Sunday, November 25, 2012

Came For The Dog, Wound Up With A Beefy Italian

On our way through Chicago with some extra time to kill, we thought we'd stop somewhere for a Chicago Dog.  We had to sit through a lot of this, since it was the Sunday night after Thanksgiving when it seems everyone and their mother was heading home from their holiday visiting.

Ed said, "Why do people leave their homes on the holiday?  Why don't they just stay home, eat, and watch some TV?"  Good question. 
We finally got through the traffic and found ourselves at Portillo’s, founded in 1963, and now a chain known for serving Chicago Style food.  They've branched out to several states, and have even gone as far as California, although we've never seen them there.  Once I got in line though, I decided instead of the Chicago Dog, I was going to have their Italian Beef sandwich.
The place was packed and the line was efficient, making and serving our order pretty quickly.  Here one of the workers builds two Chicago Dogs - a beef dog with mustard, relish, chopped onions, sliced red ripe tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers piled into a steamed poppy seed bun.
I really enjoyed my sandwich, lean shaved beef piled high into a nice sized hunk of French bread.  It was warm and tasty and perfect for the cold Chicago night.  I'd definitely order it again. 

Although, next time I might have to go for the Chicago Dog since even after being in the famous Portillo's, I've still never had one!

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2011: The Master Carver
2010: Waiting For The Good Stuff
2009: Getting Some Bird A Day Ahead Of The Crowd
2008: The Only Reason Men Do Things Is Because Their Wives MAKE Them
2007: Here’s Looking At You
2006: Just Outside The Door
2005: Trying To Mask The Boredom

1 comment:

Gil said...

I guess the Chicago idea of a Italian sandwich is just as strange as their idea of pizza. Well, at least when you compare their idea of Italian food to NYC and Italy!!!