Some foods are delicious on their own. Red Vines, for example. No trip to the theater is complete without Red Vines.
Hot Dogs are also delicious on their own. A little mustard, some simple toppings, and you've got a taste sensation.
But a Hot Dog with Red Vines on it? Sounds like one of those strange concoctions my kids slap together and proudly eat with gusto. Sometimes mixing food together is a disaster.
Other times, mixing food together makes a masterpiece.
Garlic is delicious. Chicken is delicious. Pizza is delicious.
And $7.99 for a large? Time for some Füd!
Füd, you ask? Sometimes, you're so hungry, there's not time to write the two O's in food. It is then that you require Füd.
My children had a “play date” recently with some of their friends (Who made up the term “play date” anyway? When I was a kid, we just played – no flowers or romance intimated). It was lunch time, and Pizza was the consensus choice of the wee-ones.
Typically if we don't make the Pizza ourselves we order from local Pizza places, but today I was feeling a bit nostalgic.
They say that memories of scent are the strongest memories we have. While that may be true, some of my strongest memories are tied to Füd.
Enter Little Caesar's Pizza. When I was a kid, I remember the grand opening of the old Little Caesar’s in Banning, in the shopping plaza on Highland Springs next to Jack in the Box. Balloons, free Pizza, music. Good times. And the Pizza was great.
So, trying to relive that childhood joy, I headed out to Little Caesar's.
The new Little Caesar's is located in the Stater Brother's Shopping Plaza on Highland Springs. The signature signage out front ensures that you won't have a hard time finding it!
My first thought upon entering the store was “Wow, this place is really clean (an important part of any restaurant visit)!” Brightly lit, gleaming counter tops... made me feel very comfortable ordering food.
There are no paper menus! I looked around for one, then realized that their menu was actually rotating pictures on 3 large flat screen displays overhead! At first I thought this might be confusing, but this allows Little Caesar’s to change their menu frequently without having to waste paper menus (a plus in my book). Three words on those screens caught my eye...
Garlic. Chicken. Pizza.
My heart froze. Garlic Chicken Pizza is easily one of my top 5 Pizza types.
And then I noticed the price - $7.99 for a large. Füd. My primal brain uttered this word in what can only be described as the gruntings of primitive man.
Regaining my composure, I put in my order. Cheese for the kids, Garlic Chicken for those of us with more sophisticated palates (anyone over 10).
After placing my order I took a closer look around. To my surprise, I saw a huge mixer in the back. I asked the manager what it was for, and she said that they make all of their dough in house! For the low prices that Little Caesar's offers, fresh dough made in house is unheard of! You usually only get freshly made dough at local Pizza restaurants.
The manager also told me that they get all of their vegetables from the Stater Brothers right across the parking lot! While not locavarian, it is nice to know that they are supporting area businesses instead of getting their veggies shipped in from who-knows-where.
The scent of that Pizza filled my drive home with anticipation!
I was not disappointed.
The pizza comes without sauce (if this seems strange to you, trust me, you wont miss it!). It is made on Little Caesar’s fresh made dough, which has a subtle sweetness to it. The garlic is present, but not overwhelming. If you like garlic, you'll like this Pizza. Plenty of Mozzarella Cheese tops this beauty. The chicken is sliced into small cubes. I wondered about why this was done, as many other Chicken Pizzas I have eaten have large slices on top, but biting into my first piece made it clear – it was easy to eat! I didn’t have to spread out the chicken over each piece of Pizza – it was already done for me! And yes, the chicken was still juicy even though it was in small cubes.
Satisfied. The only word I can use to describe my mouth (and that caveman inside of me) after that first piece. For $7.99, that Garlic Chicken Pizza is probably the best value around - for Garlic Chicken Pizza, at least!
Little Caesar's has certainly stepped up their game.
-Disclaimer- The owners of the restaurants do NOT know who I am, and I do NOT get free food from them. I pay for my own food, so my reviews are honest. Füd - your source for what's delicious in the Pass.
Little Caesars Pizza
1667 East Sixth Street
Beaumont, CA 92223
Takeout Only, No Delivery.