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Gino's East or Lou Malnati's?

laboheme Jan 22, 2012 06:11 AM

Looking forward to a deep dish pizza experience today. Last day in Chicago--which one would you go to? Thanks!

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  1. weinstein5 Jan 22, 2012 08:15 AM

    I look both but prefer Lou's

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      JMFLD Jan 22, 2012 08:17 AM


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        gordeaux Jan 22, 2012 09:20 AM


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          1. caseyjo Jan 22, 2012 12:16 PM

            I like Gino's ambiance more, but Lou's has that great butter crust. Although, sometimes that butter is too much of a good thing.

            I'd forego both and go to Giordano's instead, but if you're set on those two Lou's is probably your best bet. And make sure you get a pitcher of 312 beer to go with that pizza!

            1. chicgail Jan 22, 2012 12:22 PM


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                HoosierFoodie Jan 23, 2012 10:52 AM


              2. Db Cooper Jan 23, 2012 10:55 AM

                I've got a fever. And the only cure.....is more Lou's.

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                  Shaggy Jan 24, 2012 07:20 AM

                  Gino's. The sausage patty (not crumble) is my favorite there.

                  1. GraceW Jan 25, 2012 05:35 PM

                    I don't eat pizza. Don;t like it.... BUT I LOVE LOU'S! I actually go there on my birthday.. and I don;t even like pizza! It's just that gooood at Lou's! It is so good, it is hardly pizza. Just goodness.

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                      lucylou Jul 25, 2012 01:39 PM

                      I've seen the posts but I grew up in Chicago and Gino's will always be number 1 to me! I think it's tastier and their sausage is awesome! Sorry but I think lou's crust is to hard. But to each his own:)

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                        magic Aug 16, 2012 08:40 PM

                        Any more thoughts?

                        I'll be visiting Chicago for the first time and will be eating my way through your city over 5 days, with much to get through. Not sure if I'll have enough time for 2 different pizza spots - so which should I choose??

                        Gino's appears to have a fun vibe, but Lou's seems to get slightly better pizza reviews. Although I've yet to hear anything really bad about Gino's pizza - just maybe that it's not as good as Lou's. But still pretty good.

                        And now this Pequod's seems to look crazy tasty too!

                        Now I'm really confused. Thoughts?? Guidance? Help!!

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                          itryalot Aug 16, 2012 08:48 PM

                          I think we are trying Pizano's, but Lou's is a close second. We might just pick up a frozen Lou's and take it home with us.

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                            magic Aug 16, 2012 08:53 PM

                            I know you! You're in Chicago now?! How bout that.

                            So what should I do.

                            Also, a bit off topic, but which Pequod's loaction should I go to? Food quality is most important but atmpsohere and friendly service are VERY important too.

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                              itryalot Aug 17, 2012 11:46 AM

                              Not in Chitown yet. On my way soon, though.

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                                magic Aug 17, 2012 12:15 PM

                                I wish you well : )

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                            GraceW Aug 16, 2012 08:58 PM

                            Even if I remove my bias, if you skim over the other posts.. Lou's got more votes than Gino's.

                            Pequod's is great too. If for some reason you do go to Gino's, order a salad or appetizer (or pack a granola bar since you'll be waiting on the curb for some time before you get your table) because your pizza takes even longer than Lou's and Pequod's.--Regardless, enjoy and welcome to Chicago.

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                              magic Aug 16, 2012 09:04 PM

                              Jeez, I might have to visit all 3. Le sigh.

                              But thank you :)

                              Any specific Lou's or Pequod's location? Atmopshere and service are important to me. I'll have a car so I can go anywhere.

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                            chicagothr Aug 24, 2012 03:25 PM

                            Lou's, no doubt.

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