Unlike train cars, a pizza can never be too packed or too pervaded with the smell of garlic. Feast on the ultimate topping train and other classic eats with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza and American fare at Skuddlebutts. Choose between the following locations: Downers Grove and Glen Ellyn.
Serving meals-to-go for more than seven decades in Downers Grove, Skuddlebutts recently opened a second location in Glen Ellyn to disseminate its menu of golden-baked, char-broiled, and barbecued eats. Whole-wheat thin-crust pizzas and Chicago gourmet pan pizzas ($12.50+)—both offered with a two-for-one deal—serve as cheesy summits for cross-cultural meetings of italian sausage and canadian bacon without requiring the neutral moderation of swiss cheese ($1.50+ per topping). Grill artists bestow the proper number of flame licks upon slabs of barbecue ribs ($9.45–$16.50) and boast a char-grilled repertoire of 10 half-pound hamburgers, including the John the Gypsy burger, a caravan of sautéed mushrooms and crisp bacon rumbling along a path of swiss-paved ground beef ($5.35). Diners can order a whole fried chicken partitioned in eight crispy clusters ($7.95), then finish with a sublimely chewy deep-dish chocolate-chip cookie (6”, $3.50). Skuddlebutts fare is good for carryout, delivery ($3.50, not included in this Groupon), and eating.
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Opened in 1939 as a small tavern specializing in baked ham sandwiches, Skuddlebutts Pizza outgrew two locations over the years and vastly expanded its menu. Diners observe and clap politely as the cooking staff bakes piping-hot pizzas, layers toppings onto hearty sandwiches, and prepares crisp salads inside a 2,000-square-foot display kitchen. Waiters parade thin-crust and Chicago pan pizzas into the dining room two at a time—every pizza is sold on a two-for-one basis—and juggle an assortment of sandwiches, half-pound burgers, and rubber balls. Bellies in need of a protein fix fill up with fried chicken by the bucket, ribs by the slab, and wings by the buffalo, before finishing with a sweet note of deep-dish chocolate-chip cookie or tiramisu.