Lisa Marie Varon was born in California and only came to Chicago a few years ago, but she certainly seems like a Chicago girl. Having a great restaurant near DePaul definitely helped entrench her in the community.
Lisa is a real sweetheart. We have interviewed her a few times and have talked with her many times. She is simply awesome.
Speaking of awesome, her restaurant, The Square Circle, is one of my favorite places. I love their pizza. I am also a big fan of their Coke, which has become a long-standing joke. Yes, there really is such a thing as great fountain Cokes (and likewise also bad fountain Cokes).
The Squared Circle also offers cheese-stuffed burgers, brick oven pizza, duck fat pizza and many more delicious options. I plan on eventually working my way through the menu, but I tend to get stuck on their pizza. It is just that good.
TSC has several televisions for your sporting events watching. Wrestling is obviously a favorite here. There is nothing like watching wrestling, new or old, while Lisa chats with you, which she often does. People talk about comfort food, TSC is a comfort place.
Lisa Marie Varon might be a native Californian, but she is a Chicago girl and truly one of our very own!
Lisa Marie Varon and me in Chicago, IL-April 2014.