On Sunday, Dad treated the family to some pizza at Humble Pie in Edmond. None of us had been there before, but with a slogan that read “Humble Pie: Authentic Chicago-Style Pizza,” we hoped it would be good.
When you’re in Oklahoma, “Chicago-Style” doesn’t mean much. Take pizza, for example. It could mean a flat, sausage pizza like Frank’s Pizza, a more traditional pie like Aurelio’s, or something else entirely. We get that a lot around here. It’s like half the time, people call their food “Chicago-style” because they went to Chicago once and “sorta kinda” remember what the food looked like. It’s just like when someone advertises Chicago-style Hot Dogs. People manage to screw that up all the time. It ain’t a Chicago dog unless I have to pick off the tomatoes.
Humble Pie serves three sizes/styles of pizza: the deep-six (6″), Chicago-style (16″), and New York-style (22″). I stole the following two pictures from Humble Pie’s website:
As you can see, the Chicago-style is a (very) deep dish pizza, while the New York-style is a flatter, more traditional pizza. You know, come to think of it, I had pizza twice in New York this year and both times it was a giant, flat pizza with big floppy pieces that you had to fold in half to pick up.
We got to the restaurant around 11:40 and discovered that they didn’t open until noon, so we killed half an hour and came back. By the time we got back, the restaurant was packed! We were lucky to get a table for five. The people arriving after us found themselves waiting 20-30 minutes for a table. We decided that was a good sign!
Humble Pie’s has about a dozen specialty pizzas with names like the Bermuda Triangle, The Samoan, Buffalo Chicken, the Greek Goddess, The Garden of Eden and Mushroom Madness, but in the end we went with a traditional Chicago-style Meat Lovers, with two deep-six pizzas for the kids. We were told that it would take 25-30 minutes for the pizzas to arrive, which was about right. For an appetizer we had an order of HP’s “Bottomless Pretzel Basket”, which according to the menu is “Seasoned With An Addictive Secret Blend Of Tang And Spice.” We weren’t sure what the secret blend of flavors were. Susan guessed spicy mustard and maybe lime.
The restaurant was busy enough that there wasn’t room to get up and walk around while we waited. If we had been able to get up and walk around, we could have looked at the pictures. One wall is decorated with pictures from Chicago; the other, New York.
When the pizza arrived I was initially a little disappointed in its size. At most pizza chains, a large pizza is 15″, and even though this one was supposed to be 16″, it seemed a lot smaller than a traditional large pizza. Anyway, here comes the part of the review you are probably waiting for: it was delicious! Absolutely great! We all loved it. The pizza was definitely Chicago-style, with toppings on the bottom and sauce on top, covered with Parmesan cheese. Although my initial reaction was the pizza was too small, probably due to the thick crust, Dad and I only ate two pieces each. For what it’s worth, the crust was cooked to perfection — thick enough to support the heavy toppings, but not overcooked or crisp. Just really, really good.
Other than a map and the menu (sans prices), Humble Pie’s website doesn’t offer much information about the business. You’ll learn more by going there, which if you enjoy delicious pizza and are looking for something a little different, I highly recommend you do. Friendly services, decent prices, and delicious pizza.
1319 S. Broadway