Casey's General Store pizza

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2013/01/29 09:44:14 (permalink)

Casey's General Store pizza

If you're not a native Midwesterner and you find yourself out in that region, there are, in my opinion, two sources for pizza that are required for you to sample: Happy Joe's, and Casey's General Store.
 
Happy Joe's has been mentioned here before  but Casey's is rather less well-known.  It's certainly not the same tier as Happy Joe's... but it's remarkably good all the same, even more so considering where you obtain it: Casey's gas stations.  Higher quality ingredients than you might expect, especially the pork-based ones (they'd better be, considering Casey's is Iowa-based); the pizza itself is on the saltier side.
 
Here's one I got a few months ago while I was visiting Des Moines - half sausage, half Canadian bacon:
 

 
 
 
post edited by Ketteract - 2013/01/29 09:45:19
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 13:50:11 (permalink)
    Agreed.  Casey's pizza has un-hungried me a few times over the years and the pizzas are even available made to order, which in some small towns is the only way to get one.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 14:51:07 (permalink)
    Looks strangely like a Dominoes...and that's NOT pizza!!!
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 15:17:02 (permalink)
    Leethebard is correct -  it is about the same quality as Domino's.  I'm not a fan.  Happy Joe's is still good, but Casey's is something called pizza in most places where there are no pizza restaurants, so they tend to have a monopoly for miles.  I guess if you're drunk on a Friday night, anything you can get your hands on will seem good.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 15:22:09 (permalink)
    I agree, that pizza doesn't look very good.
    Honestly the only place in the Midwest I would consider eating pizza is Chicago (deep dish only)
    I couldn't even imagine traveling to the midwest and wasting a meal on pizza when there are so many other great things to have, however as a local you would  have to settle for what you have available
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 15:41:21 (permalink)
    Never order tenderloin sandwiches in New York! Nuff said
     
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 15:47:14 (permalink)
    I kinda like midwestern pizza. It ain't supposed to be Eye-talian.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 15:49:16 (permalink)
    I think the Native Iowan chain Breadeaux Pizza makes a better slice in this part of the country.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 20:53:51 (permalink)
    1bbqboy

    I kinda like midwestern pizza. It ain't supposed to be Eye-talian.

     
    Not exactly being respectful to us Italians....midwestern accent or not!!!!
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 22:34:19 (permalink)
    Plenty of Italians in KC, including many of my former employers, but I would claim Midwestern pizza as a separate reality, and stand by my statement.
    Lots of flatbreads with a meat and toppings on them, all around the world.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/29 22:55:06 (permalink)
    Casey's General Store is to small town Iowa what Dairy Queen is to small town Texas: the only choice. They have their own supply chain and use their monopoly on groceries in their tiny locations as well. Im not gonna name names and places, but important people in rural Iowa get really angry when the local Gas Station closes. Its the last straw for some towns when people can't buy gas, worse than school consolidations.
     
    The Canadian Bacon or Breakfast slices are the way to go.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/30 04:41:11 (permalink)
    wanderingjew

    I agree, that pizza doesn't look very good.
    Honestly the only place in the Midwest I would consider eating pizza is Chicago (deep dish only)
    I couldn't even imagine traveling to the midwest and wasting a meal on pizza when there are so many other great things to have, however as a local you would  have to settle for what you have available
    I would agree that I wouldn't waste a meal on Casey's Pizza but you would be remiss to pass up the opportunity to have something other then deep dish when you are in town.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/30 08:02:18 (permalink)
    trzhotel

    Casey's General Store is to small town Iowa what Dairy Queen is to small town Texas: the only choice. They have their own supply chain and use their monopoly on groceries in their tiny locations as well. Im not gonna name names and places, but important people in rural Iowa get really angry when the local Gas Station closes. Its the last straw for some towns when people can't buy gas, worse than school consolidations.

    The Canadian Bacon or Breakfast slices are the way to go.

    I was in Des Moines, where I know there are better places (such as Fong's!) but, even there, I still think Casey's is a perfectly respectable go-to for convenience's sake - certainly more respectable than, say, Fazoli's, whose pizza ranks even below the big three...
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/01/30 22:29:57 (permalink)
    Wow, Casey's?  I've been to Casey's a number of times over the years but never considered getting a pizza from them.    I'm just not sure about getting a pizza from them.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/02/03 19:47:22 (permalink)
    where is Happy joe's? not a Caseys fan.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/02/03 21:00:22 (permalink)
    I've read some rave reviews about pizza from Casey's.  Unfortunately the nearest restaurant to me is in Indiana (was Greenfield (or was it Alexandria?  No, it was Hartford City!) until recently, until one opened in New Castle).  That hasn't stopped me from getting gas from them in my travels.  Do they offer in-store dining, or are they carry-out only?
     
    kennyb

    where is Happy joe's? not a Caseys fan.

     
    http://www.happyjoes.com/
     
    Looks like its restaurants are mostly in western Illinois and Iowa.
    post edited by 45013 - 2013/02/03 21:02:21
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/02/04 09:21:50 (permalink)
    I don't recall ever seeing customer seating in a Casey's unless you count the restrooms.  And speaking of restrooms, the ones in the Casey's on the eastern side of Grundy Center, Iowa, are extremely nice.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/02/04 09:28:54 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken

    I don't recall ever seeing customer seating in a Casey's unless you count the restrooms.  And speaking of restrooms, the ones in the Casey's on the eastern side of Grundy Center, Iowa, are extremely nice.

    all the newer caseys have in side seating. most even have a deli in them.  
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/02/07 11:48:57 (permalink)
    kennyb

    where is Happy joe's? not a Caseys fan.

    If you feel like taking a trip to the KC area, there's a place in Independence called Tim's Pizza that was started by a former Happy Joe's manager.  He brought some aspects of Happy Joe's to his pizza, to the point where it could be termed an excellent knock-off.  Similar crust, similar sauce, same diced Canadian bacon... it's not quite HJ, but it's quality pizza in its own right and well worth a look!
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/02/08 14:25:32 (permalink)
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    where is Happy joe's? not a Caseys fan.

    If you feel like taking a trip to the KC area, there's a place in Independence called Tim's Pizza that was started by a former Happy Joe's manager.  He brought some aspects of Happy Joe's to his pizza, to the point where it could be termed an excellent knock-off.  Similar crust, similar sauce, same diced Canadian bacon... it's not quite HJ, but it's quality pizza in its own right and well worth a look!

    i'll give it a try. i'm in kc about everyday.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/02/13 06:18:57 (permalink)
    I know a guy who opened a pizza shop directly across the street from Casey's. He loves Casey's pizza.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/03/20 14:17:55 (permalink)
    We have a Casey's here in town, I've not tried their pizza.  I did have the below pizza delivered the last night.  It's a thin crust with extra cheese, pep and sausage.  It has a nice amount of grease....I'm not ashamed, I like it.

     
     
    post edited by Theedge - 2013/03/20 14:25:49
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/07/15 07:46:13 (permalink)
    Having grown up in 1970s-80s small town mid-west I've eaten Casey's pizza many-a-time in my youth.  You have to remember for many prarie towns(especially of that era) it was the only pizza option in 10-15-20 miles besides a frozen Tony's.(entire pizza, .99 cents)  And the next option may have been another Casey's in the next town over.  I remember it beig a big deal to go visit grandma and grandpa and go to a Happy Joes, a REAL pizza place!
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/08/02 13:40:24 (permalink)
    I got to try Casey's for pizza at their New Castle, IN, location Monday.  The oven uses conveyor belts, kind of what Pizza Hut used to use back in the day (I toured one of their restaurants back in like 1984).  Unfortunately it fell short of what you see in the top picture; the crust is much thinner.
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    Re:Casey's General Store pizza 2013/09/03 17:30:01 (permalink)
    Don't put down Casey's Pizza until you have lived in a small Kansas town of under 4,000 population and the only other eating choice is a DQ or Pizza Hut.  They make a decent pizza at a decent price.  They are very popular in smaller Kansas towns and are carry out only.
     
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