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(Some Chi-Town Bound Guy)   Subby going to Chicago for the first time. You say your food is the best. Where should I go for Pizza and Dogs?   (choosechicago.com) divider line 80
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2013-04-06 07:34:27 AM
Lou Malnati's and Hot Dougs.
But you should really meet some people that live there, go drinking and eat somewhere they like.
 
2013-04-06 07:44:37 AM
Hot Dougs, yes. Be prepared to wait in a long line, and this is very important - they only take cash, and there's no ATM for like a mile. Lou's, maybe - I'd say Pequods.
 
2013-04-06 08:06:04 AM
Are you by chance goign for ALA?

Lou Malnati's deinitely.
 
2013-04-06 08:09:18 AM
Are you going for the Chicago Fark party?
 
2013-04-06 08:46:57 AM
For pizza Lou Malnotti's. Skip the hot dogs and go to Johnnies for a combo sandwich.
 
2013-04-06 09:39:18 AM
New York.
 
2013-04-06 09:39:35 AM
Chicago Cheese Pie is great subby. Bring a spoon.
 
2013-04-06 09:41:34 AM

doglover: Chicago Cheese Pie is great subby. Bring a spoon.


Another person who has no idea what they are talking about, have never had Chicago style pizza and just repeats what they hear on the internet from other people who have never had Chicago style pizza.
 
2013-04-06 09:52:50 AM

ongbok: doglover: Chicago Cheese Pie is great subby. Bring a spoon.

Another person who has no idea what they are talking about, have never had Chicago style pizza and just repeats what they hear on the internet from other people who have never had Chicago style pizza.


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Fork, whatever. The point is you'll need silverware.
 
2013-04-06 09:54:43 AM

doglover: ongbok: doglover: Chicago Cheese Pie is great subby. Bring a spoon.

Another person who has no idea what they are talking about, have never had Chicago style pizza and just repeats what they hear on the internet from other people who have never had Chicago style pizza.

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Fork, whatever. The point is you'll need silverware.


That is stuffed pizza. There are other types of Chicago style pizza. Like I said, somebody who doesn't know what they are talking about and repeats what they hear on the internet.
 
2013-04-06 09:56:26 AM
Pizza: Salerno's at 1201 West Grand: get regular crust with sausage.

Hotdogs: other than Hot Dougs, if you want a Chicago dog, it's about the atmosphere. Try Duk's at 636 North Ashland, get a gravy sandwich too (Italian sandwich bread dipped in Italian beef au jus.)

Best frickin' taco ever: La Pasadita on Ashland, just south of grand. There are three, all are good.
 
2013-04-06 09:57:44 AM

ongbok: doglover: ongbok: doglover: Chicago Cheese Pie is great subby. Bring a spoon.

Another person who has no idea what they are talking about, have never had Chicago style pizza and just repeats what they hear on the internet from other people who have never had Chicago style pizza.

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Fork, whatever. The point is you'll need silverware.

That is stuffed pizza. There are other types of Chicago style pizza. Like I said, somebody who doesn't know what they are talking about and repeats what they hear on the internet.


Take it up with google. The top 25 results for "chicago pizza" are all ridiculously overstuffed deep dish things. That's actually one of the tamer pictures.
 
2013-04-06 10:01:27 AM

doglover: ongbok: doglover: ongbok: doglover: Chicago Cheese Pie is great subby. Bring a spoon.

Another person who has no idea what they are talking about, have never had Chicago style pizza and just repeats what they hear on the internet from other people who have never had Chicago style pizza.

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Fork, whatever. The point is you'll need silverware.

That is stuffed pizza. There are other types of Chicago style pizza. Like I said, somebody who doesn't know what they are talking about and repeats what they hear on the internet.

Take it up with google. The top 25 results for "chicago pizza" are all ridiculously overstuffed deep dish things. That's actually one of the tamer pictures.


Deep dish is one type of pizza, stuffed is another. Like I said you were disparaging Chicago style pizza and had no idea what you were talking about.
 
2013-04-06 10:06:13 AM
Pissing wars aside, Giordano's is my favorite stuffed pizza in Chicago.  I can't stand the bready deep-dish kind, too much bread for me.  Stuffed is awesome, but damn it's filling.  A "Small" from Giordano's is at least 4 full meals for me.
 
2013-04-06 10:07:36 AM
Where in Chicago?  Every neighborhood has a good dog and/or pizza joint.  Just remember one thing:  Vienna Beef or bust, no ketchup, steamed poppy seed bun.  For pizza, any place with an Italian name that is run by Mexicans.
 
2013-04-06 10:08:09 AM

ongbok: Like I said you were disparaging Chicago style pizza


I said it was good.
 
2013-04-06 10:11:54 AM

Fark It: Where in Chicago?  Every neighborhood has a good dog and/or pizza joint.  Just remember one thing:  Vienna Beef or bust, no ketchup, steamed poppy seed bun.  For pizza, any place with an Italian name that is run by Mexicans.


Giordano's.  They're all over town.
 
2013-04-06 10:45:32 AM
There's a Pizza Hut on Western.
 
2013-04-06 12:00:35 PM
If you're in Chicago and hungry for pizza, the best place to go is to get on the Kennedy Expy westbound and follow it to the end.  From there, take the light rail across from Hudson News, straight to the terminal at O'Hare and fly to New York, because they don't sell pizza in Chicago.  HTH
 
2013-04-06 12:18:53 PM

ongbok: Skip the hot dogs and go to Johnnies for a combo sandwich.


This is good advice.  I would say Carm's or Puggy's instead of Johnnies, but they're pretty much the same.  And then you can stop by Mario's for Italian Lemonade.  Every single owner has been convicted of assault.  None of that fake attitude, they really do dislike you and they really will hurt you if you push it.
The combo is a very Chicago thing, some guy got a sandwich full of meat and said "this could use a sausage".
 
2013-04-06 12:37:59 PM
Branson, Missouri.
 
2013-04-06 12:39:01 PM

FloydA: If you're in Chicago and hungry for pizza, the best place to go is to get on the Kennedy Expy westbound and follow it to the end.  From there, take the light rail across from Hudson News, straight to the terminal at O'Hare and fly to New York, because they don't sell pizza in Chicago.  HTH


huh huh huh huh
 
2013-04-06 12:43:06 PM
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2013-04-06 12:46:56 PM

staplermofo: ongbok: Skip the hot dogs and go to Johnnies for a combo sandwich.

This is good advice.  I would say Carm's or Puggy's instead of Johnnies, but they're pretty much the same.  And then you can stop by Mario's for Italian Lemonade.  Every single owner has been convicted of assault.  None of that fake attitude, they really do dislike you and they really will hurt you if you push it.
The combo is a very Chicago thing, some guy got a sandwich full of meat and said "this could use a sausage".


al's beef is quite good
but why are you getting dogs and pizza??? yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

The Gage is quite amazing.
Sushi Mirai
The Curry House
Taco Joint
San Soo Gab San
 
2013-04-06 12:55:54 PM
Skokie.
 
2013-04-06 01:05:47 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: New York.


Came here to say the same thing. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-04-06 01:14:26 PM

namatad: Taco Joint


Now that's too damn funny. You really think you're going to find good Mexican food in Chicago?
 
2013-04-06 01:16:10 PM

namatad: FloydA: If you're in Chicago and hungry for pizza, the best place to go is to get on the Kennedy Expy westbound and follow it to the end.  From there, take the light rail across from Hudson News, straight to the terminal at O'Hare and fly to New York, because they don't sell pizza in Chicago.  HTH

huh huh huh huh


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/I actually love Chicago style pizza.
 
2013-04-06 01:19:41 PM

Pokey.Clyde: namatad: Taco Joint

Now that's too damn funny. You really think you're going to find good Mexican food in Chicago?



La Villita has some of the best Mexican food places I've ever found.
 
2013-04-06 01:54:43 PM

Pokey.Clyde: namatad: Taco Joint

Now that's too damn funny. You really think you're going to find good Mexican food in Chicago?


In a city with roughly 1 millions Latinos, yes.
 
2013-04-06 01:56:54 PM
ctrl+F "Beggars." You disappoint me, Fark.

Do me proud and don't eat deep dish pizza. Go to the South Side and get a thin crust like a non-tourist.

/Also, don't get hot dogs because they're just disgusting in general.
 
2013-04-06 02:00:48 PM
Waiting in line an hour or two at Hot Doug's for a classic Chicago hot dog would be retarded.

Hot Doug's serves things you won't find anywhere else. That is the reason to go there.
 
2013-04-06 02:04:01 PM

The Great EZE: ctrl+F "Beggars." You disappoint me, Fark.


Beggars is genuinely awful pizza.  If you want that sort of pizza at least go to Waldo Cooney's.
 
2013-04-06 02:05:09 PM

staplermofo: The Great EZE: ctrl+F "Beggars." You disappoint me, Fark.

Beggars is genuinely awful pizza.  If you want that sort of pizza at least go to Waldo Cooney's.


I was going to say that too but Beggars was on the top of my mind for some reason.
 
2013-04-06 02:11:19 PM
Lots of good suggestions here for pizza and dogs.  So I'll just add... do not forget to get yourself an italian beef sammich.  People debate who has the best.  I forget who I liked most, but you generally can't go wrong.

DO IT!
 
2013-04-06 03:22:53 PM
Also, subby, if you say what neighborhood(s) you will be in, you can get better recommendations.

There will probably be something really great nearby (not necessarily hot dogs and pizza).

Every part of the city has its highlights.
 
2013-04-06 04:20:12 PM
Subby here. Thanks for the suggestions.

I will be in town for a training seminar. I will be out by O'Hare. I won't have time for much sightseeing and such. But I am staying an extra night so I will have 2 days to do some fun stuff. I hope to go to the Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium. Maybe Buddy Guy's too. But I have nothing set in stone.

I figured I would try a dog and a deep dish. I didn't know there was a thin crust / deep dish divide. I have enjoyed both. I will be there a week so I hope to try a couple of the other suggestions as well.

I'll admit that I doubt I will wait in line for over an hour. Is it always that bad? Or just around meal times?

Someone I know said I should seek out Superdawgs. Any thoughts?
 
2013-04-06 04:29:30 PM
I was born & raised in Chicago.  It's a great place to be from, if you're far from it.
 
2013-04-06 04:38:19 PM
Took my first trip to Chicago too subby just last week.  What an awesome city.  Did Portillo's for the dogs.  They were good but not amazing.  On the advice of some locals we did go to Lou Malnati's for pizza and got the classic (sausage, extra cheese, and butter crust).  I'm normally a thin crust guy and usually hate extra cheese but I figured, when in Rome.  Best decision ever, and my new favorite pizza too.  I've been dreaming about it all week and my mouth is watering as I type this.
 
2013-04-06 05:27:05 PM
I stayed out by O'Hare about 18 months ago. Several of us (from all over) ate pizza at a Giordano's not far from the Rosemont CTA. Something about it was dissapointing, but I don't remember exactly what.
 
2013-04-06 06:30:41 PM
The fist time I went to Chicago someone suggested I go try Lou Manatti's pizza, and I was like "WTF? Why would anyone name a pizza joint after the Illumanati? Does it have a conspiracy theme?"
 
2013-04-06 07:24:14 PM
So there's this one forum devoted to food in Chicago and other places (which I learned about thanks to farker exvaxman), and they've published a handy list of recommended restaurants all across Chicagoland.

Here is a handy link to the list in the form of an annotated Google map. Please be aware that Chicago is not always the easiest town to get from point A to point B in a hurry; depending on the time of day, day of the week, road construction etc. a place you're dying to try might be a two hour drive away from where you actually are. It's probably best to use the map to find a place that's close.

Also be aware that there's other pizza in that town besides that deep dish stuff. There are a few good 'real' pizza places on that list, if I'm not mistaken. (BTW here's a link to the list in the form of an .xls spreadsheet.)
 
2013-04-06 07:31:51 PM

phaseolus: So there's this one forum devoted to food in Chicago and other places (which I learned about thanks to farker exvaxman), and they've published a handy list of recommended restaurants all across Chicagoland.

Here is a handy link to the list in the form of an annotated Google map.


Damn, that is a great thing.
 
2013-04-06 07:35:58 PM
...and a link to the same list in its forum topic, in case reading it in html form's easiest
 
2013-04-06 07:47:45 PM

jaytkay: phaseolus: So there's this one forum devoted to food in Chicago and other places (which I learned about thanks to farker exvaxman), and they've published a handy list of recommended restaurants all across Chicagoland.
Here is a handy link to the list in the form of an annotated Google map.
Damn, that is a great thing.


This is good. I already found a good sounding place near my hotel.
Thanks phaseolus
 
2013-04-06 08:17:55 PM

The_Philosopher_King: Subby here. Thanks for the suggestions.

I will be in town for a training seminar. I will be out by O'Hare. I won't have time for much sightseeing and such. But I am staying an extra night so I will have 2 days to do some fun stuff. I hope to go to the Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium. Maybe Buddy Guy's too. But I have nothing set in stone.

I figured I would try a dog and a deep dish. I didn't know there was a thin crust / deep dish divide. I have enjoyed both. I will be there a week so I hope to try a couple of the other suggestions as well.

I'll admit that I doubt I will wait in line for over an hour. Is it always that bad? Or just around meal times?

Someone I know said I should seek out Superdawgs. Any thoughts?


Divide isn't really the right word. There are just two styles. Chicago thin crust is its own style, different from New York or Neapolitan or whatever else. Some people say only tourists eat deep dish but they are unfathomably wrong. There are plenty of places out in the neighborhoods where tourists never go that serve lots of deep dish. Chicago thin crust is a lot like Chicago hot dogs. They are more informal, cheaper, meals usually served out of tiny restaurants that don't have any seating but aren't really fast food.

Lou Malnati's is a good deep dish place and has locations close to both downtown and somewhat near to O'hare (at least, nearer than going into the city). You could also try Art of Pizza if you want to get outside of downtown.

For Chicago style thin crust I suggest Pizano's. It also has a few locations and is pretty much the Chicago classic. Yes, it serves deep dish too. One thing to note is that most places don't serve by the slice. If you buy one you're getting a whole pizza. So you need to separate out your thin and deep dish pizza eating.

Hot Doug's is always busy because they are only open for lunch. Also they really specialize in exotic sausages but they do a good Chicago style as well. If you go there you can actually phone in your order to circumvent the line. You can also go to one of the many Portillo's locations just to experience the style. You also can't go wrong with Superdawg's but they are kind of far from other places you may be going.

Since you're a Farker you are probably also interested in beer. You should go to one of the Goose Island restaurants to eat and drink local Chicago beer. If you're going up north to Superdawg's you should also definitely go to the Half Acre taproom. They don't serve food but they let you bring your own food in.
 
2013-04-06 08:54:55 PM
FOR REAL. LISTEN TO ME.

Hot dog: two choices come to mind. One is the prototypical, guaranteed-not-to-miss Official Chicago-Style Hot Dog. That's over by dere at Superdawg. Or if you wanna get a little frisky, Hot Doug's is the place.

Pizza: I assume you wanna try deep dish, and real deep dish. I tell ya, if you get a bad one (undercooked), it's terrible. Or a veggie-filled one where they didn't parcook the veggies, leaving it watery. Go to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder. It is the absolute best I've ever had.
 
2013-04-06 09:57:42 PM
 
2013-04-06 10:15:32 PM

odinsposse: Since you're a Farker you are probably also interested in beer. You should go to one of the Goose Island restaurants to eat and drink local Chicago beer. If you're going up north to Superdawg's you should also definitely go to the Half Acre taproom. They don't serve food but they let you bring your own food in.


Actually, I'd suggest Revolution Brewing, since you're staying out by O'Hare. I personally think they are better beers, and you can hit up the brewery right off the Blue Line.
 
2013-04-06 11:27:22 PM
Tedino's. It may take a while for them to make it, but it is so good.
 
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