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Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder

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(64 Reviews)

2121 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 248-2570

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Today: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tomorrow: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
46
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General Info
Known for Pizza Pot Pie and Oven Grinder sandwiches. Pizza Pot Pie named Best Cheese recipe in the USA as seen on cable TV.
BBB Rating
A+
BBB Rating and Accreditation information may be delayed up to a week.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (773) 248-2672

Primary Phone: (773) 248-2672

Payment method
cash
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
North Side, Lincoln Park
AKA

Chgo Pizza & Oven Grinder Co

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Company

Categories
Pizza, Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Family Style, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Good for Kids: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Holidays

Price Range : Average

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kmdbkb61

12/26/2011

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Overall
My Favorite Pizza

Thanks to my Aunt way back when CPOG first opened in 1972, I was 11 years of age and now 50 and still is my favorite place.
I have brought many family members and lots of friends to try something new. Back in time they sold 1 & 2 pound pizza's. Now it's 1/2 and 1 pound pizza's. Order the Chef salad, drizzle some poppy seed dressing and a spoonful of garlic dressing, mix and eat. Can't beat it. 1/2 pound meat sauce with mushrooms, and wheat crust is the best. Cut in smalll pieces and savor the taste.
It is a great place to spend time together. I have been here for pizza before leaving town to go on vacation, celebrate birthday's, exchange christmas presents, and yes sign many birthday cards to get in the mail for your friends who still have birthdays. Not always in the same year. Thank goodness this means I will be back again and again.
Don't forget to bring home some dressings and a few frozen pizza's.
Thank you for the friends I have made and continue to make while waiting in line or at the bar. Thanks to the staff who have made me feel welcome.

alyv20

01/26/2010

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LOVE pizza and oven grinder

I have been coming here since I began visiting Chicago. It is such a fun place to go with friends. The twist on traditional Chicago pizza is what I love - the actual pizza pie. SO good. The antipasta salad is also a must.

Cassia

03/28/2009

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I've loved this place for 24 years!

I have been going to this place with my family for my whole life. everyone I bring there loves it too!

You MUST try the mediterranean bread WITH the antipasta salad. The key is the two homemade dressings (yes they sell bottles for you to take home)
creamy garlic and sweet poppyseed.
mix them together and it's perfection!
Out of the dozens of visits,, I've only ordered the grinders once.
We go for the pizza
please try it and remember it is cash only!

RobertMcCoy

03/25/2009

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Cash Only, Get Real

The filthy mitt to remove the pizza was disgusting. We tried to overlook that and ate it. Not taking charge cards limited our spending and that was a good thing.

Never again. So many better places.

loneranger11148

02/18/2009

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BEST PIZZA IN CHICAGO!

Chicago Pizza Pie and Oven Grinder Company is one of the most unique places in Chicago to eat. It's cozy and the food is wonderful and affordable. The pizza is unbelieveable, and the salad is great too. When I lived there, I tried to go at least once every few months. I am writing this, because value is so miportant these days, and this place really offers just that. So does the other fave. mentioned in a previous review, The Half Shell at Diversey and Orchard. That also falls under the ""don't blink or you'll miss it"" category of ""small, sweet, worth-the-wait"" treats hidden in this surprising city! Enjoy. Oh, and just park in the first spot you find...otherwise, it's a hunt for a space.

megandavison1

10/28/2008

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Best Pizza in Chicago

My husband and I were at Oven Grinder last Saturday night and had great food. We were there early, but really didn't have to wait too long. The Mediterranean Bread and Pizza were to die for! The pizza is simple, but has such good flavor. It is something in the cheese. I think the atmosphere is great. We cant wait until our next trip to Chicago and Oven Grinder

lincolnAC

09/26/2008

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Always a great experience, worth the wait!

This restaurant is one of my favorites! Yes, we always have to wait about 15-30 minutes for a table, but it's always worth it; and, doesn't consistently waiting for a reasonable amount of time prove that the place it popular/well liked by patrons and efficiently run by its staff? The food is unique and always delicious-I LOVE the bread!! And as for some people saying that this place is too crowed and cramped, lighten up. This place gains its great atmosphere and character from the great historic building in which it resides. :) People enjoying their evening surrounded by great food in a great place is hard to beat!!!

carlolicchi

07/28/2008

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Skip the Pizza thing, Grinders OK!

Pizza part gets 1 star 2 stars for originality. The Grinders get 2-3 stars. Ambiance gets 2 stars. We went to this self named pizza place because of the raving reviews on this website and others. I am familiar with the city and it's many and varied restaurants. Now to all the raving reviews I have to wonder A. What are these people smoking or B. These people wouldn't know good food if it fell out of the sky and did a little dance on their nose or C. Every employee of the place is required to write a 5 star review. The place could be called claustrophobic the womens bathroom was ""disgusting"". The pine benches are tight and small and little comfort, but high enough to keep your booth isolated.
The Mediterranean Bread is nothing but a flat thin crust with some herbs on it. Comes draped over a small plate and laying on the table top. I hope this table has been professionally cleaned our food is laying all over it! How bout a bigger platter?
You can only order a half pound $11 or a full pound portion $22. The pizza pie 1/2lb is nothing more than a very small crust of dough shaped into a small bowl, and filled with a gobby mess of melted cheese red sauce a little meat and a couple of mushy mushrooms The red sauce is blah. I could think of 25 other places to get a better pizza experience. SKIP the pizza thing! The Grinder part should go in FRONT of the Pizza part of this restaurant. Vegie Grinder was good not great. 3 stars at best. It's big but $13 for a sub it better be big. No refills for the kids pop so be prepared to pop out some more cash for the thirsty ones. No plastic just cash? For a party of 4 or more adults who intend to drink pack some Jacksons or even Grants in your pocket if you're picking up the bill, because you'll need it. If the stars are being awarded for the Lincoln Park location it's a shame. The real rating is supposed to be for the food, service, ambiance, etc. PS Citysearch get more storage for these reviews. Go Sox, Go Cubs!

chrism99

03/09/2008

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Good food. Decent service

I love the greek salad at this place and the mushroom pizza's which are turned over on your plate! Great place for first date! My fiance cathy loves it too!

christierae

01/15/2008

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Favorite Restaurant in Chicago!

I have recently moved to Chicago and was recommended this restaurant from a friend and it is FANTASTIC!! The ambiance is wonderful. You feel as if you are in a mountain town in Aspen...very cozy and cottage like. The food is absolutely delicious...from the salads to the Pizza Pies (what they are known for)...it is a must visit. I have already been 3 times in the past month! Also, the price points are extremely affordable with a great wine selection. Yes the wait is very long, however, I feel it is more then worth it! This is a must visit in Chicago!

dorkahonis

10/14/2007

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very long wait

This place was referred to me by a friend so I was very excited to try it out. My boyfriend and I went there on a Friday night around 9:30pm thinking it would be a good time to go with out much of a wait. We got there and the place was PACKED. It is a very small building not very accommodating to the large amount of hungry people waiting to eat. Most people had to wait outside. We went there pretty hungry and disappointed to see that there was such a long wait. We got in to find out that they do not take names, their is one guy that is expected to remember all of the faces of everyone that comes in, and the order in which they came in. After waiting at the very crowed bar for an hour and a half we were finally seated. I guess the guy did remember us after all. The food was really good. We got a salad to start which came with three very tasty homemade dressings that you mix together that makes one delicious mix. With the salad we got their specialty bread. Which comes to you so large it is falling off of the sides of the plate. I have to say that due to this bread alone it was worth the wait. For our main course we each got a small pizza potpie. You can order the crust in either white or whole wheat. It comes stocked with meat and loaded with cheese. The only thing I think would really make the pizza potpie better would be if you could pick the toppings that come inside. Don't let the fact that you can't pick the toppings scare you though, because they are prepared fresh you can still subtract those items which you do not want. After all was said and done we both left very satisfied with very full belly's. =D

mbmiddendorf

04/25/2007

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Overall
Come hungry! Come often!

Yum! Great food. I'm hungry just thinking about it. Just remember to come hungry and bring cash as they do not take credit cards

kdiones

01/16/2007

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Don't forget to order the Mediterranean Bread!

One of my favorite places in Chicago. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. There is not enough seating so you may have to wait but it's worth the wait! The host does not take your name down. But don't be alarmed, he will remember your face and when you are next to be seated. For 2 people, the one pounder pizza pot-pie and an order of the Mediterranean Bread makes a perfect meal. Don't forget to order the mediterranean bread!!

eaglecove1

10/05/2006

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One in a Million Experience

Have not been there lately, but I am overjoyed that the greeter is still there. He makes those who demand personal service cringe! He has a mind that snaps you face to your name and puts a unique number to you. You are never slighted! Some consider this bad service...but he is unique at best.

The Mediterranean Bread is over the top! The Grinders are unique at best. Such Ingredients!

The history of the neighborhood is awesome....across from the St. Valentines Massacre! Love this town! Why buy a plane ticket with so many great Chicago places.....Try Half Shell just North and West on Diversy and you will be ready for a HAT TRICK even if you try White Castle's next!

girlaudio

09/24/2006

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Super Place

While being in town on business I had the opportunity to stop by. This place is super! The Potpie Pizza is the best food you will have. Get the Mediterranean Bread for appetizer too!! You won't regret any of it. The GirlAudio Productions team will always eat at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder! Thanks guys!

dakotadad

09/12/2006

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Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder

I don't know how the maitre d remembers you by face only. He knows exactly how long it
will be for your table too! Order the Meditteranean Bread for an appetizer and try to
sit at the round table in the window.
The best ""POTPIE"" pizza in the universe. I first thought the waiter was spilling over a mushroom the first time I went there. What a delight to see the chhese and veggies when he flipped it. Order the wheat crust, just because it's different.

dse122

08/22/2006

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Overall
Awesome

I moved away a few years ago but this was one of my favorite restaurants and still is. Everytime I come back to visit, I must go here. This is such a wonderful cozy place to take a friend or date to try and to experience Chicago. If you haven't been and have the chance to go here, DO IT. The line is usually long so skip lunch and get there as soon as they open for dinner and you shouldn't have to wait. Get the bread, salad(mix the dressings as suggested) and don't forget the pizza pie. IF you think you still have room get dessert. Just enjoy this wonderful place and all the lovely character of this charming building. Take a walk to the zoo afterwards and just enjoy one of the best restaurants and best citys!!!!!!!!!!

earlsgirl8

08/18/2006

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well worth the wait

and let me tell you, the wait is usually long (unless you get there when they first open)
but.....this pizza is worth it! 1 pounder, whole wheat, with sausage and the largest whole mushrooms you could possibly imagine.....
don't forget to get a salad to share and the meditteranean bread!!!!!!!!

camkelly

07/12/2006

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Go for the bread

Wknd wait could be lengthy if you don't get there shortly before the dinner hour. No reservations taken and they only take CASH. The Mediterainean bread is out of the world. Couple it with a salad. Be sure to mix together the garlic and poppyseed salad dressings, fabulous!!! Casual, cozy and fun. Not recommended for group seating. Take a walk through Lincoln Park/Zoo afterwards. Perfect place to take Chicago visitors.

foodcritic799

05/19/2006

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Overall
ANYTHING BUT THE POT PIE

Get the grinder, get the mediterranean bread, get the salad, get the mediterranean bread, get the dessert, GET THE MEDITERRANEAN BREAD! But if you're looking for pizza, or even something resembling pizza, you'll have to go somewhere else. This is 'franco-american' spagetti sauce in a bread bowl, covered with cheese. My mom served me this as a kid.
Did I mention the meditarranean bread? This alone is worth your time. Match it up with a dinner salad and it's one of Chicago's true values. Pizza? Maybe tomorrow.