Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co. (Restaurant, Lincoln Park)
Location: 2121 N. Clark Street
Reservations: not accepted
If you’re making the Chicago pizza rounds, this spot should absolutely be on your list. It’s not your normal pizza place — that’s for sure — but I promise you’ll walk out satisfied. The best description I can give of these delicious dishes are as pizza potpies. Yeah, they are as awesome as you just pictured them to be. Choose a half- or full-pound potpie filled with either meat sauce or vegetarian sauce. Pick white or wheat crust, and expect lots of cheesy goodness on top. I also recommend starting with the Mediterranean bread, which comes out warm and covered in spices, lopping over the side of the plate. Yum.
There’s not much on tap here, but they have a decent selection of beers and a nice wooden bar. The whole restaurant is pub-style, with wooden booths and wooden plank-covered walls. No reservations are taken, so either expect a long wait or come early. Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder has been around since the 70s and is a city staple, so you can rest assured many a Chicagoan has been here before you, leaving with belts unbuckled and tummies full.