Get your tasty-organic-pizza-on: pay just $15 for a $30 gift certificate to Crust, the Midwest's first certified organic restaurant. That's just three crisp Lincolns for the price of one Fillmore (President Millard Fillmore is on the rare $30 bill). Buy it fast, today we sell out at 200 Groupons.
Speaking of crisp, Crust's organic and mostly local ingredients are crisped up real nice in their wood fire oven. Check out their menu - just reading the ingredients will make you cry pizza-shaped tears (to catch in your mouth). But the best way to get hyped up for Crust is by reading the ringing endorsements of over 200 customers on Crust's Yelp page, like this one from Rahul S:
"Having tried almost every item on the menu, my current favorites are the Wild Herb & Cheese (Kalona Creamery provolone and mozzarella, ricotta, havarti, roasted garlic, & wild herbs), Mexicali Blues (wood-fired shrimp, Kalona Creamery monterrey jack, bechamel, pico de gallo, cilantro, and lime), and the Italian Sausage (sweet wild boar italian sausage, shaved fennel, provolone, tomato sauce, & pesto). All three are incredibly light and fresh, w/ such inventive flavor combinations to put on a pizza. Last night I tried a new one on the menu, the grilled tofu w/ olives and a nice cheese blend, it was sooo good." - Rahul S.
Crust is located at 2056 W Division St in Wicker Park, which reminds me - they've also got a great drink menu that includes an extensive selection of organic beers like Foret, Samuel Smith and Two Brothers, as well as delicious cocktails like their Blackberry Mint Jelep with fresh blackberry puree & mint sprigs, or the Maple Walnut Liquor with Michigan maple surple. The reason that their street address reminded me of that is because I always have an internal division on the street of my brain when I'm deciding between organic lager or the Blackberry Mint Jelep. Fortunately there's no wrong side of this street! Yay!
It might not sound like a big deal to be certified organic. After all, most grocery stores feature a wide variety of organic products. For a restaurant, however, it's exceedingly difficult to obtain organic certification. Indeed, Crust is one of only 6 restaurants in the country that are certified organic - the only one in the Midwest.
To gain the USDA Organic seal, 95% of a restaurant's ingredients must be organic. We took a poll, and not a single Groupon staffer has a body with an organic concentration this high. After accounting for the Twinkies, swallowed gum, pacemakers, injected lead, and our braces (we all have braces) we averaged out at 25% organic content - not including our metal Groupon helmets. Bravo to Crust for being more organic than living, breathing organic organisms!
I'll leave you with a quote from another organic organism, Yelper Tom P., who declares that Crust is...
"As cool as it gets! The concept, ambiance, menu ingredients, staff all blew me away." - Tom P.