A Visit To The Famed Pequod’s Pizza During A Layover In Chicago

Pequods PizzaDuring our trip to South Asia, we had a long layover in Chicago before making our way to the Maldives.

I was hoping to go into the city but it seemed too far away to make it worthwhile. Instead, Kim and I decided to go to Morton Grove (around 20 minutes away) to grab lunch at Pequod’s Pizza.

Pequod’s Pizza is deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza known for its “carmelized crust” edge.I don’t recall when I first heard of Pequod’s but I really wanted to visit when it was recommended to me by former Top Chef contestant Dale Talde at a United Airlines Newark Airport event back in 2014.When we arrived, we had a difficult time deciding what to order. After much debate, we decided against getting any toppings. We ordered a medium Pan cheese pie.

The waitress mentioned that the pie could take 45 minutes to come out but it was served to us in under a half hour. While in the pan, its hard to see the dark, carmelized crust. The first thing which caught our eyes was the thick sauce on top.This picture doesn’t do the pizza any justice in showing just how thick and heavy it is.I hadn’t had deep dish in the Chicago area for about 5-6 years so I was really excited to try this pie.

With the first bite, I noticed a very flavorful, tasty and somewhat thick sauce. The pizza was decent but definitely underwhelming when it came to my high expectations.While the bottom of the crust was crispy, I found that overall, the crust had little flavor. I did enjoy the dark, almost burnt crispy edge though.As for the cheese, it was extremely gooey and had a ton of pull. Otherwise, it was more on the bland side.

Final Thoughts:

I’m glad that we finally had a chance to give Pequod’s a try.

It didn’t live up to expectations and I usually do enjoy deep dish pizza. I wonder if this is due to how many great pizza shops we’ve tried over the years.

Our original plan was to also visit Burt’s Place which is around 5 minutes away on foot. However, the pie at Pequod’s was so heavy that I couldn’t possibly think of eating another thing when we were done with our meal.

Pequod’s Pizza is located at 8520 Fernald Ave in Morton Grove, Illinois.

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