Communal dining is easy when the food is already divided, like a presliced pizza or a turkey that has already been through a protracted custody battle. Split and share with this Groupon.
$25 for $50 Worth of Pizza & Chicken Buffet and Family Fun
Upon redeeming their Groupon, customers get 10 $5 gift cards valid at either Pizza Ranch or County Fair Fun Company next door. The buffet includes a vast spread of pizzas, broasted chicken, potatoes, veggies, and dessert ($8.41 at lunch; $9.35 on evenings Monday–Thursday, and $9.81 on weekends). Other menu options include hot wings ($5.49 for six), build-your-own pizzas ($3.19+), and 12-piece chicken boxes ($14.99).
Adrie Groeneweg was 19 when he decided he was tired of leaving his hometown of Hull, Iowa, every time he wanted pizza. Armed with six pizza recipes from his mother, Groeneweg opened the first Pizza Ranch in 1981, delighting travel-weary pie lovers with dough and sauce made fresh every day. Their locations have ample seating, with private party rooms, and are locally owned and operated. They also feature small arcades with theme nights such as Kids Eat Free on Tuesday nights.
At more than 180 locations in 11 states, a bevy of signature pizzas forms the backbone of the sprawling menu, with such options as the bacon- and beef-covered Bronco and the Tuscan Roma's delicate assemblage of spinach, tomatoes, and alfredo sauce. A wide variety of such specialty pies lines the buffet table, but diners who don't see their favorite combo can make a special request to the pizza chefs—who will not only bake it and add it to the buffet but also hand deliver the first slice to the table. Alongside the disks of mozzarella and pepperoni are trays of the Ranch's other specialty, crispy broasted chicken that's seasoned with a house blend of spices and then broasted so that its crunchy coating conceals ultramoist meat and the occasional winning lottery ticket.