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Friday, September 18, 2009

Dinner Report: Pizza Hut on Grissom...

I was back in the Five Oh earlier than normal today and my wife and I thought it would be a perfect time to grab a quick bite from the recently moved and opened Pizza Hut-Wing Street place on Grissom Road at Timber Path. Seriously, just ban me from the place right now.

A quick note about pizza. I love pizza. I could seriously eat an entire pizza, and the greasier the better. The problem is, I am ready to fall asleep three bites into the first slice. The dough, especially the hand tossed, and really thick pan types just do me in. Just bust out a 1000mg of Metformin, and maybe I'll be okay.
But if you take the time to add the name Wing Street to a place called Pizza Hut, now I am forced to try not only the pizza, but also the wings. Is there a cardiologist in the house?
And of course, as promised, my wife and I are attempting to use the Entertainment Book coupons everywhere we dine now, and it just so happens that we had a coupon for a free order of cheesy bread sticks (or whatever the Pizza Hut name for them is) as well as a pitcher of soda.

The place is sparkly and new. I originally thought that it was smaller, but come to find out, it takes up half of the new building built in front of Stacy's Sports Bar on Grissom. I like the set-up inside. Very modern sports bar look with flat panels everywhere and a serious Texas and San Antonio theme.I'll keep this short. Using our coupon, we got the bread stick things. They are so good that you just can't help but want to eat all of them before your pizza arrives. But we didn't. Instead, I think we ate one each and if I am correct, they are sitting in my refrigerator next to the microwave as we speak.

By the way, instead of getting a pitcher of soda free with the coupon, my wife asked the waiter to just knock off the price of her Iced Tea. He agreed, but now that I think about it, I don't think he did. I ordered a single Mich Ultra at $4.00 for 12 little ounces. Hey, maybe in Stacy's where I am told that the waitresses are scantily clad, but at Pizza Hut? Really? Note to management: Get some draft on tap and save us a buck.
I had to order the wings mild so my wife could try them. She no-likey the hot stuff. I thought the wings were excellent - not overcooked as some tend to be, and they were nice and meaty. I think it was $6.99 for 10 of them, and with the little tub of Ranch dressing, I thought the price was fair.Our coupon for the free bread sticks stipulated that we had to purchase the large pizza as opposed to a medium (They don't have small). The large is what I suspect a medium was back in the day. Don't get me wrong, it isn't that there wasn't way more than enough for two, even four people, but I'm just telling you, it is smaller than I recall.

And that brings me to the point of why I rarely go to pizza hut. I love the pizza. They make a reasonably good product, but for the price, I just get the feeling like I have been to a regular full scale restaurant. After the coupon and before the tip, the bill was $27.01. Granted, we wouldn't have ordered both the pizza and the wings had we not known that we would be taking at least half of it to-go, but still, we could eat at Texas Roadhouse for that.

No complaints about the food, service, or atmosphere at the new Pizza Hut - Wing Street on Grissom, but if I'm going to eat myself into a coma, I'll spend a lot less and just go to Papa Murphy's.

Am I an utter cheapskate? Someone, set me straight here!


AlanDP said...

This is why I never eat pizza out anymore, I just buy Digiorno's.

You are not paying for the food. You are paying for the labor. It takes hours and hours of preparation by multiple people for a restaurant to be able to churn out pizzas in just a few minutes each. Minimum wage is now almost double what it was back when I worked in a pizza place, and back then a single-topping large cost $10.61 with tax (I still have some prices memorized). A large was 15 inches across, btw. So I would expect a large single right now to run around $15. Add in those wings and that horrendously expensive beer and $27 sounds about right.

Dave said...

Yea, you know, I thought about this all night (not quite sure why), but I kept asking myself if I was just being totally cheap about wanting to pay Little Caesar's prices at Pizza Hut. I certainly get that it takes overhead to run a place, but geeze, how would a young kid making minimum wage be able to afford to take a girl on a date?

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Pizza Hut is my favorite, but they're also so expensive, we rarely order from there. Usually, the Evil Twin just picks up a couple of $5 Little Caesar's on his way home every now and then. One cheese and one pepperoni for $10.60 and it feeds all four of us at least for 2 meals!

AlanDP said...

I would have to be very, very hungry ever to eat another Little Caesar's pizza again. I don't know how anyone can stand them.

frankvw said...

I like Pizza Hut in a pinch. To me the pizza is way to oily. For 'inexpensive' pizza I like Goomba's, Rome's and Double Dave's. For more refined tastes, I recommend Dough Pizzeria Napoletana and Fralo's Art of Pizza. Papa Murphy's is very good and expensive (I don't have to pay myself minimum wage to watch a pizza bake) for take and bake. I took your advise and went to Texas Roadhouse today. It's been over a year since I've been there and the food was great. However, it did cost $40 for two adults and one child to eat.

Dave said...

I took your advise and went to Texas Roadhouse today. It's been over a year since I've been there and the food was great. However, it did cost $40 for two adults and one child to eat.

Glad you liked it. We try to keep the cost down by limiting the kids to tea or soda. Letting then run roughshod on the bar menu tends to increase the cost of dinner.

Debbie said...

Totally off-topic, BUT I did a search of your blog and didn't see Ghengis Grill. You and Eva must go. It's a typical Mongolian Grill, you pick as many proteins as you want, chicken, shrimp, sausage, crab, calimari, etc. and then you pick your veggies. Then your sauce (I'm partial to the peanut curry) and your starch, rice, noodles or pasta. Afterwards, they grill up everything in your bowl. It's only 8 bucks a plate and 2 bucks more for a never-ending bowl. It's nummy good, and close. Just next door to Egg and I.


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