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Pizza Ranch

In a word: Posse comitatus.

The specs: #01016   
682 S. Grand Ave., Sun Prairie 53590
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JM and Nichole ate at the buffet.
The bill was about $14/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Pizza Ranch a C (see our grading rubric).

Pizza Hut has given us the pizza buffet, so can Pizza Ranch really add anything to the concept? Well, it turns out that yes, here pizza is merely the centerpiece of the Pizza Ranch experience. It's more HomeTown Buffet shrunk down and pizza-focused, but there are Italian, American, and salad bar staples as well.  Now this is warmed up buffet style food -- none of it is really excellent, but it is filling. The more focused menu (contra Hometown) means that recipes are a little better all things considered. It would be a nice place to take picky kids who want pizza and giant helpings of mac & cheese without feeling there was nothing above industrial grade for the adults.

The fried chicken actually is pretty good, as is the soft serve (for what that's worth). The pizza is... fine. The slices we tried ran the gamut from the staid to novel to the downright weird (they do have a breakfast pizza, which is weird and not weird at the same time). The crusts are pretty thin, but the word "cracker-y" doesn't come within a half mile of being accurate.

It was Pizza Ranch; it was... fine.

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