It’s the middle of winter, and sometimes the only thing that can keep our minds off the frigid state of affairs in the Windy City is some good old-fashioned Chicago comfort food. Thankfully, I knew just where to go to take my mind off of these winter blues: Pequod’s Pizzeria in Lincoln Park.
If you’ve never been to Pequod’s, you are in for a treat as this pizzeria establishes itself from the others thanks to their famous caramelized crust. Their approach of cooking Mozzarella cheese along the edge of a cast-iron pan is both unique and delicious, creating a satisfying crunch with each bite.
Full disclosure: I am not the biggest fan of Chicago-style deep dish pizza despite being a lifelong resident of the city. I know, I should surrender my Bears’ jerseys, pour ketchup all over my hot dogs and move to Indiana after writing such a blasphemous sentence. But Pequod’s has changed my avoidance of pan pizza thanks to their incredible tasting pies.
My friends and I didn’t mess around with appetizers as we were on a mission to take the chill out of our bones and dine strictly on a pepperoni and sausage pie. The wait was around 40 minutes, but that’s just how long perfection takes. We passed the time with a pitcher of Blue Moon and watched sports on the numerous TV’s while eagerly awaiting our main course.
Our waitress brought the pizza out and personally sliced each piece as Pequod’s is big on leaving their pies uncut until serving so as not to affect the temperature and setting of their thick pan pizzas. Yes, they are serious about pizza here, and the prep and wait are what makes this Lincoln Park pizzeria an award-winning Chicago favorite.
Each slice was thick, heavy on the delicious toppings, and the sauce is a real standout in creating their signature pizzas. Be forewarned- Pequod’s pizzas are heavy and will put meat on your bones, which is perfect for getting through the winter. After just two slices, I was full, content, and overjoyed to be taking home leftovers, which I knew would probably not make it past the night in my fridge before being warmed up.
So if you are looking for a great spin on the classic Chicago deep-dish pizza that is unique and delicious, be sure to head over to Pequod’s Pizzeria located at 2207 N. Clybourn Avenue in Lincoln Park. Their hours are Monday- Saturday 11 am to 2 am and Sunday 11 am to midnight. Expect a little wait, but know that it will be well worth it.