How to Best Spend $4.95 on a Friday


I can’t figure out why I haven’t heard of any lunch specials in years? When I lived in St. Louis for college, I remember a ton of places having awesomely discounted food that would compete with McDonald’s on price, but with a much better product.

Is it because I’m out of college and have a little more disposable income, so I’m not looking? Is it the city that I live in that’s the problem – Chicago, are you holding out on me?

Honestly, if you have the answer let me know. Also, if you have heard of an awesome lunch special, please share the wealth.

I recently had the pleasure of having an awesome afternoon, courtesy of Pequod’s Pizza and their lunch special. We’ll get to that in a second.

I found out about this awesome deal in a conversation with one of the owners of The Adelita Truck and the owner of The Slide Ride at The Map Room. I think we started talking about where to get oysters in Chicago, then it morphed into where you can find awesome happy hour deals, and eventually Pequod’s popped into the conversation.

I’m not a newbie to Pequod’s Pizza. I’ve been there a number of times – honestly, it’s probably the pizza place I’ve been to most often for dining-in in the City of Chicago.

I’m not saying it’s my favorite deep dish, but damn, the way the cheese gets a little burnt around the outside where the pizza meets the pan…it’s pretty frickin’ tasty.

So, the lunch deal is $4.95 for a 7” pizza (with one topping) and a fountain soda or a Bud Lite draft. It’s Monday through Friday 11am-3pm. Where else are you getting a kick ass pizza and a beer for five bucks in Chicago?

Let me set the scene. It’s Friday, and I’m hungry as hell. I just worked out and planned to meet my buddy for lunch at Pequod’s.

I walk in and it smells delish. There are a number of co-workers eating there and some couples. The place has character with brick walls and photos all over the wall.

I promised myself that I was going to do the soda instead of beer. Apparently, I lied to myself again. But Lite it is.

We saw a couple of the 7” pizzas go by and they looked kind of dainty. After witnessing this drive-by, we decided to step it up with a cheesy garlic bread appetizer.

I have to say that after we started into our pizzas we realized that the appetizer was totally unnecessary.

The 7” deep dish pizza is actually a good size meal.

I ordered mine with spinach and black olives. As always, it didn’t disappoint.

Pequod’s has been around since the 70’s and has 2 locations, so they clearly have a winning recipe when it comes to pizza. In a place like Chicago, if you’re pizza sucks, you’re out of business pretty quickly.

I had another beer – Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’. It was Friday and I was in heaven.


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