Discussion: Ordering a Slice of Pizza from a Drive-thru Window

Do you yearn?  Often I sit… and yearn.  I was doing this the other day and it revolved around pizza of course.  The thought of pizza crossed my mind and the idea of ordering a slice from a drive-thru window.  Why can’t I do that?  Why is this not everywhere?  We’ve got drive-thru variety like tacos, burgers, BIIIIIG SALADS, fried chicken, etc.  There’s a huge list of choices for grubbing on the go while ordering into a speakerbox, and a decent slice of pizza isn’t an option for me.  Is it an option where you live?Pizza SliceI think I remember the option being available at this place in Columbus, Ohio called Donatos… or was that just a beautiful dream? It’s definitely not the norm.  Discussion time: What do you think about ordering a slice from a drive-thru?  What grub would you like to be able to pick up while in your car?

41 comments on “Discussion: Ordering a Slice of Pizza from a Drive-thru Window

  1. Mike says:

    Up here in Wisconsin we’ve got Rocky’s which has some locations that have drive thru’s. Not all locations though.

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

      First thing I thought of. We have a Rocky’s (and Rose Subs), but I don’t know if you can get slices or super slices in the drive-thru.

  2. Natalie says:

    I’ve seen Taco Bells that also offer Pizza Hut food..so you can get breadsticks and personal pans in the drive-thru.

  3. Dan says:

    I think one of the reasons there are very few if any options for drive-thru slices is due to cost. I don’t think many (at least the major chains) would sell enough to justify selling them that way. They would have to have an area to keep the pizzas warm, limit the variety available, and if not sold within a certain time frame would have to be thrown out. It’s not like they can make a single slice to order, they would have to make and keep a whole pie.

  4. Screw that, I have been saying for years there needs to be drive thru Chinese restaurants. Can you imagine the late night drunk business, they would give Taco Bell a serious run for their money. Imagine some piping hot egg drop soup, crab cheese and egg rolls at 2am. Yum.

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

      Panda Express has a drive-thru in many stand-alone locations, although it isn’t the same as getting some “dirty Chinese”.

    • Raiders757 says:

      We used to have a small chain of Chinese restaurants called Egg Roll King that had a drive thru option. Sadly they closed down years ago. Odd, considering they served up some pretty good grub.

  5. T.J. says:

    Uh…My local Little Caesars has a drive thru. While they don’t offer individual slices and no one would consider them “decent,” it is pizza from a drive thru. Kinda.

  6. FSBlue says:

    When I lived in Daytona there was a local pizza place that had a drive thru. After about a year they shut it down because it was too much of a PITA. The owner told me people would constantly pull in and order several whole pizzas and expect them in 5 minutes like they were ordering from McyDs.

  7. Christian says:

    Our local Pizza Hut has a drive thru but you can’t order by the slice. I’m pretty sure Fazoli’s sells pizza by the slice and they have drive thrus. We also have a Subway and a couple of Chinese places with drive thrus. Liquor stores too. And a few libraries. I guess they really cater to our laziness here.

    • Lancaster says:

      Fazoli’s is, I believe, the only option for drive-thru pizza/Italian in a lot of places. At least, that’s how it was for me in Iowa and Missouri. About the quality I expected for the combination of price and convenience, but I didn’t go there expecting Lombardi’s – I went there because I just wanted fresh pizza or pasta or breadsticks in some form without having to leave my car. In that regard, they were perfectly serviceable! What I’d really, really like, though… is drive-thru Indian. Imagine hopping in your car and snagging some naan, chicken tikka, and saag paneer, just like that.

  8. I wouldn’t mind seeing that. Or at least some place where I can get a quick, basic pizza at lunch time other than the gas station. Maybe if I lived in a bigger city, I’d prolly have that option even as a walk in kinda thing. I just want pizza for lunch. That’s all T_T But I know BBQ places that offer drive thru service. Freakin’ amazeballs.

  9. M86 says:

    I grew up around Thatzza Pizza… A local pizza place that offered slices through the drive-thru. Not only was it convenient, but their pizza was awesome! You could get a large slice for $2.00 – $2.50. http://www.thatzzapizza.com/index.htm

    Here where I live now, there’s a local pizza place that offers slices via drive-thru, but it’s about a 30 minute drive.

  10. Alex K. says:

    Sometimes I stand. And urin…ate.

    Srsly tho, not really. If I want fast pizza, I go to Little Caesars. Works for me. If not, I order a pizza and pick it up… generally doesn’t take to long.

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  12. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Like others have said, there are some Pizza Hut drive thu places that offer specialized personal pans. An actual customizable slice… Highly doubt that would be possible if you wanted any sort of customization. Anyway, I’m sure this is a thig somewhere, but I want some Chinese drive thru options around my area. Already done in, delivery, buffet, but no drivethru

  13. Ric says:

    Does anyone remember Hardee’s selling pizza, proably late 80’s, early 90’s? I think it was a partnership with Dominos pizza and they were basically Hot Pockets through a drive thru window.

  14. Justin H says:

    I remember having Donatos once as a kid on a trip with my dad. I think I was in Chicago or Washington then. I regret not trying an authentic Chicago deepdish while in Chicago.

  15. RT says:

    In the Chicago burbs there’s a pizza joint on every other block. A lot more are offering pizza by the slice to-go, so I don’t see why more drive-thru places can’t do the same. In fact, I frequent one mom-and-pop place nearby that sells deep-dish slices through a ghetto drive-thru window, and the pizza is still amazing. I suppose I haven’t considered how long it’s been sitting out, though… :/

  16. Scrape says:

    I know of a few places that have drive-thrus for pizza. They are local places, usually with more than one location, that generally have a decent lunch crowd to begin with. They keep a couple of pies made with different toppings, and if you want special toppings, they throw them on just before they put it in the oven for a few minutes to reheat. One place has a deck oven they use just for reheats (unless its realy busy) and the other place has a mini chain oven to do the same thing. Yes, it takes a few minutes, but that is pizza.

  17. Ryan says:

    As mentioned, most locations of Rocky Rococo’s pizza in Wisconsin have drivethroughs.

    I suppose the the lack of pizza drivethroughs is because none of the major chains offer pizza by the slice, and establishments that specialize in selling slices tend to be in more urban areas not amenable to drivethroughs.

  18. Raiders757 says:

    Drive thru pizza by the slice would be an awesome option to have. The closest we have ever had to such a thing in my region, was a mom and pop Italian place that had a pick up window for take-out. It was a really nice alternative and kept foot traffic down for those dining in. Unfortunately the location they occupied was worth quite a bit, so they sold it. Now it’s the home to a regional fast food chain called Cookout.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      A friend of mine told me that Cookout is amazing. Is it?

      • Ljay says:

        It’s ok. The real draw from I’m guessing is that you can order meat with a side of meat. They have a value meal type of plan where you select from different items so instead of fries you can get chicken sticks to go with your burger or hushpuppies and a corn dog to go with your chicken sandwich. (Those are just examples I made up to give you an idea of their selections. I can’t recall if those exact menu options are really available).

        Plus they have a huge variety of shakes including watermelon, peanut butter, and many others.

      • John says:

        Cookout is the best drive-thru/fast food burger I’ve ever had. They’re mostly in NC area, but are expanding throughout the south.

      • T.J. says:

        Definitely worth a visit. I go to the one near Short Pump/Richmond when I want my fix.

        • Chefprotoss says:

          The closest one to me is on W Broad st in Richmond. It’s well over an hour south of me, and I loathe Richmond, but I might have to make the drive.

          • Ljay says:

            If I found myself sitting in my car on West Broad, looked out the window and saw the CookOut, I would consider stopping in…if i didn’t see anything else on the near horizon and I needed some food right then.

            Otherwise, I would pass. IMO, this is in no way a destination type spot. I’ve eaten at several of them dating back to around 2001 (in Asheboro NC) and I always come away liking the idea better then the actual food.

  19. Jeff in Middletucky says:

    I don’t think you can order just a slice (Middletucky, Ohio, not being NYC and all), but you can get drive through pies from both Little Caesar’s (um, woot?) and, since they moved to a stand alone location several months back, Marco’s (http://marcos.com/). I think it’s telling that I’ve never once utilized either drive through.

  20. adam says:

    Part of the reason people use a drive-thru is so they can get food and then eat it without having to stop. If that’s the case, they probably want to eat and drive. Kinda hard to do that with a slice of pizza. 🙂

    • john d says:

      I’m not sure how a slice of pizza is any more difficult to drive with than a burger. In fact I’d say its easier

    • Seriously, a piece of pizza would be extremely easy to eat if you were driving. If it was a small slice with little toppings or just cheese and NY style where you could fold it up, or thin crust.

    • Jc says:

      Maybe if you’re an amature pizza eater. J/K 🙂 There’s also many other reasons why a person would want to use a drive thru. Usually when I’m out and about and I need to grab something to eat, I will always go through the drive thru, park and eat my food in my vehicle, as it’s most convenient for me, and no it’s not because I’m choosing to be lazy. 🙂 I do wish there were places around my way where I could get a decent pizza from a drive up/thru window, even if it’s only sold by the slice.

  21. Sam says:

    McDonalds tried to do pizza once but it didn’t really work out (#4 here: http://listverse.com/2009/05/30/top-10-failed-mcdonalds-products/).

    But you’d think Sbarro’s would have a drive-thru…

  22. Sleep says:

    Nice job on the Seinfeld references

  23. Elise says:

    I think the Italian chain Fazoli’s would have drive thru pizza. They have pizza and drive thru, so… I’d guess? I have only been there once, and went inside. Fast food Italian didn’t really ever sound awesome to me. Very Chef Boyardee/ Red Baron type stuff, why bother.
    I also tend to be the weirdo who, if not in the middle of a long drive, goes in to order fast food in lieu of the drive through.

  24. Ben says:

    In Orlando, there’s a special chain of McDonald’s called Bistroes. They have an additional menu of numerous items. If you’ve ever been to Disney and notice on I-4 a 2-story building with the side of the building being a huge order of fries you’ve seen the best one to go to. On that special menu is pizza which you can order from drive-thru. What they don’t tell you is you then have to get out and come in to get those special items. https://www.mcfun.com/bistro

  25. Santiago C says:

    Miami Beach has a popular pizza mini chain called Pizza Rustica. Around a year ago, they opened a location in South Miami with a drive through. I’m not a fan of Pizza Rustica, but many people swear by it so I’m sure this has been pretty successful.

  26. T.J. says:

    Fazoli’s does have awesome breadsticks though. It has been ages since I’ve been in a Donatos – do they still have the phone at the table you use to order?

  27. JF says:

    I’d just settle for a decent slice of pizza.

    However, there is a chain out here (not sure where they are regionally) called Fazoli’s that has a drive through and you can get pizza by the slice there.

  28. Jc says:

    I remember a few years back buying a personal pizza from the drive thru at a Dunkin Donuts in Maryland. It wasn’t very good, as it tasted like an inexpensive frozen microwave pizza.

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