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Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder - 74 Reviews - 2121 N Clark St, Chicago, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (773) 248-2570

Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder

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2121 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
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(773) 248-2570
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Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder - Chicago, IL
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder - Chicago, IL
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder - Chicago, IL
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder - Chicago, IL
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder - Chicago, IL
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder - Chicago, IL

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Best

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.

Worst

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 web...

This place is hidden in plain sight. 8/7/2013

This place is hidden in plain sight. The wait was ridiculous for a Monday night. Loved the concept of pizza bread as an appetizer and pizza in a bowl. Staff continuously checked in to make sure we were satisfied. Complimentary piece of chocolate for dessert. more

My Favorite Pizza 12/26/2011

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. more

LOVE pizza and oven grinder 1/25/2010

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. Pros: salad, pizza, atmosphere Cons: cash only? more

I've loved this place for 24 years! 3/28/2009

I have been going to this place with my family for my whole life. everyone I bring there loves it too! Pros: cozy atmosphere and yummy bread and salad! Cons: cash only more

Cash Only, Get Real 3/25/2009

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. Cons: Unsanitary ,no chargecards more

BEST PIZZA IN CHICAGO! 2/18/2009

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. Cons: parking more

Best Pizza in Chicago 10/28/2008

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 Pros: Food, Atmosphere Cons: Wait more

Always a great experience, worth the wait! 9/26/2008

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!!! Pros: Great food (never fail), great value, great atmosphere. Cons: Expect to wait a little! :) more

Skip the Pizza thing, Grinders OK! 7/28/2008

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. Pros: Located near lake front a walk from summer fun in the city. Cons: the pizzanot good, cramped, not worth any wait. more

Good food. Decent service 3/9/2008

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! more

Favorite Restaurant in Chicago! 1/15/2008

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! Pros: Food, Ambience, Price Cons: Long Wait to be seated due to popularity more

The guy out front rocks 1/7/2008

by temp at Menuism Provided by Menuism
He can remember your name after like an hour. Its cool. more

The guy out front rocks 1/7/2008

chuck Provided by Partner
He can remember your name after like an hour. Its cool. more

very long wait 10/14/2007

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 Pros: Food Cons: long wait more

This place has longer lines than a trip to the Field Muse... 8/22/2007

This place has longer lines than a trip to the Field Museum...but it's worth it. There are no reservations,... more

This place has longer lines than a trip to the Field Muse... 8/22/2007

emunn Provided by Partner
This place has longer lines than a trip to the Field Museum...but it's worth it. There are no reservations, and the person working the front desk d... more

Come hungry! Come often! 4/25/2007

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 Pros: flat bread, salads and pizza are out of this world! Cons: credit cards only more

a different kind of pizza 1/29/2007

located on the bottom floor of a lincoln park home, chicago pizza & oven grinder exudes a *warm & cozy... more

Unique, but not nearly the best 1/29/2007

I'll definitely give this place points for unique pizzas. They bake the pizza in a ceramic bowl with the... more

a different kind of pizza 1/29/2007

Soo Provided by Partner
located on the bottom floor of a lincoln park home, chicago pizza & oven grinder exudes a *warm & cozy ski-lodge* feel w/all the dark brown wood b... more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    This distinctive old brownstone has high ceilings, pine paneling and majestic wooden booths that lend a cozy cabin feel, and the room buzzes loudly with chatter from couples and...

  • 3/9/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Payments:

    Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    Lincoln Park, North Side
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