Finally made it over to Taste Chicago in Burbank. In previous threads, Chicago eateries Al's, Mr. Beef, Buona Beef, and Portillo's were all mentioned by other chowhounds. Another poster had mentioned each of us all having different tastes, and that is definately so, as my 2 experiences with Buona Beef had me praying to the white porcelin gods all night. Portillo's is edible, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there. Although I do agree that Al's #1 on Taylor Street is much better than Al's other location on Ontario, I am partial to Mr. Beef on Orleans. I always make it a point to bring back at least 2 pounds of beef and 2 quarts of gravy. Now let's get to Taste Chicago:
Ordered an Italian Beef Sandwich, sweet (peppers) and wet (extra gravy). Girlfriend had the Beef and Sausage sandwich combo. The sandwiches were decent. They give a generous portion of beef, and it was tasty. The gravy was a little on the waterey side, but still had a nice flavor to it. Sausage was tasty, too.
We also had a side of baked potato wedges. Cold and chewy, I think these were cooked yesterday. I'll pass on the next go around.
I was disappointed to see that their pizza is not Chicago Deep Dish, rather sicilian pan style. Another couple was sharing a slice, and said it wasn't very good. At $4 a slice, I'll take their word for it.
Was too full to order, but nice to know they use vienna beef dogs, and have the option of plain or poppy seed bun. For the non beef eaters, they also serve chicken breast, and sweet peppers and egg sandwiches (Fridays only). They now serve pasta as well.
Dessert. Not a chance, couldn't even move, but they do serve Chicago's very own Eli's Cheesecake, in addition to frozen custard. We may have to split a sandwich next time to save room for one of these.
It's not an "OH MY GAWD YOU HAVE TO EAT HERE" kinda place, but it's nice to know it's available when I need a fix. I will be back.
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