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  1. #1
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    Default Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.

    This past Sunday, while on our way out of Chicago, I wanted to stop at this Pizza Joint I saw on The Travel Channel last week.
    It's called the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company. It's located in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago at 2121 North Clark St.
    Here is a quote from their website
    If the building ever did possess gentility, though, it was abruptly forsaken on February 14, 1929, as the guttural yammering of submachine guns in a garage almost directly across the street brought the notorious “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” to headlines around the world. Rumor even has it that the house at 2121 North Clark served as a lookout post for hoodlum henchmen of the Valentine gunners.
    Anyway, the thing that I was after was the "Pizza Pot Pie" that I saw on the tube...
    First, here are the pix on the outside...really cool looking building and neighborhood..

    The building above the shop...

    Across the street...I guess the garage was in the lot to the right. If you look close in one of the windows, you can see Al Capone himself.

    On to the grub...
    Here is the Pizza Pot Pie when it's brought to the table...

    Popping the bowl off...

    All the cheesy goodness inside.

    Now...the pizza was not that great, I think the experience of it all was cool, but I can do better and I told Kel I want to try one myself, so keep your eyes peeled....I just might do one soon.
    In addition to the Pizza Pot Pie, we ordered their Mediterranean flatbread that was really good as well as the salad that could easily feed 6. They make their own salad dressing...1 is a poppyseed, sweetish dressing and the other is a sour cream based garlicky dressing...both good by themselves, but outta this world together.
    Anybody ever been there?
    Thanks for looking!
    ~Brian~
    BBQ Jones comp team
    KCBS Member
    KCBS CBJ

  2. #2
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    Looks very cool Brian!
    ~Mike~
    www.buttloversbbq.com
    Big Green Egg - Large
    Backwoods - Custom Party
    FEC 100

  3. #3
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    Never heard of it, but looks interesting!!
    Bill-Chicago

    WSM, Bandera, Kettle, ECB, Kenmore Gasser 36qt Turkey Fryer

  4. #4
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    Love those kinds of places in Chicago. (especially in warm weather)


    Sometimes the food is what it is but the atmosphere is usually great. Hard to go wrong with any form of pizza in Chicago either.
    Glen
    Large Charcoal Vertical & UDS
    Blue Thermopen
    www.coltecconsulting.com

  5. #5
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    I'm a fan of Chi style pies. if I were to go to chicago, I think I'd have to make a stop by the original Pizzeria Uno.

  6. #6
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    My favorite:
    http://www.giovannispizzasb.com/public/history.asp

    Close 2nd: I put Uno close to this one. (www.unos.com/)
    http://www.pizzacapri.com/

    Close 3rd:
    www.ginoseast.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokyOkie View Post
    I'm a fan of Chi style pies. if I were to go to chicago, I think I'd have to make a stop by the original Pizzeria Uno.
    Glen
    Large Charcoal Vertical & UDS
    Blue Thermopen
    www.coltecconsulting.com

  7. #7
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    Sorry Glen, can;t consider California pies to be pizza.

    Capri looks good. last link doesn't work.

  8. #8
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    My favorite Chicago Pizza is Giordanos.
    http://www.giordanos.com/
    ~Brian~
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    KCBS Member
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  9. #9
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    Ginos Italian beef, wet, with hot giardinera. MMMM mmmm. Just bring a bib or don't wear a goood shirt.
    22 inch weber
    20 cubic foot homebuilt smoker
    turkey fryer
    coleman stove
    If it burns, I can cook with it.

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by chef schwantz View Post
    Ginos Italian beef, wet, with hot giardinera. MMMM mmmm. Just bring a bib or don't wear a goood shirt.
    Not had gino's, but I just ate and am stuffed, but I would do my best to finish off one of those right nw if I had it.

    We can;t get real IB here. I have to make it and I really can;t make it the way I'd like due to the lack of a slicer.

    I have to make it shredded. It's good, but I like the thin sliced swimming in gravy best.

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