I went to Buena Park yesterday and today.
Yesterday I went to Portillo's for the first time. I had a terrific Italian beef sandwich on a freshly baked Italian roll dipped with extra gravy and an authentic Chicago dog on a fresh poppy seed bun they ship from Chicago. Portillo's $4.79 Italian beef sandwich beats the $4.50 Phillipes French dip beef sandwich hands down for size and taste. I was standing around the pick up counter looking at the operation behind the counter and the guy asked me if I wanted a bowl of chili they made up by mistake and it was meaty and tasty. A couple transplanted Chicagoans sitting next to me who were also first timers said the Italian beef sandwich was pretty authentic.
This afternoon I took my parent's and grandmother to Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant after reading the CH post on Boysenberry Pie. Turns out M-F until 5pm they have a early bird senior citizen menu. For $7 they get soup or salad, beverage, choice of entree, biscuits and choice of boysenberry or apple pie or ice cream. My mother and grandmother each ordered the chicken pot pie and it was huge. Anyway it must be a good deal, the place was packed with senior citizens at 4:00. Not being a senior citizen I had to pay the full dinner price $13.50 for the famous fried chicken dinner(nothing changes-the same after all these years). We all had the boysenberry pie for desert and it was a thick generous slice full of boysenberries with a flaky crust.