Crust

★★★★☆
Chicago's Finest Organic Eatery + Lounge
  • 2056 W Division St

    Chicago, IL 60622

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  • 773-235-5511

About Crust

Hours
Sunday To Wednesday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Thursday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 01:00 AM

Food

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I will echo what another reviewer said well. "this pie is for more sophisticated taste buds and for those who appreciate fresh, organic food."

3
★★★★★

I will echo what another reviewer said well. "this pie is for more sophisticated taste buds and for those who appreciate fresh, organic food."

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everything tastes very fresh and price is reasonable too.
even if you're not a huge fan of pizzas, you'd enjoy this place.
not a lot of variety in menu, but it's still a great place for a casual dinner.

2
★★★★☆

everything tastes very fresh and price is reasonable too.
even if you're not a huge fan of pizzas, you'd enjoy this place.
not a lot of variety in menu, but it's still a great place for a casual dinner.

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We ate at Crust for an anniversary lunch and, save for the annoying fruit flies-- it was a very enjoyable experience. Our appetizer was an olive tapenade with flatbread, fresh and exciting with the wonderful, exotic blend of imported olives and olive oil. The flatbread, which was malleable, held the toppings nicely. The farm salad was crisp and extremely fresh with that right out of the garden zest.

On the other hand, the pizza is not for everyone. If you think Dominos or Pizza Hut makes good pizza, stay away; this pie is for more sophisticated taste buds and for those who appreciate fresh, organic food. The Margarita Pizza, the one we ordered, was a balanced blend of heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese with hints of fresh herbs finished with a light glaze of extra virgin olive oil. We both enjoyed it very much, a delightful morsel just the right size. I didn?t think it was overpriced based on the quality of the product.

On the downside, although there were other more desirable tables available, we were seated near the lavatories, which was not the ideal location. Being our anniversary, we avoided controversy and sat down. Now I wish we had requested another table. My wife had a good view of the restaurant itself, which she thought was cute, while I gazed into the empty patio seating area. We were aggravated that the waiter served us a more expensive bottle of wine than the one we ordered, but the manager adjusted the check upon our request. When we pointed out the large number of fruit flies that circled our heads and bothered us throughout the meal, he noted them and thanked us before walking away. In this tough market, I expected him to make another adjustment on the check, but didn?t. On the other hand, he said he was new and, perhaps, didn?t know any better. So, if you decide to try this solid dining experience, sit nowhere near the lavatories. Also, keep a close eye on the check--and what might be floating in the air just above your head.

2
★★★★☆

We ate at Crust for an anniversary lunch and, save for the annoying fruit flies-- it was a very enjoyable experience. Our appetizer was an olive tapenade with flatbread, fresh and exciting with the wonderful, exotic blend of imported olives and olive oil. The flatbread, which was malleable, held the toppings nicely. The farm salad was crisp and extremely fresh with that right out of the garden zest.

On the other hand, the pizza is not for everyone. If you think Dominos or Pizza Hut makes good pizza, stay away; this pie is for more sophisticated taste buds and for those who appreciate fresh, organic food. The Margarita Pizza, the one we ordered, was a balanced blend of heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese with hints of fresh herbs finished with a light glaze of extra virgin olive oil. We both enjoyed it very much, a delightful morsel just the right size. I didn?t think it was overpriced based on the quality of the product.

On the downside, although there were other more desirable tables available, we were seated near the lavatories, which was not the ideal location. Being our anniversary, we avoided controversy and sat down. Now I wish we had requested another table. My wife had a good view of the restaurant itself, which she thought was cute, while I gazed into the empty patio seating area. We were aggravated that the waiter served us a more expensive bottle of wine than the one we ordered, but the manager adjusted the check upon our request. When we pointed out the large number of fruit flies that circled our heads and bothered us throughout the meal, he noted them and thanked us before walking away. In this tough market, I expected him to make another adjustment on the check, but didn?t. On the other hand, he said he was new and, perhaps, didn?t know any better. So, if you decide to try this solid dining experience, sit nowhere near the lavatories. Also, keep a close eye on the check--and what might be floating in the air just above your head.

Pros: Great organic food

Cons: Fruit flies buzzed our heads as we ate.

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Very good food but a little overpriced. The chocolate cake is like ten dollars if i remember correctly. Also, the change their menu a little too much. The grill cheese is so so so good but its gone.

3
★★★☆☆

Very good food but a little overpriced. The chocolate cake is like ten dollars if i remember correctly. Also, the change their menu a little too much. The grill cheese is so so so good but its gone.

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As long as you are not being seated by the rudest host that greats you with an attitude you will be fine. I go there often, pretty much every week, know waitresses and bartenders. But one week was surprised by the behavior of a new host that I didn't see before. In an empty restaurant he tried to squeeze me with 2 friends of mine at the table for 2, when I asked him to maybe put 2 tables together for us (which have been done before when restaurant is empty) that the restaurant is empty and that it's only 5pm, so there is no way it will get crowded in the next hour, he told us that he expect a "dinner rush" in 15 min and that if our pizzas won't fit on the table he can cut it for us to put it on smaller plates! I could not believe such disrespect to a customer and we left. Needless to say that passing Crust 2 hours later we saw that it's still empty. Good! He probably scared all customers away! Really hope he will be gone otherwise this place will go out of business and I really like it!

1
★★☆☆☆

As long as you are not being seated by the rudest host that greats you with an attitude you will be fine. I go there often, pretty much every week, know waitresses and bartenders. But one week was surprised by the behavior of a new host that I didn't see before. In an empty restaurant he tried to squeeze me with 2 friends of mine at the table for 2, when I asked him to maybe put 2 tables together for us (which have been done before when restaurant is empty) that the restaurant is empty and that it's only 5pm, so there is no way it will get crowded in the next hour, he told us that he expect a "dinner rush" in 15 min and that if our pizzas won't fit on the table he can cut it for us to put it on smaller plates! I could not believe such disrespect to a customer and we left. Needless to say that passing Crust 2 hours later we saw that it's still empty. Good! He probably scared all customers away! Really hope he will be gone otherwise this place will go out of business and I really like it!

Pros: Godd pizza

Cons: The host at the door has to leave

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This place came with a normal dinning atmosphere while other organic/vegetarian etc. places seem colorful/artsy/kitschy. Had a Bellini and a brunch "flattata" which had egg, cheese, spinach and artichoke atop their wood-fired flatbread. Absolutely delicous! Staff was friendly enough but the room felt cold and I wished I had a blanket.. Will go back for sure!!

2
★★★★★

This place came with a normal dinning atmosphere while other organic/vegetarian etc. places seem colorful/artsy/kitschy. Had a Bellini and a brunch "flattata" which had egg, cheese, spinach and artichoke atop their wood-fired flatbread. Absolutely delicous! Staff was friendly enough but the room felt cold and I wished I had a blanket.. Will go back for sure!!

Pros: No pesticides or GMO's in your meal

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The flatbreads all 3 of us ordered were excellent! Extremely delicious and a perfect size ot eat all or half and take the rest home. Service is casual, informed, solicitious and timely. Good drinks and selection. Nice dining outside. The salads are only slightly above average and there's not all that many options for vegetarians.

2
★★★★☆

The flatbreads all 3 of us ordered were excellent! Extremely delicious and a perfect size ot eat all or half and take the rest home. Service is casual, informed, solicitious and timely. Good drinks and selection. Nice dining outside. The salads are only slightly above average and there's not all that many options for vegetarians.

Pros: delicious flatbreads, good location

Cons: not enough veggie options

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I thought this place was pretty cool. $10 got me a big good martini, and $10 more got me a personal pizza. So no complaint on price. The pizzas were great food to enjoy with drinks. Nice cool spinach on top of a couple of them; good oregano and red pepper stuff to top things off.

The pizzas might be a little bechamely for some, and I've heard people complain that the design isn't organic enough, but overall I think this place is a winner. Much more tolerable than most of the restaurants going into that hood.

2
★★★★★

I thought this place was pretty cool. $10 got me a big good martini, and $10 more got me a personal pizza. So no complaint on price. The pizzas were great food to enjoy with drinks. Nice cool spinach on top of a couple of them; good oregano and red pepper stuff to top things off.

The pizzas might be a little bechamely for some, and I've heard people complain that the design isn't organic enough, but overall I think this place is a winner. Much more tolerable than most of the restaurants going into that hood.

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No matter where you stand on the whole organic debate, you have to give chef-owner Michael Altenberg credit for having the patience---and determination---to make Crust the first certified organic restaurant in the Midwest. Plus, his heart…

 

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