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We Went Behind-The-Scenes At Domino’s HQ In Michigan



Domino's World Resource Center

Last month, I had the unique opportunity to visit Domino’s World Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a behind-the-scenes look at the company as part of their Domino’s Digital Insiders Day. I have been eating Domino’s pizza since I was a kid, so I was beyond excited to take part in this!

The history of Domino’s is rather interesting. Back in 1960, Tom Monaghan and his brother James purchased DomiNick’s, a small pizza store in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They borrowed $500 to buy the store. Less than a year later, James wanted out of the pizza game, trading his half of the business to Tom for the Volkswagen Beetle they used for pizza deliveries. That proved to be a very costly mistake.

By 1965, Monaghan had purchased two additional stores, and he renamed the business Domino’s Pizza, Inc. Those three dots on the company logo? They represent those first three stores. In 1967, the first Domino’s Pizza franchise store opened, and the rest is history. Today, Domino’s operates over 14,000 stores in more than 85 international markets, and they are recognized as the world leader in pizza delivery.

Domino's DXP

Armed with some history on the brand, we set out on a tour of the building. In the lobby area, there’s a replica of the iconic VW Beetle that Tom sold to his brother, along with the DXP, a crazy purpose-built pizza delivery vehicle that can hold up to 80 pizzas, along with other Domino’s menu items. It may have started it’s life as a Chevrolet Spark, but after Roush got done working their magic on it, you’d be hard-pressed to tell.

With a quick swipe of a security badge, we entered the massive IT department. While you might not think of technology when it comes to pizza, Domino’s is a trailblazer in the ever-changing e-commerce landscape, offering customers a multitude of ways to place their orders:

Domino's AnyWare

  1. Google Home
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. Zero-click ordering
  4. Text-to-order
  5. Tweet-to-order
  6. Amazon Echo
  7. Samsung SMART TV
  8. Ford SYNC
  9. Apple Watch / Android Wear
  10. Domino’s App
  11. Domino’s Website
  12. Voice ordering

Needless to say, it is easier than ever to place an order if you are suddenly in the mood for pizza. We had a chance to place test orders using these different platforms, and they worked flawlessly in each scenario.

Domino's Test Kitchen

Afterwards, we headed to the Domino’s Test Kitchen to learn how to make our very own Domino’s pizza! Our instructor made it look easy, but stretching out the dough into a perfect circle is a lot harder than you think. I eventually got the technique down, and my dough looked pretty respectable. Next, I applied my tomato sauce with a ladle, spreading it in a circular motion to ensure even coverage. Then I moved on to the toppings area, where I added a generous amount of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

Eight minutes later, my delicious creation came out of the oven, and I was like a proud parent, taking pictures of my precious pizza, before applying a little garlic drizzle to the crust (that’s what makes it taste so good). Once we were all done making our pizzas, we got to eat them. The verdict? YUM!

Domino's - Sujeet Making Pizza

Just when I thought I couldn’t eat another bite, the Domino’s folks brought in their new Bread Twists for us to try, which come in 3 varieties: Parmesan, Garlic, and Cinnamon. A twist on traditional bread sticks (see what I did there?), these sides are hand twisted and baked to perfection. My favorite one was the Cinnamon Twist (which comes with a side of vanilla-flavored icing), but honestly all three of them were great.

Domino's Bread Twists

All in all, I had a great time visiting Domino’s HQ and learning more about my favorite pizza company. Their expansive menu has something for everyone (they even have salads now), so go check out their menu and place an order today. You won’t be disappointed!

GIVEAWAY: Guys Gab and Domino’s wants to give one lucky reader a $50 Domino’s gift card so they they can enjoy some delicious pizza, and it couldn’t be easier to enter. Simply leave us a comment below telling which menu item you’re most excited to try. We will pick a winner at random on August 14th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.

Good luck!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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  1. Kim Niland

    August 3, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I want the bread twists!

  2. Ashley C.

    August 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I’m excited to try the cinnamon bread twists!

  3. Char

    August 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Those little twists are so delicious looking. I would love to try that, thank you so much! I love your blog.

  4. Deborah N.

    August 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I would love to try the new Garlic Bread twists! I love regular bread sticks and these just look even better.

  5. Samantha Perry

    August 3, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I think the cinn bread twists sound amazing! Sign me up for about 20 orders of those STAT! YUM! And what a cool experience to go to the Donimo’s pizza hq!

  6. Kelly D

    August 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I would like to try the Pasta Primavera.

  7. Pat

    August 3, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’d like to try the Parmesan Bread Twists!

  8. Carrie G

    August 3, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I want to try all the pastas

  9. Kaila

    August 3, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I really want to try the bread twists !! They look amazing.

  10. Tajreen

    August 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of garlic, so the garlic bread twists sound delicious!

  11. Janice L

    August 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I want to try the Garlic Bread Twists.

  12. Carly S

    August 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I am so excited to try the new vegan pizzas that Domino’s is debuting soon! Thank you

  13. jeremy mclaughlin

    August 3, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Would like to try the Garlic bread twists.

  14. Kim O

    August 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I would try the parmesan bread twists

  15. Anish Rao

    August 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Garlic bread twists look sooooooo good!

  16. Nicole Lancaster

    August 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I am excited to try the Specialty Chicken – Spicy Jalapeno – Pineapple.

  17. Noah Ramer

    August 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to try the Garlic Bread Twists!

  18. Steve Weber

    August 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I’d like to try the Parmesan Bread Twists!

  19. Arend

    August 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Want to try the Garlic bread twists please!

  20. Darlene Carbajal

    August 3, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I want to try the Honolulu Hawaiian pizza.

  21. meghan

    August 3, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    The new Garlic Bread sticks!

  22. Bryan Vice

    August 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I want to try the Parmesan bread twists… my favorite pizza from Domino’s is the Philly Steak and cheese man i love that pizza

  23. Mary Beth Elderton

    August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I like the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich and the Crispy Bacon Tomato Chicken bites.

  24. Megan Wulff

    August 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I’m most excited to try the Parmesan bread twists.

  25. Megan

    August 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    The Parmesan sticks look DOPE!!!!!! 😀 love Parmesan so much!!!!!!!

  26. Megan

    August 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm


  27. Trinity Rosario

    August 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    The Parmesan Bread Twists!!

  28. Sarah Brecheisen

    August 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I’m excited to try the cinnamon bread twists! Yum!

  29. Sarah B.

    August 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I’m excited to try the cinnamon bread twists! Yum!

  30. Austin Hanczarek

    August 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Stuffed cheesy bread with bacon and jalapeno sounds really good.

  31. Marlin Medina

    August 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    So difficult to decide but definitely cinnamon!!!!!! <3 <3

  32. Jen D.

    August 3, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I would love to try two things the most: Ultimate Pepperoni Pizza and Build Your Own Pasta – both sound equally delicious!!

  33. Heather Joslin

    August 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    The cinnamon bread twists look like a delicious dessert for the family!

  34. tamatha hunter

    August 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    the brookies (half brownie half cookie) are the best

  35. Jenny Scheldberg

    August 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I love the veggie pizza.

  36. Phil Hysell

    August 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I’m excited to try cinnamon bread twists.

  37. Rhonda Y

    August 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve been seeing the bread twists commercials on TV and it looks so yummy.

  38. JONI Mitchell

    August 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I would like to try the cinnamon bread twitsts

  39. Wendy R.

    August 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Ya, those bread twists look shamefully good!

  40. Carrie Messer

    August 3, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I want to try the cinnamon bread twists!

  41. Carolyn S

    August 3, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I would love to try the parmesan bread twists. Heck, I’d love to try all the bread twists because they seem delicious!

  42. joanna

    August 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I want those bread twists

  43. Jessica W.

    August 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I love freshly hot breadsticks. I want to try their garlic bread twists! I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

  44. Robert Olinger

    August 3, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    The bread twists look awesome

  45. elcane desir

    August 4, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I want to try the buffalo chicken sandwich

  46. Jeanne Rousseau

    August 4, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I’ve had just about everything from Domino’s besides the bread twists, so I need to try those!!!

  47. Jack B

    August 4, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I’d love to try the Garlic Bread Twists.

  48. Travis

    August 4, 2017 at 3:09 am

    The Stuffed Cheesy Bread with Spinach & Feta sounds like something I would like.


    August 4, 2017 at 8:17 am


  50. Paul Gardner

    August 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    i would like to try the bread twists! i love anything that resembles a pretzel!

  51. Jovanna Martinez

    August 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I would like to try the new Garlic Bread twists! They seem delicious.

  52. Jovanna Martinez

    August 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I would like to try the Garlic Bread twists! They seem delicious.

  53. Christine Labelle

    August 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I have always wanted to try their oven baked sandwiches. I already love the pizza and bread sticks so I bet the knots would be good too!

  54. Sheila K.

    August 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I would love to try the Specialty Chicken – Crispy Bacon & Tomato!

  55. latanya

    August 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    the garlic bread twists

  56. Larell McCaffrey

    August 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    The bread twists look amazing!!

  57. Steve Heinlein

    August 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    show me the wings!

  58. elizabeth miller

    August 4, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I want to try the spicy wings. It is a must have during game days around my home.

  59. Billie R

    August 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I would love to try the new bread twists with the garlic drizzle you mentioned. Yum! Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. Suzanne

    August 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm


  61. Darcy Koch

    August 4, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I would like to try the Parmesan and Cinnamon bread twists.

  62. Christine Lee

    August 5, 2017 at 12:46 am

    cinnamon bread twists sounds delightful

  63. greentopiaries

    August 5, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I’m most interested in trying the Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  64. Nedra Whittemore

    August 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The Parmesan Breadsticks sound really good!

  65. Allison

    August 6, 2017 at 1:27 am

    The garlic bread twists sound good.

  66. Mary West

    August 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I want to try the Honolulu Hawaiian pizza!

  67. `Laura Do

    August 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Those bread twists look yum! Def tryin that.

  68. Stacey

    August 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    The cinnamon bread sticks!

  69. sylvia

    August 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I’d love to try the cinnamon bread sticks. I also love pepper and onion pizza, so that would be on the order too. 🙂

  70. jacqueline viera

    August 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    i cant wait to try the cinnamon bread twists

  71. Gail Fernandez

    August 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I can’t wait to try the new Bread Twists – in all the flavors!

  72. Marlo

    August 8, 2017 at 2:23 am

    I want to try the bread twists.

  73. al

    August 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

    The Cinnamon Twist/

  74. Jenny Scheldberg

    August 8, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    The twists look really good. I love their pepperoni pizza too.

  75. Cheryl Chervitz

    August 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Cinnamon bread twists look very good. We order from Domino’s all the time.

  76. Sara Rowe

    August 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Oooh, Cinnastix

  77. Chris L

    August 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I want to try the Bread twists, both the garlic & the parmesan.

  78. Martin D Conley

    August 11, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Cinnamon twists look like they would be awesome.

  79. Amber Hites

    August 12, 2017 at 1:53 am

    I would try the new bread twists!

  80. Bridgett Wilbur

    August 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I would love to try there chicken wings.

  81. Aaron B.

    August 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I would like to try the Stuffed Cheesy Bread with Spinach & Feta.

  82. erica hall

    August 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Cinnastix and Hawaiian pizza.

  83. Lesley F

    August 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    The Bread Twists look amazing and would love to try them

  84. christina moore

    August 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    the garlic bread twists

  85. Lisa A

    August 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I have to agree the garlic bread twists look delicious!

  86. Jennifer H.

    August 14, 2017 at 3:58 am

    I would like to try the Wisconsin 6 Cheese pizza.

  87. John H.

    August 14, 2017 at 4:01 am

    I think that the Chicken Habanero sounds good.

  88. Carol

    August 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

    I’d pick the Stuffed Cheesy Bread.

  89. Lynne

    August 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I would like to try the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza.

  90. gala

    August 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I’d love to try new Cinnamon Bread Twists

  91. accontests6

    August 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Bread Twists

  92. Kristina Leezer

    August 14, 2017 at 8:51 am

    The bread twists look really yummy!

  93. Natalie

    August 14, 2017 at 8:55 am

    The sandwiches look good ,big enough to share

  94. Heather Ely

    August 14, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I would love to try the cinnamon twist.

  95. mami2jcn

    August 14, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I’d like to try the cinnamon bread twists.

  96. Tabathia B

    August 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The stuffed cheesy bread and chicken Caesar salad

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  97. Liz

    August 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The parmesan breadsticks

  98. susan smoaks

    August 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    i can’t wait to try the bread twists. they really look good.

  99. Marti Tabora

    August 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I would love to try the cinnamon twists, especially with a side of vanilla icing. It sounds fantastic. Thank you.

  100. jennifer horn

    August 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Would love to try the garlic knots.

  101. Chrissy

    August 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I am most excited to try the cinnamon twists! My husband always says we don’t need them but if I win a gift card I’m pretty sure I can over rule that!

  102. Helga

    August 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

    The garlic knots look good to me.

  103. Katrina Brockavich

    August 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

    The garlic twists sound delicious! I’m most excited to try the Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza – yum! I would definitely want an order of twists with it, too!

  104. beth

    August 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I am most excited to try the bread twists, they look delicious!

  105. Nancy

    August 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I love their interesting new menu! I’d be most excited to try their ExtravaganZZa™ pizza.

  106. Lauren

    August 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I would like to try the garlic bread twists.

  107. Laurajj

    August 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Oh wow, I didnt know there was so many easy ways to order! I cannot wait to try their new Garlic Bread Twists!!! Those look so yummy!

  108. Donna L

    August 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I would pick the pretzel knots.

  109. Erinn Sluka

    August 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

    We live the garlic chicken. It is so addicting erinnsluka@gmail

  110. Summer D

    August 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I love anything garlic, so the garlic bread twists would be my thing.

  111. Sheila K.

    August 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

    The garlic bread twists sound good to me!

  112. Jayedee Dewitt

    August 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I’m pretty sure as I looked at the menu I saw my name printed over the Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza!!

  113. Amber Cheras

    August 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I can’t wait to try Domino’s garlic bread twists! They sound amazing and I love how there’s plenty to go around for my family!

  114. sheila ressel

    August 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I am most excited to try the parmesan bread twists.

  115. Brandy Williams

    August 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I am most excited to try the cinnamon twist! They look so good!!

  116. Michelle Stice

    August 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The cinnamon bread twists look yummy ! Definitely want to try.

  117. Mary Jacobowitz

    August 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I am also a fan of the garlic bread twists.

  118. Breanna Pollard

    August 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm


  119. wen budro

    August 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    The cinnamon twists with vanilla icing sounds super yummy. It looks like fun to make your own pizza.

  120. Annemarie Z.

    August 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I would love to try the Stuffed Cheesy Bread with Bacon & Jalapeno!

  121. amy guillaume linderman

    August 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    mmm i know my whole family would love the parmesan bread twists! they always ask me to order some kind of bread when we get pizza!

  122. Donna Cheatle

    August 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I’m really excited to try the parmesan bread twists! Actually, I’d love to try all the different versions of the bread twists.

  123. MichelleS

    August 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I am most excited to try the bread twists with the cinnamon topping.

  124. Amanda Hoffman

    August 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I want to try the cinnamon twists

  125. Jerry Marquardt

    August 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I am most interested in trying their new Bread Twists in the variety of Parmesan and Garlic.

  126. sandra

    August 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I would like to try their marble cookie brownie

  127. John Joseph

    August 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    The cinnamon bread twists!

  128. Charlene Canfield

    August 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I would like to try the Cinnamon Twist

  129. Leah Shumack

    August 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I want to try the cinnamon twists! They look so good!

  130. Danielle Jones

    August 14, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I want to try the cinnamon twist. We have enjoyed cinnamon bread from other places but I bet these are even better. It’s great to be able to order pizza and a dessert for delivery!!

  131. Ashley

    August 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Parmesan and garlic bread twists!

  132. Angelica Dimeo

    August 14, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I love their Pan Pizza and want to try their cinnamon twist

  133. janetfaye

    August 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I would love to try their Chicken Alfredo.

  134. Marcia Goss

    August 14, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I want to try the parmesan bread twists.

  135. Norm Parker

    August 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The Garlic bread and Parmesan Twists look scrumptious.

  136. Kayla Bennett

    August 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    The parmesan bread twists look bomb!

  137. Sherri Jackson

    August 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    The garlic twists sound delicious! I love bread anyway, but garlic makes it so much better.

  138. Julie

    August 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Would love to try those Cinnamon Twists they look delish😀


    August 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    The Parmesan Bread Twists look great

  140. Yona Williams

    August 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    The Garlic Bread Twists are really good, I’d like to try the other flavors

  141. Audrey Stewart

    August 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I am most excited to try the cinnamon twist. I bet they are great warm.

  142. Jasmine R

    August 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Those garlic bread twists look too good!!

  143. Kim Reid

    August 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I would love to try the Cinnamon Bread Twists with the Vanilla flavored Icing, sounds yummy!!

  144. Riley Borgia

    August 14, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I’m so glad that Domino’s pizza offers gluten free pizza!!

  145. Margaret Appel

    August 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Wow, Domino’s has really expanded their menu! I’d love to try their Buffalo Chicken or Philly Cheese Steak oven baked sandwiches!

  146. chickie brewer

    August 14, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    The garlic chicken sounds very delicious!!

  147. Kristin C

    August 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I think the cinnamon twists look great!

  148. Kristen Joiner

    August 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Honestly, I’m most exited to try a simple cheese pizza from Dominos. I haven’t eaten at Dominos in about 15 years or so. But I’ll never say no to a cinnamon bread twist either.

  149. Laura A

    August 14, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Mmmm… the cinnamon bread twists sound yummy!

  150. Shanna

    August 14, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Bread Twists!!!!

  151. Missy Schutz

    August 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I’d like to try one of the subs!

  152. Richard Brandt

    August 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t wait to try the cinnamon bread twists! Well, actually, I guess I’ll have to wait, since I’m saving them for dessert.

  153. Julie R

    August 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I just want pepperoni pizza

  154. Margaret S Porter

    August 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I really want to try the Parmesan bread twists

  155. Sandra Preti

    August 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    The bread twists sound delicious!!

  156. Pamela

    August 14, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    The bread twists with cinnamon sound outstanding!

  157. LeAnn Harbert

    August 14, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I want to try the cinnamon twists.

  158. Nicole

    August 14, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I may be a bit boring, but I’d pick a pizza! With cinnamon twists for dessert!

  159. Leela

    August 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I’m excited to try the Bread Twists.

  160. Kayla Klontz

    August 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I would most like to try the bread twists! They look amazing!

  161. Emmy

    August 15, 2017 at 1:07 am

    the Bread Twists look spectacular <3 <3 <3

  162. Darlene Cruz

    August 15, 2017 at 3:20 am

    The bread twist yummy!!!

  163. monique seif

    August 15, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I would love to try the bread twists. They sound great

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Chick-fil-A Is America’s Favorite Fast-Food Restaurant For The Third Year In A Row




When it comes to fast-food restaurants, Chick-Fil-A reigns supreme for the third year in a row, that according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s annual study, which surveys 22,500 Americans on their experiences at chain restaurants.

Yes, Chick-Fil-A has had their fair share of controversy over the years, but that clearly hasn’t affected consumers’ love of their delicious chicken sandwiches. The ACSI study polled 22,500 Americans on their experiences at chain restaurants, rating them from 0 to 100 in categories such as food quality, restaurant cleanliness and layout, and waitstaff behavior. Those scores are averaged out to come up with an overall score.

With a score of 87, Chick-Fil-A was the winner, beating runner-up Panera Bread by six points. As for the other giant chicken purveyor KFC, they slipped 1 point down to 77. Time to step up your game, Colonel Sanders..

Just imagine how high Chick-Fil-A would rank if they were open on Sundays. 🙂

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Domino’s Celebrates Summer With 50% Off All Pizzas Through July 15



Domino's Pizza

Spent all your money on fireworks for Fourth of July? Not to worry, because Domino’s Pizza is giving you 50% off all menu-priced pizza ordered online today through July 15th.

Now don’t call your local Domino’s store for this deal, because it is only available for online orders, which includes Domino’s website and their various mobile apps. Heck, you can even text or tweet your order to them, it’s crazy how many ways you can order a pizza from them!

Not at home? Not a problem! Customers who are ordering delivery to a Domino’s Hotspot may also take advantage of the 50% off menu-priced pizza deal.

Sadly, this deal doesn’t include any of their non-pizza items (wings, pasta, etc), which are all pretty awesome in their own right. But for me, it’s all about their pan pizza, which is freaking amazing. Never had it before? What are you waiting for, order one (or two) for dinner tonight and prepare to have your taste buds blown away!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta go place an order for a pizza. 🙂

Photo credit: Domino’s Pizza

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Eating Our Way Through Lockhart, The Barbecue Capital of Texas



BrisketU BBQ Pit Trailer

If there’s one thing I love, it’s BBQ. But here in the Northeast, finding a good barbecue joint is pretty much impossible. But down in Texas, there is amazing ‘cue everywhere you turn. Heck, there’s even a Salt Lick BBQ in the Austin and Dallas airports, so you can get your BBQ fix the moment you touch down in Texas!

So when our friends at Chevrolet invited me down to Houston to join them for a BBQ road trip to Lockhart, Texas (the Barbecue Capital of Texas), behind the wheel of some rugged Chevy Silverado and Colorado trucks, it took me exactly 0.0005 seconds to say YES.

The Gator Pit of Texas

Our adventure started in Houston, at the world-famous Gator Pit of Texas, which was featured on Discovery’s King of the Grill. This small metal fabrication shop makes custom-made, hand-fabricated BBQ pits that are second to none, and award-winning pit master Ritch Robin was kind enough to take time out of his day to give us a tour of their operation.

When it comes to Texas BBQ, it’s all about the offset smoker, and cooking that meat (brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, etc) low and slow. Ritch gave us a behind-the-scenes look into how BBQ pits are built, what makes his pits so desirable, and how customers can customize their pits to the smallest detail.. Like adding a Texas shaped brake light, because why not?

The Gator Pit of Texas

You don’t see workmanship like this very often (everything is made by hand, with one person working on your pit from start to finish), and it’s clear to see why there’s a 1+ year waiting list to get one. Needless to say, if you’re serious about barbecuing, you should definitely consider having them build you a custom pit of your own. Pricing starts at $1,200 for an entry-level pit and goes up from there depending on your needs.

After our crash course in barbecue pits, we hopped into our trucks (thank god for A/C, because Houston was HOT!) and set a course for Kyle, Texas, where we would be spending the night. Along the way, I made the obligatory stop at Buc-ee’s, a Texas rest-stop that has become a rite of passage for anyone traveling between Houston and Austin. Trust me, it’s a Texas institution that everyone should experience at least once in their life.

2018 Chevy Colorado Duramax

For this first leg, I was driving a ruby-red Chevy Colorado Duramax. Had I been towing one of the Gator Pits, I would have had no problem, as the Turbo-Diesel engine offers best-in-class towing, with 369 lb-ft of torque and a 7,700 pound towing capacity. This was actually my first time driving a Colorado, and I quite liked the mid-sized pickup. Not everyone needs a full-size pickup, and I could totally see myself driving a Colorado (but make mine a ZR2).

Roughly 2.5 hours later, I finally arrived at the Twin Cabins Hotel, our home for the night. As you can see, this was a rather unique spot for us to spend the night, a Victorian-style country cabin that is off the beaten path, with cows, bulls, and even some mini horses roaming around out back. It’s hard to believe that this place is just 20-30 minutes from Austin.

Twin Cabins Hotel

Once everyone arrived, we embarked on a BBQ cooking class, courtesy of the folks at BrisketU, where we learned from accomplished pitmasters the art of smoking brisket (the toughest piece of beef to master) from start to finish. They showed us how to pick the right brisket, trimming techniques, rubs and prep, wood selection and smoke profiles, starting/managing a firebox, timing the cook, and slicing the end product.

Afterwards, we got to eat all of this amazing food they made for us (brisket, ribs, chicken, and more), and everything was delicious. And I’ve gotta say, after seeing how much time and effort went into preparing this meal, I had a newfound respect for the pitmasters out there. My belly nice and full, I decided to get some sleep so I’d be nice and refreshed for tomorrow’s activities.

BrisketU Cooking Demonstration

BrisketU Cooking Demonstration

The next morning, I had a light breakfast (no reason to fill up when there’s a ton of BBQ ahead of us) before heading to Lockhart. My buddy James wanted to drive the Colorado, so we traded and I took the keys to his Silverado. The ventilated seats were a welcomed addition, as it was still crazy hot, even at 9:30 in the morning.

Then came the tough part, deciding which BBQ joint to hit up first. After consulting with the experts at Google, we decided to start off at Black’s BBQ, which has been in operation since 1932, and is thought to be the oldest barbecue restaurant run by one family in Texas. They’re known for their Brontosaurus-sized “Giant Beef Rib”, so naturally we had to try that, along with the brisket, which is smoked in a most unique way.

Black's BBQ in Lockhart Texas

Black's BBQ in Lockhart Texas

OH. MY. GOD. I thought I had experienced great Texas BBQ before, but Black’s just blew my mind. The beef rib (which is insanely huge) is so tender, moist, and delicious. My stomach is growling just thinking about it. And the brisket was perfection, so full of flavor that you don’t even need any BBQ sauce to go with it. My suggestion? Bring some friends, order everything on the menu, and eat it family style.

Next up was Kreuz Market (pronounced “Krites” by the locals), another Texas institution that opened back in 1900 (though it’s only been in this location since 1999). Since Lockhart is all about brisket, I decided to see how theirs stacked up to Black’s. I really enjoyed the black crust of the brisket, which was loaded with flavor, but I thought the meat itself was a little on the dry side. Next time, I’ll have to try their smoked ham, as I hear it’s really good.

Kreuz Market in Lockhart Texas

As you can imagine, I was in a bit of a food coma by now (and it was only 12:15pm), so I hung out here for a bit while I got my second wind. Then I hopped back in the truck and drove over to Chisholm Trail BBQ, which is “where the locals go”. Sadly, my digestive system was crying Uncle by this point, so I just took a quick peek inside before driving off. Amazingly, they even have a drive-thru for those who don’t want to leave the comfort of their A/C.

Overall, Lockhart really lived up to the hype, and it’s no wonder that they hold the official title as the Barbecue Capital of Texas. I wish I could have stayed longer so I could have sampled some more delicious BBQ, but I had a flight back to Philly that I had to catch.

As you can see, if you’re a barbecue enthusiast, you absolutely must come check out the BBQ scene in Lockhart, TX. Come hungry, and bring lots of napkins. 🙂

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