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(NPR)   Sbarro's may not be anti-money, but consumers are increasingly anti-"mall pizza"   (npr.org) divider line 72
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2014-02-21 04:34:28 PM
Sbarro's is wicked expensive, it's something in the range of $4 for a slice of cheese pizza. Their pizza isn't bad if you get it right out of the oven, but as soon as it's been sitting under those warming lights for longer than 15 minutes, it becomes unpalatable, and the 60 seconds they let it sit in the oven for before serving it to you is just for show, it doesn't actually warm up the pizza.
 
2014-02-21 04:47:34 PM
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that their pizza sucks.
 
2014-02-21 04:49:32 PM
But it's clearly not the case for all mall restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory, .....

Comparing a fast foot joint to a sit down restaurant?  Why?

The point of "haven't updated since the 80's" though goes for a lot of the mall food court staples.
 
2014-02-21 04:50:52 PM
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2014-02-21 04:51:15 PM
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2014-02-21 04:52:21 PM
I always preferred Perry's Pizza because of the hot girls that worked there.
 
2014-02-21 04:53:10 PM
Sbarro is disgusting.

There's a mall fast-food place here that makes pizza made-to-order and cook it in a high-temp oven.  It's pretty good.
 
2014-02-21 04:54:06 PM
I have to admit that when I have to eat at a mall or an airport, I am pretty happy to find a Sbarro's.
 
2014-02-21 04:54:32 PM

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Almost a simulpost, 23 seconds off.
 
2014-02-21 04:56:33 PM
Still, the restaurant industry overall has been stagnating since even before the recession, says Harry Balzer


That's a joke, right? That's not anyone's real name.
 
2014-02-21 04:57:18 PM

phaseolus: Still, the restaurant industry overall has been stagnating since even before the recession, says Harry Balzer


That's a joke, right? That's not anyone's real name.


He's neighbors with Gene Masseth.
 
2014-02-21 04:59:04 PM

GameSprocket: I have to admit that when I have to eat at a mall or an airport, I am pretty happy to find a Sbarro's.


Usually if they have that they have Panda, which is infinite times better.
 
2014-02-21 05:00:03 PM

phaseolus: Still, the restaurant industry overall has been stagnating since even before the recession, says Harry Balzer


That's a joke, right? That's not anyone's real name.


You'd be surprised....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Baals

/I went to college with a Michael Roch
 
2014-02-21 05:00:45 PM
Greasy greasy pizza on a shoe leather crust.
 
2014-02-21 05:04:37 PM

dletter: But it's clearly not the case for all mall restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory, .....


I don't get the love for the Cheesecake Factory.  A decade ago, their food was moderately overpriced.  Now it is obscenely overpriced.  Yet the ones at the nearby malls and town centers are constantly full.
 
2014-02-21 05:08:43 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Greasy greasy pizza on a shoe leather crust.


Behold, the Nike Sbarro.  Or, what they do with their leftovers.

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2014-02-21 05:09:20 PM
Sbarro's isn't too bad (frankly, it's really hard to fark up pizza), it's just too expensive.
 
2014-02-21 05:11:09 PM
CostCo has pretty good pizza by the slice deal 2 bucks/slice, and their hot dogs and drink special is like 3 bucks. The hot dogs are actually pretty good quality.
Plus, you don't have to be a member to eat there. Just go in the door by the food court.
 
2014-02-21 05:12:15 PM

Dinjiin: dletter: But it's clearly not the case for all mall restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory, .....

I don't get the love for the Cheesecake Factory.  A decade ago, their food was moderately overpriced.  Now it is obscenely overpriced.  Yet the ones at the nearby malls and town centers are constantly full.


Suburban people think it's fine dining.  I'm serious.
 
2014-02-21 05:13:00 PM
Actually, Sbarro's pizza isn't too bad, but I guess I'm no expert on pizza.  If any mall-based
pizza chain has to croak, I hope it's Godfather's.  Herman Cain doesn't need my money, and
he sure isn't going to get any.
 
2014-02-21 05:15:45 PM
Pizza sucks, no surprise. It was also a very shiatty place to work. I was 15 and on a work permit. I was supposed to end at 10 pm, per law, but they never let me leave until I was done, which was after 11. I didn't last long.

CSB, but fark them.
 
2014-02-21 05:20:05 PM

tricycleracer: Suburban people think it's fine dining.  I'm serious.


Really?  I figured it was because the decor is nicer than the olive garden but you can still get a bowl of way too much food for under $20.
 
2014-02-21 05:23:21 PM

optikeye: CostCo has pretty good pizza by the slice deal 2 bucks/slice, and their hot dogs and drink special is like 3 bucks. The hot dogs are actually pretty good quality.
Plus, you don't have to be a member to eat there. Just go in the door by the food court.


Costco must changes prices regionally, here in Conecticut the Hotdog and Drink is $1.59 and is the best value for any food I've ever purchased.
 
2014-02-21 05:30:33 PM

spman: Costco must changes prices regionally, here in Conecticut the Hotdog and Drink is $1.59 and is the best value for any food I've ever purchased


I was going to correct myself...but yes, it's 1.50 for a dog and soda here too. Probably one of the best deals out there. The pizza a more NY style 'foldable' style nothing great tho--the size of the slize is huge and covers a standard paper plate and it's 2buck a slice no matter what toppings. The hot dogs however are really good.
 
2014-02-21 05:45:07 PM

optikeye: spman: Costco must changes prices regionally, here in Conecticut the Hotdog and Drink is $1.59 and is the best value for any food I've ever purchased

I was going to correct myself...but yes, it's 1.50 for a dog and soda here too. Probably one of the best deals out there. The pizza a more NY style 'foldable' style nothing great tho--the size of the slize is huge and covers a standard paper plate and it's 2buck a slice no matter what toppings. The hot dogs however are really good.


I think I read somewhere that the founder/CEO of Costco said that as long as he was alive, the price of the hot dog/soda combo would always be $1.50.
 
2014-02-21 05:50:06 PM

Li'l Robbie: Actually, Sbarro's pizza isn't too bad, but I guess I'm no expert on pizza.  If any mall-based
pizza chain has to croak, I hope it's Godfather's.  Herman Cain doesn't need my money, and
he sure isn't going to get any.


Herman Cain was supposedly bought out in 2009.
 
2014-02-21 05:51:48 PM
I have never heard of them. If their menu consists of pre-heated pizza slices, there would be no way I would eat there.
 
2014-02-21 05:52:45 PM
I miss Giovanni's pizza. Best mall pizza EVER.
 
2014-02-21 05:57:10 PM

wiseolddude: I have never heard of them. If their menu consists of pre-heated pizza slices, there would be no way I would eat there.


Sbarros definitely isn't pre-heated, even in the mall locations the pizza was made fresh from it's original components, it just wasn't any good.
 
2014-02-21 06:02:15 PM
I rarely go to the mall, and when I do eating is not on my list of things to do.
 
2014-02-21 06:03:02 PM
""Sbarro's dream is to be another McDonald's," he  ."

But see their buns help to hide all the grease and shiat nasty components. Better move to stuffed crust across the board!
 
2014-02-21 06:03:26 PM
Sbarros made me sick in the 1980s.  Three times.   NEVER, EVER AGAIN.
 
2014-02-21 06:06:27 PM

ReapTheChaos: I rarely go to the mall, and when I do eating is not on my list of things to do.


You're not alone, most of the fast food chains have exited the mall dining business. As far as fast food goes, Subway, Burger King, and Chinese Food are it in most malls, most of the other chains don't operate mall locations anymore, they aren't profitable. What I never understood is mall Chinese food, every mall I've ever been to has no less than three different Chinese places, all serving the exact same food.
 
2014-02-21 06:16:32 PM
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2014-02-21 06:21:37 PM

tricycleracer: Dinjiin: dletter: But it's clearly not the case for all mall restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory, .....

I don't get the love for the Cheesecake Factory.  A decade ago, their food was moderately overpriced.  Now it is obscenely overpriced.  Yet the ones at the nearby malls and town centers are constantly full.

Suburban people think it's fine dining.  I'm serious.


What it definitely is, is gigantic proportions that are unhealthy as all hell.

Not to mention that a single location must cost a fortune to run. Their menus have to have like 50-60 different items, with very little cross-over on their ingredients. So the amount of food they have to stock so they can make any of it at a moments notice has got to be obscene. Thankfully, due to the volume of business they do, it's probably fairly fresh and they likely don't have to throw a ton away.
 
2014-02-21 06:27:14 PM
i thought they were on highways with tolls roads and few exits. every 20 minutes a service island with a high priced gas station and the sbarro or a mcdonalds with 50% higher prices and no coupons taken.
 
2014-02-21 06:33:43 PM

spman: What I never understood is mall Chinese food, every mall I've ever been to has no less than three different Chinese places, all serving the exact same food.


All cooked by Mexicans.

CSB: I was at one of those Asian mall foodcourt places one time waiting for my food when the cook cooks were talking about some girl and her hot ass. I turned around, looked and responded "Si eso es un buen culo. Ella tambien tiene buenas chichis". The Asian guy at the register and the other one giving out samples had no idea why we all started laughing so loudly.

ReapTheChaos: I rarely go to the mall, and when I do eating is not on my list of things to do.


Yeah, but when your wife is on hour #4 of shopping and there's no end, you've got to get something for energy.
 
2014-02-21 06:35:42 PM

kidgenius: What it definitely is, is gigantic proportions that are unhealthy as all hell.

Not to mention that a single location must cost a fortune to run. Their menus have to have like 50-60 different items, with very little cross-over on their ingredients. So the amount of food they have to stock so they can make any of it at a moments notice has got to be obscene. Thankfully, due to the volume of business they do, it's probably fairly fresh and they likely don't have to throw a ton away.


It's hard to blame Cheesecake Factory for selling unhealthy food.  After all, they give fair warning with their name.  But it is pretty appalling that a single dish can have 70 g of saturated fat or that a side dish has 1700 mg of sodium, especially since the dishes themselves sound healthy.
 
2014-02-21 06:41:21 PM

valkore: kidgenius: What it definitely is, is gigantic proportions that are unhealthy as all hell.

Not to mention that a single location must cost a fortune to run. Their menus have to have like 50-60 different items, with very little cross-over on their ingredients. So the amount of food they have to stock so they can make any of it at a moments notice has got to be obscene. Thankfully, due to the volume of business they do, it's probably fairly fresh and they likely don't have to throw a ton away.

It's hard to blame Cheesecake Factory for selling unhealthy food.  After all, they give fair warning with their name.  But it is pretty appalling that a single dish can have 70 g of saturated fat or that a side dish has 1700 mg of sodium, especially since the dishes themselves sound healthy.


One of my friends worked there as a cook. Somebody asked him once how much they charge him if he eats meals there. He said he didn't know because he didn't eat their food because it would kill you.
 
2014-02-21 06:48:05 PM

ongbok: valkore: kidgenius: What it definitely is, is gigantic proportions that are unhealthy as all hell.

Not to mention that a single location must cost a fortune to run. Their menus have to have like 50-60 different items, with very little cross-over on their ingredients. So the amount of food they have to stock so they can make any of it at a moments notice has got to be obscene. Thankfully, due to the volume of business they do, it's probably fairly fresh and they likely don't have to throw a ton away.

It's hard to blame Cheesecake Factory for selling unhealthy food.  After all, they give fair warning with their name.  But it is pretty appalling that a single dish can have 70 g of saturated fat or that a side dish has 1700 mg of sodium, especially since the dishes themselves sound healthy.

One of my friends worked there as a cook. Somebody asked him once how much they charge him if he eats meals there. He said he didn't know because he didn't eat their food because it would kill you.



I remember one of my buddies claiming that when they would go on business trips they would eat at the Cheesecake Factory as it was "healthy". I had the largest "DAFUQ?" look on face. I told him the only way that they are "healthy" is if you start by only eating between 1/4 and 1/3 of what they serve you and then you have to still be very particular about what it is you are eating.
If Cheescake Factory is ever required to put their calorie counts on their menus....God help them
 
2014-02-21 06:52:08 PM

Dinjiin: dletter: But it's clearly not the case for all mall restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory, .....

I don't get the love for the Cheesecake Factory.  A decade ago, their food was moderately overpriced.  Now it is obscenely overpriced.  Yet the ones at the nearby malls and town centers are constantly full.


It's the same thing as Olive Garden. Giant portions of consistent, if not great, food.
 
2014-02-21 06:59:04 PM

TEA-PARTY-PATRIOT: ""Sbarro's dream is to be another McDonald's," he  ."

But see their buns help to hide all the grease and shiat nasty components. Better move to stuffed crust across the board!


spman: Sbarros definitely isn't pre-heated, even in the mall locations the pizza was made fresh from it's original components, it just wasn't any good.

Sbarros is one of my go-to airport layover foods, I grab a slice of stuffed crust and I'm good to go.

// not as overpriced as other airport food offerings
// fast
// consistent (it's not _good_ pizza ... but I would take it over pizza hut/dominoes/random airport pizza joint).

// I make my own pizza dough ... haven't made my own sauce yet but I will probably try to some day as an experiment.
 
2014-02-21 07:09:10 PM
I like Sbarro, but their prices need to come down. I'd pick it up if it was a Pizza Hut type of place and not in the middle of a food court.
 
2014-02-21 07:19:46 PM
Thee fat asses who kept these joints afloat are all now middle aged and are being told that if they keep eating this food they are going to die.

/Boomers, yo.
 
2014-02-21 07:21:06 PM
Frankly, I am stunned that there are even still malls. Let alone the fact people still eat in them. Who knew?
 
2014-02-21 07:57:48 PM
The article mentioned that Five Guys and Chipotle are doing better than places like Sbarro. This doesn't surprise me at all. The people at our local Five Guys are super nice, it's always clean and smells deliciously of peanuts there, and the soda machine will do absolutely any drink you want.

Plus, when one's wife is pregnant and develops a bizarre, "I know I can't have this, sweetie, I'll be okay," craving for the cheese and bacon Potato Patch fries Kennywood Park sells in Pittsburgh, despite living multiple states away and its' being wintertime, the Five Guys crew will not only Google what the hell that means, create it using whatever they have on hand, improvise a way to transport hot and fresh French fries PLUS the component nacho cheese and fresh bacon crumbles home in perfect condition and still only charge a poor expectant dad the usual price for a fully-loaded large. So my husband, who had only stopped by on the way home from work with the vaguest of vain hopes that they could maybe help, tipped them $20 and spent a very happy evening being snuggled by a very surprised and contented me. And the baby elected to kick hard enough for him to feel for the first time that night, so clearly she appreciates the effort, too.

I still have no idea how they got the fries to taste perfect despite a 20-minute drive, but it apparently involved putting the cup of fries in a folded-shut bag within a bag, then taping some more bags together to make a kind of duct from the air vent and cranking the car's heat and blower as high as they would go. The local Five Guys has three engineering majors on staff, which is highly desirable for a burger place. Even on days when I can't bear the idea of a cheeseburger, I stop there to get a drink from their awesome Coke machines and see how everyone's doing, and we go there after each ultrasound appointment to show off the sonograms.

When one is new in town and doesn't know anyone, the kindness of people at a burger place really can mean a lot.
 
2014-02-21 07:57:58 PM
Sbarro's should be legally prohibited from calling their shiat 'Pizza'.

That stuff is the third worst pizza I ever had.

/Worst was cryogenically frozen cardboard and plastic crap called 'pizza', served at a Navy base in the middle of the Aleutian Islands back in February 1980.
 
2014-02-21 08:06:34 PM
Don't eat at malls generally, but at least down here in Texas the quality of food in them seems to be pretty decent compared to when I was younger in Florida/Virginia/NJ.  BBQ, authentic tacos, wrap places, higher end fast food, etc.
 
2014-02-21 08:10:29 PM

Argyle82: optikeye: spman: Costco must changes prices regionally, here in Conecticut the Hotdog and Drink is $1.59 and is the best value for any food I've ever purchased

I was going to correct myself...but yes, it's 1.50 for a dog and soda here too. Probably one of the best deals out there. The pizza a more NY style 'foldable' style nothing great tho--the size of the slize is huge and covers a standard paper plate and it's 2buck a slice no matter what toppings. The hot dogs however are really good.

I think I read somewhere that the founder/CEO of Costco said that as long as he was alive, the price of the hot dog/soda combo would always be $1.50.


Considering anything over 20 cents on a hot dog and soda is profit... I'd hope so.
 
2014-02-21 08:11:31 PM

Shazam999: Sbarro is disgusting.

There's a mall fast-food place here that makes pizza made-to-order and cook it in a high-temp oven.  It's pretty good.


Sbarro is disgusting.  I haven't had it in 20 years because it's gross.  And now that I've been reminded that it exists, I really want a slice.
 
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