If you haven't been out to eat in a while, you might be hit with sticker shock when you get the receipt. Everyone wants the best bang for their buck.

What Is the Most Affordable Restaurant in America?

Datassential, a food and beverage market-research company, recently released its annual report for the nation’s Top 500 restaurant chains.

These are a ranking of restaurants and their affordability, based on actual consumer responses.

According to that data. the most affordable restaurant in America is Little Caesars. 72 percent of diners rated it above average when it comes to affordability.

A Little Caesars spokeswoman said the chain prides itself on the pizza it serves and the pricing it offers: "Our top three priorities are to provide quality, value and convenience to our customers."

There are varying opinions as to how and why Little Caesars stays so affordable over its more than 60-year existence. Some experts say it's because the locations don't offer seating, and their footprint and costs are much lower due to that.

Little Caesars claimed it's because the chain makes its dough fresh daily in-house, thus saving on purchasing a frozen product. The Little Caesars spokesperson added that their "world-class supply chain" was another cost-saving factor.

According to Zippia, Little Caesars has roughly 4,200 U.S. locations and makes $4 billion in annual sales.

Reviews of Little Caesars pizza are naturally all over the map. A sweep of the internet shows some interesting comments about the chain.

"The crust of the pizza tastes like cardboard that was in a flooded basement," says one person.

"Little Caesars is my comfort food," says one user on Quora.

For some of us, we can recall the days where you got two pizzas for the price of one. Don't be fooled, there is some nostalgia tied to their success as well.

Some of us remember rolling in the back of mom's minivan to Little Caesars to pick up their pizza and tearing into the paper covering it, to try to beat your sibling to the best slice.

Other reviewers are also saying that a meal under $10 is their salvation. With fast-food prices through the roof nowadays, being able to feed a family of three or four off of one pizza under $10 is a huge win.

Evan Paul is the host of Taste of Country Nights, a syndicated radio show heard on more than 130 country radio stations nationwide, every night from 7PM to midnight. He plays the best new country music and interviews today's top stars, like Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, + more! 

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