Last Sunday Ellen, Revrend Andy and I flew back to Chicago via Midway, and boy were our arms tired. ;}
First of all, when did Midway turn into Chicago's version of Las Vegas, no not gambling, but outposts of popular restaurants, Harry Caray's, King Wah, Lalo's, Manny's, Pegasus, Potbelly and Superdawg, just to name a few. Though we had plans for diner we decided a ChowScience test to see if Midway Superdawg's had remained faithful to to the memory of Morrie and Florrie was in order. We all thought the dog was right on the money, plump, flavorful, juicy, so juicy, in fact, that it squirted hot dog juice all over Ellen's coat when I took a bite.
Where we differed a bit was the fries, The Rev thought they were slightly different fries, not bad, but different than the Milwaukee Ave Superdawg, and I thought they were the same but, due to the separate compartments for fries and dog in the take-out box, didn't pick up any flavor from the dog and were crisper, as they did not soften from the heat/moisture of the hot dog.
For those who have not been, Superdawg's fries are packed with the hot dog at the Milwaukee Ave location. Superdawg was a Midway winner, but the real test, at least to me, will be Manny's. I should also point out that hot dogs and fries are the only Midway Superdawg options, no Whoopercheesie's.
Our appetites whetted by our Superdawg hors d'oeuvre we headed to, IMHO, the best thin crust pizza in Chicago, Vito and Nick's. Vito and Nick's is a modest pizza place on the far Southside catering to both families and a friendly drinking crowd at the bar. Vito and Nick's pizza is excellent, easily the best crisp thin crust in Chicago. The bottom is nicely crisp with the occasional toasty brown spot and the sauce has a mildly spicy flavor with a smooth consistency.
One of the reasons I enjoy Vito and Nick's is their light touch with cheese, evenly applied, flavorful, but not enough to goo up the pizza or make it unreasonably greasy. The toppings are first rate, sausage has a mild, but full, flavor, and all the veggies were fresh, even the mushrooms, which are often canned in pizza parlors. The only slight criticism, and I am being really picky here, was the pie we ordered with onion, sausage and fresh garlic did not have enough of a garlic flavor. Next time out I will ask for very heavy on the garlic.
We also ordered a pizza loaded with toppings and the Vito and Nick's crisp crust held up quite well to our 'kitchen sink' version. In the 4-5 times I have been to Vito and Nick's I have only eaten pizza and salad and, if the salad is any indication, pizza is the only thing I would suggest ordering. Actually it was kind of funny, we all ordered salads with different dressing, The Rev his with blue cheese dressing, which he was convinced was the single worst dressing he had ever tasted. It was pretty bad, imagine Miracle Whip mixed with microscopic bits of blue cheese.
Vito and Nick's is a great pizza parlor, friendly, though somewhat slow service, clean, inexpensive and first rate pizza. I wish they would open on the Northside. Thanks again to ReneG for introducing us to the joys of Vito and Nick's.
Vito and Nick's
8435 S Pulaski Rd