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rworange Jun 13, 2007 06:46 PM

A Little Ceasars opened near a market where I shop. It kind of is getting me crazy ... so save me from myself.

For $5 you can get a large pepperoni pizza. Anyone tried this?

I have a flyer in the mail for PIzza Hut's P'zone - 1 lb stuffed full of pizza toppings only $6.99.

What about Pizza Hut's quepapas - potatoe bites filled with chees and 'a hint of jalepenno flavor'.

I don'f do Domino's. I've never had a good experience there. The cheese is ...well ... cheesy ... in a bad way ... as in cheap.

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    Cathy Jun 13, 2007 07:30 PM

    At LC, I'll ask for cheese only- and for it to be "well done" so the cheese is nicely burnt.

    1. ipsedixit Jun 13, 2007 10:17 PM

      If you don't like Domino's, then run (don't walk) away from Little Caesar's.

      "Pizza! Pizza!"


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      1. re: ipsedixit
        calabasas_trafalgar Jun 14, 2007 04:21 PM

        Little Caesar's is a piece of cardboard with ketchup on it.

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          Firegoat Apr 14, 2014 04:19 PM

          I personally dislike Little Caesar's. However, a friend of mine eats it religiously every Friday at work and seems to love it. So, guess you just have to try it and see what works for you.

          1. re: Firegoat
            monkeyrotica Apr 15, 2014 03:27 AM

            7-11 sells a $5.55 pepperoni that looks like the same thing Little Caesars is selling. I'm tempted to see what I'll get for that extra 55 cents. I'm guessing diarrhea.

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          mojoeater Jun 13, 2007 10:22 PM

          I have only had bad experiences with both Domino's and Little Caesar's. If I'm going for cheap chain pizza, I'll probably use the Buy One Get One carryout option at Papa John's.

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          1. re: mojoeater
            ccbweb Jun 13, 2007 10:35 PM

            There you go. Papa John's...excellent chese sticks, too. They're the best of the large chain delivery options, in my mind.

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              mojoeater Jun 13, 2007 10:36 PM

              And I am constantly getting PJ coupons in the mail!

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                ipsedixit Jun 14, 2007 11:19 AM

                Actually, I like the takeout pizza Costco.

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                  monkuboy Jun 15, 2007 09:35 AM

                  I agree - Costco is indeed a "chain" and their pizza is way better than any of these other chains plus it is cheaper, too. It is ridiculous the way these chains call a 12" pizza "large" or 14" pizza "jumbo." At least Costco gives you your money's worth.

              2. re: ccbweb
                monkeyrotica Oct 23, 2007 08:16 AM

                The sauce on Papa John's pizzas is about the sweetest of any chain pizza I've ever tried. It's like there's more corn syrup than tomatoes in it.

            2. monkuboy Jun 14, 2007 06:34 AM

              I think they're all pretty awful but Round Table is probably the least awfullest.

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                aynrandgirl Oct 22, 2007 09:51 AM

                Their Italian Garlic Supreme is the best!

              2. creativeusername Jun 14, 2007 06:41 AM

                Call me crazy, but I'm a fan of CiCi's. $4.99 AYCE and it's not horrible. I admit, I love the dessert pizzas.

                Not a fan of Little Caesars. Would rather eat the box it came in personally. But I used to love the commercial with the guy doing origami..."it's a pteridactal....caw! caw!" :)

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                  Kari Jun 14, 2007 04:36 PM

                  I like Little Caesars, for $5 what do you expect? I love their Crazy bread for $1. I could just eat that and call it good.

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                    jeanmarieok Oct 22, 2007 09:59 AM

                    CiCi's is pretty good pizza - I always forget that they have takeout. Little Caesar's is pretty bad, but I kind of like their crazy bread and crazy sauce.

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                    goodeatsinadive Jun 15, 2007 08:40 AM

                    Little Ceasars has got to be the worst of all chain pizza joints.
                    When I have no choice about having chain pizza, for the money, especially if taking a group of kids, I go to CiCi's.

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                    1. re: goodeatsinadive
                      calabasas_trafalgar Jun 15, 2007 08:53 AM

                      even a bad frozen pizza is better than Little Caesar's at their best. Fot chain pizza I stick with Round table or Numero Uno.

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                        MikeWright Oct 19, 2007 07:22 PM

                        I just finished an order of Quepapas from Pizza the Hut along with the Pan Pizza and Hot Wings. I like Pizza Hut because they frequently bring out new trial products that have been consistenly good. I have never paid full price (they always provide adequate coupons), and with the variety I just brought home for about $20.00, I will keep coming back.

                    2. monkeyrotica Oct 23, 2007 08:25 AM

                      If you just want to spend $5-8 on a slab of cheese with some stuff on it, there are plenty of smaller pizza chains and mom-and-pops that would do a much better job than any of the mega pizza chains. Little Greasers crust is way too cardboardy for me; I used to work in Dominoes and I've seen how they get made during rushes by drivers who aren't the best at personal hygene; and Pizza Hut's goes kinda crazy with those buttery sprays.

                      There's a local DC chain called Stone Hot Pizza that uses halal meat that's actually quite tasty, and their crust actually tastes like bread instead of burnt flat dough. Jerry's Subs is decent; their $4.99 specials are their bread and butter. Or cheese, as the case may be.

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                        jessicheese Oct 23, 2007 09:28 AM

                        Papa John's is OK, but only in emergencies. My favorite chain pizza is Donatos, which is no longer available in my area =( They have a crispy pepperoni pizza that I dream about.

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                          buckeye.mary Oct 24, 2007 09:26 AM

                          Mmm, Donato's... A favorite of mine back in Ohio. I especially miss the chicken veggie medley pizza with hot sauce for dipping.

                        2. Scrapironchef Oct 23, 2007 09:31 AM

                          When in a pizza/time crunch I usually default to Papa Murphy's, a few additions and a 500 degree oven. It's not as good as homemade but is more acceptable than a luke warm delivery.

                          1. LordMontague Apr 14, 2014 02:56 PM

                            Little Ceasers is really good quality for the price. You'll be punishing yourself by not going and trying it at least.

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                              mucho gordo 1 day ago

                              They're not that bad. I just don't like the fact that they're pre-made, not made to order. How long have the pies been sitting under the lamp? McD's does the same thing with the burgers.

                            2. alkapal 1 day ago

                              papa john's has a half price deal anytime any one of the local pro teams wins, or wins by a certain margin. we like the "john's favorite" pizza, well done, with added onions, black olives and banana peppers. can get extra large for around $11 with the deal. otherwise we don't order chain pizza, but go to a local neapolitan place, pupatella. (arlington, va).

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                                BuildingMyBento about 10 hours ago

                                In college, Domino's had a 6 for 6 deal, I think it was. Six toppings on a large pie for six dollars. They took two hours to make the dang thing, and it was terrible from start to finish. I'll blame my Taiwanese friend for that one.

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