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It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« on: May 03, 2010, 04:50:35 PM »
I'll be there for 3 days and already have my 3 pizza places mapped out. :pizza:
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 04:51:54 PM »
I'll be there for 3 days and already have my 3 pizza places mapped out. :pizza:

Which 3?
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010, 08:53:23 PM »
Gino's, Malnati's, and Uno's

Also, I need a good Italian Beef recommendation.
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010, 09:10:43 PM »
you need thin crust chicago pizzas for breakfast! home run inn, aurelios, and rosattis!!!  just kidding.  for italian beef i am a lover of parisi's drive in on 63rd near midway, then there's Al's, portillos, and mr beef!  and almost any chicago burger/dog joint with a vienna beef sign in the window will probably have it, as well as the infamous pizza puff!! oh...i used to love that deep fried pizza puff.  have fun!!! im jealous!!!!

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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2010, 10:02:48 PM »
Gino's, Malnati's, and Uno's

Also, I need a good Italian Beef recommendation.

So you're visiting the holy trinity of Deep Dish:
The father (Pizzeria Uno / Due - yes they serve the same pizza at both original locations)
The Son (Lou Malnati's)
and the Holy Taxicab! (Gino's East was founded by cabbies).

Sounds like you're likely going to be mostly downtown, so Al's Italian Beef (Lasalle and Ontario, just east of Gino's) is a good choice for Italian Beef. I just had one last week!

I'd also recommend Portillo's (Clark and Ontario). They are a chicago fast-food mecca that serves hot dogs, italian beef, and everything in between. Plus they have beer! And they also serve a mean chocolate cake if you're in to that sort of thing.

And if you're visiting long enough... go to Pequod's (Clybourn and Webster). It's not traditional deep dish, but the caramelized cheese on the outside of the pan pizzas (don't get thin crust there) is worth the visit.

And I know you didn't mention it, but if you're looking for burgers, there's a lot great places too.
Downtown, a little bit east of the Deep Dish restaurants, the Rosebud restaurant serves an amazing burger(on Rush and Superior, across the street from Giordano's, a good example of Stuffed pizza, get garlic and spinach).

A bit northwest of the downtown area...
Kuma's Corner on Belmont (at Franscisco) has similar top-notch burgers in many tasty varieties named after Rock and Metal bands (my favorite is the Led Zeppelin, which has cheese, bacon and PULLED PORK!), but the wait to get a seat can be very long (up to 2 hours).
Across the street from Kuma's is a place called Square Bar. They usually serve booze to the overflow crowd waiting for a table at kuma's, but if you stay to eat at Square Bar, you'll be pleasantly surprised that they have some great burgers too!

For thin-crust pizza, there's a ton of places. D'agostino's has a few locations that serve a good example of chicago thin crust. My personal favorite is Barnaby's, but those are out in the burbs. I also agree, Rosati's is pretty good thin crust.

If you're looking for one more worthy deep dish, try Pizano's (run by one of the other Malnati brothers). They have great deep dish and thin crust, and there's a few locations in the city, two are downtown.

I'm happy to give other recommendations if you're looking for anything else.
« Last Edit: May 04, 2010, 10:06:15 PM by vcb »
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2010, 10:13:00 PM »
Portillo's was always my favorite for Italian Beef - but I was mostly out in the 'burbs....so, as any real Chicagoan will tell you - I am not a real Chicagoan :)

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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2010, 11:37:47 PM »
I'm going strictly for the food, so thanks for all the recommendations.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2010, 07:56:44 AM »
The mention of all the non-pizza stuff is getting me fired up!  Pizza puff...mmmmmm.  Italian beef...too good, and I like 'em wet.  Portillo's beef and cheddar croissant is something I always enjoyed.  mrmojo is right, if it has a Vienna sign out front, you're gonna get some good eats.

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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2010, 11:37:36 AM »
I'm going strictly for the food, so thanks for all the recommendations.


p.s. - you can get a lot of info about chicago restaurants and events from http://chicago.metromix.com
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2010, 11:42:09 AM »
you may already have them, but here's a couple of links for you to check out.
chicagopizza.com
italianbeef.com

i have made your chicago deep dish recipe for a group of life long chicago residents and they said it was better than they can get right in chicago, and i agree. now i only go for the italian beef. thanks for your recipe.
 
thanks,
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2010, 12:00:07 PM »
Thanks for the website vcb and joe.  I've use chicagopizza before and have looked at a couple of others, but I like to here what others have to say.  Still have two months to wait, but i want to be ready.

Joe, thanks for the comments on my recipe.
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2010, 07:25:40 PM »
Italian beef     , boy ohh boy must go to AL's beef on Taylor st near U of I,,, been  there for years, the best of Taylor st. Little Italy then cross the street for the best Italian Ice lemonade ever, Mario's lemonade,, Taylor st. and carpenter  st. between Morgan and Recine st.on Taylor, well worthed  to look into you wont be sorry. 

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2010, 09:10:13 PM »
Some fine recommendations--prepare yourself for a glutenous few days!  If you're flying into O'Hare, be sure to pick up some Garrett's famous cheese & caramel popcorn.  Portillos is consistently terrific--I'm curious how their new California locations are.  Hopefully they fare better than the Uno franchises.  I've gone to Uno's in DC & San Fran and they were both blah, yet the Uno's & Due's downtown still are tasty.  Gino's East franchises (and frozen pizzas) should be ashamed of themselves...or at least change their name to Gino's West.  They're a shell of their great former self & I would second VCB's Pequod's recommendation for quality.  Or if you're up checkin out Wrigley Field, Art of Pizza isn't too far from there on Ashland & is great for a quick slice.  Enjoy!

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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2010, 10:28:08 PM »
Some fine recommendations--prepare yourself for a glutenous few days!  If you're flying into O'Hare, be sure to pick up some Garrett's famous cheese & caramel popcorn.  Portillos is consistently terrific--I'm curious how their new California locations are.  Hopefully they fare better than the Uno franchises.  I've gone to Uno's in DC & San Fran and they were both blah, yet the Uno's & Due's downtown still are tasty.  Gino's East franchises (and frozen pizzas) should be ashamed of themselves...or at least change their name to Gino's West.  They're a shell of their great former self & I would second VCB's Pequod's recommendation for quality.  Or if you're up checkin out Wrigley Field, Art of Pizza isn't too far from there on Ashland & is great for a quick slice.  Enjoy!

(small rant incoming...)
Though all the Uno's restaurants seem to be owned by the same company now, only the original Pizzeria Uno and Due have the authentic Chicago Deep Dish. The kind served at "Uno's Chicago Grill" is like Pizza Hut Pan Pizza. I encountered a few of these unfortunate restaurants out in the burbs and also went to one out east. The chain restaurant is so many kinds of wrong. They put the cheese on top and they put the sauce on the bottom. It's not bad pizza, but it's just a bad example of Chicago style deep dish. The people who run the chain really need to stick to the formula and let people develop a taste for deep dish pizza in other parts of the country instead of 'dumbing it down' and giving people a false impression of what Chicago deep dish is. The worse part is Uno's also sells this abomination in grocery store freezer aisles, further damaging the reputation of Deep Dish.
(I'm going to repost this in my blog.)
Anyway... I hope you enjoy the real thing when you get to the original Uno/Due.
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2010, 02:11:42 AM »
About darn tootin' time you make the trip.

Sigh, how can you go with only 3 pizza choices? Seriously, remember that 80+% of Chiago pizza is NOT deep dish or stuffed crust. That being said, you should add a stuffed crust place to the list...Giordano's, Nancy's, maybe Bacino's. If you are there for 3 days, you should hit 3 thin crust places as well. I'll toss out Home Run Inn, Vito & Nick's, and the mothership Aurelio's in Homewood.

As for italian beef, sigh...so many great choices. Portillo's is a can't go wrong choice...but it's pretty generic as a 40 unit chain. I think the 2 most logical choices ar Johnnie's Beef in Elmwood Park or the combination of the Original Al's Beef/Mario's Italian Lemonade on Taylor Street. Personally, I think Johnnie's is the best beef period (heck, get the beef/sausage combo).

Finally, I hope you plan on getting to at least one Cubs game at Wrigley Field!

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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2010, 12:22:16 PM »
RSMRob.

I love deep dish which is why I want to go to "the holy trinity of Deep Dish".  If I can fit in one more then we will go to Giordano's.

I know we can't do eveything I want to do or go everywhere I want to go, so I'm taking a lot of what i get here to plan a second trip some time in the future.
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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2010, 04:44:33 PM »
Gino's, Malnati's, and Uno's

Also, I need a good Italian Beef recommendation.

Forget Portillo's,this is Chicago after all. Portillo's would be the best choice if you were in Florida, or Wyoming or something.
You didn't say how you will be traveling, but there is a Giordano's literally across the street from Midway Aiport, and down the block there is also an excellent beef place[ Best Beef on Midway, 6445 S. Cicero]. Other good beef places:
Rosario's---8611 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago
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Fran's Beef----2021 South Blue Island Avenue, Chicago

or, as others have suggested, Mr. Beef.  Al's is vastly overrated.

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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2010, 04:48:38 PM »
Also, I recommend that you visit www.yelp.com and www.LTHForum.com.
These are two amazing sites with input from real foodsters and regular people. Some of the other Chicago info sites are snobbish North siders and simply don't know good food.

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« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2010, 04:51:38 PM »
Also, I recommend that you visit www.yelp.com and www.LTHForum.com.
These are two amazing sites with input from real foodsters and regular people. Some of the other Chicago info sites are snobbish North siders and simply don't know good food.

I take offense to that last remark, but I'll chalk it up to good natured south-side nut-busting.
Yelp is OK if you can ignore all the suspiciously glowing reviews. LTHForum is great! They give a lot of love to Pequod's over there.
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« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2010, 04:51:49 PM »
And if you're driving up from the south...stop in our Pub in Gibson City and I'll show you real Italian Beef AND a nice deep dish!  


 

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