Home Run Inn- Lakeview!

Many of you know that I love Home Run Inn’s frozen pizza line. My dad in Florida is able to get them there, so he often has a few in the freezer :) Home run has dine-in locations as well, but a handful of them closed many years ago. We were so excited to see a new location open in Lakeview this year, right by the Belmont red/brown line stop! We loved walking into this cozy, brick wall sportsbar-style restaurant.

First, we shared some wings (asked for the fire wings) and a caesar salad. The entree-size salad (non family-style) is a large enough salad to share for 3 people, so no need to over-order. Jon and George liked the wings… they weren’t as spicy as the name suggested.

Then the main event. We had SO many pizzas… all were lovely, and we attempted to finish them all, but we fell short a bit :). We loved the crushed tomato sauce on some of the pies, and yes, the classic cheese was devoured first. So many great topping combos.

This is a great spot in the city for pepole to watch sporting events at due to the large screens. Also, our server was beyond helpful and helped guide our big eyes to the right size pizzas & appetizers so we could enjoy a little bit of everything. Thanks HRI!! Happy to have you in the city of Chicago!

Drinks & Dessert menu via ipad- Very cool!

Drinks & Dessert menu via ipad- Very cool!

This beer was quite yummy

This beer was quite yummy

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Entree-size Caesar

Entree-size Caesar

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Served on perforated pans... keep the crunch!

Served on perforated pans… keep the crunch!

Standard cheese pie.. often the best

Standard cheese pie.. often the best

Check out that classic crust

Check out that classic butter crust

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Glad I could visit with my family!

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Cousins!!

Cousins!!

Spicy wings!

Spicy wings!

Pizza menu- 4 suggested pies, the rest make-your-own

Pizza menu- 4 suggested pies, the rest make-your-own

DOC Wine Bar- Lincoln Park

Had an awesome time celebrating Diana’s birthday a while ago, and we got to relax in their private back room. Cozy and intimate, and full of great friends! The food was nice, and we nibbled on dip and veggies, and ordered a few more substantial dishes… one of them being pizza. Obvious grill marks on this margherita pie, but the crust was weighed down by the chunky tomato sauce… a bit more of a mess, but the fresh mozz complemented the chunky sauce quite well.Photo May 15, 9 40 39 PM Photo May 15, 9 40 28 PM

Taffy’s-Santa Barbara, CA

Far delayed post from one of my last weeks in Santa Barbara for work. This was a casual dine-in/carry-out/delivery site… family ZA, simple setup. The pies were substantial, and they had some fun topping combinations. The pepperoni pie was typical greasy meat, but the crust had a crisp finish while having a fluffy interior. The other pie was much more adventurous, the BBQ Chicken Special. It was quite a hit! Hidden under all that cheese was BBQ sauce, fresh grilled chicken, red onion, and cilantro. Killer.


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Brass Monkey- Chicago, IL

Look at that smile. Alyssa was so helpful to hold this pizza at dinner at trendy Brass Monkey restaurant. Loved the decor at this place and cool drinks, but I don’t recommend ordering the pizza here, FYI.

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Don Antonio- Atlanta, GA

Yes Yes, the title is confusing for New Yorkers, but there really is a new location in Georgia! We went to the new Don Antonio pizzeria in Atlanta, GA back in March, and the quality was top notch.

We may have ordered too much food for only 3 people, but every menu item was mouth-watering and we couldn’t resist. If I lived near this place, the temptation would be dangerous. Thanks to our weekend hosts Donna & David! :)

Montanara Starita-Specialty pie: Fried dough, signature sauce, smoked buffalo mozz

Montanara Starita-Specialty pie: Fried dough, signature sauce, smoked buffalo mozz

Classic Margherita... NEVER FAILS... Always good to go back to basics

Classic Margherita… NEVER FAILS… Always good to go back to basics

Fried dough & cheese... YUM

Fried dough & cheese… YUM

Homemade Burrata with Prosciutto, tomato, and some carb

Homemade Burrata with Prosciutto, tomato, and some carb

Under-crust pic... no complaints

Under-crust pic… no complaints