October 8th, 2016
We were back in Chicago this past weekend for the marathon. It’s been a pre-marathon tradition for us to eat pizza the night before a race (carbo-loading at its best). We could have tried to get to one of the new pizza places on the 2016 list in Chicago, but we ended up back at Coalfire Pizza.
This was our favorite Chicago pizza when we were here earlier this year (post is coming, I promise!). And honestly, I didn’t think that I could stomach a deep dish before a race. Last time we were in town we got to meet Dave, who owns and runs the two locations of Coalfire in Chicago, and we were looking forward to seeing him again.
Last time we stopped by West Town, which is the original location. This weekend, we went up to the newer Lakeview location. It is close by the baseball stadium, so it was PACKED since the game was starting at 7 pm. We had seven people and so we were glad to get there early and have a table ready for us!
The previous time we were at Coalfire we only got to try one pizza, so this time we were excited to try FOUR pizzas. We went with a lasagna pie and the vodka meatball, the margherita, and the vegan veggie pie (but with cheese), which was recommended to us by our waitress.
All of the pizzas were delicious, just as we remembered. We love the style of pizza here; everything tastes so fresh. I think our group favorites were the lasagna and the vodka meatball. And we also loved the fall sangria cocktail special. If I hadn’t been racing the next morning, I would have had a few more of them.
We definitely will be regulars here when we come back to Chicago. It was great to see Dave again, and his pizza fueled my marathon PR! We also liked the second location. It’s a bit further out of town, but located right near the stadium and it is bigger than the West Town location.
We will be back to Chicago at some point this year – to hit the new pizza places on the list (although, we will probably need to come back to Coalfire too)!
3707 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613