Fans of the Black Thorn Pub know there are two rules to enjoying the Tower Grove South joint's incredible deep-dish pizza: 1) leave yourself plenty of time; and 2) listen very carefully. The first rule is pretty obvious. Deep-dish pizza takes time to cook; add in the crowds who throng this relatively small pub and you could be waiting an hour or more. Those crowds explain the second rule. When your pizza is ready, the staff announces it over an intercom. Your name can be hard to hear over the happy buzz of friends sharing a pitcher (or three) of beer, playing shuffleboard and singing along to the jukebox's excellent selection. It's all worth it, though. The crust is chewy and flavorful, the cheese and toppings plentiful and the sauce — the secret weapon — addictively spicy. Better add a third rule: Go hungry. Oh, and plan for leftovers. Even the smallest deep-dish pizza here is more than any normal human being can handle.
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