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Old 08-29-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Cool map that shows where America's pizza CHAINS are. Wow, for all the posturing here about no one ever eating anything but Mom and Pop pizza in the northeast...well, SOMEONE'S eating chain restaurant pizza up there.

http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4565573/pizza_map.png

And oops, oops - LOOK AT ALL THOSE MCDONALD'S in the NE! I guess zombies are eating there, because certainly no one else is, right?
http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/45655...onalds_map.jpg

OMG, look at the plethora of chain restaurants on this map - but nyahhhh, nyahhhhhh, it can't be right, because it shows all sorts of chain restaurants all over the US...but everyone knows that southerners are the only ones awash with chain restaurants. Everyone else is eating organic food that's locally grown and served by Mom and Pop in their uber eco friendly little restaurant where every entree is under 500 calories.
http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/45697...withKey-01.png
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Cool map that shows where America's pizza CHAINS are. Wow, for all the posturing here about no one ever eating anything but Mom and Pop pizza in the northeast...well, SOMEONE'S eating chain restaurant pizza up there.
Compared to population density it is very little though. For example, there are 8 sbarro pizza chains in NYC (1 for every 1 million people)... 4 are near Times square for the tourists, 1 inside JFK airport, and 3 on the outskirts. Similar with other chains... tiny Charleston has the same number of pizza huts as NYC. If we had the same chain/per capita ratio, NYC should have like 80-100 pizza huts inside city limits alone.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:59 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Cool map that shows where America's pizza CHAINS are. Wow, for all the posturing here about no one ever eating anything but Mom and Pop pizza in the northeast...well, SOMEONE'S eating chain restaurant pizza up there.

http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4565573/pizza_map.png
As Gantz, said, the chain pizzerias in the NYC are a small fraction of the pizzerias there. Paris has more Pizza Huts than NYC [for the same population]!
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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You get that chains can thrive just about anywhere right? Where there are people who can't afford $20 pizzas there are chains.

I happen to have grown up with plenty of money and therefore can say I've eaten significantly less chain pizza than someone who gets $5-$10 pizza. There is no reason other than money to choose chain over local. Local is almost always better and you'd be a fool to eat chain crap.

The North East simply has better pizza and is super proud of that!
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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Chain restaurants are crappy no matter where you are. However, the effect is MUCH worse in the South, as they are far more prevalent all over the place. Look at Charlotte. Look at Atlanta. The worst I've seen is DFW, which has iHOps all over the damn place. Phoenix is bad too. Basically every sunbelt city suffers from this problem.
I recently relocated to DFW and yes it's pretty bad here. When I've asked people here in person to direct me as a new transplant to some good, local, non-chain restaurants you'd think I'd asked them for instructions on how to perform brain surgery the way they look at me lol.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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You get that chains can thrive just about anywhere right? Where there are people who can't afford $20 pizzas there are chains.

I happen to have grown up with plenty of money and therefore can say I've eaten significantly less chain pizza than someone who gets $5-$10 pizza. There is no reason other than money to choose chain over local. Local is almost always better and you'd be a fool to eat chain crap.

The North East simply has better pizza and is super proud of that!
Chicago native here. We also have great pizza in Chicago. I think I ate at Pizza Hut twice my entire time living there. No need to eat at PH, Dominoes, Little Ceasar's or Papa' John's when you have such great and so many local pizzerias there.

For the most part, we always ate local pizzas.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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As Gantz, said, the chain pizzerias in the NYC are a small fraction of the pizzerias there. Paris has more Pizza Huts than NYC [for the same population]!
Yeah, and you can ask around people who grew up in NYC, and chances are some of the people never even visited those chains their entire lives.
For example, I am a grown ass man and I have never been to a Walmart or Sbarro in my entire life. And the first time I tried Pizza Hut I was in Chicago...
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC metro
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You get that chains can thrive just about anywhere right? Where there are people who can't afford $20 pizzas there are chains.

I happen to have grown up with plenty of money and therefore can say I've eaten significantly less chain pizza than someone who gets $5-$10 pizza. There is no reason other than money to choose chain over local. Local is almost always better and you'd be a fool to eat chain crap.

The North East simply has better pizza and is super proud of that!
There are a couple of pizza places around me that I'd rather eat Pizza Hut or Jets than.

There are a couple of places I'd rather get a Big Mac and fries than as well.

Last time I checked, taste isn't influenced by who owns the restaurant.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:16 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Yeah, and you can ask around people who grew up in NYC, and chances are some of the people never even visited those chains their entire lives.
For example, I am a grown ass man and I have never been to a Walmart or Sbarro in my entire life. And the first time I tried Pizza Hut I was in Chicago...
Well there's no Walmart in NYC, and when I was living in the region not many in the suburbs either. I've had some chain pizza, but most of the time I'd rather local. If I was back there, I'm not sure if I'd ever eat chain pizza.

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You get that chains can thrive just about anywhere right? Where there are people who can't afford $20 pizzas there are chains.
I think of pizza prices more of by the slice rather than a whole pie. Unless you're ordering for a big group to deliver at home or something.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Well there's no Walmart in NYC, and when I was living in the region not many in the suburbs either. I've had some chain pizza, but most of the time I'd rather local. If I was back there, I'm not sure if I'd ever eat chain pizza.
The closest I ever got to a Walmart, was a Walmart parking lot in New Milford, Connecticut.
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