It's a Crust Thing

December 30, 2012

It was the bf's birthday and if anyone knows him, you know he's a pizza and beer kind of guy. One pizza place we both had embarrassingly never been to, is Pequod's Pizza in Lincoln Park and Morton Grove. Pequod's is one of the lesser known Chicago deep dish joints compared to Giordano's and Lou Malnati's, but they've established a bit of a cult following for their unique crust. Pequod's pan pizza features a caramelized crust that is burnt, crunchy, and full of flavor from the other pizza pies that have been baked in the same pan.

Food menu
We began our meal at the Lincoln Park location with a few beers to help wash down those giant slices of cheesy pizza. Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed in the beer selections--I guess I was expecting something a little more exotic than Goose Island Green Line or Lagunitas A Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' ale. Call me snobby.

Drink menu
In order to offset the intense carb loading that was about to occur, we started out with a large Pequod's salad which included romaine, whale-shaped cheese, salami, green peppers, mushroom, carrots, tomatoes and onions. I can't say I've ever had salad with pepperoni on it, but I enjoyed it! However, I didn't really care for my dressing to come in a plastic Solo cup. Again, call me snobby.

The Pequod's Salad
We ended up ordering two pizzas, one with meat and one with veggies. Our first concoction featured both pepperoni and sausage. This pie had way more flavor than the veggie pizza because the pepperoni had a nice kick and the sausage was super hearty. I have to say, I've never had deep dish pizza with the quality of toppings that our Pequod's pizza had. The pie was overloaded with toppings which ensured each bite was consistently delicious.

Sausage and pepperoni pan pizza
Look at all of those toppings!
Our veggie pizza was filled with heaping portions of fresh spinach, mushrooms and green peppers. Again, this pie was overflowing with freshly-cut veggies and I loved how they used fresh mushrooms. It's a shame when you order a mushroom pizza, only to discover they've used canned mushrooms! Compared to the meat pizza, this pie was a bit on the bland side. The salty, buttery crust helped with this a little bit, but overall, it just lacked in flavor.

Spinach, mushroom and green pepper pan pizza
Overall, I was happy I finally tried Pequod's, but I can't say it became my favorite Chicago deep dish pizza. That honor still goes to Lou Malnati's. Everyone I went with loved the pizza so I was definitely in the minority. Pequod's Pizza gets 4 stars for its unique crust, high quality toppings and a chill atmosphere. Next time I visit, I hope to see some more beers on the menu!

Pequod's Pizza

2207 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Morton Grove:
8520 Fernald Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053

1 comment

  1. The Pan Pizza is delightfully overwhelming. From the picture, it will look like that it will hit the spot for a group of four.


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