Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 772-4422 piecechicago.com41.910425 -87.676126 1927 W North Ave (at Winchester Ave) Wicker Park, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage pizza: $18
Two things keep this place from going the route of sports-bar-beer-bong culture: excellent house brews and expertly executed pizzas. The crispy pies hold a lot of weight, so after you choose your pizza style—red, white, BBQ or New Haven–style “plain” (red sauce, no mozzarella)—start piling on the toppings. (If you’re really going New Haven–style, try one with clams and bacon.) Wash it down with a pitcher of the crisp Golden Arm, and you’ll never disparagingly say “pizza and beer joint” again.