Pizza manifesto: Chapter Two. In Chapter One, we discussed how the Infatuation Chicago team is in agreement that Lou Malnati’s is the spot when we crave deep-dish pizza from one of the larger chains. We got a lot of angry messages that said BUT WHAT ABOUT PEQUOD’S? Well, Pequod’s isn’t a chain. There’s only one Pequod’s downtown, and two overall if you count the one in Morton Grove. So we weaseled our way out of comparing Pequod’s to anyone else. But here we are, so let’s discuss.
It’s very simple - Pequod’s deep dish pizza is f*cking awesome. Anyone who tells you they don’t actually like deep dish is either lying, never had Pequod’s, or is a generally miserable person. While it’s acceptable to go to other local pizza favorites like Lou Malnati’s, Gino’s, Giordano’s, or Pizano’s and order only thin crust, do not do that here. You go to Pequod’s for one reason and one reason only - deep dish pizza. And if by some miracle you’re still hungry, order more deep dish.
The thing that differentiates Pequod’s from others is their “caramelized” crust. That’s their term for the burnt edges that make their pizza look overcooked - but it’s not overcooked, and that crispiness is part of what makes Pequod’s so good.
An often overlooked part of Pequod’s is the fact that it’s basically a low-key, two-story sports bar on an uneventful corner across from a movie theatre. If you’re looking to go out for deep dish, pop into Pequod’s for some food and beers. That said, they don’t take reservations, so you’ll have to take your chances with any potential wait.
Or just order pizza to your apartment and eat it in your underwear on the couch. Deep down, that’s all we ever what we want to do anyway, and Pequod’s is at the top of the list for places that can help accomplish that goal.
Pan pizza is what they call their deep dish. This is what you want. Number of people should dictate what size you get, and do whatever you want with the toppings.
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Here’s one with some veggies on it!
We said you didn’t need to get anything other than pizza, and that’s true. But you can if you want, and there’s nothing wrong with an appetizer of wings.