Last night we tried Apple Valley’s newly opened $5 Pizza which resides in the same location as a ton of other businesses before it, most recently the two incarnations of Ramy’s Pizza.
$5 Pizza is a Minnesota chain and has a ridiculous number of stores all over the MSP suburbs and, from what I understand, has plans to continue its expansion to even more. The name is an advertisement itself but, just like the Dollar Store, they have a majority of items which cost more than $5.
We got there around 5:30 on a Thursday night. The place was empty, being that it’s takeout only, but their phones were ringing off the hook, and there was a steady stream of people walking in and out during the 15 minutes we waited for our pizza. The restaurant has changed significantly since the Ramy’s days. It is bright, clean, and open. They’ve moved around the equipment, prep areas, and it appears they even have new ovens. There was plenty of staff on hand, including two older gentlemen who appeared to be owners. Pizzas were taking just over 6 minutes to bake and after I placed my order I was told it would not be more than 15 minutes total.
$5 Pizza’s menu is filled with the usual and includes any 1-topping pizza for, you guessed it, $5. Their specialty pizzas are on the menu for $8 and they have a variety of sides such as wings and breadsticks which have no listed price. Their coupons range from $13 to $20 and, at first glance, appear to compete well with other chain pizza places in price and offerings.
We got our pizza and took it home. Visually it was fine. I ordered their “Original Hand Tossed” instead of their “Thin Crust” and, thankfully, it was cut the right way–none of those ridiculous little squares that only Upper Midwesterners seem to crave. The mushrooms were a nice size, not those time little canned mushrooms that come out in pieces. However, even though it looked right, there was something wrong with the pizza overall that, at first, I couldn’t put my finger on. We started eating the pizza and it was doughy, chewy, pretty tasteless but it was super cheap. After a piece for The Wife, The Rooster, and myself we realized the problem. $5 Pizza’s pizzas are tiny. Super tiny. In other words, you’re going to have to pay at least $10 and maybe $15 and get two to match the amount you’ll get some other local pizza places. While this is still a deal compared with most other pie shops, it’s a little misleading when you assume you can get just one and actually pay $5 and be good for a family of four.
Overall, the pizza was just barely ok. It reminded me a lot of Papa Murphy’s in that it was soft and not all that flavorful. Basically, I wasn’t jumping up and down and I certainly wouldn’t make it a go-to place for pizza but if we were scrounging change out of the couch and off the floor of the bus station for pennies because we didn’t want to cook at home one night, it would make for a quick and inexpensive meal provided we had a protein shake or two to fill our stomachs after we finished the tiny pie. Yet, because of the price and the popularity I’ve already seen the place receive on its opening two days, I’m going to guess this is going to be a smash hit around here knowing people’s penchant for eating terrible pizza. Heck, when people say Ole Piper is their favorite pizza in the world, you know that a $5 Pizza place is going to clean up.
Have you ever had $5 Pizza? If so what did you order and what did you think? Did you end up actually only getting the $5 options or did you “upgrade”? How about their sides? How do you think they’ll do? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
15265 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124