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Don’t Ever Look Back vs. Traditional Chicago-Style Food

Don’t Ever Look Back vs. Traditional Chicago-Style Food

Chicago is one of many US cities we visited that was famous for its traditional foods and although these dishes may be partly responsible for us putting on weight, you can’t spend any time in Chi-Town without eating some Chicago-style deep dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog.

So we sampled these two favorites and here are our thoughts.

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

The Chicago-style deep dish pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno in 1943 and is made with a thick crust and copious amounts of cheese and sauce. This put Chicago on the pizza map and considering our love for pizza, it was the first traditional food we wanted to try while in the Windy City.

We took on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza on two occasions (Lou Malnati’s and Giordano) but couldn’t finish it either time – it was just way too cheesy and filling! Kieron’s best effort was 3 slices at Giordano’s, which in our opinion was the best deep dish pizza in Chicago.

Our Opinion:

Kieron – After my first bite of Chicago-style deep dish pizza, I was in heaven! Pizza is one of my favorite foods and this was just awesome! However after just one slice I started to feel full and after three, I think I was ready to throw up. Deep dish pizza is something that I really enjoyed, but something that certainly needs to be eaten in moderation.

Amy – Deep dish pizza was just too much for me! It was way too cheesy, I ended up having to pull ball of cheese off the pizza and onto my plate just so that I could eat it. It’s definitely not my thing – give me thin-crust pizza any day!

Where to get Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza:

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

A traditional charred Chicago-style hot dog comes with mustard, relish, onions, pickles, tomato, celery, salt and sport peppers in a poppy-seed bun.

We had our hot dog at The Wiener’s Circle in Lincoln Park, one of many places in Chicago famous for its Chicago-Style Hot Dogs. Visit here on a weekend night and you’ll see mutual abuse between staff and drunken customers which apparently is a lot of fun.

Our Opinion:

Kieron – A good hot dog that was made even better by the tasty fries that accompanied it! Really loved the relish and the flavor of the frankfurt – but still don’t understand how Americans can eat those pickle spears like that?!

Amy – I ate the majority of this without the toppings – it was okay, but when is a hot dog quality food? I loved the Dodger Dog over in Los Angeles and this was just below that I think. The fries served at The Wiener’s Circle tasted just like the one my mom makes and this was a big tick for me.

Where to get a Chicago-Style Hot Dog:

Have you tried Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza or a Chicago-Style Hot Dog? What did you think of it?


  1. Posted October 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Mmmm, deep dish pizza! As touristy as it was, I actually really loved the pizza at Gino’s East.
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    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      We didn’t get to try Gino’s (we had Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s) but the Globetrotter Girls had Gino’s East and said it had nothing on Giordano’s. Guess everyone has their own personal preference! 🙂

  2. Posted October 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Going to Chicago in a couple of weeks – lets see if I can gear myself up for the deep dish. Like Amy – I’m more of a thin crust person. I always have to get a hot dog now whenever I go to the baseball – though I don’t think I’d eaten one for years before I came to N.America!
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    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      After eating thin crust in NYC and now in Iceland (it’s like Italian thin crust!), I don’t think we can even go back to eating a deep dish pizza again!

      Good luck with the deep dish in Chicago, be sure to let us know what you think!

  3. Posted October 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Okay, both the pizza and pickles look so damn good right now. And I am for sure not pregnant!
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:16 am | Permalink

      Hahaha! Still don’t understand how anyone can eat pickles like that – it must be an American thing!

  4. Posted October 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Amy I’m with you – that massive cheesy deep dish pizza would definitely be too cheesy for me! It also looks really gooey, yuck!

    Glad you guys are having fun 🙂
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:17 am | Permalink

      Yeah I wasn’t a fan of it at all – I love cheese, but not this kind or this much in one serving!

  5. Posted October 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Even though we still prefer Italian-style thin crust pizza, looking at this picture of the deep dish pizza makes us want to go back for more 😉 Next time we’re in Chicago we’ll try Lou Malnati’s and a place called ‘Chicago Pizza’ which had been recommended to us just before we left.
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:18 am | Permalink

      It sounds like the two of you have developed quite the obsession for deep dish pizza! Haha look forward to finding out whether Giordano’s still remains your favorite.

  6. Posted October 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, YUM. I want to try deep-dish so much but I’m almost afraid to overdo it with all that cheese! I actually didn’t know that this was how a traditional Chicago dog was made, then again, I’ve never been to Chicago!

    I love reading up on all your adventures, things that I haven’t even seen in my own country!
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      If you can keep it to one slice, definitely do that!

      Yeah it’s strange to find out how certain things are made like the Chicago-style hot dog – we read that if you add ketchup then you’ll get glares from the locals so they take it pretty seriously!

      We’ve still got plenty more adventures to come and looking forward to reading more of yours in Oz.

  7. Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    I never had deep dish until I moved to Chicago but I became immediately hooked. So much cheese! And hidden on the bottom!
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:26 am | Permalink

      It was so much cheese! How often would you eat deep dish pizza when you lived in Chicago? Would love to know the numbers and how much you could consume.

  8. Posted October 25, 2011 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Deep dish pizza is so good, but it’s definitely filling! I haven’t had it in years, and this post made me crave some.
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:26 am | Permalink

      We’re quite happy to give it a couple of years hiatus but may crave it again one day – probably the next time we’re in Chicago!

  9. Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    I miss deep dish pizza so much! Giordano’s is my favorite, but I think 3 is the absolute most I’ve ever eaten, most people don’t eat more than a couple slices at once!
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:28 am | Permalink

      +1 for Giordano’s! Well if you managed to eat 3 considering your major league eating experience, then I’m quite proud of myself. 🙂

  10. Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    I left Detroit for college in Chicago weighing 155 pounds. By Christmas of my sophomore year, I was 215. Some could be attributed to alcohol, which I didn’t drink at all in High School, but most of it was Chicago food, which is all awesome and almost all unhealthy. Not to mention it’s availability after the bar, a dangerous combination….
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Wow – yeah Chicago-style food (along with most food in the US as we’ve found out) needs to be consumed in very small portions and in moderation.

  11. Matthew Cheyne
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Keiron. I’ve never tasted it but I’m deep dish all the way. That Pizza is making me hungry just looking at it:) It makes the La Porchetta in Carlton, Melbourne look lame.

    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Haha I wouldn’t go that far – the pizza on Lygon Street is pretty damn good!

  12. Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I’m just going to say it – that hot dog looks awful, lol. I could definitely go for a piece of Chicago-style pizza right now, though…
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    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Haha yeah we pulled at least a quarter of the toppings off before we ate it – this is the ‘before’ photo. 🙂

      The more people that drool over our deep dish pizza photo, the more we are thinking about it!

  13. Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    I love, love, love deep dish pizza – when I found out I was gluten-intolerant and had to give it up, I was heartbroken. Luckily, just before I left on my trip I discovered Chicago Pizza & Pasta makes a deep dish w/ a gluten free crust – I ordered about 3 times before I left! 🙂 But yeah, I can never eat more than 2 pieces at once.

    As for the hot dogs, I never really caught on to Chicago style dogs. I am as un-Chicagoan as they come because I like ketchup on my hot dog (an absolute no-no!)
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    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      Good to know that you can still enjoy deep-dish pizza even with a gluten intolerance!

      As for the hot dogs, we would have to agree – we like to keep it simple. Mustard, relish, cheese and ketchup is enough to keep us happy!

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