Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pequod's Pizza

Location: 2207 N Clybourn and 8520 Fernald Ave, Morton Grove
Cost: About $10 per person

Now everyone has their favorite Chicago style pizza place. Some of you love the cornbread crust at Gino's. Others like the large amounts of gooey cheese at Giordano's or the plum tomatoes at Lou Malnati's. I've been in countless fights over which one's better (always taking the side of Lou Malnati's), but I really like all of their pies. If you ask a bunch of New Yorkers where their favorite pizza place is, they're probably not going to tell you Sbarro's or Famous Original Ray's, but they'll give you some small place without countless franchised locations. I'm not saying that it has to be your favorite, but if you're looking for a unique pizza that holds true to the high standards of Chicago style then look no further than Pequod's.

With only two locations, one in Morton Grove and one in Lincoln Park, Pequod's has found it's way into the hearts of city folk and suburbanites alike. Once when my dad and I went there, we forgot to bring back leftovers, and lets just say I've never seen my mom get so upset over pizza before. You may be asking yourself what's so special about this place? Two words... Burnt Crust, but more on that in the food section.

I've only been to the one in Lincoln Park, so that's what all of these logistics pertain to. The restaurant is two floors with a first floor like a bar and an upstairs with party rooms and extra tables. Although there's plenty of seating, it's almost always packed. They take reservations so why not make one right? They also take pre-orders in case you're in a hurry. It takes maybe a half hour or 45 minutes to get your pizza baked, so if you don't have that time you should call ahead. Even on the busiest night, I've had efficient and friendly service.

If you're a Blackhawks fan, then this is a perfect place to watch the game. They've got pretty good TV coverage and clearly support the home town favorites. Although it's not necessarily a sports bar, between the pizza, the service, and the atmosphere this would be one of my first choices for watching the Hawks.

The Food
Most of the time, since I know I'm going to have a pizza, I feel like a salad is the necessary appetizer to balance out the meal. At Peqoud's, it's really not worth it. The salad is pretty plain and has too much lettuce without enough other vegetables. After learning this, I've started to replace the salad with the Cheesy Garlic Bread which is pretty top notch. As far as beer goes, there's nothing too special from the bar, but they have more than just miller and bud, and have pretty cheap pitcher deals.

Half Mushroom and Onion, Half Cheese Pizza

Really what this place all boils down to is the burnt crust and caramelized cheese on the pizza. The crust is thick and crisp throughout, but near the edges they pinch it thin so that it burns. This adds a whole new flavor profile to the pizza. You know those people that leave the crusts on their plate but eat the rest of the pizza? Well that doesn't happen at Pequod's. Also, have you ever seen a BBQ connoisseur eat the burnt ends of a brisket? Well pizza connoisseurs just have to try the burnt ends pizzas at Pequod's. If you're lucky, your cheese will come out a little charred as well. There's a good balance between cheese and sauce which makes it a good middle ground for any arguments over what the best way to do Chicago style is. When you ask for a topping, you get plenty of it. I usually go for mushroom and onion, but my dad swears by the ground beef.

Check out that crust!!!

I know I said the salad's not that good, but you're not coming to Pequod's for the salad. The burnt crust pizza is why people come from all over and choose to pass up some of the bigger names in Chicago pizza. I'm not saying that Lou Malnati's and Giordano's have franchised in the way Uno's has (we all saw how well that worked out), but if you want to try a place that's not all over the state but has a flavor that could be, then hit up Pequod's. I'm going to say 4 out of 5 Pearls.

Pequod's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Update 12/6/13:
I'd always gone to the Pequod's in Lincoln Park because it was right down the road from my apartment, but the other night, I had the opportunity to check out the original Morton Grove location. The food is spot on the same as the Lincoln Park spot, but the atmosphere is way different. It's this cozy house in the middle of a residential neighborhood and right down the road from Burt's Place. We crammed into a little table in the back room and had an awesome time. I totally recommend it.

Pequod's Pizza on Urbanspoon


  1. I forgot to add that Pequod's is superior in it's reheatability. I've never had leftover pizza that was this good.

  2. I have been going to Pequods on Clybourn since 1992 except for the time they were closed because of the fire. We always bring out of town guests here for a local but not touristy flavor. We had an awesome client party here and my 40th birthday celebration. Many good times and great pizza!

  3. I was google image searching for Pequod's to show someone the crust and when the page opened I was like, Hey, I know this guy! I second the part about reheatability- others are good the second time around, too, but none are better than Pequod's. -Jamie Ferguson

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