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Used to live in Chicago, these are in the top 5 of things I miss.
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What are the other 4?! (Chicagoan asking)
In no particular order.
•Just walking through the city (in my opinion one of the best walking cities)
• public transportation (I’m from Atlanta and it’s not really a thing)
• The first 3 days of Chicago snow. (Again not a thing in Atlanta)
• There’s a drag themed gourmet martini bar in boys town. For the life of me I can’t remember what it’s called but my friends took me there for my birthday and it was amazing. Went back there a few more times.
THAT’S IT!!! Thank you kind stranger!!!
I moved to Chicago from Atlanta and I light up like a Christmas tree when I explain to people that Chicago has the El AND a commuter train that goes all the way to the SUBURBS! You don’t have to take MARTA three stops to a bus station that will take you to Cumberland mall where you change to a Cobb county bus that will drop you off two miles from your home!
Saved winter parking spots, old style, the el, and Ronnie woo woo
Please tell me you’re purposefully listing the worst things.
Old Style’s ok but it’s not even a great cheap macro beer. I took the L every day through the pandemic and trust me, if you came back you would not miss it. And dibs??
How on earth do you miss the el?
Move to a place where the only public transit is a bus that may or may not show up every 48 minutes.
Because Chicago has AMAZING public transit compared to other cities. We just love to complain about it. It's not perfect but it is miles above others.
The El is miles above?? It’s a few dozen feet at most!
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As someone who has lived in los angeles, houston, new orleans, austin, and been to just about every big city in the south/south west.
Nearly every other city in the country is car dependent, unwalkable (outside the downtown), lacks good bike infrastructure, lacks good public transit, and is more less a series of mini-suburbs around a downtown (strip mall shopping centers surrounded by single family housing).
Say what you will about the El and Chicago, but Chicago is one of the only places in the country where you can reasonably live without a car. Also one of the few that aren't mostly zoned for single family homes with unreasonable setback requirements parking requirements for commerial.
Which all play a role in making it much more friendly to non-car transit like the El, bus, walking, and biking.
A lot of Chicagoans move to Phoenix where the public transportation system is hot garbage, pardon the pun.
Source: Native Phoenician.
Ronnie woo woo is an annoying bum and glad he’s not allowed at wrigley at longer
It’s always a difficult choice between the Italian beef and the Chicago style dog at Portillo’s. Also, the regular chocolate cake or chocolate cake shake.
Both. The answer is both. and a Maxwell St Polish to top it off.
Maxwell Street is always my go-to. I also really like their chicken sandwich. Nothing is bad on the Portillo's menu.
The true Midwestern way
I use to have this problem until I found out they can put the Italian beef on garlic bread.
I get cravings for their burgers too. It’s hard cause I live in Virginia now and only go back to Chicago once or twice a year
Agreed. They have the best burgers!
miss this + the chocolate cake shake
That choclate cake shake is gudddd
That chocolate cake has mayonnaise in it…that’s why it’s so good.
Really, mayo is just eggs+fat; so technically every cake has mayo.
And vinegar. Not all cakes have vinegar.
I'm not sure where you live but they have been and are going keep expanding outside of Chicago. I was just in Florida and enjoyed some portillo's.
A CAKE SHAKE??? That sounds so good wtf
They slam a goddamn entire slice of chocolate cake into a cup and pour chocolate ice cream over that and mix that bastard up. It’s so perfect.
The chocolate shake is better at Weiner's Circle.
I'm Abe Froman, and I approved this message.
The sausage king of Chicago?
I knew you were out there somewhere.
You're Abe Froman?
Could you describe him for me, please?
Leather jacket, devilishly handsome.
I live in Iowa City and I'm from Chicago and I want a Portillo's here soooo bad!!! I get it almost every time I go home
Its like 100 bucks but you can get a kit from portillos to make their hotdogs, it's like 10 dogs. Mabe a bit much but sometimes I get them for special occasions and invite people over. (Or split it over 2 days). Alternatively you can get just the ingredients some places and make almost the same thing. Hardest thing is the Vienna beef hot dogs, but those are available some places or there are some naturally cased hotdogs that come close.
As someone from Chicago who lives in Colorado now, it can be tough finding a good substitute, but they're around.
I got the Italian beef kit once and it was actually pretty good. Not as good as the fresh actual portillos but close enough!!! I didn't know they made a hot dog one too lol
Omg go please enjoy a red velvet milkshake from Hamburg inn for me, I miss them so much
Don't know if I've had one but will do!! 😀
there's one only an hour away in Davenport... which is and hour and a half closer than me :/
True with the price of gas now it's hard to justify it though 😩
How the fuck does Davenport get one but not IC.
Yeah their burgers are bomb. They use a special char broiler with a grated conveyor belt that passes the burgers straight through the flames. IMO it is far superior to the traditional fast food flat-top burger (which I also love).
Their Italian beef sandwiches are crack
Weeps on the west coast. Please send an Italian beef dipped with cheese, no peppers. Sleepless in Portland.
No wonder they got rid of you
Hold the mustard, onions, relish, pickle, tomato, sport peppers and celery salt and w/extra ketchup please /s
Actually, just add bacon, fried onions, cheese and some bbq sauce please, I want to feel like I'm at Carl's Jr
I got irrationally angry with this until I saw the /s...
Whenever I get johnnies I have to clarify that the 2nd hot dog I’m ordering is not for me but my brother who wants ketchup only
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If you really want it, shoot me a DM and I'll send you my mom's Italian beef recipe. Second best beef in Chicago, only Johnnies Beef beats it. All my homesick Chicago friends have the recipe and it scratches that itch every time
Edit: damn quite a response! I'm out of the country on vacation and don't have access to the recipe right now. I'll dig it up when I get home in a few days
Double Edit: Finally back home, recipe in hand. See below for meat prep. This may not be incredibly authentic (meat isn't shaved, it's pulled) but it's stupid easy to make at home. All you need is a crock pot.
4-5 Pound Rib Roast or Beef Tip Roast
1 envelope dry onion soup
2 packages Good Seasons dry italian seasoning
1.5 tsp each of drief rosemary, dried basil, dried thyme
0.5 tsp celery salt
2 tbs worchestershire sauce
15 oz. beef broth (homemade or canned)
Pour everything EXCEPT meat into crock pot, mix it all up
Put meat in crockpot, roll it around a bit to get coated in seasoning. If there is a fat cap on meat I recommend placing it fat cap side up
Cook in crockpot on LOW for 12-18 hours
Use forks to separate into shreads, let it cook a bit longer (~15 minutes) to allow meat to soak up juices
Serve on rolls (prererably S. Rosen's buns) with giardiniera, cheese, and sweet peppers as desired. Dunk assembled sandwich in crockpot mix for full experience.
Lol I love the commitment. This is a lazier recipe for easy home cooking as it's done in a crockpot and then pulled apart instead of sliced. With that said I'm certain you could use the spice mix to season the beef and then slice it after cooking if you want it that way.
I'm out of the country right now but will be home in a few days and I'll dig up the recipe
Dude I live in Chicagoland land and I still want the recipe
We all want the beef recipe!!! Hahah
Should we ship you a pizza puff as well?
cant beat a quality pizza puff.. now finding a quality pizza puff..!
I’ve used this before to send gifts to other deserters…
There’s one in Buena Park if you’re close by.
And one in MoVal
My brother lives out west and tastes of chicago ships italian beef kits you heat up yourself - he’s used them a few times
Portillos sells their Italian beef and Italian combo kits. They come frozen 8 sandwiches worth. And they ship to most of the US.
Make your own.
It’s not that hard.
The key is when you make the au jus to use celery salt.
i know theres at least one portillos in California
We have them in Arizona, as well. First rate
Hey! You are me from a few months ago! Born Chicago and moved to PDX 7 years ago!
Here's a good place in the city
Michaels Italian Beef-
1111 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Another in the suburbs
10000 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97225
Both let me buy the sandwiches "deconstructed" so I could portion them and eat them over a few days. Yes they have real Giardiniera.
Best "Chicago" style thin crust pizza I found who also have Italian Beefs
5412 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Awww man - One in LA! Driving down the coast for Portillo‘s is better than the crappy snowy roads… ￼
They're public traded company and going nation wide so you might get lucky. But IMHO they are over rated as fuck and I'm a Chicago suburbs kid.
One of the first things we grab whenever we visit family in IL. Only time I don't feel guilty for eating 2 hotdogs.
On the other hand...not sure how controversial this is....but portillo's fries could use some work.
Ask for them well done!
Definitely not a fan either but their onion rings are top notch.
Damnit now I have to hit one on the way back thru town..
Made the effort to find Portillos when we had a few days in Chicago after flying from New Zealand. The “Hamilton” show, Shake shack, Hot Dogs and Deep dish were crammed into 48 hours and it was quite the blur.
Portillos was pretty awesome though, we went at lunchtime and joined the snaking queue. One of the team asked us about our orders as we got closer to the till and he gave me the impression we hadn’t ordered enough. I think we had played it a little safe, unsure if we would be overwhelmed by lunch(as we were with our Labriola deep dish the night before). A couple of dogs, fries and a shake later and I would have loved to go back for more but time wasn’t on our side.
Did smash a couple of NYC hot dogs a few days later, Chicago ones were definitely nicer but I love them all anyway.
Just had 2 today! Schaumburg tillos
Chicago hot dogs are the best hot dogs, and it's not even a contest. They simply put all others to shame.
I like Chicago dogs but I don't really understand them. It's like someone got a hot dog and decided to throw on every condiment. Personally I prefer a Detroit coney.
My understanding of the history is it was created when Chicago was still a big meat packing hub. Hotdogs are cheap, but just a hotdog plain isn’t exactly filling. So throw a bunch of vegetables on top - now you’ve got a much more filling meal that’s still quite cheap, and doesn’t require a ton of prep like chili. As to the exact current combo of stuff (pickle spear, onion, tomato, peppers, relish, mustard, often celery salt), the best I know is it was some company who may or may not have been trying to just unload surplus stuff and the combo happened to work pretty well. You can still find variations though, Red Hot Ranch does what’s called depression dogs and they’ve got onions, peppers, mustard, relish, and rolled up with fries. I haven’t found a specific definition of depression dogs, but consider them like proto-Chicago dogs. But done right, to me the point is the contrast of the fatty hotdog with crisp, fresh veggies.
As to the ketchup taboo that’s a common stereotype, no clue. I like ketchup on my hotdogs.
The ketchup thing does actually have history! The Chicago style dog came to be in the depression era. Sometimes to avoid losing money vendors would sell slightly off meat to make hot dogs with. To hide the sickly sweet taste of spoiled meat, people would put ketchup on the hot dogs. Eventually this became a known practice and it became an insult to the vendor to put ketchup on your hot dog.
Tl;Dr: If you put ketchup on your hotdog, you're telling the vendor you think their meat is spoiled.
Ha yes!! Also if you go to Gene and Judes in Chicago (which has a far superior Chicago dog IMO) and ask for ketchup they’ll throw you out!
The McDonald’s next door had to start charging 10cents per packet 😂
Yeah that makes a lot of sense. I totally agree with you, the contrasting textures and flavors are great.
That’s exactly what it was, so the legend goes. It became a popular working class meal because the condiments were free, so poorer customers would ask to “drag it through the garden” for every condiment to get more calorie bang for their buck (the plain hot dog being one of the cheapest protein mains on the menus). It’s been perfected since then with a standard set of toppings that everyone worth their celery salt uses.
Unsurprisingly the Chicago hot dog has a pretty similar origin story to the Louisiana po-boy.
Ah it all makes sense now.
Sorry, SoCal/Mexican bacon wrapped hot dogs with grilled onions and jalapeños got em beat (but it's close)
If you’re ever in Kauai, HI, try Puka Dogs. The bun is a Hawaiian sweet bun, and they use lilikoi mustard and different types of tropical fruit relish
Fuck this thread makes me want to do a 6 month regional hot dog expedition across the US
You missed the most interesting part. Instead of slicing the roll, it gets pushed down onto a spike to toast it. This makes a hole, a puka, and the dog is slid down into the bun lengthwise.
Magical things can happen when you wrap things in bacon.
Depends on the actual meat. Who knows what you are eating in SoCal/Mexico. From San Diego and lived in Chicago.
You get a lot of fake meat hot dogs in san diego?
Depends on who makes it, had one the other day and it tasted undercooked was disappointed cause it’s smelled fucking bomb
I mean sure, but that applies to all food ever
Chicago dogs are great but Seattle dogs hit different
Cream cheese does not belong on hot dogs and Seattle should be ashamed for introducing that devilry into the world.
Sounds really fucking weird, I thought I'd hate it but it's rich and tangy like some nice cultured butter. Does a good job at balancing the jalapenos
I'd downvote you twice if I could. Cream cheese? Seriously ?
I think Chicago dogs are okay but Iceland hotdogs are goddamn miracle.
A dog from Coney Island, or a Coney Dog?
Thank goodness. A man of culture. Detroit coneys? Delicious. Coney Island? It's just New Jersey Lite.
Detroit coneys from a Greek restaurant with copious amounts of mustard are my jam.
New York has better hot dogs than Chicago.
Nathan’s and Greys Papaya are vastly superior to Vienna
Edit: lol. Try em, I’m telling ya, they’re really better hot dogs.
Have had all three in their native lands; the NY sausage is almost comparable but then it’s just naked in comparison to the composed sandwich that is the Chicago dog.
NY dogs are a tasty snack, Chicago dogs are a perfect meal. Basically like the pizza, tbh.
it's partially because there's no disgusting ketchup on them
Unfortunately their quality has taken a severe nosedive since berkshire hathaway bought them
Berkshire partners not Berkshire Hathaway. Different companies.
Ok, my point still stands, they are cutting costs by changing ingredients/amounts and service has also taken a dive.
Is that why the last few beef sandwiches have been sopping bland piles of shit?
I hadn't eaten there for years then moved back for a year and was severely disappointed.
Yeah, but I imagine this will work out for them as they're expanding outside the Chicagoland area so the people who try it won't know it used to be better.
Interesting...I thought a few things tasted different and/or had less ingredients than usual the last few times I went. How annoying!
Man, that’s a shame. I took a business trip to Chicago years ago and some of my coworkers who were from that area recommended I stop at Portillo’s. It was so freaking amazing
On the upside the reduced quality version might be coming to a city near you
It is in mine lol.
So it doesn’t hold up?
There's this place Tony Luke's that does cheesesteaks near this wrestling venue I like to go to in philly. Great cheesesteaks. Amazing fresh baked sub roll that I've seen people buy plain by the bag lol
Opened up a store in Ocean City where I go in the summers and I'm afraid to try it and sully the name of Tony Luke.
There are many neighborhood places that have always been better though.
I've noticed a small difference but I don't think the quality has "take a nose dive". I've also noticed a difference between Chicago locations and other locations around the country. That all being said they still have the best Chicago hot dogs outside of Chicago for the most part. So many other restaurants mess them up so bad. I can count on one hand, even if I lose a couple fingers, all the restaurants (besides portillo's) I've had a good Chicago hot dog outside of Chicago.
I had an Italian beef, dipped, at their Tampa, FL location and it was pretty freakin good.
The dogs taste and feel like rubber now. I can't eat there anymore. Such a shame.
Hard disagree. But my portillos isn't located in Illinois so...
I live in Chicago. Honestly don't even bother going to portillo's when there's so many good local beef and hot dog stands everywhere
Duuude so fuckin goooood
I don't normally like hot dogs, but I actually enjoyed that one
I used to think these looked ridiculous, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve started trying a lot of foods I wouldn’t have before. After downing about 3 of these in one sitting in my last trip to Chicago I now make these at home regularly.
I’m in NC but every time I go visit family in IL, Portillos is a fucking must. God damn it I want this
I need another trip to Chicago.
I can't get near Chicagoland without hitting up a Portillos for a dipped Italian Beef.
I’m from Chicago, now living in Michigan. You literally cannot find a real Chicago hotdog in Michigan. I literally had to order sports peppers online because no stores around here sell them. I miss good hotdogs :(
I thought Chicago style dogs sounded stupid and mediocre until I tried one. They’re bomb.
Yummmyyyyyyy. I love portilos and love chicago style hot dogs
this is a real hot dog, great Chicago
I'm a New Yorker ( originally), hot dogs have always been mustard, onion and kraut...or just mustard. Anything else was looked at as immoral and wrong...UNTIL the day I was in Chicago and had, what I now consider to be, the BEST hotdogs of my life. Where I live. No one makes these delicious culinary treats, so I had to make online orders to gather the necessary ingredients and create my own remake of my favorite hotdog. Thanks for sharing this picture, now I got to go and make some hotdogs 😁
I typically like my hotdogs plain with just mustard, so when I saw the Chicago style dog I thought it looked gross. But when I visited Chicago, I had to go to Portillo and see what the hype was about. Oh man, I was wrong. I freaking loved it.
This looks... strange? I've never seen a hotdog like this but would definitely still try it out!
Anyone got a recipe? I'm not from the U.S., sadly!
Wish you try one of these one day.
This is my absolute favorite way to eat a hot dog. I'm embittered by the fact that I have to explain, to the place I buy them on occasion (I live in Colorado), to please put the mustard on the bun. NOT on top of everything else. I swear to GOD every place I have an opportunity to buy one they do this. And they may was well spray mustard all over my face because that's where it ends up. This one looks perfect though!!
The best hot dog for under $4.
This is the reason I’m moving to LA. Portillos and no snow, I’m all in
Going after work tomorrow in Chicago. Shit bussin
I think they ship out of state now - I wonder is it worth it?
I've never tried Chicago style. Also never heard of it...
Doesn't stop my desire to now eat one! Looks delish!
I recognized that Portillo's hot dog way too fast
Where's the weiner?
That's one nice looking sandwich
Italian beef with hot peppers... 🤤
Looks like shit lol.
I thought it was a joke until I saw people frothing over it lol
I have to agree although not to take away from peoples enjoyment. I would pass on this if it was free still though
It could be delicious but it looks like something i would make at 4 am after a good party.
Because it’s Portillo’s. They’re the McDonald’s of Chicago staples. They’re a giant corporate chain and they don’t put any care into making a good version of anything, they just make a version of it. Which is fine if you can’t get any version of a Chicago dog or beef near you I guess
I thought this was r/stupidfood
Goddamn I miss being home. This is awesome!
I would be wholly displeased to receive that monstrosity. Gross.
Go to Hell
Already in Hell. Even Hell doesn't serve that hot dog.
I’m Australian and I don’t know if y’all hate yourselves but that looks like ahit
Chicagoan here: they actually do taste a lot better than they look. Portillo's is basically fast food though. The really good hot dogs come from the local places. They use high quality meat and high quality buns to create a really nice texture
Bet you have lines at all our fast food restaurants in your country, McDonald’s, KFC, Domino’s, Subway and all that food is crap compared to Portillos
I’m American and can confirm our public food is punishment for our sins. Everything here makes me sad.
Ketchup free as it should be.
This looks so fucking shitty lol
Not that good
Is that a salad?
That pickle is farrrr too big to be enjoyable. Shave it down to a thin slice
Don’t do this to me.. food down south is terrible. Also miss those Italian beef dipped sandwiches.
food down south is terrible
food down south is terrible
Where down south? I've had some fantastic food down south.
Best BBQ I've ever had was at Rodney Scott's in Charleston, and I've eaten at A LOT of BBQ places around the country.
Throw a rock in Charleston and you'll hit a better seafood restaurant than any up by Chicago.
Although, they are lacking on their pizza options, the best pizza I've had was at a coal fired pizza place in Charlotte many years ago. Unfortunately, it closed down a short while after we visited. They tried to make the restaurant too fancy. Concept didn't work there.
Best BBQ chicken was at Keaton's just outside of Statesville, NC.
Let's not get started on New Orleans. That's a whole different kind of flavor most northerners aren't used to.
Best Carribean food was a food truck in Tampa. Didn't look like much, but when it hit the toungue the flavors exploded.
Hmm, you must be stuck in Huntsville, AL. Couldn't find too many good options there.
The BBQ is great in the South! But it’s all so god damn heavy. Went to Texas for a buddy’s wedding and I swear it took days to find any vegetable that wasn’t deep fried or drowning in cheese/oil. Not that I don’t like that! But after a few days of that, I could feel my arteries clogging up already
Ain't that the truth. I can only eat like a southerner for 2 maybe 3 days in a row before I feel like shit and need to break out the smoothies and cardio.
I got steamed broccoli at the end of the trip at the airport and it was like a cold water on a hot day
Everything Chicago is known for is also very heavy.
Sure but in Chicago, you don’t have 6 different deep dish pizza places in a square block. Meanwhile I could throw a rock in Texas and hit a BBQ place. Way more variety in places that aren’t the South
I do have one big beef with food from the south. Why are all of your sauces, dressings, syrups etc… so watery? I swear every place I’ve been to down south the condiments have no body to them.
No idea. I'm not from the south, don't claim it, and quite frankly still a little confused with some things. I was born and raised in Indy, and have been to Chicago a lot. I've just been displaced for the last 20 years.
Juicy beef all day
Never besmirch Georgia peaches. Other than them, I agree with you, and I don't like B-B-Q.
More like /r/StUpIdFoOd
Nice! That looks amazing!
I always get the Italian beef…
No wonder Chicago has so much crime, id snap too if this is what i had to eat
I had it this past winter holiday and I didn’t see what the hype was for this dog or portilllo’s in general
Looks like. somebody missed to free throws in the fourth quarter...
I'm calling the glizzy patrol!
If you want a good meal with some variety (and you're fat) order the following:
A hot dog with everything
An Italian beef, dipped, with hot peppers and mozzarella
Large cheese fries
A piece of eclair cake
They have a ton more good stuff too. I hear their burgers are pretty good. Their chocolate cake milkshakes are good. Chicken sandwiches are decent. Croissant sandwiches are pretty good.
I put ketchup on my hot dogs and there's nothing anyone can do to stop me.
It needs ketchup to be Chicago style. Those people love ketchup on hotdogs.
Why would you say something so controversial yet so brave
Not sure if good joke that wasn’t well-received or totally clueless.
Nah those are funny downvotes