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Bob & Jack's Pizza (Southeast Side)

Rene G | Aug 11, 200309:08 PM

Bob & Jack's is another old South Side pizzeria. It began life on 87th Street then moved to its present location on Ewing. Another is in Dyer, Indiana. There used to be a Bob & Jack's II downtown, on the 7th floor of the 400 E Randolph Condominiums. It closed a couple years ago and has been replaced by a different pizzeria.

At first glance it looks like the usual Chicago thin crust pizza: flat as a pancake, no crust edge, cut in squares, too much cheese. The first bite makes it obvious that the crust is something special. Not cracker thin, it has a tender yet chewy texture and a good yeasty, wheaty flavor. This is no East coast crust but, within the Chicago pizza tradititon, it's one of the better ones. The sauce is thick, smooth, sweet and liberally applied, almost to the edge. They subscribe to the more-is-better theory of cheesing but I would much prefer the pizza with about half as much. I enjoyed the edge pieces a lot but was less happy with the interior. Sausage, in irregular lumps, was fine but nothing out of the ordinary.

There are several crust options that may be worth exploring. A double decker is available but I'm not sure exactly how it's constructed. Another option is double crust for a slight extra charge. I believe this is simply a thicker crust which could be a good thing indeed. Finally they offer a pan pizza which also might be a good one.

I think most of their business is take out but there are several booths so eating there is no problem at all. Some old Chicago Fire Department artifacts are the only decorations. Another worthy southside thincrust pizza, it's not one of my all-time favorites but there's a reason why they've been around almost 50 years.

Bob & Jack's Pizza
"Established Since 1956"
"Oh Boy!"
10244 S Ewing Av

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