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,…

Bubba Gump – One of my many Guilty Pleasures

I love Bubba Gump, I know that it’s cheesy and that as an adult I probably should eat in more grown up resturants, but forget that I am a big kid at heart and this is my kind of place. If I am visiting New York for more than a couple of days I just have…

Underneath the El tracks lies “Burger Joint”

  Walking along beneath the Brown Line track between Merchandise Mart and the Chicago stop I came across a sign for the “Burger Joint” pointing me down into a basement resturant. So I felt it would be rude not to take up that invitation so I headed down the steps to see what sort of…

Eggs, Bacon and more, 24 hours a day, at Diner Grill

You know that there has to be something good and decent on offer when you walk past a 24 Diner just around closing time and it is a packed as this. That was the situation I found myself in on Saturday night as I departed the Globe Pub on Irving Park Rd after a couple of pints of…

“City Farms” for a quality brunch and breakfast

City Farms Grill is a small cafe that is almost easy to miss, in fact I have walked past several times and thought oh yes I haven’t been there yet, but then forget as it is not on my beaten track. This is a shame as it is a really nice friendly little place to get…

Going to the dogs in Wrigleyville – Hot Dogging

What would Chicago be without the hot dog and the cubs? You can get both on Clark Street in Wrigleyville. Wrigleysville Dogs proudly claim to be serving the official Hot Dog of the Chicago Cubs. I suppose I could have gone down the route of the traditional Chicago Dog, and maybe given the location I…

A little slice of a chain does you no harm – Rosati’s Pizza

Just for once I managed to get a half decent photograph on my phone as I was about to munch onto some food. Even better the pizza place had plates with their name and logos nicely displayed, they must have seen me coming. I don’t usually bother writing about eating in any of the bigger chains,…