I returned Friday from a trip to Chicago. I was told by my boss that we were on a food budget that would not include Blackbird, so I was only able to sample one place I was interested in, Uno's. We went to the downtown location, and I loved it. Very small and cramped, but lots of charm, I thought. Good styling.
We started out by having a Sam Adams draught at the bar. Being from Wichita, I don't get to see Sam on tap that frequently, and since it is my favorite beer, this excited me. It excited me further to discover that they serve beers in large glasses (16 oz? 22? not sure). They also had Sam Summer Ale on tap (bonus) and one other Sam flavor on the menu. We also tried out the Uno Amber Ale. I was impressed with this beer. Very enjoyable.
We were seated towards the back. Still a very cramped spot, but the food made it worthwhile.
We started out with an order of garlic cheese bread which arrived at the table too hot to touch, and without a long wait. Even though the place was full to the max with people, the service was very courteous and timely. I am a cheese bread freak, and I like to try garlic cheese bread everywhere I go. This was fantastic.
For our main chow we decided to split a large Numero Uno pizza. First mistake - choosing a large. I could only finish one piece! And this was upsetting to me because this is easily the best pizza I've ever tasted. The crust was thick and doughy, you could easily taste the 'bread' taste to it, which isn't the case with your average Pizza Hut type place. The toppings were great (I love mushrooms). The thing that impressed me most though was the sheer size of this thing. It was probably an inch and a half thick, at a conservative estimate. Good thing my hotel room had a refrigerator! I was able to enjoy another piece the next day.
I will definitely be returning to this place in August when I drag my fiancee up to see the Windy City. Thank you to everyone who helped me with recommendations (even though I didn't get the opportunity to follow up on most of them)!