Chicago hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and best of all deep dish pizza. Oh, how I missed those hometown specialties when I lived in Florida.
I didn’t eat hot dogs at all when I lived in the
freak-show Sunshine State, because anything other than Vienna Beef tastes like bologna to me. I don’t like bologna.
I ate pizza in Florida every once in a while, and I needed to resort to one of the usual chains. Dominoes, Little Caeser’s, Pizza Hut (blech), Papa John’s (my usual Florida choice), etc. There are a lot of pizza chains, but none come close to the delectable Chicago joints.
The Chicago pizza chains started out as small mom-and-pop establishments, places like Giordano’s, Uno’s, Lou Malnati’s. There are plenty more lone pizza places here, just as good, selling both deep dish and thin crust.
Speaking of thin crust pizza . . . in Chicago it’s always cut in squares. If it’s cut in triangles, they are not serving Chicago pizza. What’s that you say? Something about folding pizza slices? Umm, no. Thin crust is crispy, not foldable or oily (unless one tops it with a lot of greasy meets).
Here’s my question, now that I’m back in the Chicago area, I don’t understand it when I see a Dominoes or Papa John’s delivery vehicle. With literally hundreds of local Chicago haunts to order five-star pizza, who on earth orders one that tastes like it was made by Chef Boyardee?
I don’t get it.
Is there a particular food or restaurant that your local town/city is known for? Would you order that same food from a cracker-jack chain?