Pop-culture children of the 80s and 90s requiring a power-up in Bucktown have a safe space thanks to The StopAlong, a new pizzeria that opened today. The playful spot is an homage to the hangouts from television sitcoms of the past. Saved By The Max and The StopAlong could have duel over which one evokes the most nostalgia.
The menu’s full of New York-style pizza with names from old TV shows and movies. "37 Pieces of Flair" is an homage to "Office Space" and "The Corey Corey" references Feldman and Haim. The thin-crust pizzas are accompanied by burgers and calzones on the menu. Soft-serve ice cream and salads round-out the pizzeria vibe. There’s also a full-bar with alcoholic drinks. The booze may make playing vintage arcade games like "Ms. Pac-Man" and "Galaga" different from most childhoods.
There’s 54 seats inside, plus a 14-seat bar. The interiors feature Roy Lichtenstein-like art depicting pop-culture characters like Nintendo’s Mario and DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Superman chowing down on pizza. The bar area harkens back to venerable and shuttered Club Foot. There’s a collection of retro toys, lunch boxes and more.
Check out the menu and photos below.
The StopAlong, 1812 N. Milwaukee Ave., (773) 394-4694, open noon to midnight daily