Little Caesars (28th Street)
I’m not a huge fan of Little Caesars. I’ll stop every so often because who can pass up a $5 pizza?
That $5 pizza isn’t great, but they do have a couple options that are a little more expensive that I can honestly say that I like. The Deep! Deep! Dish is pretty darn tasty and the Crazy Bread is craveable.
I was on my way to work last Sunday and was getting really hungry. I didn’t eat lunch and I knew I was going to have a fairly easy day, so I decided I was going to be nice. I stopped at Little Caesars to pick up a couple of pizzas for the office.
I first stopped in Wayland, but was told it would be about a twenty minute wait for what I wanted. I didn’t have that much time, so I kept going north until I hit 28th Street.
Little Caesars on 28th Street is just to the west of US-131. It’s a corner lot where 28th meets McKee Street. This is one of two locations in the city of Wyoming. The other is on 36th and Byron Center.
Like the majority of Little Caesars nowadays, this building is a carry-out only operation. There’s just enough of a waiting room for a row of chairs up against the glass windows in case you order something other than a Hot ‘n Ready. They have a fancy TV screen menu board hanging above the counter and above the warming overs where those Hot ‘n Ready’s are stored, but I assume most people already know what they want when they walk in.
I’m sure many of you think it’s awfully weird I’m blogging about a Little Caesars. It’s not the kind of place I usually write about and in fact, I’ve been to many Little Caesars that didn’t get the blog treatment. I chose to blog about this one because I didn’t get a Hot ‘n Ready pizza or even the Deep! Deep! Dish. I went for their new specialty pizza that sounded…and looked soooo good on the TV.
I ordered two of the new Smokehouse Pizzas. The pizza is made with a sweet BBQ sauce instead of the marinara and it’s topped with brisket, pulled pork, and applewood smoked bacon. All of those things are delicious and I was curious as to how Little Caesars would make them work on one of their pizzas.
The pizzas had to baked so there was about a ten minute wait. Each of the pizzas is $9 so with tax and a 20 oz Pepsi, it cost me about $21 for the pair.
My co-workers were a little surprised when I got to work with food for everyone. I’m not usually that kind of guy I guess. I kept one of the boxes for myself and threw another one on a desk for my co-workers to have at.
The first thing I noticed about this pizza was that it didn’t look like a Little Caesars pizza. The crust was dusted with a BBQ seasoning that was actually quite tasty. The meat was loaded on top of a thick, sweet BBQ sauce that was covered with mozzarella cheese. I didn’t expect it to look anything like the pictures, but this thing actually came with quite a bit of meat.
The pulled pork really dominated the pizza. It was a little chewy but still had a pretty good smokey flavor. I actually had a hard time picking out the brisket. It was there, but the pork and the crispy bacon really dominated. I’m actually fine with that although I wouldn’t be upset if some of the beef flavor shone through as well.
I have to say, I was a little surprised by this pizza. It was good. I mean, I’ve had better similar pizzas from artisan pizza shops, but for a chain pizza restaurant, this one actually packed a lot of flavor. As with everything at Little Caesars, the price is right which makes this even more appealing, but it really does stand out on it’s own from some of the other offerings available in the pizza world. As a White Sox and Blackhawks fan, it’s hard for me to give money to this family…but I keep doing it and nothing is going to change anytime soon.