Chicago-style deep dish pizza is quite the polarizing subject; many folks (mostly Chi-town expats) insist that the hearty pies are manna from heaven, while others contend that deep dish isn't pizza at all but some sort of strange casserole creation. Those who fall into the former camp will probably be pleased to know that Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has just flung open its doors on the ground level of Mockingbird Station, taking over the space formerly occupied by ill-fated concepts Mockingbird Taproom and Vapiano.
Old Chicago is a 96-location strong chain brought to you by the same Colorado-based restaurant group responsible for Gordon Biersch. The Dallas outpost has 30 craft beers on tap including local selections from Deep Ellum Brewing and Rahr & Sons. As far as the pies go, expect some rather California Pizza Kitchen-esque creations adorning those deep dish crusts, including a jalapeno cream sauce and Canadian bacon combo as well as a Thai chicken version. For deep dish haters, there's also a "tavern-style" thin-crust option; and for stubborn types who go to a pizza chain and refuse to eat pizza, there are various other options including burgers, calzones, "Italian nachos," fried ravioli, and a caprese salad.
Old Chicago is now open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. every day, with a daily happy hour that runs from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.