I got to come home for the past 2 weeks!!! While I am loving Southern California, I was ready to come back to good old Chicago for some R&R and hotdogs that don’t have Ranch on them. This R&R basically consisted of going to all my favorite Chicago spots and, since I moved away, my friends had to go everywhere I wanted (because they are good friends, NOT because I am a brat)! Anyway this place was my first stop. Like off the plane and straight to the land of deep dish glory. It was everything.
The Place: Pequod’s Pizzeria; The Neighborhood: Lincoln Park; The City: Chicago
The best deep dish spot is a serious Chicago debate. Although, I would argue, (gasp) it is not really a debate at all. Pequod’s is the best and any real Chicagoan will tell you that. I spent my whole life minus the 6 months I have been in Cali in Chicago so I am an expert, obviously. And this one is not on the Mag Mile and frequented by tourists. That hour plus you wait to sit is created by Chicagoans who have been here before and will come back again, not tourists doing it for the insta. (No judgement though, I do it for the insta plenty of places. Like I climbed a mountain in middle of the day under the Cali sun to take a picture on a rock that looks like a potato chip.) Don’t get me wrong, I am always down for deep dish even if it is from the other places. (There is one I don’t like, but I won’t mention it because I want my blog to be an only positive space…insert hair flip emoji.)
Anyway, the big difference with Pequod’s is the caramelized crust. That is like pizza burnt ends and it is the best part. They make their pizzas in seasoned cast iron skillets and there is definitely cheese between the crust and the pan that makes it that way. It is always the perfect cheesiness and the sauce is there, but you aren’t eating sauce pie. The crust holds up to all your favorite toppings. My personal favorite is pepperoni, spinach, basil and garlic.
They also have a host of Chicago beers so you can have the whole experience. The inside is very casual and can be close quarters so as many people can eat their pizza as possible. Overall this place always hits the spot and is one of the places I miss the most. Home is maybe where the heart is, but definitely where the deep dish is!