Let me preface this review by saying I have never been to Chicago, so I don't know how this food stacks up against the real Chicago versions.
The place is small, there are maybe 4 or 5 small tables inside and about 6 tables outside on the patio. The patio is near the street, so this isn't quiet outside patio dining. The place is popular, there were quite a few people the whole time we were there, and people picking up takeout.
Overall I thought most of the food was good. A group of us tried their pizza slices, the Chicago Style hot dog, Eli's cheesecake, and the flourless cake sundae.
The hot dogs are Vienna Beef ($3.50), which have no snappy outside skin. It was steamed, and came in either a plain or poppy seed bun. I opted for the poppy seed. The bun was nice and fresh, the hot dog was good, had a nice beefy flavor, not too greasy. It came with mustard, onion, relish, tomato, celery salt, a pickle spear and 2 small, long hot peppers. At first I thought the tomato slices were a little bizzare, but the combination actually worked.
The pizza slices are 6 x 6 squares, and are not deep dish. They call them sicilian pan. The crust was thicker than say D'Amores, so it was chewier, and it was a little sweeter, as was the sauce. There was quite a bit of sauce and cheese, the slices were served piping hot, and didn't taste leftover, like so many pizza slices do. Cheese was $3.50 and pepperoni was $3.95.
The cheesecake is Eli's cheesecake and was good, the piece was on the small side - no huge Cheesecake factory slices served here. The plain was $3.00, the key lime was 3.75
The only disappointing item was the flourless cake sundae. The small round cake, which looked really dense and fudgy, had almost no chocolate flavor at all, it was moist. The frozen custard was good as well. The sundae also came with whipped cream, nuts and chocolate syrup. The sundae was $6.50 and not worth it. 2 scoops of the frozen custard by itself was $2.50
They also have pasta, meatballs, italian beef sandwiches (which the menu says are made fresh daily - I saw someone eating one and it looked good) and ribs.
Taste Chicago, Corner of Hollywood Way & Verdugo
603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank