Chicago part 2 – let there be pizza (and beer!)

On our first morning in Chicago, we waited for our friend from England to arrive. When we picked him up at the train station, we all decided we wanted breakfast food for lunch. Our AirBnB hostess had recommended a place called El Chile. So, we decided to try it.

It didn’t look like much from the outside. Or the inside, either. Mom said it reminded her a lot of some places she went in Mexico. Inside was this odd combination of restaurant, pool tables, and what looked like a small dance floor. Mom had read some Yelp reviews that weren’t very encouraging but our AirBnB hostess had been right so far, so we decided to trust her. She described it as a “Mexican pancake house” so we kinda had to try it.

Mom was happy because they had corned beef hash. It was served with two eggs, hash browns, and pancakes. She said it was surprisingly good. She is a little bit of a snob about corned beef hash because her mom used to make it at home from scratch instead of canned. So if she says your corned beef hash is good, you did something really right. I got the chocolate chip pancakes and they were awesome and huge. Dad got fajitas. Dad almost always has fajitas. He said they were fantastic. Our friend, The Bard, had the special and seemed to like it. Mom and Dad call him The Bard because he writes poems. He’s cool.

We left very full and happy. It was also surprisingly cheap. Mom and dad were very happy about that.

  • Space and accessibility – 5 It was a fairly open space
  • Sanitation – 5
  • Friendliness of staff – 4 Our server was very friendly
  • Service time – 5 It was super quick, but we went mid afternoon and the place was almost empty so it may be different at peak times
  • Overall taste – 4 Surprisingly good breakfast food, no complaints
  • Bang for your buck – 5 For the four of us we spent less than $30, including tip, in Chicago

A lot of the bad reviews on Yelp were for delivery. I can’t say how they are for that because we ate at the restaurant. I would definitely go again.

When dinner time rolled around, we decided to get pizza. Everyone said we HAD TO get pizza in Chicago. We had a hard time deciding where to go, but decided to give Golden Crust a try since it seemed close to where we were staying. It was further than we thought. Mom forgot to put my walker in the car when we left home, so I had to walk without it. We finally got there. Dad and The Bard were very happy to see the part about 40 taps. They like beer.


It’s a neat place. Dark inside but really a cool vibe. We decided to get a large meat lovers’ pizza. We were not prepared for how large large is. I mean look at it! Mom said her first car had smaller tires than this thing.


I am used to New York style pizza. Mom said it would be like pan pizza from a certain place, only good. She was right. The sauce was nicely balanced. Not too tangy, not too sweet, not too spicy, just right. The cheese was amazing. Everything about that pizza was just plain awesome. Now I get why everyone said we HAD TO get the pizza. Thanks, everyone.


I could only manage to eat one slice. We wound up taking Lyft to get back to where we were staying because no one could walk anymore after that.

Golden Crust

  • Space and accessibility – 3 It’s a really nice place, but if you were in a wheelchair you might have a very hard time
  • Sanitation – 5
  • Friendliness of staff – 5 Our server Bree was super cool and really took great care of us
  • Service time – 5 Surprisingly fast once we decided what to order
  • Overall taste – 5 This is another time I should go higher than 5, it was amazing
  • Bang for your buck – 4 Prices weren’t bad considering we were in Chicago, especially for such giant pizza

I would definitely go again. I would recommend to them to maybe make more space between tables for people who have mobility issues, but aside that, it was a really great place to be. We had a great time and the food was excellent. Dad and The Bard said the beer was too.

The next day, we went to our friend Marti’s house for a cookout. Her fiance cooked for us. He made brats soaked in beer and they were the best ones I ever tried. Mom doesn’t even like brats and said they were delicious. We had a great time and ate very well.

The next morning we had to get up early to drive back to NC. I wish we could have had more time in Chicago. I have been mentioning to mom and dad that I want to go back to Chicago. We probably will. There are a lot more places there I want to try.


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