Deep dish pizza
Skip: Gino’s East
Instead visit: Pequod’s
No food item is more closely associated with Chicago than deep dish, yet newcomers will learn many residents have ambivalent feelings about the infamous Midwestern take on the pizza. Gino’s East has become a go-to spot to grab an authentic hunk of cheese, meat, and sauce, which is OK, but for a city that’s the home base of deep dish, you can do better.
If you want some deep dish that will truly justify the hype, go with Pequod's. The mass of toppings is fresh and in better proportion than most alternatives and, like any true pizza aficionado will tell you, the crust is the star of the show. Here it's caramelized, cheesy, crispy, chewy goodness that more than makes up for the long weekend wait times.