Review: Pepperoni Pizza and Crazy Bread from Little Caesars

Ever sworn off drinking after waking up with a splitting headache from a good bender, only to find yourself back on the horse the very next weekend?  We’ve all been there.  I seem to have that same problem with fast food.  I’ll eat a big gut bomb burger, leaving me feeling bloated and self-conscious of my double (OK, triple) chin.  But, then, after a week or so of salads, I’m back in line at one of our oft mentioned burger joints.  I have an analogous, yet very different problem with Little Caesars Pizza.

Different because the intervals of my return are much longer than with my other addictions.  Perhaps it’s because I actually enjoy the taste of a burger or the buzz from a beer, whereas, I do not recall liking the taste of a Little Caesars Pizza, nor do I recall losing my inhibitions after ingesting it.  This, of course, begs the question:  Why do I return at all?  Well, I think it’s my fascination with the all-American idea of a “Hot ‘N Ready” pizza for $5.  This concept encompasses all that is America:  Fast. Cheap. Stupid.  I can’t resist.  I want it to be good so badly that I keep coming back, hoping that I was mistaken the last time and that I will discover an unbelievably convenient, affordable, and tolerable pizza hiding right under my nose, all this time.

Finding myself hungry, pressed for time and heading home where I knew there were no leftovers in the fridge, a relapse was a real possibility.  Once again, the tantalizing offer of a $5 Hot ‘N Ready pizza from a run-down mini-mall had me in its grasp.  One thing I will say for Little Caesars is that there’s no false advertising.  The pizza is hot; and it is ready.  I was literally in and out of the store in under 30 seconds with pizza and crazy bread in tow.  The counter is even awkwardly close to the door so it doesn’t take you long to walk up, place your order, hand over a Lincoln, grab your pizza, and duck out before anyone from your support group sees you.

The last time I had a weak moment, I compounded my mistake by ordering some sort of “supreme” pizza which I remember had mushrooms and green peppers among other ingredients which proved not only lackluster, but actually just terrible.  With that bad memory stuck in my medulla oblongata, I decided if I was to return to Little Caesars, it would not involve any frills; back to the basics.  Therefore, the order was a simple pepperoni pizza.  Then, as any patriotic consumer who wants to do their part for the struggling economy does these days, I allowed the person working the register to talk me into adding unnecessary starch to my order, this time in the form of aptly named “Crazy Bread”.

Because I like to end things on a positive note, I’ll start with the Crazy Bread.  At almost the same cost as the pizza, this was definitely not worth the money.  Although the portions were more than adequate, with probably a dozen breadsticks, I still could not find one that was not chewy and over-seasoned with garlic flavoring.  To make matters worse, the marinara sauce that came with them was ice-cold.  Why would you serve me ice-cold marinara sauce with a Hot ‘N Ready pizza?  I’m sure the answer lies somewhere in the lap of that person who spilled their hot coffee and sued the bejesus out of the restaurant that served it them.  But seriously, I would venture to guess most people ordering Crazy Bread from Little Caesars are not really expecting to have to go home and heat up their meal.  At any rate, after a short zap in the microwave, the sauce turns out to be fairly decent, but still not enough to tone down the garlic flavor or distract me from the rubbery consistency.

On to the pizza.  I suppose for the true effect, I should have opened the box and scarfed down a slice before I got to my vehicle to complete the crave-purchase-eat cycle in less than a minute flat.  But, alas, I waited until I was in the privacy of my home to dig in.  At first glance, this was a standard pizza with familiar smells and proper proportions.  Everything was in its place.  Even at first taste, this was, at the very least, what I paid for: a below average pizza, for a below average price.  It wasn’t until slice 3 that I realized one of the reasons it takes me two years or so to forget why I don’t go back to Little Caesars to take advantage of this great deal.  By slice 3, my jaw began to tire of the incessant chewing and my palate stagnated with the persistent doughy taste of the thick and tasteless underlayment, capped with a thicker and more tasteless crust roll.  I think if you’re one of those Atkins diet people who scrape off the toppings and eat pizza as a blob of pepperoni, cheese and red sauce, you might find Little Caesars to be just fine.  I’m not saying the thin pepperoni slices and modest amounts of cheese are world-class, I’m just saying, they could be worse.  Maybe it’s just that I like a good thin crust pizza with lots of cheese and maybe those of you who don’t mind a crust-dominated pie will find the Hot ‘N Ready to be fine ‘n dandy.

Sadly, I will probably go back to Little Caesars a year or two from now, for the promise of a Hot ‘N Ready pizza for just 5 bucks.  As all good addicts know, the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem, so here goes:  Hi, my name is Murray, and I inexplicably return to Little Caesar’s Pizza once every couple of years.

Pros: Incredibly convenient. Hot. Ready. $5.

Cons: Breadsticks were like eating garlic flavored licorice; crust dominates pizza; toppings not good enough to compensate for bad crust.

Taste: 4.00 Crazy Bread 4.50 Pepperoni Pizza
Value: 4.00 Crazy Bread 7.50 Pepperoni Pizza
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50 Crazy Bread 9.50 Pepperoni Pizza
Price: Crazy Bread ($3.50 as part of a combo w/Pizza) Pepperoni Pizza ($5.00)

Overall GrubGrade: 3.50 Crazy Bread 4.00 Pepperoni Pizza

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
1 Slice Pepperoni - 280 cal, 11 g fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 560 mg sodium, 32 g carbs.
1 breadstick - 100 cal, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 15 g carbs.

88 comments on “Review: Pepperoni Pizza and Crazy Bread from Little Caesars

  1. Roger C. says:

    I never understand why people hate Little Caesar’s pizza. I love the stuff. You could have worse, and I’ve had it. I would give it an 8 out of 10. It’s still a solid product.

    • Brent P. says:

      I could not agree more. I love Little Caesar’s pizza and the price is unbeatable.

    • I agree. Considering the circumstances (cheap, “hot-n-ready” nearly any time that I’m driving by), I’d say Little Ceasar’s is great. What I usually do is get the $5 large Pepperoni and eat half of it (4 slices) while it’s hot, then put it in the refrigerator and have the second half for my next dinner. Works out to $2.50 a meal; pretty good, if you ask me.

      I would agree with Roger’s “8 out of 10” score – giving big points for value and convenience.

    • Billy says:

      Little Caesar’s is the best budget pizza, hands down, and it’s SO FREAKING CHEAP. And, since everyone else loves to be all entitled about food, I’m Italian and I live in Chicago for Christ’s sake. YMMV depending on location, but when they get it right, this stuff is an unbeatable deal.

  2. Roger H says:

    I’ll be honest, I much prefer Caesar’s to Domino’s and Cici’s, while not as good as the other two big chains – Papa John’s and Pizza Hut, but you can’t beat the price for a pretty good pizza.

  3. Chefprotoss says:

    To each his own, but I HATE it. Pizza is already fast food. This is a bland chemical-laden discrace of what should be simple peasent food. Odds are most of you readers have a local joint that actually makes their own dough, sauce and cheese. Why not order from there? At Little Ceasers the dough comes in frozen, the sauce is uber-pre made, and the cheese is not only pre-grated but contains anti-caking agents. Ask someone from Chipotle to make barbacoa from scratch and odds are they will have no problem. Ask someone from any of the chains to just make dough from scratch and they will look at you like you are an idiot. Next time you order pizza from any chain, ask them what peperoni is. How do you make it? They will have abdolutely no clue. Imagine asking a carpenter where wood comes from and his answer is “dunno…”. Guess who you wouldn’t let build your new deck?

    I stand by my pizza snobishness, but once again, to each his own.

    • Rodzilla says:

      Chef P, how does reviewing crappy fast food pizza differ from fast food burgers/sandwiches?

      • Chefprotoss says:

        None of it has to be crappy. I like some stuff for nostalgic reasons(the big mac) but that is about it. Superior food that is just as convienient can be found in any city across the nation. Pizza being the best example.

      • Bobby says:

        He’s not actually a real chef, but that’s another topic entirely. Being snobbish about pizza is something that is accepted by people who are into that sort of thing (little knowledge, big mouths). Fast food burgers and such is just seen as trashy by food hipsters, other than In-N-out, of course.

        • Chefprotoss says:

          Actually I am believe it or not.

        • ljay says:

          Do you know for a fact that he is not a chef or are you just talking out of your little caesar?

          • ChefRobert says:

            No offense to ChefProtoss or start a pissing war but I agree theres no way hes an actual Chef. Hes made some crazy mistakes on things in this comment section which allow a real chef know that he is not in anyway a real Chef. I mean it honestly it doesn’t matter in anyway but I hate somebody pretending to be something they are not.

          • Billy says:

            Well, the personal attacks are a little unwarranted, but whatever. Complaining the cheese at Little Caesar’s is pre-grated is just a silly thing to say when 90% of mom and pop places do the same thing. That’s great if being a pizza snob helps you sleep at night, but at least come up with a criticism that doesn’t apply to every single pizza chain in the country. And before you drag Chipotle into this (for whatever reason), look at the disgusting way they make/season their rice if you think they’re so pure and wholesome.

    • Raiders757 says:

      “Ask someone from any of the chains to just make dough from scratch and they will look at you like you are an idiot.”

      All be it unfair to ask some high school kid, or down on his luck father stuck working at such a place, this is a sad truth these days.

      Now if you asked a Pizza Hut manager in the 80’s, you might have gotten an answer. I worked for Pizza Hut back then, and the managers made the dough nearly from scratch every evening for the next days sales(I say, nearly, because corporate premixed some “secrete ingredients” even the managers weren’t privy to).

      I worked “the line” preparing the pizzas, so I wasn’t allowed to know the entire “secrete” recipe, but I could at least give you a better answer than you would get today. I’ll add that working the line entitled me the fun job of oiling the pan pizza pans before my shift ended. Even as an uncaring teen in the 80’s, I was shocked at the amount of oil we were expected to add. Wow!

      Anyhow, after adding the oil, the dough was added to the pan to proof over night. The thin and crispy dough and “Priazzo” dough were proofed in large batches. Honestly, this kind of turned me off of their pan pizza for a while.

      What’s sad, is Pizza Hut was so much better back then, and I’m not so sure their switch to frozen dough is 100% of the blame.

      I’ll also add that after my stint with PH(in Williamsburg, Va.), I worked at a small pizza joint near the Richmond International Airport. It was shockingly terrible pizza for that time period. Almost as bad as frozen pizza, which in the 80’s, was nothing like we have now. What really got to me about this place, was they used already rolled out frozen crust. It blew my mind. I had never seen anything like it. You just tossed the crust on the pizza pan, added toppings and cooked it. It was terrible, yet travelers ate it up in droves. The locals knew better, though, and our only regulars were there to take advantage of the draft beer specials. When a 17 year old kid thumbs down your pizza in the 80’s, you really fugged up.

      • Chefprotoss says:

        Yeah, I worked at pizza hut in the late 90’s and everything came in a bag or was frozen. The only prep was opening bags, putting stuff from boxes into other containers and the sauce was a paste we mixed with water. Mmm… Good eats.

        • Monica says:

          Little Caesars dough is made FRESH every day and never frozen same for the sauce! I should know, I own a store myself.

      • Chefprotoss says:

        Oh, and it’s not the employee’s fault, it is the state of food that is deemed aceptable by Americans. Making pizza is soooooo easy, but even that has been dumbed down so much that all the cooking is done by factories. It bothers me but I guess I am in the minority.

      • ljay says:

        Yeah, The Hut was the place to go back in the early 80’s for Pizza and beer and quite frankly it was pretty good. Haven’t been there in years.

        One of my first jobs was prepping and dish washing at a local pizza joint owned by a greek family. Everything was made from scratch every day. From the dough to the blue cheese dressing for the salads. The cheese was shipped in from different parts of the country and I remember unloading big wooden cases of white cheddar and then putting it through a huge shredder. Chopping and slicing all the veggies, meats, etc.

        It was an early lesson on how to do things right and to this day I make 90% of the pizzas I eat at home just because it’s so quick and easy plus I know the ingredients I use are top notch.

    • Matt says:

      I think what it comes down to is that the price of this “simple peasant food” has gone through the roof. For something that’s essentially dough, tomato sauce, and cheese with some meat or veggies thrown on top, the price of pizza is ridiculous. A large pizza at the real local joints that makes their dough from scratch and shreds their own cheese can top $15.

  4. Jay says:

    Disagree with these scores! For the price & convenience, the pizza is great. The best item there is the Italian Crazy Bread. And for $.50 more, the combos around here come with a 2ltr bottle of soda. I never had the peperoni, but my girlfriend loves the sausage topping.

    • TJ says:

      Are you referring to the Italian Cheese Bread? That is one thing Little Caesar’s does especially well. It’s definitely better than the average chain offering, but I haven’t tried Domino’s new cheese bread yet.

      As for the pizza, I think it works for the money. It’s not great, it’s not terrible. This is just my opinion, but I’d take it over the majority of frozen pizzas. I’d say it’s different but close overall quality-wise with DiGiorno, which goes for $7 or $8 around here, regular price. DiGiorno pizzas seem much smaller too.

  5. Daniel n says:

    Same here love little Caesars pizza! Reviewer must have a bad location. Try a different location.

  6. Old Fogey Paul says:

    The Old Fogey is a cold O.G. Whippersnappers….. I don’t see why anyone would like this, every pizza I’ve ever sampled from Little Caesar’s tasted like cardboard… pay a little more for quality… if you’re going to eat pizza you might as well make it worth the calories and the time.

  7. Guest says:

    Little Caesars is pretty good value. It’s not the best pizza in the world, but certainly good enough and can feed 3 adults. Crazy bread with sauce can generally be had for $2.50 with coupon.

  8. Adam says:

    Have you tried 7-11’s pizza? They are running a special for a large for $5.50 in the DC area. I’m a pizza snob myself, dan, but for 5 bucks, I don’t get why you’re up in arms. Say what you want about local pizza places, but I find many overpriced and medicore. Give me a neapolitan pie anyday from a wood oven, well, and now we’re talking.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      I have a local place that sells two 16 inch ny style pies for $13.99. I also would take a digorno any day over little ceasers. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me but I firmly stand by my opinion.

    • Raiders757 says:

      For what it is, 7-11 pizza isn’t all that bad when compared to the lower end of the pizza scale. It’s better than Little Caesars “hot n ready” pizza, but buying it by the slice is a bit of a rip-off considering the price to slice size ratio. On the flip side, $5.50 for an entire 7-11 pie is a decent deal.

      I’ll add that I’m kind of a pizza snob myself, but I’m a bit different from most. I’m not a fan of the artisan pizza movement as much as I’m a fan of truly good mom and pop pizza joints. Fancy pants pizza is great when done right, but along with the hamburger, pizza is something I wish snooty chefs and high end restaurants would leave alone.

      • Chefprotoss says:

        You can be a snob and not want truffles on your pie. I agree 1000% on upscale fast food. I just want a solid burger and a great cheese slice. Well said friend.

  9. Marvo says:

    Can we all just agree that Little Caesar’s > Sbarro?

  10. M86 says:

    I love picking up a bag of their Crazy Bread, and feeling that nice, carb-induced coma shortly after eating the entire pack!

    Their pizza, taste-wise, is OK… Is it the best? Of course not, but it’s quick, cheap, and convenient. It’s pretty obvious there are better, tastier options out there.

    Anybody remember Little Caesar’s in the back of Kmart stores? Their pizza was different back then, and tasted much better… or I could be completely crazy. As a kid, I loved going to Kmart, just so I could get some Little Caesar’s!

  11. Jeff says:

    I’d actually say that Little Caesar’s tastes a little bit better than most of the other cheap options like Domino’s or a frozen DiGiorno pizza. It definitely beats out most of the tiny pizza shops in my area that taste like crap and charge through the roof.

    Freschetta is betta, though.

  12. Smile says:

    “…I still could not find one that was not chewy and over-seasoned with garlic flavoring.”

    And that’s a *bad* thing? ;P Honestly, the best part of LC’s is their Crazy Bread. They’re deliciously doughy and I love the butter parm. topping on them. I do agree with you on the quirk about the sauce being cold, but eh. It’s like you said; with a quick trip to the microwave (or a swipe across the pizza slice) all is well. However, most of the time I don’t even bother with the sauce since I love the Crazy Bread so much, haha!

    The pizza is hit or miss, but for $5, I’m not complaining. But sometimes (actually, fairly often) you can get a really great looking pizza from them. My favorite part is opening the box to see if the reaction will be among the lines of, “Damn, that came from LC?”. I see in the picture that your pizza crust is bare. You should have gotten the butter parmesan on it; it really adds a nice flavor to the pizza!

    • Bill White says:

      I agree 100%. LOVE Crazy Bread, and at these prices, it’s hard to complain.

      Murray, even though we disagree about LC, this review was well-written and funny. I enjoyed it a lot.

  13. Rhi says:

    I happen to be a papa Murphy’s / papa johns fan myself. However you will not find me anywhere near a pizza hut. No bueno.

  14. Justin ST says:

    Papa Romano’s is awesome too. That’s in the Michigan area. I don’t know how far they’ve spread out though.

  15. Matt says:

    When you’re lucky enough to get fresh product (cheese pizza out of the oven or new Crazy Bread), it is fantastic. Great food. But when Little Caesar’s is bad, it’s really bad. The pizza and Crazy Bread especially doesn’t hold up to time well.

  16. Thoms says:

    I noticed in an add that they are doing Hot N’ Ready Stuffed Crust Pepperoni for $8. I did debate trying it but decided against it. Would be interested in a review though to see if the “stuffed cheese” is any good/worth the extra $3.

  17. Patrick says:

    Too bad, I totally love the Crazy Bread. I think it’s better than the actual pizza, which isn’t too bad either imo. I mean, I still prefer Domino’s or Pizza Hut, though this will do. Can’t stand Papa John’s. Ultimate favorite is a nice Red Baron, Freschetta’s or DiGiorno.

  18. Rodzilla says:

    haven’t had it in years, but I would probably only go back for the crazy bread.

  19. Malcolm says:

    I haven’t yet completed the circle of sadness and self-loathing that would be necessary to walk into the nearest Little Caesar’s (which is actually the closest pizza to my house) for a Hot ‘n’ Ready pizza, although every time I am disappointed by other local chains, I wonder exactly what it is that is stopping me.

  20. wrongway says:

    I am not a Little Ceasar’s hater. I am just not impressed with their pizzas. While their pizza is cheap and hot and ready, I honestly would rather have a frozen pizza. I like to cook for myself anyway. That readily available $5 pizza is there to tempt me into eating too much and doing very little. The crust tastes like it was designed to not be offensive to anyone and comes across as bland and a little too chewy. Red Baron would be a more satisfying option. I would eat it, but I definitely would not seek it out.

  21. Sandy says:

    LC’s pizza is perfect for 4 year old’s taste buds. When my daughter was young, I would buy 3 or more of the hot and ready cheese pizzas when she had a bunch of friends over. They all loved it, the sauce is way too sweet, crust is too doughy and the cheese has little or no flavor. Perfect for their undeveloped taste buds! Can’t beat the price or convenience though.

  22. Charlotte says:

    Look dude, pizza is just awesome. Even bad pizza is awesome when it’s hot and cheap and has pepperoni on it. Don’t be ashamed of your love of pizza!

  23. Marianne says:

    It’s NOT Hot n Ready ever at my LC’s … I often walk out w free crazy bread because I’ve waited for my order of 2 pep … required to feed 3 teens/tweens (I may get one slice) ….

  24. TxJen82 says:

    I agree that Little Caesars is crap…and yet I too picked one up last week. He’s right, the crust kills it! I’m not a pizza snob by any means (I mean, one of my favorite things is the mac & chz pizza at Cici’s…yeah, I’m that ridiculous), but LC’s is just not good. Although last week I had a coupon for crazy bread with sauce for $1.99, and it was delicious and totally worth the money. I should have just had those for dinner!

  25. Bob says:

    This is one of those things that are good once in awhile. Pizza Rolls fall in the same category IMHO. Cheap and “Pizza-like”

  26. Marky says:

    I am a big fan of “Michigan ” based Pizza Chains, but if you are lucky enough to have “Jets Pizza” near, the ultimate best! (nothing against Ceasars)

    • Josh says:

      Agreed! There is a Jet’s Pizza down the road from me in Schaumburg IL, and it’s my go to pizza place.

    • Terry Johnson says:

      Agree entirely. They put a Jet’s pizza near my house about a year ago, and I order it a couple times a month. Probably the best chain deep dish I’ve ever had. Great sauce, great crust.

  27. Mikey F Baby says:

    Had it once, drawn in by the dancing man in a gorilla suit at the corner. Never again!

  28. VanessaG says:

    I like their breadsticks and crazy bread. However, I’ve NEVER ate any kind of bread that wasn’t yummy=breadaholic! Anyways, I have a favor. I just found out the their is going to be a Peanut butter Cheerios!!!!!!!!! Please find it and review it! I LOVE Cheerios and I am obsessed with peanut butter(my favorite food). Thanks! 🙂 Oh, and I can’t wait for the healthy new years reviews!

  29. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I love Little Caesars. It actually tastes the best to me out of the chain pizzas. Also, is it possible for someone to mention a chain pizza without someone flying out of the woodworks and hating on them? Seriously, nobody is ever going to go to the little local store that you rave about, so why bother bringing it up?

  30. Drew says:

    Little Caesars has a coupon for free Crazy Bread with purchase of large HnR piza on their website, though today is the last day

  31. Lancaster says:

    The last time I had Little Caesars was in the early ’90s. They had a much more ambitious menu at that point, including spaghetti, ravioli, chocolate ravioli (!), and a wider variety of specialty pizzas including the Big! Big! Cheese and the 5-meat Meatsa Meatsa. They did tie-in specials with Blockbuster Video and ran commercials all the time. How the mighty have fallen.

    • Lancaster says:

      Also coming to mind: the Veggie Veggie, and Pizza by the Foot, which was ’95 or ’96 I think.

      Anyway, I’m sure their recipe and ingredient quality declined along with their fortunes. Hot-N-Ready != a large pepperoni from 1995. 🙁

      • ljay says:

        And of course their original scam was the little guy saying Pizza Pizza which meant you always received two pizzas. Back in the early 80’s that was.

        • Lancaster says:

          Up through the early ’90s you could get two pizzas – medium cheese/pepperoni – for $5.99. That particular deal was heavily promoted.

  32. Chefprotoss says:

    My two go-to places for pie are Wegmans, and a local chain called Sam’s. My point was almost everywhere in the states has local places that blow little ceasers away. This site is about food and sharing your opinion. I expect people to dissagree but no one’s opinion shouldn’t incite anger.

  33. Mattitude says:

    This crap is about as appeling that dried golden turds, its no wonder Little Caeser’s survives with low quality crap like this, if I want pizza, I’ll go elsewhere.

  34. Alison says:

    I have eaten Little Caesar’s exactly one time in my life, when my boyfriend convinced me we should have it for dinner (this was about 4-5 years ago). I wasn’t impressed. He has started talking about it again recently, as he and his college roommates used to get it often, and he has gotten nostalgic. I have a feeling he will be trying to convince me to get some soon.

    Surprisingly, I really like Domino’s pizza. For about a year I was living in a house with only a Domino’s nearby, no other local or national places that were convenient. Domino’s was insanely cheap and really pretty great. They are only chain I can find that offers both jalapenos and spinach.

  35. maynardb61 says:

    I’ll stick to Dominoes for cheap pizza.

  36. Smack says:

    Murray, I have to agree with your review. A couple years ago, a new Little Ceasar’s opened by my house. Everyone in the area got a coupon for a free pizza during their “training day”. I decided to split the pizza with my son. After two slices of pepperoni, that was enough for me. Fortunately, teenagers will eat anything. Keep up the good work.

  37. smalltownpt says:

    “By slice 3, my jaw began to tire of the incessant chewing”

    Wow, with Little Caesars you must have greatly increased your chews per bite ratio well beyond your normal 48 cpb.

  38. Bensly says:

    I have my local Little Caesars number in my phone. If I ever am in the mood for a cheap pizza, I just give them a call and place an order for a large mushroom pizza with EXTRA sauce. I get a fresh pizza with the topping I want for $5. The extra sauce really helps.

  39. Robby says:

    I love their Crazy Bread. It’s fantastic.

  40. Obbop says:

    Grab a $5 pepperoni once in awhile.

    Add more oregano and other seasoning at home.

    Try to stretch one pizza out for 3 to 4 meals.

    Have to. Where ARE all the jobs politicians and other liars keep bragging about?

    Local Pizza Inn walk-in sit-down and shovel as much in as you can buffet has an Old Coot special that includes a decent salad bar and desert pizzas and a few deserts in the salad bar (pudding, jello, etc).

    Five bucks for all you can shove into that hole in the middle of your face.

    Heckuva’ deal’

    However, that IS but one meal while Little Caesars offers several meals.

    However, I try to eat more veggies than pizza for a healthy food fest.

    What with the cost of veggies nowadays in grocery stores that once-a-week buffet special price for OLDSTERS is a good deal.

    Still dreading the prospect of future dumpster dining being forced upon me.

    Sniff. Sob.

  41. Nick says:

    Their pan pizza is better, but it’s 3 bucks more.

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

      Deep Dish is $5.99 here in Wisconsin. So $1 more than the hot-n-ready, or the same price as a regular crust (non-hot-n-ready).

  42. Ron says:

    I love LC.

    I too have two different locations in my phone, and I call about 15 minutes ahead, and order one large pepperoni, and one order of cheese bread, that way when I pick it up both are hot right out of the oven. It comes to about $9.

    I never understood the hate for LC either. I would take a LC pizza over Dominos or Pizza Hut any day.

    I would give the pizza a solid 7 or 8 out of 10.

  43. Raiders757 says:

    I read this review yesterday and must thank Murray for posting it right on time. I got a Little Caesars flyer in the mail, and the crazy bread was calling out to me. The temptation was starting to override my common sense until I clicked on GrubGrade.

    The last time I experienced Little Caesars was around the time the “hot n ready” promotion began. Before that, it had been well over a decade, if not longer. My experience was pretty much the same as this review, yet I somehow talked myself into returning soon after. Reason being, I didn’t get any Crazy Bread the first time, and despite being very lackluster pizza, the price was right.

    Mind you, I am middle aged/young and can remember a time when Little Caesars crazy bread was just insanely awesome. I couldn’t resist trying it again in hopes it would be the same. Sadly it’s not even close to what it used to be, and I was left severely disappointed. The over-saturation of garlic and butter on that soft tasty bread is what made it so good way back in the 80’s and early 90’s. What I got, tasted fake, and was a mere shadow of it’s former self. If the younger folk enjoy it now, I can’t imagine how much more they would enjoy the older version.

    Like most fast food pizza chains, Little Caesars isn’t the same as it used to be. I can’t fault them, as they’ve done what they’ve had to do to keep up with the times and still try to offer cheap pizza for a cheap price. It’s who they are. Even when they did things better, they never pretended to be anything other than a cheap alternative to the competition.

  44. jen says:

    hate LC, my friends boyfriend gets them for his daughters birthday every year, lets say I will not be eating them again last 2 times I was sick to my stomach. Lets just say what ever they put on there pizza does not do well with someone with crohn’s or IBS, I’ll take a local joint please!

  45. Manavee says:

    I have never been to a Little Caesar and doubt I’d like it, so I have nothing to contribute to this discussion.

    I just wanted to have a post on the longest comment section in GrubGrade history.

  46. CulinaryZerg says:

    I’m surprised he didn’t like the Crazy Bread. EVERYONE loves Crazy Bread, including a lot people here obviously. The dough just makes for a lighter, more tender experience than breadsticks elsewhere.

    Yeah, their normal Pizza ain’t great, but I like it more than Dominoes or Cici’s.

  47. Peter says:

    Love it in Columbus, Ohio. Marinara is always piping hot; Crazy Bread is salty, buttery, and garlicky; Pepperoni pizza is always tasty and flavorful. Maybe the place you went does it differently…some beer and a hot-n-ready pizza is terrific!

  48. Sascha says:

    I’ll agree with the majority, and disagree with Murray, in saying that Little Caesar’s makes pretty decent pizza. It’s certainly not World Class, but it’s better than most of the National Chain stuff. IT definitely beats the junk that Domino’s and Papa John’s put out. Pizza Hut used to be better but they’ve really deteriorated (Read: DRY!!!). Nowaday’s, the best you can hope for at Pizza Hut is a Wing Street and getting some chicken, good stuff. There are still some things Hungry Howie offers that’s better than Caesar’s, but the opposite is true as well.

    The main selling point for LC is obviously the immediate readiness of the meal. The only time I stop for a Hot ‘n Ready is after we’ve had some sort of event to attend and need to eat something as soon as we get home.

    They still so cheese better than most. It’s a simple, but delicious 2 parts mozzarella to one part muenster blend.

    The Garlic Butter on the bread has always been a favorite, but that’s obviously a matter of taste. Most like it, some don’t, looks like Murray falls in the latter category.

    This definitely does not beat my local Jet’s Pizza, but a Hot n’ Ready is what it is. And for that, it’s very good.

  49. klee says:

    For some reason i love their pepperoni’s. I usually will get the pepperoni cheesy bread for $5. My local LC has 2 bags of crazy bread for only $2, so gotta get that, but after 2 stix i usually end up just licking the garlic salt of the rest before i throw em’ out lol.

  50. Daniel n says:

    I like littles caesars but unfortunatly mine does not offer pan, stuffed crust, baby pan pan, or cheese bread. The only thing they offer the basic crazy bread and hot and ready pizzas. I really miss the cheese bread and baby pan pans :(. At least I finally got a location near me in Va after 5 years of missing them from Sc.

  51. Chefprotoss says:

    They make rice in a rice maker, put it in a bowl and mix in lime juice and cilantro. They make everything in front of you at my chipotle. On top of that I am a “real” chef. I have been working in restaurants since I was 15. I started working in fine dining at 17. I have done everything from chains and diners in high school to tapas and classic french as an adult. I have spent a couple months short of half my life in kitchens. I came up with my internet handle about 10 years ago. During the day and evening I was was cooking and at night I was a profesional dj. My dj name was protoss, hence: chefprotoss. I don’t at all claim to know everything about food, but I do think my backround provides a different perspective. If you would like you can email me at and I will send you my resume complete with profesional references. If you wanna call me out have at it hoss. Btw, what were my gaffs?

    • Dave says:

      Stop taking everything so personally. It’s getting old.

      • ljay says:

        The guy was called a phony and his credentials were called into question. I think that warrants a reply jackass. (please don’t take that personally)

  52. Justin says:

    You guy should ask for fresh products out of the oven and wait 5 mins instead of buying whats up in the box. I never buy a H-N-R pep, always ask and wait for a fresh one.

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  54. tehuberone says:

    Yo monica, fresh everyday, I also work at a Caesars and our dough guy be makin that all day!

  55. Kris says:

    Oh wow, the crazy bread is the best thing LC has to offer. The pizza does taste bland though, I agree with that. But it’s so cheap it should at least get a 6.5/10. Mmmm now I want some crazy bread.