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2021-01-26 12:25:25 PM  
Hm. Another restaurant to add to my "holy shiat how in the fark did/does this place even still exist?" list. Which, coincidentally, includes by default almost any restaurant that considers itself "buffet style."
 
2021-01-26 12:36:56 PM  
Probably one of the worst culinary experiences I've ever had in my entire life. I'm not sure a single thing I ate could be actually classified as "food".
 
2021-01-26 12:41:10 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Hm. Another restaurant to add to my "holy shiat how in the fark did/does this place even still exist?" list. Which, coincidentally, includes by default almost any restaurant that considers itself "buffet style."


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RIP Margaritaville
 
2021-01-26 12:43:38 PM  
It was a great place to just power down the carbs but it wasn't actually "good".
 
2021-01-26 12:52:39 PM  
knowing what it means in spanish, I'm not shocked
 
2021-01-26 12:53:05 PM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: It was a great place to just power down the carbs but it wasn't actually "good".


A friend dragged me there, raving about it all the while.

I decided I didn't need friends like that.
 
2021-01-26 12:57:22 PM  
Their cinnamon dessert pizza was about the only thing they had going for them.

But yeah, how can any disease vector magnet like that ever come back from a pandemic, without completely changing their business model and serving methods?
 
2021-01-26 12:59:41 PM  

johnsoninca: Pocket Ninja: Hm. Another restaurant to add to my "holy shiat how in the fark did/does this place even still exist?" list. Which, coincidentally, includes by default almost any restaurant that considers itself "buffet style."

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RIP Margaritaville


I was doing the tourist thing in Chicago at the Navy Pier and stopped in Margaritaville for a drink. I asked the bartender if they had any margaritas. I thought he was going to punch me in the face.
 
2021-01-26 1:07:41 PM  
We used it for kid's birthday parties a couple of times. It wasn't nearly as obnoxious as Chuck-E-Cheese and the prices were better.
 
2021-01-26 1:11:58 PM  
I'm you're concerned about cleanliness, you weren't eating at Cici's anyway.
 
2021-01-26 1:14:47 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Probably one of the worst culinary experiences I've ever had in my entire life. I'm not sure a single thing I ate could be actually classified as "food".


I had been warned not to go to CiCi's but I did one time anyway.
It was every bit as bad, if not worse than they said.
Totino's makes a better pizza.
It made Chuck E Cheeses look upscale.
 
2021-01-26 1:53:00 PM  
This one is an absolute shocker to me, since our couple of locations were always packed with kids (to wit: Covid decimated places that depended on high foot traffic).

The food was TERRIBLE.

But kids are calorie machines, and I've even used Ci Ci's when I was bulking up and lifting a lot. You can't find more calories for the price in restaurants anywhere else.

And I also saw lots of large, clearly low-income families eating there regularly. One of the few places that's cheaper than cooking at home.
 
2021-01-26 1:56:18 PM  
pizza buffets, weed, good times, and college.  not necessarily in that order.
 
2021-01-26 2:02:59 PM  
I've had worse pizza.

Papa John's

If you are broke, you can get your fill.
Plus if you would have went during closing, any pizza the employees didn't want to bring home was free.
 
2021-01-26 2:31:13 PM  
When I was younger and my friends and myself were struggling for money, we'd go there.

On a fairly busy Saturday night, I see a guy who's clearly some sort of coach talking to the manager and he's trying to get him to accommodate 50 people (team, families, etc.) and I notice a bus outside.  The manager is basically pointing out there's not accommodation for them.  He stated had they called ahead, they could have created a section for them, but there was no way the could handle the team just showing up.

I'm trying to figure out how in the world someone could just assume you would show up anywhere with 50 people to feed unannounced and expect no trouble.
 
2021-01-26 2:35:48 PM  
Death to the Death Tile.

One will rise to take it's place....
 
2021-01-26 2:35:49 PM  
My last time in a CiCi's was about 18 years ago.  There was a child's birthday going on, and for whatever reason two women got into an altercation.  One of them said "Oh, hold my pizza.  Imma bout to pull out a weave."
 
2021-01-26 2:36:34 PM  

Myk-House of El: When I was younger and my friends and myself were struggling for money, we'd go there.

On a fairly busy Saturday night, I see a guy who's clearly some sort of coach talking to the manager and he's trying to get him to accommodate 50 people (team, families, etc.) and I notice a bus outside.  The manager is basically pointing out there's not accommodation for them.  He stated had they called ahead, they could have created a section for them, but there was no way the could handle the team just showing up.

I'm trying to figure out how in the world someone could just assume you would show up anywhere with 50 people to feed unannounced and expect no trouble.


Happens all the time in the restaurant business.
 
2021-01-26 2:37:12 PM  

Mentat: I'm you're concerned about cleanliness, you weren't eating at Cici's anyway.


My coworker nicknamed it 'feces pizza'.
 
2021-01-26 2:42:34 PM  
I've never been to or seen one, but they would run commercials where I live and even the pizza in the ad looked gross. I couldn't quite wrap my head around buffet pizza nevermind the quality.
 
2021-01-26 2:43:38 PM  
Watery mac and cheese and pizzas using cardboard and ketchup as a substitute for crust and pizza sauce?

Yeah, nothing of value lost there.

/Our kids are too old the use CiCis as a threat nowadays anyway
 
2021-01-26 2:44:44 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Probably one of the worst culinary experiences I've ever had in my entire life. I'm not sure a single thing I ate could be actually classified as "food".


Like a flambe needs to be set alight, the pizza wasn't truly done until some kid coughed on it.
 
2021-01-26 2:45:44 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: I've never been to or seen one, but they would run commercials where I live and even the pizza in the ad looked gross. I couldn't quite wrap my head around buffet pizza nevermind the quality.


We had a chain called Shakey's when I was a kid that had a pizza buffet along with fried chicken and a bunch of other stuff.  They also had a giant projection TV the size of a wall.   I thought this was the height of dining sophistication when I was 7.
 
2021-01-26 2:49:59 PM  

Rapmaster2000: HotWingConspiracy: I've never been to or seen one, but they would run commercials where I live and even the pizza in the ad looked gross. I couldn't quite wrap my head around buffet pizza nevermind the quality.

We had a chain called Shakey's when I was a kid that had a pizza buffet along with fried chicken and a bunch of other stuff.  They also had a giant projection TV the size of a wall.   I thought this was the height of dining sophistication when I was 7.


Was it in the midwest? Last time that I was in Ohio to see family I noticed all of their pizza spots also sold fried chicken. I'd never be off the toilet if I tried to live there.

I suppose I shouldn't be a snob about it, as people have pointed out it will fill your belly if you you're short on cash and it's easy to feed a bunch of kids. I would legitimately feel bad about feeding kids that stuff though.
 
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2021-01-26 2:51:05 PM  
I found them notable in that they couldn't make their food appear edible in their commercials.
 
2021-01-26 2:52:42 PM  

mcreadyblue: Myk-House of El: When I was younger and my friends and myself were struggling for money, we'd go there.

On a fairly busy Saturday night, I see a guy who's clearly some sort of coach talking to the manager and he's trying to get him to accommodate 50 people (team, families, etc.) and I notice a bus outside.  The manager is basically pointing out there's not accommodation for them.  He stated had they called ahead, they could have created a section for them, but there was no way the could handle the team just showing up.

I'm trying to figure out how in the world someone could just assume you would show up anywhere with 50 people to feed unannounced and expect no trouble.

Happens all the time in the restaurant business.


I accept that it happens.  I'm just baffled by the thought process, or lack of one, for the people involved.
 
2021-01-26 2:53:39 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Hm. Another restaurant to add to my "holy shiat how in the fark did/does this place even still exist?" list. Which, coincidentally, includes by default almost any restaurant that considers itself "buffet style."


Souplantation here in San Diego saw the handwriting on the wall back in May and shot itself in the head via bankruptcy. Closed all 97 of its places.
 
2021-01-26 2:55:09 PM  
Ugh, I only had to choke-down Cici's pizza when my kids were in elementary school. Every elementary school had a different day in the month that was 'the school's day'. If you went to Cici's that night $2 for each student was kicked back to the PTA (there were sign-in sheets) and of course the place was filled with your kid's classmates. A pretty good revenue-sharing deal for the restaurant and a fun way for kids to meet their friends outside of school and parents to socialize.

That said, my god do I hate their pizza. We've only gone once since my youngest moved up to middle school, and that was a reward for him. He likes the game room and LOVES their brownies. I have since discovered that I can pickup a whole tray of their brownies for under $5 carryout. I'll never have to be disgusted by their pizza again.
 
2021-01-26 3:02:22 PM  
CiCi's wasn't great pizza, but it's likely better than the local place you're about to claim is great.

Unless you live in Italy, the NYC area, or you have a seriously upscale restaurant that serves a Neapolitan pizza, your local pizza place sucks.

Yes, I'm talking to YOU.
 
2021-01-26 3:05:37 PM  

Myk-House of El: mcreadyblue: Myk-House of El: When I was younger and my friends and myself were struggling for money, we'd go there.

On a fairly busy Saturday night, I see a guy who's clearly some sort of coach talking to the manager and he's trying to get him to accommodate 50 people (team, families, etc.) and I notice a bus outside.  The manager is basically pointing out there's not accommodation for them.  He stated had they called ahead, they could have created a section for them, but there was no way the could handle the team just showing up.

I'm trying to figure out how in the world someone could just assume you would show up anywhere with 50 people to feed unannounced and expect no trouble.

Happens all the time in the restaurant business.

I accept that it happens.  I'm just baffled by the thought process, or lack of one, for the people involved.


People are stupid.
 
2021-01-26 3:05:50 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: Rapmaster2000: HotWingConspiracy: I've never been to or seen one, but they would run commercials where I live and even the pizza in the ad looked gross. I couldn't quite wrap my head around buffet pizza nevermind the quality.

We had a chain called Shakey's when I was a kid that had a pizza buffet along with fried chicken and a bunch of other stuff.  They also had a giant projection TV the size of a wall.   I thought this was the height of dining sophistication when I was 7.

Was it in the midwest? Last time that I was in Ohio to see family I noticed all of their pizza spots also sold fried chicken. I'd never be off the toilet if I tried to live there.

I suppose I shouldn't be a snob about it, as people have pointed out it will fill your belly if you you're short on cash and it's easy to feed a bunch of kids. I would legitimately feel bad about feeding kids that stuff though.


Yep.  Northwest Indiana.
 
2021-01-26 3:17:03 PM  
This should lead to the death of the self-serve buffet but this may lead to a resurgence of the cafeteria.
 
2021-01-26 3:17:28 PM  

Myk-House of El: When I was younger and my friends and myself were struggling for money, we'd go there.

On a fairly busy Saturday night, I see a guy who's clearly some sort of coach talking to the manager and he's trying to get him to accommodate 50 people (team, families, etc.) and I notice a bus outside.  The manager is basically pointing out there's not accommodation for them.  He stated had they called ahead, they could have created a section for them, but there was no way the could handle the team just showing up.

I'm trying to figure out how in the world someone could just assume you would show up anywhere with 50 people to feed unannounced and expect no trouble.


When I was in HS I worked for the only McDonald's in the area. This exact scenario happened fairly often. Charter tour buses of New England, multiple buses full of kids' sport teams. All expecting to be served quickly. It was madness every time. Soccer moms screaming at us, elderly tourists screaming at us. All wanting their food immediately as it's fast food.
 
2021-01-26 3:36:13 PM  

gar1013: CiCi's wasn't great pizza, but it's likely better than the local place you're about to claim is great.

Unless you live in Italy, the NYC area, or you have a seriously upscale restaurant that serves a Neapolitan pizza, your local pizza place sucks.

Yes, I'm talking to YOU.


I have never read a more wrong comment.

Pretty much every local/citywide pizza place in the nation is better than pretty much every national chain pizza place.
 
2021-01-26 3:44:18 PM  

madgonad: gar1013: CiCi's wasn't great pizza, but it's likely better than the local place you're about to claim is great.

Unless you live in Italy, the NYC area, or you have a seriously upscale restaurant that serves a Neapolitan pizza, your local pizza place sucks.

Yes, I'm talking to YOU.

I have never read a more wrong comment.

Pretty much every local/citywide pizza place in the nation is better than pretty much every national chain pizza place.


Except that they aren't.

Sorry, but I know Sysco is paying you good money to try to keep up the illusion.
 
2021-01-26 3:46:36 PM  

gar1013: madgonad: gar1013: CiCi's wasn't great pizza, but it's likely better than the local place you're about to claim is great.

Unless you live in Italy, the NYC area, or you have a seriously upscale restaurant that serves a Neapolitan pizza, your local pizza place sucks.

Yes, I'm talking to YOU.

I have never read a more wrong comment.

Pretty much every local/citywide pizza place in the nation is better than pretty much every national chain pizza place.

Except that they aren't.

Sorry, but I know Sysco is paying you good money to try to keep up the illusion.


It would suck to live in some backwater where this is a true statement.
 
2021-01-26 3:46:36 PM  

Myk-House of El: When I was younger and my friends and myself were struggling for money, we'd go there.

On a fairly busy Saturday night, I see a guy who's clearly some sort of coach talking to the manager and he's trying to get him to accommodate 50 people (team, families, etc.) and I notice a bus outside.  The manager is basically pointing out there's not accommodation for them.  He stated had they called ahead, they could have created a section for them, but there was no way the could handle the team just showing up.

I'm trying to figure out how in the world someone could just assume you would show up anywhere with 50 people to feed unannounced and expect no trouble.


Should have tried the Loaves 'N' Fish Shop down the road.
 
2021-01-26 3:48:00 PM  

gar1013: CiCi's wasn't great pizza, but it's likely better than the local place you're about to claim is great.

Unless you live in Italy, the NYC area, or you have a seriously upscale restaurant that serves a Neapolitan pizza, your local pizza place sucks.

Yes, I'm talking to YOU.


WRONG. So very wrong.

When I was stationed in Beaufort, SC, in the late 80s, we had a place called "Village Inn" pizza that had a buffet. The owner, Steve, a large man, easily 400lbs, was great to customers. When 1st Mrs LesserEvil and I stopped in, he would ask us what pizzas we wanted on the buffet and always stopped at the table to talk to us.

Even Pizza Hut has a better buffet than CiCis.

As for local pizza places, I've seen some good ones... in downtown Detroit, we had some fantastic pizza at the arcade above Checker's Bar. Also, Detroit has Buddy's, which is an institution, and home to the oil pan Detroit-style pizza.

There are always a few good places in any area. Buffets with pizza (as opposed to pizza places with buffets) will likely always have spotty pizza, because it's an afterthought, while buffets dedicated to pizza should be good... which makes CiCis even more of a crime against humanity.
 
2021-01-26 3:51:14 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Probably one of the worst culinary experiences I've ever had in my entire life. I'm not sure a single thing I ate could be actually classified as "food".


It isn't for you. It is for your kids.
 
2021-01-26 3:55:50 PM  
If I was homeless and broke, i'd eat there every day.  It's like 2 bucks for all you can eat.
The pizza sucks, but you get what you pay for.
 
2021-01-26 4:00:50 PM  

sinner4ever: This should lead to the death of the self-serve buffet but this may lead to a resurgence of the cafeteria.


or better, the automat.

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2021-01-26 4:00:52 PM  
The food in their commercials looks so bad I feel sorry for the sad sacks who bought franchises
 
2021-01-26 4:04:07 PM  
The Decline of CiCi's Pizza...What Happened?
Youtube WMQ2m1wWplM
 
2021-01-26 4:25:08 PM  

CFitzsimmons: When I was in HS I worked for the only McDonald's in the area. This exact scenario happened fairly often. Charter tour buses of New England, multiple buses full of kids' sport teams. All expecting to be served quickly. It was madness every time. Soccer moms screaming at us, elderly tourists screaming at us. All wanting their food immediately as it's fast food.


Thank you for your service.

/Seriously
//Never done in person customer service. Only on the phones.  Been yelled at a lot.
 
2021-01-26 4:27:12 PM  

Unobtanium: We used it for kid's birthday parties a couple of times. It wasn't nearly as obnoxious as Chuck-E-Cheese and the prices were better.


Yeah, we used to go to one near me circa 1999 when they were new to our town and I was about 13 years old. Their deal at the time was all you can eat for $3.99, and that included the dessert pizzas. I think eventually my parents got tired of the quality. Looks like it's now $5.99, but still.

I think as a tween and maybe even a teen, the quantity made up for the quality, but not as an adult.
 
2021-01-26 4:40:20 PM  

gar1013: CiCi's wasn't great pizza, but it's likely better than the local place you're about to claim is great.

Unless you live in Italy, the NYC area, or you have a seriously upscale restaurant that serves a Neapolitan pizza, your local pizza place sucks.

Yes, I'm talking to YOU.


I feel bad for anyone who thinks that most pizza sucks. Of course there is such thing as good and bad pizza, but the vast majority of pizza is fine to good. If you're turning up your nose at most pizzas, then you don't actually like pizza.
 
2021-01-26 4:52:30 PM  

sinner4ever: This should lead to the death of the self-serve buffet but this may lead to a resurgence of the cafeteria.


That's what I was thinking. People might not get back in line for the 5th time if they are constantly severed by the same people.
 
2021-01-26 5:01:10 PM  
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Eat my pizza, or I push a button...
 
2021-01-26 5:02:46 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: That's what I was thinking. People might not get back in line for the 5th time if they are constantly severed by the same people.


I'm not getting back in line if I've been severed.  I'm probably going to the hospital.  Or the morgue.
 
2021-01-26 5:04:43 PM  

Unobtanium: We used it for kid's birthday parties a couple of times. It wasn't nearly as obnoxious as Chuck-E-Cheese and the prices were better.


I think Child Protective Services would like a word with you. CiCi's was described by a friend as all the bad pizza you can keep down.
 
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