Why, CiCi’s, why?

Why do you taunt me so?

Why do you continue to advertise your “pizza, pasta, salad and dessert all for under $5”?


When the nearest CiCi’s Pizza location is in Las Vegas?

And the total number of California locations is zero?

I’ve been hearing your ads for, what, like two years now. You’ve whetted my appetite. I really would like to give you guys a try.

It’s just that I’m not willing to drive all the way to Vegas to do so.

Oh, wait…your Web site offers a list of locations that are opening soon. Let’s see: North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Delaware, Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona.

Nope, no California locations are planned.

Of course, CiCi’s isn’t the only offender.

I’d been hearing (and seeing) the Ruby Tuesday ads for about a year and a half before they made the announcement that they were opening a restaurant here in San Bernardino.

So now we have a whole two Ruby Tuesdays here in Southern California (the other is in West Covina).

I can understand if I had only seen the commercials on the national cable channels, but no. I’ve seen them on the L.A. stations, and heard them on L.A. radio as well.

What gives?

I can see if you want to advertise ahead of opening to raise awareness of your restaurant. That makes sense.

But to advertise a restaurant that isn’t even in this state? Save your money.

And give my cravings a break.

  • Denise

    Oh yeah I am so with you on this one. Those Ruby Tuesday commercials always bug me. I guess I should make a trip to SB sometime to try it out.

    The other one that gets me is Sonic! They are always showing their yummy food and smoothie drinks. Until recently the closest one was Anaheim – now you can go up the hill to Victorville and get some drive-in goodness. I still have yet to visit these locations.

  • Sonicster

    There is a rather larger Sonic (seems bigger than those in the midwest) in Cathedral City on Date Palm Drive…

  • Milo P. Gurd

    I CAN’T believe this!

    Cici’s has to make the WORST pizza EVER!

    I can make better pizza with a slice of bread, some ketchup (or catsup, depending on where you’re from), a slice of bologna, and some Velveta…

    “pizza, pasta, salad and dessert all for under $5”?

    You get what you pay for.

  • John Plessel


    Ruby Tuesday is…um…well, I went there twice shortly after they opened and well…let’s just say they weren’t quite ready. I’m planning to give them a third try tonight.

    The Sonic in Anaheim is a little, shall we say, dicey? The Victorville (or as Sonicster points out, Cat City, although I haven’t been to that one) Sonic is much preferred. Clean and new…very friendly service. However, the last time I went to Sonic, I felt more than a little guilty. Really, aside from a handful of grilled chicken items, there’s very little on their menu that’s nutritious. It’s all slushes and burgers and popcorn chicken and, I kid you not, Fritos chili cheese wraps. But that’s exactly why you go there.

    Their Web site has a nutrition calculator for the brave. Perhaps if you looked at that before you went, you’d change your mind about going. Heh. Everything in moderation, I guess.

    I remember when we used to have a Sonic here in San Bernardino. Rally’s, too, for that matter. They were right around the corner from each other at Waterman Avenue and Base Line. I seem to recall that they both opened up quite a few restaurants here and there and then closed them all save for a few. There’s still a handful of Rally’s in the L.A. area, if you’re curious.

  • John Plessel


    I prefer the English muffin/spaghetti sauce/mozzarella slice version myself…yum!

  • Milo P. Gurd


    I’d eat your english muffin version before Cici’s any day, at any cost!