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    Post #1 - July 6th, 2021, 11:54 am
    Post #1 - July 6th, 2021, 11:54 am Post #1 - July 6th, 2021, 11:54 am
    We had deep dish pizza from a new deep dish joint, George's. I had passed by the storefront a number of times before it opened, with my anticipation building each time. It was well worth the wait.

    We make deep dish at home and it's a fun project to tweak, er obsess over. To me, many of the local deep dish standard bearers taste too industrial and too bready and can't compare to the homemade version. So I was excited to try a new place trying to do a better job.

    Here's what George's site has to say about their pizza:

    George's wrote:Our pizza is unique in the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza landscape. It was inspired by several famous pizzerias. It has a Sourdough Focaccia Style Crust, Crispy Caramelized Cheese Edge, Cornmeal Base, and our Sweet Tomato Sauce. We use King Arthur Flour, Stanislaus Tomatoes, and Grande Cheese on our pizzas.

    It takes several days for each pizza's dough to individually cold ferment in its own container. This process gives every deep dish pizza a unique flavor and texture. We make only limited number of pizzas each day. This insures we provide the highest quality product to you.


    You can get a good sense of their style from the pictures on their website. There's also a hungry hound video with more information on George's style and inspiration.

    I really thought it hit the mark. The crust was light, crisp, and very flavorful. The cheese actually had taste! Very happy to have this place in the neighborhood.

    George’s Deep Dish
    6221 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60660
    773-801-1551
    http://georgesdeepdish.com/
    https://www.exploretock.com/georgesdeepdish/
  • Post #2 - July 6th, 2021, 12:45 pm
    Post #2 - July 6th, 2021, 12:45 pm Post #2 - July 6th, 2021, 12:45 pm
    Huh, I guess I haven't been on that stretch of Clark for a while. Sounds great. Thanks for the post!
    -Mary
  • Post #3 - July 8th, 2021, 4:12 am
    Post #3 - July 8th, 2021, 4:12 am Post #3 - July 8th, 2021, 4:12 am
    sounds like a spot i need to get to asap, wish it wasn't summer tho
  • Post #4 - July 8th, 2021, 11:52 pm
    Post #4 - July 8th, 2021, 11:52 pm Post #4 - July 8th, 2021, 11:52 pm
    Darren72 wrote: There's also a hungry hound video with more information on George's style and inspiration.


    Hungry Hound was only used for the long discontinued ABC7 material. Steve Dolinsky is now known as Steve Dolinsky.
  • Post #5 - July 19th, 2021, 5:32 am
    Post #5 - July 19th, 2021, 5:32 am Post #5 - July 19th, 2021, 5:32 am
    George Bumbaris' deep dish pizza might evoke memories of Burt's Place or Pequod's, but his inspiration came from obscure cult pies in Chicago.
    https://apple.news/A-JLTlDbYQFS-uTDMgen-3A
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #6 - July 19th, 2021, 7:55 am
    Post #6 - July 19th, 2021, 7:55 am Post #6 - July 19th, 2021, 7:55 am
    Dave148 wrote:George Bumbaris' deep dish pizza might evoke memories of Burt's Place or Pequod's, but his inspiration came from obscure cult pies in Chicago.
    https://apple.news/A-JLTlDbYQFS-uTDMgen-3A

    Such a fun review by Louisa!

    When you bite into a sausage slice, there’s a crackly crunch and meaty nuggets with gravitational pull through thick swirls of tomato and melty mozzarella. Caramelized and acidic flavors kick in before I notice the fennel and oregano typically found in the sausage and sauce aren’t there, so they don’t dominate the toppings. That lovely crust brings balance to a handheld universe.


    The owner notes that he thinks 25 pizzas a night is his maximum. Shades of Great Lakes...
    -Mary
  • Post #7 - July 19th, 2021, 6:07 pm
    Post #7 - July 19th, 2021, 6:07 pm Post #7 - July 19th, 2021, 6:07 pm
    Might have been fun to read but ... paywall.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #8 - July 19th, 2021, 6:35 pm
    Post #8 - July 19th, 2021, 6:35 pm Post #8 - July 19th, 2021, 6:35 pm
    The proprietor mentioning Barry's Spot as an inspiration (or at least with fondness) was a nice throwback. I remember running in there to grab slices for my dad 20-25 years ago. Predecessor to Art of Pizza's model of by-the-slice deep dish/pan offerings. I was surprised to see they didn't close until 2012. Would've guessed no later than the mid-2000's.

    The spaghetti pizza looked like a waste if you're limiting yourself to 25 pizzas/night. To each his own.
  • Post #9 - July 19th, 2021, 7:22 pm
    Post #9 - July 19th, 2021, 7:22 pm Post #9 - July 19th, 2021, 7:22 pm
    Katie wrote:Might have been fun to read but ... paywall.


    If you go directly to the website, don’t they give you 5 free articles a month?
  • Post #10 - July 19th, 2021, 7:42 pm
    Post #10 - July 19th, 2021, 7:42 pm Post #10 - July 19th, 2021, 7:42 pm
    Guess I used up my five free articles already.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #11 - July 19th, 2021, 7:43 pm
    Post #11 - July 19th, 2021, 7:43 pm Post #11 - July 19th, 2021, 7:43 pm
    Darren72 wrote:
    Katie wrote:Might have been fun to read but ... paywall.
    If you go directly to the website, don’t they give you 5 free articles a month?
    I thought they got rid of any type of allowance for content they deem to be of a certain demand, but in an incognito browser I was able to pull up the review just by going to the Trib's website (just now, I read it logged in under a subscription earlier). So it should be available.
    They can't keep track of any allowance on an incognito browser.
  • Post #12 - July 20th, 2021, 12:05 pm
    Post #12 - July 20th, 2021, 12:05 pm Post #12 - July 20th, 2021, 12:05 pm
    Thanks for the tip!
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #13 - October 17th, 2021, 8:49 pm
    Post #13 - October 17th, 2021, 8:49 pm Post #13 - October 17th, 2021, 8:49 pm
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    I'm a little annoyed with myself that it took me this long to get to George's. This place is special. I don't think I've ever had a crust quite like this. It's thick but light and flavorful enough to stand alone as a quality piece of bread. The toppings and sauce were all great.
  • Post #14 - December 1st, 2021, 10:45 pm
    Post #14 - December 1st, 2021, 10:45 pm Post #14 - December 1st, 2021, 10:45 pm
    I live a skip away from George's and have ordered their pizza twice now in the past 2 weeks.

    We've tried the:
    CLOONEY'S ER
    Cup+Char Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Beef Meatballs, Bacon

    MICHAEL'S S&M
    Spaghetti, Beef Meatballs, Ricotta, and Roasted Garlic

    ORWELL'S Farm (Vegetarian)
    Cremini Mushrooms, Fire-Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onions, and Ricotta

    I had the Clooney's ER which was...just fantastic. I'm a carnivore through and through but this never felt too heavy.

    Michael's S&M was a bit too much for me. Meatballs were great, but having spaghetti on a pizza proved a bit too unruly.

    As other LTH members have mentioned, despite looking and feeling like a deep dish, this pizza is something completely unique. I thought I would miss the caramelized crust cast iron Chicago pizzas usually offer, but this focaccia-like dough had me extremely satisfied.
  • Post #15 - December 2nd, 2021, 9:19 am
    Post #15 - December 2nd, 2021, 9:19 am Post #15 - December 2nd, 2021, 9:19 am
    incite wrote:...
    As other LTH members have mentioned, despite looking and feeling like a deep dish, this pizza is something completely unique. I thought I would miss the caramelized crust cast iron Chicago pizzas usually offer, but this focaccia-like dough had me extremely satisfied.

    incite-

    Have you had the pizza at Sauce & Bread Kitchen? I think their crust is almost like focaccia as well. Still need to try George's. It sounds great.
    -Mary
  • Post #16 - January 18th, 2022, 5:54 pm
    Post #16 - January 18th, 2022, 5:54 pm Post #16 - January 18th, 2022, 5:54 pm
    Any relation to the owner of Prairie Grass Cafe?
  • Post #17 - February 9th, 2022, 6:46 pm
    Post #17 - February 9th, 2022, 6:46 pm Post #17 - February 9th, 2022, 6:46 pm
    Just got around to trying George's for the first time despite living relatively close.....just wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Easily the best deep dish I've ever had and quite possibly the best pizza period I've ever had. I'm sure it will be a contender for best thing I eat this year. I got the Weasley and.....amazed. I love me some Pequod's but this was taking it to the next level and then some.
  • Post #18 - February 10th, 2022, 2:25 am
    Post #18 - February 10th, 2022, 2:25 am Post #18 - February 10th, 2022, 2:25 am
    aribucs wrote:Any relation to the owner of Prairie Grass Cafe?

    First cousins, per Louisa Chu's Tribune article in July 2021

    Another tidbit I learned from this article, and humbly didn't figure out myself when reviewing options for my Saturday pickup order: The menu items are all named after famous George's. Current offerings pay tribute to Clooney, Halas, Harrison, Orwell, Weasley, and more.
  • Post #19 - March 24th, 2022, 9:03 pm
    Post #19 - March 24th, 2022, 9:03 pm Post #19 - March 24th, 2022, 9:03 pm
    Maiden voyage tonight. Expectations were very high, yet still surpassed. The whole Tock thing is pretentious, but I ordered at 6.45pm for an 8pm pickup, so it's more style than substance in a certain regard. The crust is wonderful, but the quality of the sausage was the underreported element for me. Took just under 20 minutes from north Evanston, but it's an easy schlep to get over.
  • Post #20 - March 25th, 2022, 4:49 am
    Post #20 - March 25th, 2022, 4:49 am Post #20 - March 25th, 2022, 4:49 am
    bweiny wrote:...Took just under 20 minutes from north Evanston, but it's an easy schlep to get over.


    Good to hear; we're in north Evanston as well and it appears that George's has discontinued the availability of delivery and is pickup only now. Our first experience (fabulous, need it be said) was delivery. Next trip is on my own.
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #21 - March 25th, 2022, 9:02 am
    Post #21 - March 25th, 2022, 9:02 am Post #21 - March 25th, 2022, 9:02 am
    Gypsy Boy wrote:
    bweiny wrote:...Took just under 20 minutes from north Evanston, but it's an easy schlep to get over.
    Good to hear; we're in north Evanston as well and it appears that George's has discontinued the availability of delivery and is pickup only now. Our first experience (fabulous, need it be said) was delivery.
    I went back to their Tock page [https://www.exploretock.com/georgesdeepdish/] because I was surprised by this and thought delivery was an option. It's still up, just that they seem to have separate supply pools for delivery and pickup since the former is sold out until Tuesday, but pickup has openings tonight and tomorrow.

    McCormick to Howard to Ridge to Devon was the best route last night, fwiw.
  • Post #22 - March 31st, 2022, 4:24 am
    Post #22 - March 31st, 2022, 4:24 am Post #22 - March 31st, 2022, 4:24 am
    bweiny wrote:
    Gypsy Boy wrote:
    bweiny wrote:...Took just under 20 minutes from north Evanston, but it's an easy schlep to get over.
    Good to hear; we're in north Evanston as well and it appears that George's has discontinued the availability of delivery and is pickup only now. Our first experience (fabulous, need it be said) was delivery.
    I went back to their Tock page [https://www.exploretock.com/georgesdeepdish/] because I was surprised by this and thought delivery was an option. It's still up, just that they seem to have separate supply pools for delivery and pickup since the former is sold out until Tuesday, but pickup has openings tonight and tomorrow.

    McCormick to Howard to Ridge to Devon was the best route last night, fwiw.


    Thanks for this. I've gone to Tock a few times and sometimes the delivery option is up and sometimes it's not. I have to assume that that is because delivery is sold out (?) It seems odd and pure dumb luck whether the option will be listed or not. I first discovered the problem when I searched for restaurants offering delivery and it didn't show up.
    In any case, thanks for the note (and the route!)
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #23 - May 16th, 2022, 1:06 pm
    Post #23 - May 16th, 2022, 1:06 pm Post #23 - May 16th, 2022, 1:06 pm
    Picked up one Saturday night. Super quick trip from South Evanston.

    This was some of the best pizza Ive had in a long time! The crust was unreal, light but thick, airy, sour. Nicely browned on bottom with cornmeal. Cheese right on top of crust made it really creamy and a nice layering of toppings (big sausage chunks, sliced crimini mushrooms, roasted red pepper). Genius move to not put any spices in the tomato sauce, it's super bright and fresh; really brings the whole pizza together. Cant wait to try more topping combos.

    Seemed like a one man operation, George greeted me and ran in the back to box the pizza up.

    Minor quibble, this is one very, very expensive pizza...but worth it!
  • Post #24 - May 16th, 2022, 1:28 pm
    Post #24 - May 16th, 2022, 1:28 pm Post #24 - May 16th, 2022, 1:28 pm
    Are they accepting dine-in orders yet?

    Buddy
  • Post #25 - May 16th, 2022, 1:57 pm
    Post #25 - May 16th, 2022, 1:57 pm Post #25 - May 16th, 2022, 1:57 pm
    BuddyRoadhouse wrote:Are they accepting dine-in orders yet?

    Buddy

    There is no seating.
    -Mary
  • Post #26 - June 14th, 2022, 4:44 pm
    Post #26 - June 14th, 2022, 4:44 pm Post #26 - June 14th, 2022, 4:44 pm
    I finally got to try George's back on April 9th. We ordered a large sausage pizza. While I thought it was very good, I think it fell short of my sky high expectations. Same thing as when I had Uncle Jerry's in Cary. Both were new and unique deep dish pizzas and both fell short of what I expected (but still good).
  • Post #27 - June 17th, 2022, 12:26 pm
    Post #27 - June 17th, 2022, 12:26 pm Post #27 - June 17th, 2022, 12:26 pm
    Ram4 wrote:I finally got to try George's back on April 9th. We ordered a large sausage pizza. While I thought it was very good, I think it fell short of my sky high expectations. Same thing as when I had Uncle Jerry's in Cary. Both were new and unique deep dish pizzas and both fell short of what I expected (but still good).


    We had the same reaction when we ordered their sausage, pepper and ricotta pie in May. It's quite good but I was expecting life-changing pizza. I'd order again but don't feel the need to go out of my way.
  • Post #28 - June 18th, 2022, 1:54 pm
    Post #28 - June 18th, 2022, 1:54 pm Post #28 - June 18th, 2022, 1:54 pm
    Same here, enjoyed the pizza and the crust is unique but it is too far and I wouldn't go out of the way for it when I can go to Labriola or Lou's down the street.
  • Post #29 - June 19th, 2022, 1:25 pm
    Post #29 - June 19th, 2022, 1:25 pm Post #29 - June 19th, 2022, 1:25 pm
    Im wondering if y'all that live "too far" would consider it (insert superlative adjective) pizza if they had a dining room? But for me, this pizza for carryout within 12 min drive of my house is definitely fantastic and I cant wait to get another one!
  • Post #30 - June 21st, 2022, 1:38 pm
    Post #30 - June 21st, 2022, 1:38 pm Post #30 - June 21st, 2022, 1:38 pm
    champs2005 wrote:Im wondering if y'all that live "too far" would consider it (insert superlative adjective) pizza if they had a dining room? But for me, this pizza for carryout within 12 min drive of my house is definitely fantastic and I cant wait to get another one!
    I don't know. I always prefer pizza in the restaurant so I suppose I would go back if they had dine-in. My brother loved George's so he will get it again, and maybe I will too if he brings one by, but I have so many other pizza places to try all over the area let alone go back to the ones I love. Coupled with me cutting back on eating like I used to and spending more in restaurants doesn't bode well for return visits for an expensive, carb-laden bready deep dish. If anything, the next big pizza from the city I want to get would probably be a full sheet pan of sausage pizza from D'amato's Bakery for a Bear game this fall.

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