“I’ve got p’s on my wall, and I ain’t talking ’bout pizzas”


Chicago Joe’s Pizza and Pub


Atlanta rapper Cool Breeze (aka a bunch of other names that start with the letter C) knows a thing or two about standing in the shadows. During OutKast‘s rise to power in the late nineties, Cool Breeze – alongside other members of their Dungeon Family crew – had a tough time gaining the recognition and acclaim that was being poured all over Andre and Big Boi. Despite the massive success of his Dungeon Fam posse cut Watch for the Hook, Cool Breeze never saw Ms. Jackson or Rosa Parks-sized royalty cheques. Always more concerned with being genuine and hard than having crossover radio hits, it is safe to assume that Mr. Calhoun never gave a damn about his position in the shadows.

Almost literally in the shadows of Tony’s Pizza Palace (depending on the time of day), Chicago Joe’s Pizza and Pub on 111 Ave is the Cool Breeze of Edmonton Pizza joints. It is a modest neighbourhood pizza joint that serves pizza and beer to its community, but never sees the type of accolades and awards that its neighbour Tony sees. Constantly on the lists and lips of Edmonton’s pizza aficionados, Tony’s Pizza Palace – with its old-country style pizza and near-perfect decor –¬† is often cited as the best pizza place in town. Across the street, Chicago Joe’s serves very different pizza and offers a very different atmosphere.


Obviously enough, Chicago Joe’s serves Chicago-style pizza, complete with deep(ish) crust. The joint is your classic neighborhood pub: VLTs, stuffed animals crane game, Black Label (and only Black Label) on tap, and a TV in the corner. The bartender is super nice and quick with the jokes.

Like Cool Breeze, Chicago Joe’s is pretense-free, offers few frills and works hard at turning out their product. Don’t get me wrong, OutKast and Tony’s are both great (well, ‘were’ in the case of the former), but it is the personality and character of institutions like Cool Breeze and Chicago Joe’s that really make for an interesting experience.


….well, this metaphor crumbles pretty quickly when I tell you that unlike Cool Breeze, Chicago Joe’s product is not very good. I had eaten their pizza before and was under the impression that they cooked a tasty slice, but the pizza from this last visit was undercooked and bland. What I should have done was compare Chicago Joe’s pizza to Chicago Hip House music: I love the idea of it, but it is usually pretty bad.

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. ahhh, I can’t stay mad at you Hip House, you’re not so bad. It made for a good punchline though…..


  3. give him ’em another chance!
    their vegetarian was a Circles party given.

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