Americans are avid pizza eaters and sports fans, which is why commercial breaks during baseball games feature spots about saucy pies and the next national pastime will probably involve tossing dough past a goalie. Enjoy the taste of victory or the taste of a doughnet with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pizza and sandwich fare at Nick's Pizza & Pub at the Crystal Lake or Elgin locations.
Family-friendly Nick's Pizza & Pub’s menu exercises decision-making muscles with descriptions of thin and double-decker pizzas, italian beef, and stacked sandwiches served inside a winsome barn-style setting. Nick's signature pizza ($10.29–$20.29) arrives at tables metaphorically signed by the chef with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers, which sit atop a crust that, like a the ice under a child whose parent has counted to two, is thin. The Hawaiian pie, alternatively, shimmies with barbecue sauce, pineapple, and canadian bacon over regular ($9.89–$18.99) or double-decker crust ($20.49–$23.29). Visitors looking to diversify their culinary portfolio can orally invest in italian beef resting between an 8-inch loaf of french bread ($7.99–$8.49), or dig into the layered goodness of a super italian sub, which packs a wallop of genoa salami, imported krakus ham, mozzarella, and a dollop of vinaigrette ($8.49).
Inside the barn-like eatery, peanuts rest atop tables before patrons undress them from their shells, which guests can then toss onto the crunchy pile already on the floor, unlike at Grandma’s. Rustic wooden beams meld structural integrity and beguiling decorative panache into one entity—just like steel I-beams covered by sepia-tone Annie Leibovitz photos—and a large stone fireplace, grandiose antler chandelier, and stuffed animals such as a giant bear and mounted moose further accent the aesthetic.