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First Meal in Chicago

Some of you probably didn’t even notice, but I was gone for a week and a half. I have sales meetings in Michigan every one or two years, so this time I flew in early to Chicago and brought Michelle along with me. We landed pretty late, checking into Hotel Allegro around midnight.

Our home away from home.

We walked across the river for a late night snack, braving the cold winds.

The evidence of our late night meal.

Beef sandwich with sweet peppers.

Beef sandwich with sweet and hot peppers.

After travelling, this meal was satisfying. The hot pepper mix was really good. The beef was a bit on the dry side unfortunately. I felt like the Portillo’s sandwich was juicier, even though this dipped in beef juice as well. Man, I wish I could have the Portillo’s beef smothered in Al’s hot pepper mix.

Anyone know where I can get my hands on some of the hot pepper mix? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it at grocery stores locally.

Portillo’s: A Midwest Tradition on the Far West

The problem with loving to eat is that I’ll often find myself ordering a meal that could probably feed two because I’m afraid I won’t return to the same restaurant in my desire to eat everywhere. I did it again, this time in Buena Park.

Portillo’s is a well known restaurant from the Midwest, known for its hot dogs. California is fortunate enough to have two out of the three locations outside of Illinois.

I noticed when they took my order they just wrote it on what I thought was a plain sheet of paper until I received my meal. Whether you order to go or to eat in the restaurant, they give you your food in a bag. That’s what they write your order down on. Brilliant.

This is the hot dog. A lot of places claim their wieners are unique, but I really can’t tell unless they’re custom sausages. This is no different, but the toppings make it special. When you order it with everything you get mustard, relish, freshly chopped onions, sliced red ripe tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers piled onto a perfectly steamed poppyseed bun. The toppings are fresh so they have some bite to them, not smooshing down and taking a back seat to the wiener.

This is the Portillo’s Italian Beef Sandwich with everything and hot peppers. They recommend the sweet peppers on their menu, but I have to admit that my taste buds have been change because of Michelle. I crave a little bit of heat on almost anything I eat. The hot peppers are definitely low on the scale of heat, and they compliment the sweet beef juice nicely.