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chewingthefat

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Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 10:35 AM (permalink)
I've never had a Papa John's pizza before last night, I'm glad I haven't, although if I had, I wouldn't have had one last night.
I ordered a thin crust large with double bacon and pepperoni, and onions, the order taker told me the thin crust wouldn't hold that many greasy toppings very well, I thanked her and asked what the other crusts were, I dont like thick, she said a hand tossed normal crust, so I ordered a medium with the same toppings. My wife picked it up on the way home from Wal Mart. The pizza was $21.99. It was the size of a small pizza anywhere else, very little tasteless sauce, no visible onions, very little cheese and other toppings, a tasteless crust, in short, GARBAGE, the absolute worst fast food place EVER. Makes BK, KFC, TB, Mickey D's, seem like fine dining.
Anyone else have issues with this hellhole?
 
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    joerogo

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    Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 11:24 AM (permalink)
    chewingthefat, Thanks for kissing that frog for me
     
    The Papa John's in Pittston recently closed.  I heard my teenage kids talking about how bad the pizza was.  That was enough to keep me out.
     
    We also had a KFC, Pizza Hut and Long John Silvers close up.  We don't like no stinkin chains in Pittston
     
    #2
      Michael Hoffman

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      Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 11:32 AM (permalink)
      I've had Papa John's apizza a few times and never got anything from them that resembled what you describe. Now I'm from New Haven, and I grew up on pies from Pepe's, Sally's and The Spot, so I'm not going to try to tell anyone that Papa John's in any way resembles good stuff. But considering where I live, it's adequate. Their mediums, here, are 12-inchers, and I've always gotten their regular -- not thin -- crust. I order mine light on the sauce with just Italian sausage as a topping and I pay less than ten bucks. That said, I do doctor mine with olive oil, oregano, garlic granules and red pepper flakes, and then put it into a 350-degree oven just long enough for the stuff I've added to meld with the pie.
       
      As I said, it's not New Haven, but it's OK. One more thing, the large pies sold today by pizzerias out here in flyover country -- 14-inchers, I believe might be standard for large -- are the same size as what I used to get when I ordered a small pie in New Haven.  That, of course, was a while ago, as likely can be told by the fact that I used to pay 40 cents for a plain one back then.
       
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        felix4067

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        Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 2:45 PM (permalink)
        I've never had anything like that, either.  No, they're not the best pizza (my local place beats everyone hands down), but they're by far the best chain option...miles above Pizza Hut and Domino's.  I suppose probably their prices vary by location, but  I just put exactly what you ordered into their online system for my house, and came up with $8.74 for the medium (the large is $10.49, extra large $12.24.).
         
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          shortchef

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          Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 2:58 PM (permalink)
          When I worked in the newsroom in Chambersburg, we got together and ordered a couple of Papa John's pizzas. Now,most of the guys in the newsroom, photogs and reporters, were single young guys. We all tried a slice and the rest of it got thrown away. And these are guys who will eat practically anything. The sauce was bland and sweet, the toppings were gross. I wouldn't ever eat that again.
           
          #5
            fishtaco

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            Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 3:39 PM (permalink)
            Eveytime I see or hear Papa John's, I think of Papa John Creech!
             
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              ces1948

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              Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 3:45 PM (permalink)
              My experience with Papa Johns has not been good. In fact I have to rate Domino's a step above it. Keep in mind we're using a very low set of steps here.
               
              #7
                chewingthefat

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                Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 4:49 PM (permalink)
                felix4067


                I've never had anything like that, either.  No, they're not the best pizza (my local place beats everyone hands down), but they're by far the best chain option...miles above Pizza Hut and Domino's.  I suppose probably their prices vary by location, but  I just put exactly what you ordered into their online system for my house, and came up with $8.74 for the medium (the large is $10.49, extra large $12.24.).

                When my wife came home she said they had a medium pizza with a bunch of toppings advertized for $12 something. I kid you not on this. I don't know if the franchise has the latitude to charge what they want but my wife forked over $21.99 for a laughable hunk of junk. Based on what you say here, I'm calling them after this post!
                I just got off the phone with them, they are running a special, an extra large with 3 toppings for 12 bucks, when I asked the guy how much a medium with double bacon, double pepperoni and onions would be he said $23.00, I said why is that, he said, because we are running a special. Go figure.

                <message edited by chewingthefat on Thu, 12/23/10 5:00 PM>
                 
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                  Michael Hoffman

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                  Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 4:56 PM (permalink)
                  I got a coupon in the mail today for a medium, three-topping pie from Papa John's for $8.99.
                   
                  #9
                    chewingthefat

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                    Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 5:12 PM (permalink)
                    Michael Hoffman


                    I got a coupon in the mail today for a medium, three-topping pie from Papa John's for $8.99.

                    Michael, call them if you will, ask them what a medium with double bacon, double pepperoni, and onions would cost. Better yet call 717-338-1770, the Gettysburg Papa John's and ask them!

                     
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                      Michael Hoffman

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                      Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 5:23 PM (permalink)
                      $15.59 for pickup. Add two bucks for delivery, not including tip.
                       
                      That's at the one near me, not near you.
                       
                      <message edited by Michael Hoffman on Thu, 12/23/10 5:25 PM>
                       
                      #11
                        kishkaeater

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                        Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 6:16 PM (permalink)
                        Papa John's is good for a fast pizza.
                         
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                          ScreamingChicken

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                          Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 6:29 PM (permalink)
                          shortchef


                          The sauce was bland and sweet,

                          I tried Papa John's when one first opened up in Madison a few years ago and that was my opinion as well.  Can't remember for sure how bland it was but the sweetness definitely stuck in my mind.
                           
                          Brad
                           
                          #13
                            sk bob

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                            Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 9:41 PM (permalink)
                            kishkaeater


                            Papa John's is good for a fast pizza.

                            no it's not
                            get a frozen Tombstone
                            its better, faster & cheaper  than tasteless johns cardboard catsup pies
                             
                            #14
                              David_NYC

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                              Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 9:41 PM (permalink)
                              My guess is that they make up what they give away on advertised specials from the people who call in "cold" ordering what appeals to them.
                               
                              If on the road, I always manage to find a "deal" from Papa John's, Pizza Hut, or Dominos if they are the only game in the town. Hotels have menus with coupons. Look for ads in newspaper. You can also order over the Internet or get coupons off the Internet. Also, ask the store what their deals are before placing an order.
                               
                              Mama Mary or Sun of Italy premade crusts, Pastorelli pizza sauce from Target, and Sun of Italy pizza cheese will make a better pie.
                               
                              #15
                                MellowRoast

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                                Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 9:56 PM (permalink)
                                Papa John's, like Pizza Hut and Domino's, has special pricing for some of their pizzas right now nationwide.  I'd definitely call them about it.
                                 
                                That said, Papa John's was for years my favorite chain pizza.  High quality toppings, excellent sauce, super service.  However, I haven't had a good pizza from them in about 5 years.  Something has gone wrong in the Papa John's system.   The crust is now like burned cardboard, the sauce doesn't taste the same, and it appears (at least to me) they're skimping on the quality and amount of toppings.  Papa John's is in desperate need of a new pizza identity, not unlike the changes Domino's made this year.
                                <message edited by MellowRoast on Thu, 12/23/10 10:00 PM>
                                 
                                #16
                                  sk bob

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                                  Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 10:00 PM (permalink)
                                  I doubt if Pappa John himself would call one if his franchises for a pizza.
                                   
                                  #17
                                    felix4067

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                                    Re:Papa John's warning Thu, 12/23/10 10:16 PM (permalink)
                                    chewingthefat


                                    felix4067


                                    I've never had anything like that, either.  No, they're not the best pizza (my local place beats everyone hands down), but they're by far the best chain option...miles above Pizza Hut and Domino's.  I suppose probably their prices vary by location, but  I just put exactly what you ordered into their online system for my house, and came up with $8.74 for the medium (the large is $10.49, extra large $12.24.).

                                    When my wife came home she said they had a medium pizza with a bunch of toppings advertized for $12 something. I kid you not on this. I don't know if the franchise has the latitude to charge what they want but my wife forked over $21.99 for a laughable hunk of junk. Based on what you say here, I'm calling them after this post!
                                    I just got off the phone with them, they are running a special, an extra large with 3 toppings for 12 bucks, when I asked the guy how much a medium with double bacon, double pepperoni and onions would be he said $23.00, I said why is that, he said, because we are running a special. Go figure.

                                    I'm guessing this has more to do with your local franchise than the chain in general.  They're running all sorts of specials here, too, but that's how much it was.  I didn't put double pepperoni (I thought it was single), but still...there is NO way it would've been that much.
                                     
                                    #18
                                      MiamiDon

                                      Re:Papa John's warning Fri, 12/24/10 5:45 AM (permalink)
                                      Michael Hoffman


                                      I've had Papa John's apizza a few times and never got anything from them that resembled what you describe. Now I'm from New Haven, and I grew up on pies from Pepe's, Sally's and The Spot, so I'm not going to try to tell anyone that Papa John's in any way resembles good stuff. But considering where I live, it's adequate. Their mediums, here, are 12-inchers, and I've always gotten their regular -- not thin -- crust. I order mine light on the sauce with just Italian sausage as a topping and I pay less than ten bucks. That said, I do doctor mine with olive oil, oregano, garlic granules and red pepper flakes, and then put it into a 350-degree oven just long enough for the stuff I've added to meld with the pie.

                                      As I said, it's not New Haven, but it's OK. One more thing, the large pies sold today by pizzerias out here in flyover country -- 14-inchers, I believe might be standard for large -- are the same size as what I used to get when I ordered a small pie in New Haven.  That, of course, was a while ago, as likely can be told by the fact that I used to pay 40 cents for a plain one back then.


                                      I'm with Michael Hoffman on this.  It's not gourmet pizza, but I have never had anything as bad as you described from Papa John's here, Chewie.  It's our go-to quick-delivery place, about 800 yards from my door as the crow flies (the wood and coal fired pizza places up the highway don't deliver in my neighborhood [(] ).  A 14" six-cheese with pepperoni and olives was $11 + tax, etc.  I reheat take-out pizza on a pizza stone in the oven after sprinkling some pepper flakes and grating some parmesan cheese on it, and find it acceptable.
                                      Like any chain, I suppose the operator can make a difference, and prices may be regional.
                                       
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                                        Curbside Grill

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                                        Re:Papa John's warning Fri, 12/24/10 7:49 AM (permalink)
                                        chewingthefat


                                        Michael Hoffman


                                        I got a coupon in the mail today for a medium, three-topping pie from Papa John's for $8.99.

                                        Michael, call them if you will, ask them what a medium with double bacon, double pepperoni, and onions would cost. Better yet call 717-338-1770, the Gettysburg Papa John's and ask them!

                                        The way I see it is double Bacon (2 items), double Pepperoni (2 items) and Onions. Now that is 5 items. Not 3
                                        Do not know what they charge for extra toppings. Do not have a Papa Johns here. Lost the BK also. Someone informed me
                                        that Dominos for a 3 item special that extra cheese was not included in the 3 item specials. they charge for that.
                                        Here have pizza shop that 12" small, 14" medium and 16" large - the family is a 20". 
                                         
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                                          boyardee65

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                                          Re:Papa John's warning Fri, 12/24/10 7:47 PM (permalink)
                                          We don't have a Poppa John's here in Wickenburg or any other chain pizza place for that matter. The last time I tried Pappa John's, I was really disappointed by the lukewarm pie coupled with bland sauce and limp crust. I haven't tried them in years.
                                           
                                          JMHO
                                           
                                          David O.
                                           
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                                            db1105

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                                            Re:Papa John's warning Fri, 12/24/10 10:22 PM (permalink)
                                            Garbage chain pizza
                                             
                                            #22
                                              MilwFoodlovers

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                                              Re:Papa John's warning Fri, 12/24/10 11:24 PM (permalink)
                                              I'd rather have ketchup on a hot dog than eat a Papa John's again.
                                              The only one I sampled wasn't as good as a low end frozen pizza.
                                              If it was an abberation, it swore me off another forever.
                                               
                                              #23
                                                tkitna

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                                                Re:Papa John's warning Sat, 12/25/10 1:57 AM (permalink)
                                                I've only had Papa Johns once, but it wasnt the dire stuff everyone seems to be posting. It was a typical fast food pizza that was edible.
                                                 
                                                #24
                                                  mar52

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                                                  Re:Papa John's warning Sat, 12/25/10 11:41 AM (permalink)
                                                  Exactly, Tkitna.  It's not horrid.  It's just not a fine pizza.  What it does is it fills a need.  Papa John's is a great place for young kids to buy a pizza at an affordable price. 
                                                   
                                                  It tastes good but it's not the food of the Gods.
                                                   
                                                    Edited because:  I do know the difference between feels and fills.  
                                                   
                                                  <message edited by mar52 on Sun, 12/26/10 9:40 PM>
                                                   
                                                  #25
                                                    felix4067

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                                                    Re:Papa John's warning Sat, 12/25/10 12:32 PM (permalink)
                                                    Some people are just not happy unless they take every opportunity to complain about how absolutely awful a chain anything is, rather than avoiding the topics that obviously upset them so.
                                                     
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                                                      stricken_detective

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                                                      Re:Papa John's warning Sat, 12/25/10 4:35 PM (permalink)
                                                      MilwFoodlovers


                                                      I'd rather have ketchup on a hot dog than eat a Papa John's again.
                                                      The only one I sampled wasn't as good as a low end frozen pizza.
                                                      If it was an abberation, it swore me off another forever.
                                                      Agreed. And I hate ketchup.
                                                       
                                                      What makes me mad is what you guys mentioned, that they charge so much. We've had them a few times, nothing to write home about. I don't hate them because they're a chain. I dislike them because their pizza isn't good.

                                                       
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                                                        ann peeples

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                                                        Re:Papa John's warning Sat, 12/25/10 7:58 PM (permalink)
                                                        We ordered form there when it was new to our area, and we hated it. The dogs ended up eating over half of it as we just coundnt stand it.And believe me, Bob and I normally have no trouble polishing off a pizza.
                                                         
                                                        #28
                                                          sk bob

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                                                          Re:Papa John's warning Sat, 12/25/10 8:29 PM (permalink)
                                                          ya gotta bite the bullet once in a while because the fliers you get in the mail make them look so good in the pictures.
                                                          I don't hate all chains. just the ones IMO that have bad food.
                                                          when you have no other choice and you want that type of food, bad is better than none.
                                                          I love the Pizza Hut stuffed crust PAN pizza, but you can only get it once in a while when they have a promotion for it.
                                                           
                                                          #29
                                                            MellowRoast

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                                                            Re:Papa John's warning Sun, 12/26/10 10:20 AM (permalink)
                                                            What's really crazy, we have a local pizza joint that uses all Sysco products, nothing homemade, and they're even better than Papa John's!
                                                             
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