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One of our favorite places to go for pizza pot pie in Chicago. It’s more than a meal, it’s an experience. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s a “kid friendly” place…but our son (11) wants to go there every time we are in the area. He loves tearing off the big pieces of Med Bread and is amazed at how they flip the pot pies over into each bowl. There is a bit of a “routine” to know when you go there. Here are a few pointers:
- Don’t go at dinner time - you’ll wait forever.
- Make sure ALL of your party is there at once. They will not give you a table until you are all there.
- They ONLY take cash. No cards.
- Street parking on N. Clark is difficult. They do have valet.
- I recommend the salad first - they give you 2 dressings: creamy garlic and some sort of house sweet and sour - mix them…it’s yummy.
- get the Mediterranean Bread (I’m usually a wheat person…but white is the way to go here)
- We order 1/2 lb. pot pies for each person (I usually take 1/2 of mine home) Here are your choices: White or Wheat (crust), meat or no meat, mushroom or no mushroom. That’s it. I like the white, meat, no mushroom…and that’s how you order.
- Save room for the rum ice cream - it’s like nothing you’ve had before.
Not the cheapest of meals…but a great experience and you definitely won’t walk away hungry. Oh…and be sure to read the history of the place…pretty cool stuff.
This restaurant can be a challenge with kids if you’re not prepared, but the food and ambiance are worth the extra effort. Valet parking is available for under $10 and there is plenty of street parking available in the surrounding area. It’s a small restaurant and the seating is tight, so don’t bother with lots of coats and toys, but the food comes quickly and the kids will love tearing apart the Mediterranean bread. Pricing is very reasonable and dishes are easy to share - our family can eat a full meal (salad, bread, pizza) for less than the cost of a chain restaurant. Definitely go for lunch or an early dinner if you’re visiting with children as wait times quickly surpass an hour. My husband and I had our wedding reception at Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinders (with lots of family and kids!) and they were super attentive and accommodating. It’s our go-to restaurant whenever we’re in the city - with and without kids. Enjoy!
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