It may be cold outside but we found a great place to warm up and try some dishes from an old friend. Long time Chicago friend, Home Run Inn has opened a new place for gatherings. The pizza chain just opened a new store and we couldn’t be happier that it is located in Wrigleyville-Lakeview area. Tonight we decided to come out and try the place out.
I always start the meal with a cocktail and a starter. I picked two winners. Always trying to bring the sunshine to my life, I ordered a tropical mule. Svedka and pineapple are mixed together to make this island delight. I could have sipped this drink all night. But then my appetizer arrived. Home Run doesn’t carry all the same appetizers at each of its locations. One of those selections is only available at the Lakeview store and that is the Bleu cheese fries. Now these fries were loaded and I mean loaded with bleu cheese and goodies. I hate to admit it, but when I was a kid I would eat the Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese dressing out of the jar by the spoon. So when I saw these chunks of bleu cheese, I thought I died and went to heaven. The fries are also seasoned with a lemon zest and a little bit of spice. That wasn’t the only pleasant surprise that was to await us. When the snow is flying, you don’t expect a salad with fresh strawberries, apples , almonds, and a light vinagrette mixed in it. But the Harvest Salad is summer in a bowl. The best part is that it is such a popular item that it comes in a small size, entree size , and a size for sharing. You can also get the salad and have chicken added to it as well to make it hearty.It’s also great for all of those who made healthy eating resolutions for the New Year.
After this, we decided to go to the comfort foods. There is nothing more soothing and warm than a pan of mac and cheese and nothing more decadent than the HRI Mac and Cheese skillet. No bull, these people do not skimp on the cheese on anything. This skillet has three cheeses( fontina, parmesan, and sharp cheddar) that blends together in perfect harmony. The skillet is topped with garlic bread crumbs and is the perfect warm up. Chiberia won’t win if you take control with some soup and HR has the perfect soup for this weather, the Beer Cheese soup. Thick and zesty, this soup consists of cheese mixed with beer and veggies float on top of this creation. I will tell you this, I usually do not care for soup unless it is cream based or oriental. This soup warmed my tummy and made me smile. Bread comes with it and all I wanted to do was dunk the hot bread in the soup. It is that thick! As I said cheese is the word. This was also the case with the Legend Burger . The burger was thick and covered with a blanket of Velveeta.
Home Run is known for its pizza and there are so many ways you can eat it here. All pizzas also come gluten free. You can eat one of the ready made recipes or create your own with the many toppings. With all these choices, it was so hard to pick . We finally settled on a traditional pizza with sausage , mushrooms, onions , and bell peppers. The Nick’s Special was covered with meat and had a thick crust. I also wanted to try a veggie pizza as well since Lent is coming up soon. The one that caught my eye was the tasty grilled artichoke, roasted garlic, and spinach and I knew I would enjoy it. Instead of the usual tomato sauce , it was covered with a sauce with white wine cream. The staff was awesome and they are more than willing to make the meal the way you want.
Finishing up our meal, we decided to sample two of the homemade desserts. They not only make great pizza, but also yummy cupcakes. Butter and yellow cake make up the rich Gooey Butter Cupcake and make the world a little sweeter. It was time to embrace the hometown with a scrumptious peach cobbler covered with vanilla ice cream. It reminded Jen of her grandmother’s kitchen and was the perfect finale to this dinner. It makes me smack my lips as I treasure the memory of it.
Home Run Inn is a Chicago company that serves food in their eight locations. The restaurant is located at 3215 N Sheffield near the Belmont L Stop. You can also purchase Home Run pizzas at a store near you.