Dinner tonight was late, and with most places closing early in Oklahoma City on weekdays we decided on Old Chicago. Yes it is a chain, yes it is a pizza joint, but it is my site, Old Chicago was started in the Denver area, I was born and raised in Denver, and I will do what I want.
We arrived at 9:45pm and saw that they were open till 12am so we thought that this is a good late night spot and we wouldn’t piss of the kitchen staff by arriving so close to closing time. We found out later that except for fried bar food, the kitchen part does close at 10pm, so sorry kitchen staff!
Yeah! We barely made it, but we did….
We both decided on calzones. The pizza prices were ridiculously high, which is why I decided on a calzone. $18 for a medium veggie pizza? Really??? I had the spinach artichoke minus cheese and she had the Chicago seven. It took a while for them to come out and we were pretty hungry. I also decided to have one of their beer specials. The one I asked for at first was not available, the second one I had had a good flavor but it was flat. Pretty surprising for a place that emphasizes beer. Tammy had a strawberry lemonade, it was awesome…. but after a while as she sat there watching the other customers sitting and drinking at the bar, she thought her lemonade began to taste a little strong so she called over the waiter to make sure there wasn’t any alcohol in there, he assured her there wasn’t. ….(like lemonade isn’t sour)…”‘Duh!!!, silly me’ Sometimes you just gotta ask…..”
And when our calzones did arrive,one was very plump looking and golden while the other was a little flat and not as golden. Tammy was sure praying that fluffy golden one was hers, and that it was full of meat…… It was mine. My calzone was pretty good it wasn’t the usual vegetable pizza toppings of olive, mushroom, green pepper and onion which is why I chose it. Spinach, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, basil and roasted garlic is a good classic combination that made this calzone good. The pizza dough was also brushed with herbs and garlic. The tomato gravy that came with was also good for a pizza chain. The complaint was that the sauce that came out had cheese on it so I had to ask for another one. To servers, expeditors, cooks: When a ticket says no cheese, this also includes garnish! It is a fairly common mistake, and when it is not overlooked it gives me a warm feeling inside and makes me know that the staff pays attention to details. Granted I do not go out expecting much from places like this, so it isn’t a major complaint, but it is something I do notice. Tammy’s was good for the most part. however, she did notice after the first couple of bites it seemed as though the calzone was folded the wrong way. She says this because all the meat(pepperoni & italian sausage) were at one end and all the veggie’s were in the middle and toward the other end.The filling was not evenly distributed….. and there was quite a bit of unmelted mozzarella. She ate close to half of it before she had enough and decided she would take the rest home to her 17 year old son. Well, he opened the container,looked it over and tossed it back down and asked her why she brought him some bread with onions and peppers! where is the meat??? He said to her, “look right there, there’s a pepperoni”. Which was the only piece of meat left…. Again this goes back to the details and the caring about one’s job. So we would say to you, when preparing a calzone please spread the filling (meats, cheeses, and veggie’s evenly, and fold it the right way!!! Tammy will definitely return…. for a strawberry lemonade!
All in all, the flavors were there and I did enjoy what I ate and I’m glad they served us, being that close to closing that part of the kitchen.
When our bill came the waiter didn’t remove the beer that I ordered that was out, so I had to have him remove that as well. Which he promptly did and apologized for it being on the bill, but again it goes back to the lack of attention to detail. The difference between you waiting tables as a job to get you through school, or waiting tables as your career.
The location we ate at was at 2125 SW 74th St. (240 and Penn)
Sunday-Wednesday 11am-12am (Kitchen closes at 10pm)
Friday and Saturday 11am-1am (Kitchen closes at 12am)