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JFC MOBILE SERIES – Episode 204

13 May

TGIF, hello??   Ricky takes center stage again today and puts his own spin on a classic DFW pizza war.  Pizza Inn vs. Pizza Hut.  Which classic pizzeria will he choose?   Which would you choose?  And what are you thoughts on Honey Mustard?  Find out below!

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JFC MOBILE: EPISODE SIX

2 Oct

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Olivia is back with another JFC Mobile episode.   Today we let our pizza junkie loose in the grocery store to find out who makes the best microwave pizza.  Which pie will win the heart of our lovely pizza-princess?  Check it out below!!

JFC Mobile Series: Episode Four

11 Sep

wordpress JFC featured image logoFriday is here again and it’s time to catch up with Olivia as she takes to the streets in search of great food finds and usually ends up in some kind of wacky adventure.

Today she tries the new Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich from Mickey D’s and then it’s on….QT vs. The Sev…which gas station has the better pizza???

PIZZA LOCO

23 May

Grand Prairie has no shortage of places to get a pizza.   What they do not have is many sit-down places to enjoy some pizza-pie.

PIZZA LOCO solves that problem.  It’s local, clean, and has some friendly and speedy service.

I know GP has some CiCi’s Pizza, so I consider this a direct competitor.   I can’t remember the last time I went to a CiCi’s and was pleased with the experience.  The restaurants are usually crowded….floors and tables are sticky and dirty…no games work… so I all but abandoned CiCi’s as a go-to move quite awhile ago.

 Pizza Loco is modest, has some games, plenty of room, and a large buffet.    I think they can seriously give CiCi’s (and other GP pizza) a run for their money.

On my visit, the place has half-full and mostly all families enjoying themselves.  Staff was friendly and offered to create any pizza I wanted if I wasn’t happy with the buffet selection.

With pizza, pasta, salad, and dessert you will leave full.    Great to see local business that can create something as good or better than the corporate types.

2014 PIZZA MADNESS!!!!

8 Apr

Villa Fresh Italian KitchenWHEW!!!  SOOOOO glad all that college basketball thingie is done.  But it did give us a good idea.   Using a bracket and picking a local city, we tried to find the best pizza in Grand Prairie.

(we picked GP because according to Google they had the least amount of pizza joints so we THOUGHT it was gonna be easy…..)  

I got it down to 16 places you could get a slice and from there the chow-down was on.

Last night we got down to four places for the GP title:   Chuck E. Cheese, Domino’s, Villa Fresh, and Papa John’s.

The 2014 Best Pizza in Grand Prairie Award goes to Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen.

Will there be a trophy or an awards ceremony?  We don’t know.   We are currently in hospital after having eaten nothing but pizza from 16 locations over the 3 days.   Stay tuned.

 

PIZZA WARS 2: Pizza Inn vs. Pie Five

30 Jul

In the previous PIZZA WAR, Pizza War 1, It was Pie Five vs. Top That Pizza.    But after that epic battle took place, a notion of genius struck.

Yeah, it only happens once in a lifetime.

My theory is simple:   If Pie Five is a spin-off of Pizza Inn, why not have these brothers battle!?!?!

At Pie Five you can get a thick or  thin –  9 inch pie with your choice of toppings (this last trip I got a STAGGERING SEVEN pepperoni …..versus the usual five on my pie) for 6.95 plus tax.  Wait time is about five minutes.

BUT… at Pizza Inn, you can get a 10 inch (I know it’s only an inch..but still) one topping pie for 6.99 plus tax.   Wait time is abut ten minutes.

HOLD ON!!!!  I know what you are thinking.  Pive Five is giving you several toppings vs paying for extra toppings on your Pizza Inn pie.

YOU ARE CORRECT — except the fact that if you look closely – Pive Five is on the RIGHT.  The BEEF topping on the Pizza Inn pizza is almost three times as big as the beef on the Pie Five version.   This appears to be a recent change compared to the last few times I went there.  So it seems P5 is scaling back on the size of certain toppings.

The crust on the Pizza Inn is that classic, crispy, crackery, crunch that I have known and loved for years.   Pie Five also has a thin crust.  The same thin crust — only THINNER.  Yeah, I didn’t think it was possibe either.

But in terms of cheese and sauce, I  think they are remarkably close in taste.   So it could very well be the same in both places.

Add a drink to lunch at either place is almost two bucks (for a large) so we are looking at almost the same price at both places for a lunch.

But I found the Pizza Inn pizza to have more cheese, and was a bit better in terms of fresh taste.  It even has some heft to it for a single topping.

I was a fan of Pie Five early on – I was at the closest location on opening day – so I was very supportive.  But I am always wondering in the back of my mind why Pizza Inn would spend the time, money, and effort creating a whole new concept – complete with a different name–  but basically the same recipes?

I know several people that don’t care for Pizza Inn.   Personally I like them alot, but they do sometimes have problems with consistency.   Some locations are better than others.

I would have personally loved to have seen Pizza Inn do what Domino’s did a few years ago.  Blast us with a series of commercials saying “hey…we are listening to you guys and we are changing our reputation”!!!    Remodel and update the stores.  Do promotions like crazy to shake this un-deserved reputation.   Don’t just let the brand you have spent YEARS building to just diminish in favor of a hip and trendy substitute.

Pizza War 2 Winner:  Pizza Inn.   I will wait the extra five minutes for a better quality pie from a place that deserves a renewal.  A second chance.  I side with the Underdog.

PIZZA WARS: Pie Five vs. Top That Pizza !

23 Jul


I have reviewed PIE FIVE here and TOP THAT PIZZA here so it seemed like a no-brainer to let these two places – since they are very similar – go at it in my new feature — PIZZA WARS – where I throw pizza joints into battle against each other.

A couple of years back, a company developed a compact and high speed pizza oven.   This small and quick oven got alot of attention in the pizza world and lead to the creation of a whole new pizza industry.  The fast casual pizza.    Think Subway/Chipotle/Potbelly’s and all the other quick cook fast restaurants – now with quick serve pizzas.

This is pretty revolutionary to pizza makers since it allows them to serve faster and compete with the ever growing sandwich/burger places.

TOP THAT PIZZA was one of the first to build their concept around it and it has been pretty successful for them in Oklahoma and they have branched out into Texas.

PIE FIVE (a new concept from Pizza Inn) has also taken to this concept and have popped up several locations across the DFW inside the last year.    Also having success.

But in terms of food quality and value – It’s a question you really have to ask yourself.  You opinion may vary from mine.

In the above picture – Pie Five is on the left – Top That is on the right.

To my tastes, the toppings are fresher and of higher quality on the Top That pie.  The Pie Five  pizza had a total of FIVE pepperoni on the whole pizza (is this the FIVE part of their name?) compared the piled high toppings on the Top That order.

So I like Top That – it has flavor and freshness – but since I am also a fan of Pizza Inn (and Pie Five tastes just like it because it IS essentially Pizza Inn in a different form) it becomes another issue.

When I think about 7-8 dollars for a pizza, and both places charge almost 2 bucks for a soda – I am looking at almost 10 bucks for lunch/dinner.

I know there is a convenience factor here because the pies are done in a matter of minutes and I don’t have to wait – but when you consider I can get a Large pizza for 6 bucks at Little Caesar’s —-  or a pizza, breadsticks, and dessert sticks in the Pizza Hut “10 dollar box”…. or even a large pizza for 7.99 from Domino’s any Monday-Tuesday-or Wednesday —–not to mention Cici’s, Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn and all the other pizza buffets under 10 bucks…. you gotta wonder just how affordable is this?

So Pizza War 1 ends here:  Victory to:  TOP THAT PIZZA.  I mean if you are gonna slurge on a mini pizza for lunch/dinner then make it a great one – loaded with fresh toppings and more than 5 pepperoni….(I can’t get my head around that…five pepperonis….doesn’t that look like a paltry amount to them as they are building that pizza?)