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Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill

By: Kellie K. Speed

Uno’s Chicago Bar & GrillIf you haven’t been to Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill recently, then you don’t know what you are missing.  The Chicago-based eatery seems to have gotten better over time.

One late Sunday afternoon, we went to the location outside the Hanover Mall, anticipating a slow evening.  When we arrived, the restaurant was a little slow but by the time we left, it was bustling.

The appetizer selections are “sized for sharing” and there’s no doubt about that.  The pizza skins ($6.99) are not your average potato skins.  The layers of potato, cheddar and bacon sit atop a deep dish pizza crust (not a very Atkins-friendly choice but well worth cheating on your diet).  The jumbo buffalo wings ($9.99), served in 15, 10 ($6.99) or 20 ($12.99) wing size portions, were hot and crispy and served with a cool bleu cheese dressing on the side.  The shrimp and crab fondue ($7.99) should not be missed – a generous hot dip of cheesy Parmesan, shrimp and crabmeat with accompanying mini slices of toast.

If we had saved room, we would have sampled the New England clam chowder ($3.99), which must be good as it was last year’s winner at Boston’s Chowderfest Contest.  And who can resist a good bowl of chili?  We could after three appetizers but will try it during our next visit.  Named after the city where the Uno concept originated, the Windy City Chili sounded like the perfect comfort food on a cold day, served with onions, jalapenos, cheddar cheese and tortilla chips ($4.59).

A visit to Uno’s without trying one of their pizzas is like a trip to London without visiting Buckingham Palace.  The spinoccoli deep dish for two ($14.79) arrived with a hearty topping of fresh spinach and broccoli, chunky tomatoes, a blend of cheeses and a hint of garlic.  The chicken and wild mushroom pizza sounded intriguing.  The restaurant has also recently introduced a thin crust selection for those who do not prefer their traditional thick crust.  There isn’t a spinoccoli sampling offered on the thin crust menu but you can find a spinach, mushroom and gorgonzola.  If you can pronounce it correctly, the artipeggio is a unique treat topped with marinated artichoke hearts with grilled eggplant, sweet red peppers and a blend of cheeses. 

The pasta dishes are reasonably priced – around $9, and offer traditional favorites like chicken parmesan and shrimp scampi but for the spice lover, try the rattlesnake pasta ($9.99), served with chicken and penne in a creamy Cheddar jalapeno sauce with a dash of Tabasco sauce.  The steak fajitas were tasty but not as spicy as we would have liked.  In addition to these items, you can find a variety of sandwiches and burgers.  Uno’s also offers traditional favorites like baby back ribs ($13.99), sirloin tips ($9.79) and chicken stir fry ($8.99).  They even have a generous offering of seafood, including barbecue grilled shrimp ($11.99) and teriyaki salmon ($11.49).

Be sure to save room for dessert here.  The chocolate peanut butter cup is simply a must have ($3.99).  Enveloped in a hard chocolate covering is a rich warm chocolate and peanut butter topped with vanilla ice cream, served on a chocolate cookie crust and finished with chocolate and peanut butter sauces.

Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill
Hanover Mall
Hanover, MA 02339

Phone: 781-826-4453
Web:  http://www.unos.com

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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