I recently took a very long drive out to Katy, TX to try recently opened Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom. If you’ve ever driven from Houston to Katy, you know how painful that stretch of a drive is. I literally remember my first drive out to Katy solo-dolo for work, and how I hated the city for being too far away. Well now the drive’s like a piece of cake (not really). Lucky for me though, I was in good company this time.
Our lunch was provided free of charge by Old Chicago, but all opinions, and viewpoints are my own. Old Chicago is a casual restaurant-bar, specializing in Chicago-style pizzas, taproom classics and craft beer. Although new to our area, Old Chicago has been around for decades, three to be exact. This restaurant was founded back in 1976 and operates more than 100 restaurants in 22 states. Old Chicago Katy opened last October, and is located off I-10 and the exit following Grand Pkway if you’re coming from Houston.
Now down to the needy-greedy, to start our waiter recommended we start with the Peppered Bacon Smothered Cheese Fries and I added an order of their Edamame. The fries were rich, smothered in their beer cheese sauce and with the bacon they do wonders in your mouth. The Edamame, although you can do no wrong with it, wasn’t my favorite. I’m usually used to it just having salt, but this one had peppered corn that took away from the taste. To drink we enjoyed 2 Crispin Pacific pear ciders, which were light and a bit sweet.
Right before the main course, the manager had us try two tasting shots of the No label El Jeffe and my personal favorite, Angry Orchard Apple. To eat, I opted for the first item on the menu that caught my eye the, Tuscan Chicken with Spinach, and my date went with their Whiskey Bacon Burger. Let me go off on a little tangent a little bit…Old Chicago makes their pizza dough from scratch each day, and give you 2 crust options: The Chicago Thick crust, and the Ale crust.
I went with the Ale crust, which is a lightly sweetened handcrafted crust spiked with Newcastle Brown ale(HELLO!) and topped with the simplest, most delicious spinach salad I’ve had. Spinach tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. This pizza was so good, and you could tell the crust was fresh! My date also enjoyed the Whiskey burger. Overall, it was a lovely experience as we spent the rest of our time there in good conversation.