red Brick Pizza' is a good chain.

'California Pizza Kitchen' used to be good, it's been along time since I was at one though.

'Hungry Howie's' is pretty good for chain.

cdollaz
04-23-12, 03:08 PM
Grimaldi's and Uno for the restaurant-type chains.

Pizza Hut for the to-go/delivery chains.

kenbuzz
04-23-12, 03:14 PM
I eat Papa Murphy's the most, and prefer their delite crust for everything. Good and cheap. But, when I can find a Godfather's, I still prefer it to any other chain.

I could've made this exact post.

Around these parts, the only Godfather's are micro-franchisees that set themselves up in small town gas stations. They get bags of ingredients and premade dough from some central supplier and keep everything frozen/refrigerated as long as possible. The product tastes nothing like the Godfathers chain store pizzas I used to eat in the 80's, which is too bad. The last decent Godfather's restaurant I found was in San Diego near the Sports Arena, and that was a decade ago.

Mountain Biker
04-23-12, 03:19 PM
Toppers Pizza (chain in Ventura County) easily. I still enjoy Shakey's and Round Table as well

clckworang
04-23-12, 03:31 PM
Just wanted to mention that Pizza Hut's website has needed some serious revamping for years. I've actually ordered from some place else due to frustration. And this is coming from someone who is pretty good at navigating websites.

The Pizza Hut website really is awful. Pizza Hut is usually the last of the pizza chains that I'll go to anyway, so when I have issues trying to navigate the site, that sends me away pretty quick. It's rare that I'll order from them, and if I do, it will absolutely not be pan. It's just way too greasy for me.

I guess I usually order from Papa John's or Domino's the most, depending on who has the better deals going, but honestly, most of the time I'll usually just do frozen. I don't have many options in the area. The one local spot that I can think of is way too expensive.

JumpCutz
04-23-12, 03:33 PM
I didnt realize Mountain Mikes was a big chain, just a nor cal thing, same with round table. Those would be my top 2 in that order.


Yeah I'm from Northern Cal and we have Mountain Mikes and Roundtable EVERYWHERE. I just assumed they were national chains.

I was wondering why people have been choosing crap like Pizza Hut, Papa Murphy's, Little Caesar's etc. :lol:

d2cheer
04-23-12, 03:44 PM
Happy Joes Pizza and Ice Cream!! Best taco pizza I have ever had.

http://www.happyjoes.com/

emanon
04-23-12, 05:38 PM
Happy Joes Pizza and Ice Cream!! Best taco pizza I have ever had.

http://www.happyjoes.com/

Best thing about Happy Joe's is the breakfast pizza. Sadly, the one here in town closed down at the beginning of the year.

covenant
04-23-12, 06:15 PM
Jets Pizza

Love the deep dish square pizzas.

http://jetspizza.com/menu/pizza

http://jetspizza.com/img/menu-pizza.png

jfoobar
04-23-12, 06:26 PM
Should Ledo's be on this list? Or is it this area only? I'd vote for them perhaps.

There are a few sprinkled up and down the eastern seaboard as far south as Florida, but the vast, vast majority of Ledo's locations are Maryland/DC/Virginia. That being said, probably my favorite chain. :up:

jfoobar
04-23-12, 06:29 PM
When I think chain pizza I think Connie's, Giordano's or Home Run Inn. They're all good but I'll take a great neighborhood joint any day.

So I read this and immediately thought, "where the hell does he live, Naperville?"

Then I looked at your location. :) I haven't had Connie's since I lived in south Wheaton in high school...at the one in Naperville. I know I have had Home Run Inn as well, but damn if I can remember the location.

There was some smallish local chain that had a location in Wheaton on Butterfield Road at one time that we ordered from a lot. All I remember was that their default cut style was cutting it into square pizzas.

mike07
04-23-12, 07:21 PM
Even though I'd choose a mom & pop place to any of these, I vote for Pizza Hut with Domino's being a runner up.

RagingBull80
04-23-12, 07:29 PM
Surprised no one has mentioned Hideaway Pizza yet. Has anyone ever had it? It's good but a little pricey. They have really good specialty pizzas but they're more of a sit down restaurant.

I'm not a big pizza fan but I went with Pizza Hut. I don't care for Domino's, Papa John's or Little Caesar's. I've only had Papa Murphy's once but I didn't care for it. Everyone here says it's good so I need to try it again. Those are pretty much the main joints that we have here in Oklahoma.

I have had pizza in Chicago but I didn't like it because I'm not a fan of lasagna.

I almost forgot about Falcone's which is pretty good. I've only had it a few times but I remember liking it a good bit. I've never had pizza in New York but I imagine that Falcone's is the closest thing we have here in Oklahoma.

Obi-Wan Jabroni
04-23-12, 08:08 PM
Yeah I'm from Northern Cal and we have Mountain Mikes and Roundtable EVERYWHERE. I just assumed they were national chains.

I was wondering why people have been choosing crap like Pizza Hut, Papa Murphy's, Little Caesar's etc. :lol:

I voted Little Ceasar's, but I'm from Detroit and so is Little Ceasar's, it's what I grew up with. Around here, they never disappeared. Heck, Little Ceasar's practiaclly owns this town (the new downtown area at least). Recipie has probably changed over the years, but I haven't noticed much because I've had it all my life. Actually, the first time I remember the hot and ready concept appearing was when I was in college, and it hadn't spread to all locations, it was only the location on campus. I would go in there, get a $5 pizza, and bring it to class with me, eat the whole thing during the lecture. Good times.

Still, the quality can vary greatly from one location to the next. The pizza from the location by my mom's house is much better than the one by me.

Jet's and Hungry Howies are also good. (Funny story, the Little Ceasar's Pizza Bowl is held at Ford Field in Detroit, but they only serve Hungry Howies Pizza at Ford Field). Of the other locations in the poll, we only have Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Domino's, and very small scattering of Uno's around here. Not a big fan of any of those (Uno's I've never actually had locally, but I've eaten at the original one in Chicago, and while I'm sure the chain locations aren't exactly the same, I really have no desire to try it again, not my thing).

RunBandoRun
04-23-12, 08:11 PM
In Kansas City we have a chain called Minsky's that makes a veggie pizza called "Nature's Choice" on a honey wheat crust. It is my absolute favorite.

starman9000
04-23-12, 08:13 PM
Happy Joes Pizza and Ice Cream!! Best taco pizza I have ever had.

http://www.happyjoes.com/

It was better when they used to include little packages of sour cream. :(

jfoobar
04-23-12, 08:46 PM
In Kansas City we have a chain called Minsky's that makes a veggie pizza called "Nature's Choice" on a honey wheat crust. It is my absolute favorite.

Mmm, that sounds good. And I am pretty sure I will be in KC at least once before the year is out.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_J2sx2zv9uaE/SoB78ryPhfI/AAAAAAAAAeI/fLDg5Ky7j_s/s400/Nature%27s+Choice+Pizza+at+Minsky%27s.jpg

Other than the artichoke hearts, that looks fantastic.

NORML54601
04-23-12, 09:25 PM
If I absolutely had to order from a national chain it would be Dominos, but I prefer a couple of regional chains. Toppers is pretty widespread in the midwest and has greasy late night pizza and are open til 3AM. During daytime hours I like an even smaller regional chain called Politos.

NORML54601
04-23-12, 09:29 PM
Toppers Pizza (chain in Ventura County) easily. I still enjoy Shakey's and Round Table as well

This (http://www.toppers.com/#/intro/) Toppers Pizza? If so, I had no idea they were that far expanded.

My Other Self
04-23-12, 09:31 PM
This (http://www.toppers.com/#/intro/) Toppers Pizza? If so, I had no idea they were that far expanded.No, it's not the same. That Toppers is only the Ventura area.

http://www.topperspizzaplace.com/index.php

TomOpus
04-24-12, 02:36 AM
In Kansas City we have a chain called Minsky's that makes a veggie pizza called "Nature's Choice" on a honey wheat crust. It is my absolute favorite.We've been to Minsky's and it wasn't too bad. Forgot which one we had but it had meat :)

I really love the margahrita pizza at Spin Pizza. The sauce is awesome.

Quake1028
04-25-12, 08:59 AM
Great:
Mellow Mushroom
Anthony's Coal Fire

Good:
Hungry Howies
Giordanos

Decent:
Pizza Hut
Dominos
Pappa Johns

Bad:
Little Caesars
Red Brick

superdeluxe
04-25-12, 01:26 PM
Costco pizzas are huge and taste good.

Matthew Chmiel
04-25-12, 02:04 PM
As someone born and raised in New York, the best pizza will always come from a mom and pop shop. However, in terms of chains? Grimaldi's (http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/) by a mile.

I'd rather eat dog shit than Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut. Little Caesars gets a pass because its only five dollars (and I practically lived off of it in college) as does Cici's because of the macaroni and cheese pizza (everything else there sucks).

Cusm
04-25-12, 02:15 PM
Regional chain here called Mazzio's.

kefrank
04-25-12, 02:59 PM
St. Louis has some excellent local (or semi-local) chains. Pi and Dewey's are top-tier.

There are other fantastic non-chain options, depending on what kind of pie you're in the mood for:
Black Thorn Pub/Lemmon's (deep dish)
La Pizza in U-City (specifically, their sausage pizza)
Crushed Red (personal-size "artisan" pizzas)
Anthonino's, Onesto, and any number of other places on the Hill have great pizza.


WARNING: Imo's, Cecil Whittaker's, Elicia's and any other local place that sells "St. Louis Style" pizza are abominations and should be avoided like the plague.

msdmoney
04-25-12, 03:06 PM
I grew up on Round Table and it's still my favorite chain pizza. It is definitely more expensive though.

Trevor
04-25-12, 03:21 PM
Finally tried the Costco pizza yesterday. It was huge and a good deal for $10. Tasted maybe slightly better than the typical chain place, but not so much better that I'll avoid other places when they have better deals with coupons.

Papa Johns used to have weekly deals with all the local sports teams. On Mondays following Redskins games, you could get a large cheese pizza for $10, with one topping for every touchdown they scored, and double toppings if they won. Similar deals for hockey, college football, etc. I would regularly get 10+ topping large pizzas for $10. Got out of the pizza habit, but I imagine they still do these deals.

Deadman31
04-25-12, 04:06 PM
As someone born and raised in New York, the best pizza will always come from a mom and pop shop. However, in terms of chains? Grimaldi's (http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/) by a mile.

I'd rather eat dog shit than Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut. Little Caesars gets a pass because its only five dollars (and I practically lived off of it in college) as does Cici's because of the macaroni and cheese pizza (everything else there sucks).


We get it. You are above these places. blah blah blah. Move along.

DeFan
04-25-12, 05:07 PM
I never seen any of those chains around here except for Domino's, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, and Little Caesars. At $5 Little Caesars wins by default.

fujishig
04-25-12, 06:47 PM
Costco pizzas are huge and taste good.

I like Costco pizzas, but man is it a hassle to get whenever Costco is even remotely busy.

My Other Self
04-25-12, 07:16 PM
I like Costco pizzas, but man is it a hassle to get whenever Costco is even remotely busy.That's the only downfall. Friday is usually my pizza night but with how busy Costco is on weekends, I tend to get it on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
We get it. You are above these places. blah blah blah. Move along.I don't think he thinks he's better than anyone because he dislikes the big national chains. When you have real NY pizza most things do taste like shit in comparison.

superdeluxe
04-25-12, 08:28 PM
I like Costco pizzas, but man is it a hassle to get whenever Costco is even remotely busy.

One person check out, other person get in line for pizza

My Other Self
04-25-12, 08:32 PM
One person check out, other person get in line for pizzaIn my case, I don't get much stuff from Costco but it's the insane traffic in the parking lot and lines in the food court that deter me from going on Fridays or Saturdays.

The one I go to recently got rid of the self-checkout lanes which blows because I typically only get one or two things at a time there and instead of being in and out it takes 10 times longer.

Barth
04-25-12, 08:58 PM
Mr. Jim's Pizza for delivery here in the Dallas area. Costco's Kirkland 4 Cheese pizza for the frozen variety in a pinch.

Numanoid
04-25-12, 09:04 PM
I have had pizza in Chicago but I didn't like it because I'm not a fan of lasagna.I love when people say things like this, as if you can't get thin crust pizza in Chicago. :lol:

Goldberg74
04-25-12, 10:09 PM
Our local Papa Murphy's had $5 Wednesdays until recently... now paying full price for one pains me.

Michael Corvin
04-25-12, 10:43 PM
I know I'm alone in this one but I love Papa John's. Never was a fan of the other "big 2" Pizza Hut or Dominos. Caesars is crap.

I really like Papa Murhpy's but they managed to royally fuck up my order both times I've been and on a scale of 1-10 the customer service was around a 1, again, both times. This coming from someone who worked in restaurants for 16 years and is really lenient on CS.

Deadman31
04-26-12, 04:04 AM
That's the only downfall. Friday is usually my pizza night but with how busy Costco is on weekends, I tend to get it on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
I don't think he thinks he's better than anyone because he dislikes the big national chains. When you have real NY pizza most things do taste like shit in comparison.


no that is what he thinks. He can also make a better pizza at home.

Lastdaysofrain
04-26-12, 07:12 AM
I always kind of say the same thing in these chain restaurant threads, but here in the Northeast where every single town and city has at least four mom and pop pizza places, there's really no reason to go to chains. I've never had good chain pizza for the most part, especially the national chains. I cannot stomach stuff like Domino's and Papa John's, but we do have a few decent New England area chains that are leaps and bounds above anything else I've had nationally, Papa Gino's and Sal's both have really good pizza.

slop101
04-26-12, 11:58 AM
I've had them all and the best is Roundtable, by far.

But of course nothing beats the independent, non-chain stores - although some of those can be shitty too, but they have a better batting-average.

wmansir
04-26-12, 02:26 PM
I don't know if Pizza Hut has the best chain pizza crown, but they will have the "Crown Crust Cheeseburger Pizza":

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...at least in the middle east they will.

mapasu
04-26-12, 02:51 PM
Momo's or Decent Pizza in Tallahassee

Rockmjd23
04-26-12, 03:08 PM
Papa Gino's. Never heard of half the list in the poll.

Noonan
04-26-12, 03:24 PM
Papa Gino's. Never heard of half the list in the poll.

:thumbsup:

Looks like you an I are alone on this one. I'm didn't realize they were only in New England (excluding VT).

Rockmjd23
04-26-12, 06:20 PM
:thumbsup:

Looks like you an I are alone on this one. I'm didn't realize they were only in New England (excluding VT).
Yeah I didnt know until I went to other parts of the country and they weren't around. I actually had never even heard of Papa John's until about 5 years ago. :shrug: