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chicago eats- where I ate- (long) part 1 of 2

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chicago eats- where I ate- (long) part 1 of 2

socal boy | Dec 2, 2003 12:40 PM

As usual a hearty thanks for all the great ideas this board has given me. Here is the report I promised. Onto the food.
Got to the hotel and walked to Portillos (100 W Ontario)to eat. I could see the AL's sign from there but I didn't go because I heard that the eating space may be just a bunch of picnic tables and Portillos was looking comfortable and warm. I had the Combo, hot and wet and a Chicago dog. Since I have nothing to compare the combo to, I thought it was pretty good. Thin slices of beef in a light gravy with a huge sausage on a soggy bun dipped in gravy. I ordered the hot which was peppers, cauliflower and carrots. This definetely added zing to the sandwich and made it taste much better than without it. The Chicago dog was loaded with a huge pickle, tomato, peppers, relish and a sprinkling of something (maybe celery salt). The dog did not have the bite of a Pink's dog and maybe that turned me off a little bit because later I ate at another hot dog place which I thought was a lot better even though many on this board would disagree. On to that story later.
Walked over to Garretts Popcorn(670 N Michigan) and had a mixed bag (caramel and cheese) for a light snack.
Dinner was a company dinner at Maggianos (516 N Clark St) family style. Highlights of the meal were the stuffed mushrooms, stuffed shrimp, and the chicken with pesto pasta dish. Both the mushroom and shrimp was stuffed with these garlicky breadcrumbs that were amazingly delicious.
The next day, we headed over to Blackbird (619 W Randolph) for lunch. I started out with the suckling pig which was crispy outside and juicy inside. This dish was great. Had the ham and cheese with fried egg sandwich which was also delicious. This was on a grilled french bread with just enough ham cheese and egg in each bite to make this a wonderful but truly simple meal. Had a side of fries but not much to be said of them. My SO had a cheese salad (not enough cheese) and the baby chicken for lunch. Not too much comments expect it was good.
For dinner, we headed to Printer Row (550 S Dearborn St). I know there was a lot of mixed reviews on this place but I ordered a gift certificate from Restaurants.com. I had a special quail salad with procuitto, baby greens and sauteed pumpkin? This was a very hearty salad and was quite delicious. For the main course, I had the double lamb chop with olive polenta which was very good. My SO had the parsnip and pea soup and the skirt steak. Both were generous portions and were delicious. My only complaint about this place is the slow or non existent service. The food is worth going to this place but the service needs to catch up to the food.
Tomorrow, the rest of my Chicago eats. Thanks again.

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