Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Review: John's Incredible Pizza Co.

    We recently went to John's Incredible Pizza Co. to celebrate out October birthdays.  We've been there before and it's a lot of fun for all ages. They have an expanded pizza buffet, games, rides, and even a toddler play area. We usually eat first, then move on to the fun and games. I will outline a typical visit for us. (I really wish I had taken more pictures to share with you!)

When You First Get There:
When you first get to John's Incredible Pizza Co., you have to go through the line. You must pay for an all-you-can-eat buffet to get in. Drinks are not included in the buffet price, but for just under $2 extra, you can have unlimited fountain drinks, icees, tea, and coffee drinks.

Once You Are In:
Once you have paid, and you are in, you can choose a table in one of the theme rooms. Some of the themes include: A Loony Toons room, where they have a large screen and several smaller screens playing cartoons; A Sports room, where they have various sports games playing on screens; and a Timber Lodge room, that has a fireplace and a nice cabin feel to it.

The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet:
When you are ready to eat, just go to the buffet, grab a plate, and serve yourself. They have a really good salad bar, a baked potato bar, various pastas, a couple of soups, and lots of varieties of pizza. They also have desserts- soft serve ice cream, cookies, mini doughnuts, cinnamon buns, chocolate cake, and cheesecake bars. I put some soft serve ice cream in a cup, then headed over to the fountain drinks... Mmmmm... root beer float!

Fun and Games:
They have various arcade games for all ages, and even some rides. There are bumper cars, a big spinning ride that I can't recall the name of, a kiddie roller coaster that my 4 year old was too small to go on without an adult (guess who got suckered into that one!), and more. My youngest girls loved the mini merry-go-round and some of the kiddie games, while my older kids went off on their own to enjoy the arcade games.
    You have to buy a game card and credits for the games and rides. The sign says that the card is 50 cents, but I have never been charged for one. Credits are 25cents each and everything is 2 or more credits. The kiddie coaster, for example, is 8 credits... that's $2 each! Kind of steep, if you ask me. You can win tickets with some of the games, then redeem them at the prize counter.
    After going on the kiddie coaster, playing a few games, and getting some prizes, I headed to the toddler play area with my youngest children, where they played until it was time to go. We grabbed a cookie on the way out, and had a fun day!

Toddler Play Area

My Ratings:
    John's Incredible Pizza Co. is a fun place for the whole family.The food is good and there are things for all ages to enjoy. It can get a little crowded and a little noisy, so you might want to keep that in mind. It is also a bit pricey- especially hen it comes to the games and rides.
    I would go there again, but because of the price, reserve it for special occasions.

Atmosphere/Rooms: ¢¢¢¢
I like the selection of rooms and they do try to keep the clean and neat. It does get loud and crowded at times.

Food: ¢¢¢
I really like the salad bar and the pizza selection. The food is good. Not spectacular, but still good.

Fun and Games: ¢¢¢¢
There are a good variety of games and rides for all ages. I really like that they included a toddler area.

Cost: ¢¢
The price is kind of steep. Normally, I would not pay the price of the buffet for the food that is served. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I know a few really great buffets that serve a bigger variety of better tasting foods from prime rib to an awesome dessert bar, for about what it costs to get in here.
...Then there is the price of the games and rides... at a minimum of 50 cents for the kiddie games and rides that start at $2... well, it really adds up fast.

Overall Rating: ¢¢¢ Like I said, I will go there again, but I will reserve it for special occasions.


Angela said...

Thanks for following Mommy Time Out

Smart Cents Review said...

Thanks for stopping by and following, Angela!

Abigail [Chic Baby!] said...

Thanks for the informative review and thank you also for dropping by and following my blog. I responded to your question about baby signing on my blog, but I wanted to drop you a comment here. I've enjoyed reading your posts, especially the Make-it-Yourself posts! Looking forward to updates. Thanks again!

Smart Cents Review said...

@Abigail, thank you so much! And thank you for stopping by! I'm headed over to your blog, now. :-)

domesticallyseasoned said...

Where on earth is this place? I would like one of these in my neck of the woods. I love your blog and I love knowing I am not the only frugal one!

Smart Cents Review said...

@Domestically seasoned, So sorry I didn't see your question earlier! If you go to their website- http://johnspizza.com/locations/
You can see if there is one near you.

Oh... it looks like they are all in California and one in Oregon... :-)

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