Taste of Chicago dishes out deep-dish pizza at two Dallas-area locations
Five months ago, there was no Taste of Chicago in Dallas-Fort Worth. Today, there are two.
This family-owned restaurant serving deep-dish pizza and other Chicago specialties first opened in Addison at 14833 Midway Rd. in 2013, where they attracted former Windy City residents craving the meaty cheesy dishes of their hometown.
But much of 2022 were dark times for Taste of Chicago fans: In January, owners Michael Kim and Suzana Alic, sister of original founder Emin Alic, closed the restaurant to execute a renovation, with a goal of creating a more efficient kitchen and a more attractive space.
But the sun rose again in the fall when they launched a spinoff. According to a release, they've opened a location in historic downtown McKinney, at 216 W. Virginia St. #102, in a space previously occupied by the short-lived Koren chicken chain Mad For Chicken.
Michael Kim is the busy restaurateur who owns Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen among other concepts, and who had brought Mad For Chicken to DFW. With his partnership, they opened McKinney with a full bar and outdoor patio.
Finally, on November 29, they re-opened Addison.
Both locations feature a menu starring build-your-own Chicago-style deep dish pies as well as specialty pizzas, namely the Chicago Classic with pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, and green pepper.
Other menu items include:
- Italian beef sandwich with roast beef, cheese, and giardiniera
- Thin-crust Tavern-style pizza
- Pastas such as Mama’s Marinara, Meat Sauce Masterclass, and Chicken Parmesan
- Meatball sub
- Toasted ravioli
They've added new menu items as well, including tried-and-true Midwesterner big draws such as a classic Chicago dog (an all beef wiener with bright green mustard relish, onions, pickle spear, sports pepper, tomatoes, celery salt, and yellow mustard), and Wisconsin cheese curds. Also hot wings. Wings are always welcome.