Lou Malnatis – River North, Chicago

Lou Malnatis
River North, Chicago
http://www.loumalnatis.com/

The couple who were my props and hand models for brunch at Long man and eagle joined me for an inaugural Chicago deep dish pizza dinner later that day.

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After being recommended Lou Malnatis by every man and two dogs i decided to suggest there, walking around 6 the place was quiet, the ambiance and decor are pretty standard; an older 80s style restaurant with TV’s everywhere to emulate the bar feelings.

Now Lucy, was gluten free so we worked around her a bit but it was actually a blessing in disguise.

Due to this we ordered 3 pizzas, the classic with extra sauce; the gluten free crust (a normal pan pizza) and a GF deep dish where they make the CRUST OUT OF SAUSAGE AND TOP IT WITH CHEESE AND SAUCE. I mean does that not sound freaking amazing.

The pizza took 45 minutes to cook with is a hell of a long time, but just enough time for me to spill a whole freaking beer everywhere. Way to make friends Adriel.

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Anyway, the pizza came out all at once very soon after I made a fool of myself and the serving and pictures began.

I started with the classic crusted pizza and it was a revelation. Sauce, sausage and cheese all baked in a pie like crust. The extra sauce a definite winner with the crust and cheese and sausage just made for fantastic eating.

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The crust less sausage pizza was just as saucy and with basically the same ingredients was almost as good. I did find that the crust, while being filling created a nice balance and cut the intenseness of such an abundance of toppings.

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With the shear amount of pizza I didn’t bother trying the GF base.

I will say that deep dish is definitely a thing and Lou Malnatis was spectacular but unless I had a huge craving and people to go with it would be a once in a long while thing, It was super filling and heavy!

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Au Cheval – West Loop, Chicago

Au Cheval
West Loop, Chicago
http://auchevalchicago.com/

Note to self. Note to everyone.

Get there as soon as it opens, or call ahead 3 hours, the place gets jam-packed. In this instance I was glad I came alone. After only 20 minutes I was able to get a seat at the bar.

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I ordered the single (which is actually a double) cheeseburger with their slab like bacon. The burger came with cheese, onion, mayo like mustard, pickles and bacon.

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It was beastly. A very different burger to what I had expected; it definitely needed ketchup; I know some people are against it but the mustard/mayo was very heavy and yolky and really needed a ketchup like tang. The meat and bun were fantastic, the bacon in my opinion was a little overpowering but the gentleman next to me loved it. (Blurry I know)

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While overall a tasty burger, it was not what I was expecting; inherently, burgers are very preferential and this one was not to mine.
Au Cheval Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato