Chicago Fire has become so successful over the years that the local chain is turning into a medium-sized chain, with the addition of an Elk Grove location in Feb. 2016.
So what should you order when you go? This is what Sac Bee restaurant critic Carla Meyer shares what her go to items are and some of her new discoveries.
The Buffalo wings and combination thin-crust pizza are personal favorites for years running. The intensely flavored Great Chicago Fire deep dish pizza and the nicely al dente rigatoni with sausage, both of which we tried for the first time recently, also impressed. Although the deep-dish spinach-mushroom pizza lacks character, its “stuffed” counterpart offers plenty of it, especially when one adds sausage.
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
While we're on the topic of Chicago Fire, they held a pizza eating contest, in conjunction with Sliced, the celebration of Sacramento's pizza. Local hero Molly Schuyler demolished the competition by eating a large stuffed pizza by herself in 5 minutes, with the next closest contestants pairing up to eat one in more than 10 minutes.
Chicago Fire has locations in midtown, Folsom x2, Roseville and soon, Elk Grove. It can be found online at http://chicagofire.com/.
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