This post brings my Man v. Food location count up to fifteen (15) locations visited. Yowza.
- Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Al’s #1 Italian Beef in Chicago, Illinois
- Edward’s Drive-In in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria in Kennesaw, Georgia
- La Moon in Miami, Florida
- Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami, Florida
- The Old Salty Dog in Sarasota, Florida
- Hot N Juicy Crawfish in Las Vegas, Nevada
- The NASCAR Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Shula’s Steak House in Miami, Florida
- Gladys Knight And Ron Winans’ Chicken And Waffles in Atlanta, Georgia
- The Jack-N-Grill in Denver, Colorado
- The Buckhorn Exhange in Denver, Colorado
- The Vortex in Atlanta, Georgia
Almost all of us have been in that conversation where a friend/someone you know tells you about how you can never get REAL Chicago style pizza outside of Chicago and that anything you get anywhere else is nothing compared to the “real thing” and blah blah blah… You know what I’m talking about right? That annoying asshole who goes on and on and you think he (or she!) is just making a big deal over something trivial in order to seem like there’s some big secret that you are OBVIOUSLY missing out on.
Well, I’ve got news for you. The asshole was right and the “secret” is true: you cannot get REAL Chicago style pizza outside of Chicago. I should know. I eat a LOT of pizza. Thus begins our next MvF adventure.
Shannon and spent one of our evenings in Chicago walking down the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s answer to New York’s Fifth Avenue. Off of one of the side streets there you can find Gino’s East which (allegedly) is home to the original deep dish “Chicago style” pizza. The decor in the place is made entertaining by the fact that patrons are encouraged to sign their name and leave notes on practically everything in the building. Note the back of Shannon’s seat and the wall behind her:
The look on her face is her waiting 45 minutes for her food. Under normal circumstances, this would sound like bad service at a restaurant – but it’s not. The service is great at Gino’s East. It just takes that long to make the pizza. Seriously.
In the end, here was our reward: The Meaty Legend.
Aside from the obvious mountains of delicious cheese and meaty goodness, the thing that was most noticeable was the crust. I am pretty sure a fair number of sticks of butter were sacrificed in the making of this thing, and you can taste it in the richness of the bready container holding the pizza together.
I don’t want to research it, but I feel certain that one slice of that little pie has close to one million calories in it.
ONE MILLION CALORIES OF AWESOME.
The pizza (and Chicago’s) reputation are intact with this Floridian. If I ever make it back to the windy city, I am definitely making the time for another visit to Gino’s East.