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    Post #1 - February 23rd, 2005, 9:49 am
    Post #1 - February 23rd, 2005, 9:49 am Post #1 - February 23rd, 2005, 9:49 am
    LTH,

    First of all, the company was grand, I even had the pleasure of meeting two new, to me, LTHers. The food, which is why it's been difficult to write something, was ok, not bad, not stellar, just ok, firmly down the middle, nothing to get excited about. (Sorry Cito)

    The decor, on the other hand, Versailles on acid!
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    Far as the burgers go, maybe it was partially my fault as I did not specify med-rare and they came med-well and a little dry. But, even still, not bad, nothing to complain about, but nothing to motivate anyone to type paragraphs of praise on LTHForum either. :)

    Gulliver's makes a good looking burger.
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    Far as pizza goes, I enjoyed Gulliver's Pan Pizza a bit more than most, though I, as I don't have the finicky, ummmm, I mean refined, taste of a true pizza aficionado such as Seth Z, like a wide range of pizza, thick to thin and all points in-between.

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    Gulliver's pan pizza reminded me, crust texture/taste wise, of Lou Malnati's, I'm a fan of Lou Malnati's in Lincolnwood's thin crust.

    Gulliver's anchovy/spicy sausage/onion pizza
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    Catherine, aka the more attractive half of The French Couple, had a daily special of talipa, which she said might have been good if not for an overabundance of salt.
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    Service was good, A for effort, if not execution, Gullivers even had a large, comfortable round table that accommodated our whole group.
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    Humorous tales were told,
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    but the day was ever so slightly marred by one of Gulliver's entryway lions attacking Myles G. :shock:
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    My overall recommendation is 'you can do a lot worse' and the bar looked like a nice place to have a drink. Oh, and the decor, they said it was the largest collection of Antiques in North America, a restaurant in a museum if you will. Sounds like a wee bit of hyperbole to me, but, either way, Gulliver's interior should be, along with Pueblito Viejo, the Columbian restaurant on Lincoln Ave with plastic plants and trees growing out of every available space, a must-do on everyone's 'interesting' decor list.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Gullivers Pizzeria & Restaurant
    2727 W Howard St
    Chicago, IL 60645
    773-338-2166

    Pueblito Viejo
    5429 N Lincoln
    Chicago, IL
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - February 23rd, 2005, 11:14 am
    Post #2 - February 23rd, 2005, 11:14 am Post #2 - February 23rd, 2005, 11:14 am
    I've been going to Gullivers almost since they opened. The pizza has remained remarkably consistent. So much of what we like is based on what we've grown up with and thus, I love their pizza. I now live nowhere near the place, but if I'm even close to Rogers Park I always stop by and pick up the largest sausage pizza they make and take it home.

    BTW, they make a pretty good French Onion Soup. But the rest of their menus is, as you described it, not bad, not great, just OK.
  • Post #3 - February 23rd, 2005, 12:18 pm
    Post #3 - February 23rd, 2005, 12:18 pm Post #3 - February 23rd, 2005, 12:18 pm
    My 80+ year old uncle lives about 6 blocks from Gullivers and whenever we make the giant journey from the Fox River area to visit him, this is where he wants to go. It works because there is a good variety on the menu and the people there have always been so nice. It's also evident that my uncle goes there a LOT because he knows everyone by name and they know his.
  • Post #4 - February 23rd, 2005, 3:49 pm
    Post #4 - February 23rd, 2005, 3:49 pm Post #4 - February 23rd, 2005, 3:49 pm
    I live down the block from Gulliver's, and have been going there, well, since I was born, and I love the place.

    You're right, the menu is nothing to go nuts about, although I really do love their pizza (if you like thin and cheesy, go for the combo cheese pizza for what seems to be 10 lbs of cheese per square inch, otherwise try the deep dish for a pretty flavorful incarnation of Chicago's finest food).

    What I love about Gulliver's is that it's just such a nice place to meet friends and have fun. If you like stiff drinks, they make em. We like meeting up late at night after our respective nights out and having a few drinks over a pizza and just hanging out (usually until they close!). The atmosphere, and the staff, are very conducive to just sitting, relaxing and telling stories.
    Pete!

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