I am a huge fan of Chicago Deep Dish pizza from Giordano's to Gino's East to Lou Malanati's and have been surprised and disappointed for years that you just can't seem to find a decent Chicago style (sauce on the top) deep dish pizza in Central Illinois. It seems that being this close it should not be that hard. I have tried many places to find that either it isn't what I was looking for or is of a much less quality here. So I was happily surprised when I gave Gracie's a try about a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed their Chicago style deep dish. It is by far the closest I have found in Central Illinois to the real deal. While I have to admit I still prefer the Chicago institutions I mentioned above more than Gracie's, it is still a very quality pizza. Since then I have been back five or six times and have left a satisfied customer each and every time. Lately I have tried a few other items and while they did not beat the deep dish in my mind I really enjoyed them. My next favorite is their BBQ pulled pork sandwich.
Other things that I like about Gracie's is that there are always sports on and most seats have a very nice view of a nearby TV. It also always seems to have a nice sized crowd and the drinks are reasonably priced.
A few other things to mention, is that although it did not bother me, my friend thought the pizza had too much of a (basil I think it was) flavor to the deep dish sauce so he always asks them to use their other pizza sauce and they have happily accommodated this request. Also, the place is usually quite noisy so if that is something that will bother you, you may want to look elsewhere. The Chicago deep dish pizza is not necessarily inexpensively priced as compared to a normal pizza
but that is standard anywhere you go I have found and so I think it is very reasonable for the product.
Overall, I find Gracie's a very quality restaurant for the area and look forward to visiting it in the future.
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