This is THE BEST pizza place in Chicago!

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This is THE BEST pizza place in Chicago!

Best Pizza Place in Chicago

So before I even get started with this post I’m sure there are many people from Chicago and elsewhere that have their pick for best pizza or pizza place in Chicago but, I’m sorry, you are probably wrong unless it’s Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co!

Located on 2121 North Clark street is the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.  This is a short Uber, Taxi or in our case Lyft from the downtown area.  We were staying at the Park Hyatt Chicago so it was a quick $7 ride from there.chicago

It is a somewhat small place that takes CASH ONLY (there are at least 3 ATMs right near by which I had to go to) and there is almost always a wait, but it’s worth it!

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Now I have been to some of the other famous Chicago pizza places like Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s, etc and I really liked their take on one of my favorite foods but Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is unique when it comes to their pizza, mainly because, it’s cooked upside down and in a bowl!

They place cheese, then sauce  in a ceramic bowl and then covered the top of the bowl with dough to make you crust.  When it first comes out it actually looks like a little pizza pot pie.  Then it is scooped out right there are the table and on to your plate ready to eat!  Creating what my wife lovingly called a giant cheese puddle.

chicago oven grinder best pizza

There are only a couple variations to the pizza as you can have it with or without mushrooms and with or without sausage, THAT’S IT!  Makes it really easy to order at least.

chicago oven grinder best pizza

Here is a picture from their website of the little pot pie before and after it is flipped:

chicago oven grinder best pizza

Not only are these pizzas really unique, they are are also REALLY GOOD!  They are certainly deep dish in every sense since they fill the whole bowl with ingredients and man are they filling.  I ate all of mine but I could barely move after, probably because I ate over a 1/2 pound of pizza!

The sizes are 1/2 pound and 1 pound but there is really no reason to get the 1 pounder if there are two of you as 2 half pounders are the same price as the pounder.

We also started with the Mediterranean Bread which was great and plenty to share but might have filled us up a bit before our real meal.

chicago oven grinder best pizza

One more tip if you do go is about the wait.  I would arrive early (before 6) or late (after 9) if you want to minimize the wait – either way it’s still worth it.  When you arrive the manager will ask you your name and how many in your party.  He doesn’t write anything down and will just keep wondering back and picking people to go to seats seemingly at random.  Even if it is nice outside I would suggest staying inside at the front so he is well aware you are there and have been for awhile.  Hopefully this will to get you seated faster!

So there you have it!  This is the best pizza place in Chicago!

Now obviously I wrote this expecting plenty of disagreement but I think this is still a really unique experience that I would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Chicago.

So what are your favorites Chicago pizza places?  Have you been here?

5 Comments on “This is THE BEST pizza place in Chicago!

  1. I 100% agree! I LOVE their sauce, just delicious.

    Also, that awesome stuff they bring on the side of the Mediterranean bread that you can sprinkle on top… they sell it. I currently have a bottle in my fridge that’s almost empty.

    Completely worth the wait!

  2. The large portioned chef salad is also delicious served lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green and black olives, pepperoncini, onions, artichoke hearts, and green peppers, with sour cream garlic, sweet and sour poppyseed, and Italian dressings. Although the wait can be long, the waiter has a memory like an elephant. He always gets it right on who’s next. 😉

  3. Maybe if you’ve never been to the Southwest Side to Vince’s on 63rd or Nick and Vito’s Pulaski maybe even Foxes
    You don’t have to pay to park, wait in line. Bucket of beers for what Oven Grinder nails you for two. Waitresses who aren’t washed up second city actresses with attitude.

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE. IT’S A CHICAGO ICON. THIS IS ONE PLACE YOU SHOULD PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. YOU WON’T BE SORRY. COME HUNGRY, NEED A NAP LATER.

  5. Been going to this place for nearly 20 years. It is hands down the best and most unique pizza not only in Chicago but across our while country. I just love every part of it!

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