“There’s something about Mary’s hamburgers”

I have had Hamburger Mary’s on my radar for quite some time now but sadly I rarely seem to get over into Andersonville to eat at many of the districts varied and diverse resturants. Mostly I try to eat within easy reach of the elevated railway, and it is quite a distance between the nearest…

You don’t have to be a Meathead to eat at Meatheads

Meatheads Burgers and Fries has been one of my favourite lunchtime spots in the suburbs, and the good news for the city dwellers is that a new one has opened up at North Center/Irving Park. I tend to frequent the joint in Northbrook. The other options are in Naperville or Schaumburg. I nearly always go for…

The Claim Company – “Home of the Motherlode”

If you like a nice cheesy Western-themed resturant, and I do, then you cannot do much better than The Claim Company out at Northbrook Court in Northbrook. It is attached to the Shopping Mall and has been one of those places that we have used for Team lunches, or just lunch time getaways over the…

The Clark Street Dog

Clark Street Dogs was one of the first places that I ever went to in Chicago, and on that occasion I had my first italian sausage. I did not have anything to compare that with so at the time I thought it was quite good. I went back a second time and tried one of their Philly…

Pollito’s Grill and Rotisserie

Pollito’s is another of those lunch time /early evening food outlets just alongside the el train, or rather just beneath the El train at Washington and Wells. I approached it at dusk, about 4.45pm and was not sure if it was still going to be open as many of these places in this part of…

Portillo’s – History, Tradition and …. Hot Dogs!

Portillo’s has been serving Hot Dogs and associated street foods to the good people of Chicago for over 50 years. Established by Dick Portillo in 1963, it now has around 42 other sites across the states. The first Portillo’s hot dog stand known as “The Dog House” opened in 1963 on North Avenue.  By 1966,…

Mister J’s “Dagwood Special” – define special?

Bright shiny lights and flashing signs are often my downfall, like a moth drawn to a flame I often seem to find myself walking into one of these hot dog or burger places purely down to the exterior signage. It is usually a trap, although an inexpensive trap so often I do not mind. Again…