Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Portillo's and Barnelli's Pasta Bowl

100 West Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Obviously, on A's first trip to Chicago he was pretty keen to try a Chicago-style hot dog. We ended up at Portillo's after a failed attempt to get into a Rick Bayless restaurant (it was closed) but it turned out to be one of the best meals of our trip. In addition to the great hot dog, we had a combo Italian beef and chargrilled sausage sandwich, which was trashy and messy but fantastic, and my parents ordered a half slab of baby back ribs from the Barnelli's Pasta Bowl that was also inside the restaurant - they were fall apart tender and we certainly stripped the bones clean. I think my brother had a decent chicken parm and his wife got the chicken al'diavolo pasta which unfortunately came out swimming in grease. She only managed a bit before giving up in disgust. So my recommendations would be to stick to the Portillo's menu and the ribs - don't bother with the pastas.

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