Last time we visited Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Slurping Turtle and Frontera Grill. Now for our final day in Chicago.
We did a little shopping on the Magnificent Mile and then for lunch we decided to go with the recommendation of a local friend of Matt's and try Portillos, a famous Chicago institution for Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian Beef, and Polish Sausage.
Chicago had its own special style of hot dogs and Chicagoans are proud and protective of them. A Chicago dog is an all-beef frank on a poppyseed bun topped with mustard, relish, onions, a dill pickle spear, tomatoes and pickled sport peppers (hot peppers) and celery salt. There is no ketchup on a Chicago dog and some vendors will even refuse to add it! So, this was Matt's lunch.
I had an Italian Beef, another famous Chicago sandwich. It is thinly sliced roast beef, dripping in beef juice served on an Italian roll, also dipped in beef juice and topped with sweet peppers or hot giadiniera. It was very delicious.
We made reservations at The Publican for Matt's birthday dinner. This is a farm-to-table restaurant that has an excellent beer list so we thought it would be a good fit. I don't have many photos but here's the scoop:
The next day we drove home and made it in record time. A very successful little holiday! Chicago is a great place to visit.