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Jun 27, 2001 04:26 PM

Pizzeria Uno / Bakers Square

  • m

Has anybody ever eaten at either of these restaurants before? :)

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  1. Well Melissa, I'm just gonna take a second and assume you're serious here. Uno? Sucks. Bakers Square? Sucks. Why don't you take your time and search this board a little? Several pizza suggestions but haven't seen a pie thread. God's speed little doodle.

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    1. re: bryan

      I hesitated to respond, for fear of being lambasted as a snob or unwelcoming, (or worse, encouraging a troll) but...

      Ack. Not when I can avoid them. When inspired to eat Chicago Pizza, (infrequently), I usually go for giordano's.

      And Baker's Square, correct me if I'm wrong, seems to be in the same category of multi-national chain suburban mega-mall food/entertainment providers as Appleby's, Old Country Buffet, Sizzler, Denny's, etc. There is so much interesting local idiosyncratic delicious cheap food available in Chicago that I would just as soon wait till the next meal than engage in an eating experience guaranteed to add fuel to my rage at the continuing homogenization of the food world.

      1. re: seth

        I had a feeling this would be a lively debate. I am squarely in the middle: These resturants are bad, but some people feel comfortable with a chainmeal-- especially if they are the older persuasion. On the other hand, my dad liked anything he could get past his teeth up until the day he died. I suggest moderate experimentation of the neighborhood kind. Good luck.

    2. You're kidding, right?

      1. Now now folks, let's be nice.

        I have not eaten at the Chicago Uno's, but at other Uno's around the country - they are all the same. I enjoy the pizza that has sausage and fresh tomato on it, the sausage is particularly tasty. I also like their salad dressing that they put into the Grolsch bottles.

        My dad loves these sorts of places. They are good for folks who are not adventurous and like the safety of familiar foods. I am not denigrating my dad, I love my dad - but he's the first to admit that he just wants something familiar. He goes to the same restaurants all the time, and going to a new one is a bit of a trial for him. He likes Red Lobster, Chi Chi's, Brasserie Jo, Gene and Georgetti's, etc. He feels that he gets a decent value for the money he spends, and is not impressed by "atmosphere" like you'd get at a more upscale place.

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        1. re: lee

          I don't think anybody's suggesting that the natural counter point to the Uno's, Baker's Squares and national chain restaurants of the world are necessarily "upscale" places with chichi "atmosphere". Rather, that there are places in the same price range as these chains, where the quality of the food is dictated not by a national marketing campaign but rather by a dedication to authentic flavors and idiosyncratic culinary traditions. So a superlative 2 dollar pupusa, made by hand in a family run pupuseria is (according to the way i understand the mission of these boards) preferable by far to a bland and predictable pepper-jack topped entree at any of the 14000 TGIFriday's to be found in shopping malls around the world. Upscale atmosphere isn't what's at stake in the poopooing of Baker's Square.

          And I certainly don't fault your father for seeking out and enjoying familiarity. Part of why I like these boards so much is that they direct me to the places I imagine I'll be visiting regularly over the next thirty years. But I would be surprised if many who post on these boards in search of truly best-of-class eating experiences would find those familiar spots of the future in the world of national chain restaurants.

          1. re: Seth

            I agree that there are more interesting places at the same price point. But my point (point point :) was that some of us are being snooty to the person asking about Baker's Square. Maybe someone really likes the place, has asked her to go with him, and she wants to know about it ahead of time? Why can't we just answer the darned question instead of trying to convince the person to be different or saying she's a troll? Maybe now she just feels bad.

            If someone is asking about Uno's and Baker's Square, they aren't necessarily going to be looking for interesting. Trust me, to use my dad as an example, if we take him to somewhere like that, he's going to get whatever is the closest thing they have to plain beef or chicken, no sauce, with a baked potato on the side. He likes broccoli, too. But he is not going to enjoy the experience.

            When we bring him home from the airport we know he's going to see the Red Lobster and ask us if we will take him there. It's not like they don't have Red Lobster where he lives, he just REALLY likes it. And he's not the only one. Do a search on Top Secret Recipes, one of the most requested is for their cheese biscuits.

            Live and let live, eh? More chow for us :)

            1. re: lee

              Yes. Perhaps it was snooty to refer to her as a troll. But all the same, the answer to the question asked is "Huh? What? Those places are bad! If you have an option, go somewhere else. If you need some tips for places that do a superlative local version of the genre of food that these chains make, all right, we'll be happy to oblige, but Baker's Square... Yick." It's all right not to recommend these spots. I don't think that I or anyone on this board should assume that a poster likes bad food, or that we should base our recommendations on that assumption. This is not, BTW, a dig at your father's tastes...simple food and bad food are easily distinguishable.

              Furthermore, I think that a certain amount of incredulity is appropriate here, just like when someone asks "What's the best Taco Bell in Cincinnati?". It's not outside the realm of imagination that this was a troll posting meant to provoke precisely the kind of reaction from me that it did.

              Melissa, if you're still around, I'm sorry I called you a troll. It was nothing personal. Eat somewhere else if you can. There's much better food in the world.

        2. I’m not sure if you are referring to the original Uno’s or to the chain. They are quite different. I would say the original one is certainly worth a visit at least once but the clones are better avoided.

          Regardless of what you think about Uno’s pizza (I happen to like it on occasion, but it’s certainly not my favorite), it played a significant role in the evolution of pizza in Chicago. Whether Ike Sewell really deserves credit for "inventing" deep dish pizza in the 1940s is debatable but there’s little doubt that he was responsible for hyping Uno’s version as the true Chicago style pie.

          If you’ve never been and plan to go, definitely try to avoid peak hours. It is a major tourist destination and the crowds can be very unpleasant.

          Pizzeria Uno
          29 E Ohio St
          Chicago IL 60611

          1. Bakers square is fantastic! the food is so good, you won't want to eat anywhere else! and for dessert, why, their great pies of course! Everything is affordable and yummy and made with loving care. Anyone who doesn't like the square is a asshole food snob. Please try one at your earliest convienience.
            alei outy fo hu de !