Posts Tagged ‘NW Suburbs Pizza’
Sporting an English pub decor, the Village Squire is a mini chain with four locations in the W / NW Suburbs of Chicago.
The menu includes quite a few small plates that you could share (but you don’t have to!), burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, steak, chicken, fish, and pastas.
We happened to land on Tuesday, which is half-price burger day, any burger on the menu, and there are a lot of combinations to choose from.
They start with a half pound, served with pickle, lettuce, tomato and any other toppings you choose, with side options including steak fries, house made chips, cottage cheese, cole slaw, rice, baked potato, sweet potato fries, rings, fruit, or soup. (the last four require a slight up charge, but less than you’re used to seeing!).
I zeroed in on the bacon/bleu burgers with rings. Superb. Tasty meat patty, good grind, substantial bun.
Full bar, occasional live music, sports tvs, video gaming, nooks and crannies for tables. And like most places, the thing that made the experience was the deft handling by server Jackie F. She was not only affable and menu knowledgeable, she asked questions above and beyond standard service expectations.
A simple example, we asked for glasses of water, and she asked if we’d like lemons with it. YES! So she brought a small dish. And like that.
So, two burgers, sides, drinks, $14. I’ll be back. Often. Thanks, Jackie!
(From our new Chicago reporter) East Side Joey’s Pizza, the brainchild of Mark Drozek, opened in Algonquin in mid 2011. Drozek brought 30 years of restaurant experience to the new venture, including previously owning Little Joey’s Pizza. The “East Side” moniker is due to the location on the east side of the river, before you reach downtown.
A full service restaurant, Joey specializes in Chicago thin crust pizza, sourcing his ingredients locally, including using Anichini Brothers Sausage, which IS the sausage that makes Chicago pies taste so great.
Other styles of pizza, including deep dish, pan, and double decker are available, as well as the full menu which features pasta dinners, sandwiches, appetizers, burgers, salads, fried chicken, and even ribs. Daily specials grace the menu as well.
As for the thin crust pie? It’s superb. Cracker-crispy at the outer rim, chewier as you work towards the middle, with ample toppings and plenty of cheese. I was predisposed to order “double cheese” but was glad that I didn’t, Joey’s piles it on as it is. The sausage and pepperoni are great, and the tomato sauce is a thick, lightly seasoned puree of fresh tomatoes, and the taste really pops.
Joey’s delivers locally after 4p, or you can dine in. They have a complete catering menu to serve your private parties or office.