8541 N Ferris Ave, Morton Grove, IL | Directions 6005342.037029 -87.784629
SKIP THIS DUMP – Smelly, funky atmosphere. It smells like Burt is keeping his pets in the restaurant, and that they went to the bathroom once too often -- I'm not kidding.
The pizza is CHEAP. Crust is BIG, lots of cheap dough. Very, very little cheese. I ordered "double cheese" on our pizza because I had read a review stating that there wasn't much cheese on the pizzas at Burt's, and even with a supposedly "double cheese" order, we got VERY LITTLE cheese.
Then when I complained, they went in to the back room and supposedly consulted with Burt himself, and came out and said he would NOT put more cheese on our pizza. Then our waiter told us he would NOT charge us
for extra cheese, but when the bill came, the extra charge was on the bill !!
The service was quite bad. The waiter and waitress barely paid attention to us, and gave us misinformation about what we were ordering. It was obvious to me that they didn't care about the customers.
I say, DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE ABOUT THIS PLACE. It's a dump. If you like cheese on your pizza, this is NOT your place. And the service and attitude are REALLY BAD. Go to Gino's East, or even Giordano's if you like deep dish. Burt's is a crap-hole.
A Diamond in the Rough – Before the tv show coverage, Burt's Place was a hole-in-the-wall, old timey, hidden gem of a place that only those looking for great Chicago-style deep dish pizza without any flashy-ness knew of. Its still is.
Burt and his wife run a very laid-back little place. Yeah, its not fancy. It never pretended to be. Sure, its quirky: you have to call in your order an hour ahead of arriving; its located in a converted blacksmith shop; its not spotless and cookie-cutter new; and the staff consists of Burt and his wife--who are real people. But for years, that's why people have come to this wonderful place. The quirkiness and the pizza.
Burt's a living legend of the Chicago pizza scene. Look him up.
His pizza is the caramelized, thin outer-edges, thick, but light bottom crust, deep dish pizza like you might have had a Pequods. Which makes sense since he founded that perennial favorite. However, he knows just when to pull the pie from the oven--before the edges burn.
The few other things on the menu are easily forgettable--except the Great Lakes beer. Then again, you shouldn't come to Burt's for anything but the pizza and a beer.
Not surprised the other reviewers didn't dig Burt's. Its not for everyone. That's why Burt's Place is "Pizza for Adults."
don't believe the hype; think 70's trailer with bad pizza – I know, we've all seen it, Anthony Bourdain's visit to Burts Place. Notice in the show, he never recommends the pizza. There is a reason for that. It's horrible. DO NOT GO HERE! One, the staff of 2 (including hippy Burt) let the show give them huge egos, and they will treat most poorly. Two, they haven't remodeled the place since the seventies. Three, the pizza isn't truly a deep dish. It's about as deep dish as a grocery store bought pizza. My pizza was undercooked. Four, the pizza is way way overpriced for the quality of food and environment. Four, the bathroom is disgusting (you know what they say about restaurants bathroom, it reflects the kitchen). Five, it's out of the way from downtown.
This is no lie. I've eaten all over the country, and this was honestly one of the worst experiences I've ever had. Even if the pizza was good, the staff was totally rude.
DO NOT GO HERE. You've been warned.
The ratings here do not reflect what it truly is. They must be crazy about Bourdain or something. Think 70's trailer with a kitchen.
Pizza was nothing to write home about, not sure what all the fuss is about! – My kids had seen the reviews on TV the other night and suggested we give it a try. Since my office is in Lincolnwood and this place is in Morton Grove it is on the way home. We went there tonight and where very dissapointed. Not only is this an old dirty hole in the wall with only a dozen tables, but you better call ahead as the oven is very small and they can only make a few pizzas at a time. I got there at 6:00 on a Wednesday night and there where only two tables filled. I sat down and was promptly asked by Burts very friendly wife if I had already phoned in an order. When I told her no, she said it might be a while till I could get one. When I asked her how long, she went into the kitchen and came back out and said 7:30. Ok I figure, with all the press, people have called in their orders much like they would at Lou Malnatis. Since my kids weren't meeting me till 6:30 I figured what the heck and placed an order for an extra large cheese pizza. I was hoping to have a Vodka on the rocks while I waited, but no hard liquor, only beer and wine.
Once my kids arrived the time passed quickly, but when the pizza finally arrived, what a dissapointment. It was all bread about 1" thick which was very crispy and tasty, but with a paper thin layer of sauce and cheese. Not that it was bad, but certainly not what I had heard and read online. Trust me I know good Pizza and this has nothing on Chicago's bests such as Lou Malnatis, Gino's East or the original UNO's, not the national chain called UNO's that is all over the country serving a bad imitation of the original Pie. More puzzeling was they where turning people away as they walked in the door as they can't make more than 4-6 Pizza's at a time due to oven and kitchen size.The place never filled up and they closed at 8:30 cause they don't stock enough ingredients and ran out. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time. The critics did get one thing right, Burt the owner and his wife are very friendly.
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