April 13, 2005

my first solo meal in chicago

Not particularly auspicious, but there it is. I moved off my friend's couch and into her friends' empty apartment way up in Rogers Park. My first night there, I tried to pirate someone's wireless from the apartment, but no dice, so I ventured out to find an internet cafe. 8 or 9 really long, cold blocks later, schlepping my heavy-ass laptop, I finally found one, a Starbucks that was going to make me pay for a T-Mobile subscription. F that. By now I am one hungry, cranky little camper, but there has been nothing in the way of places to eat, which I find bizarre for a residential neighborhood. So I hump it back to the one place I did see, a Giordano's pizzeria. And I vaguely realize, somewhere in my hindbrain, that this is a stuffed-pizza place, and is at least theoretically a Chicago specialty, so all is not lost. Unfortunately for me, Chicago stuffed pizza takes 30 minutes to hit your table. I talked to tallasiandude on the phone (sorry, i know talking on the phone in restaurants is really bad, but the place was nearly empty and I was really quiet, I promise) to stay distracted. The pizza was actually pretty good, with a nice crunchy outer crust and good sauce flavor and lots of cheese, kind of like an Uno's pizza without all the extraneous grease. I've been eating the second half of the thing each morning for breakfast, one slice at a time in my empty, borrowed kitchen. It gets me through the hour-plus trip down to the office, whereupon I eat a supplemental breakfast. :-)

Posted by foodnerd at April 13, 2005 09:12 PM

I used to live in Rogers Park and seeing that picture of Giordano's pizza is making me very, very, very, very, very hungry for just that. Time to check if I can order them frozen, online, for delivery to North Cakalakia...

Posted by: mns at April 14, 2005 10:32 AM


I used to live in Rogers Park too. It's difficult to find someplace to eat. The wind makes the place even colder. There is Soup place down Sheridan. I don't know what it's called.

Posted by: Kristina at April 14, 2005 02:13 PM

Next time you're around there try Cafe Suron. GreatMiddle Eastern food.

Posted by: paul at April 29, 2005 12:09 AM

thanks, paul! I have seen this place, and it looked cool, but I think it's even further down Sheridan, right? I am moving to a less hellaciously-faraway place this afternoon, but I will still be up in the neighborhood visiting my friends, so sometime soon we will have to go check it out. I did get some takeout from Reza's at the office the other day, and that was pretty good -- my kebab kubideh is better, but then you can't beat homemade, and their yogurt with cucumber & mint was awesome. Mmmm, persian....

Posted by: foodnerd at May 1, 2005 11:18 AM
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