Chicago-style pizza for everyone!
Posted on 01 / 04 / 2014
Patxi's on Fillmore is part of the Patxi's chain of restaurants in the bay area. They all offer a similar menu, with a few salads and appetizers, beer and wine, and most any pizza you could want. You choose from thin crust, regular pan pizza, and deep-dish (the latter two have a whole wheat option also). Add from a wide variety of toppings (they have animal flesh and lots of vegetables, no fake meats) and choose from four cheeses: two dairy options, SoyStation which is lactose-free but not vegan, and Daiya, my personal favorite vegan mozzarella substitute. This is a great place to take people who wrinkle their nose at the word "vegan" because, both in the menu and in the way the food looks and tastes, vegan varieties are placed at the same level as the rest of the food. So it's posed as just another option that is equally good, like green peppers vs. red peppers, not like here's the regular menu with the weird vegan stuff on the side (if that rings a bell with anyone else!).
Most Patxi's locations I've found difficult to park at, including this one, especially in the evening. Leave extra time for finding a spot, or order delivery. Warning: delivery at peak times like weekend evenings, especially if you get deep-dish pizza, can take a long time (3-4 hours at its worst!). You can order online or call.
The food and ambience are both that of a high-quality neighborhood restaurant, a step above a cheap pizza place but not fancy or pretentious. Good for a date or a group, although the restaurants aren't huge so you may have to wait to sit at busy times.
Many different vegan pizza combos, Gives back to community, Lively, enjoyable environment
Serves meat and dairy, Can take a long time