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 Post subject: Happiness in Chicago
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Portillo's named best 'fast casual' restaurant -

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Portillo's is overrated

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Portillo's is overrated

Doesn't mean it's not friggin delicious to people not from there.


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Never had Portillo's, but I actively despise the branding of "fast casual." Soooo many problems. Its (and I don't mean Portillo's) an excuse to either charge more for less OR, depending on the restaurant, avoid having to offer an actual experience when offering more. It is one of those things that sounds egalitarian on the surface, but is just another way to make a dime while actually hurting food culture. Hipster driven too.

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Never had Portillo's, but I actively despise the branding of "fast casual." Soooo many problems. Its (and I don't mean Portillo's) an excuse to either charge more for less OR, depending on the restaurant, avoid having to offer an actual experience when offering more. It is one of those things that sounds egalitarian on the surface, but is just another way to make a dime while actually hurting food culture. Hipster driven too.

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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PeteRasche wrote:
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Portillo's is overrated

Doesn't mean it's not friggin delicious to people not from there.


What do you like there? I can find you a better version next time you visit... :coolshades:

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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WaveProf wrote:
Never had Portillo's, but I actively despise the branding of "fast casual." Soooo many problems. Its (and I don't mean Portillo's) an excuse to either charge more for less OR, depending on the restaurant, avoid having to offer an actual experience when offering more. It is one of those things that sounds egalitarian on the surface, but is just another way to make a dime while actually hurting food culture. Hipster driven too.


Portillo's is not hipster driven

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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I distinctly said I wasn’t talking about Portillo’s. Rather the “fast casual” movement

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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windywave wrote:
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Portillo's is overrated

Doesn't mean it's not friggin delicious to people not from there.

What do you like there? I can find you a better version next time you visit... :coolshades:

I visit so infrequently that I'm happy to get a Chicago dog and an Italian beef sandwich at the same place and not have to fight Chicago traffic to visit two different places many miles apart just because you said they were better.


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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I distinctly said I wasn’t talking about Portillo’s. Rather the “fast casual” movement


Then basically your post was pointless

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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PeteRasche wrote:
windywave wrote:
PeteRasche wrote:
windywave wrote:
Portillo's is overrated

Doesn't mean it's not friggin delicious to people not from there.

What do you like there? I can find you a better version next time you visit... :coolshades:

I visit so infrequently that I'm happy to get a Chicago dog and an Italian beef sandwich at the same place and not have to fight Chicago traffic to visit two different places many miles apart just because you said they were better.


That's like saying I'm in Cincinnati so I'm going to Wendy's for chili

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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windywave wrote:
PeteRasche wrote:
windywave wrote:
PeteRasche wrote:
windywave wrote:
Portillo's is overrated

Doesn't mean it's not friggin delicious to people not from there.

What do you like there? I can find you a better version next time you visit... :coolshades:

I visit so infrequently that I'm happy to get a Chicago dog and an Italian beef sandwich at the same place and not have to fight Chicago traffic to visit two different places many miles apart just because you said they were better.

That's like saying I'm in Cincinnati so I'm going to Wendy's for chili

Bad analogy. There's no national chain selling Chicago dogs and Italian beef.
There's no Cincinnati equivalent to what you're saying because the large, city-wide chain that everyone eats for "local favorite" food (Skyline here, Portillo's there) is actually the best, better than little one-off mom&pop places.


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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PeteRasche wrote:
windywave wrote:
PeteRasche wrote:
windywave wrote:
PeteRasche wrote:
windywave wrote:
Portillo's is overrated

Doesn't mean it's not friggin delicious to people not from there.

What do you like there? I can find you a better version next time you visit... :coolshades:

I visit so infrequently that I'm happy to get a Chicago dog and an Italian beef sandwich at the same place and not have to fight Chicago traffic to visit two different places many miles apart just because you said they were better.

That's like saying I'm in Cincinnati so I'm going to Wendy's for chili

Bad analogy. There's no national chain selling Chicago dogs and Italian beef.
There's no Cincinnati equivalent to what you're saying because the large, city-wide chain that everyone eats for "local favorite" food (Skyline here, Portillo's there) is actually the best, better than little one-off mom&pop places.


Al's #1 or Luke's for beef.

Hot dogs find a stand with better fries for chrissakes

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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You're judging by fries?

Practice?? We taking about practice??


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Say Windy -

There's a hot dog shack in Evanston sitting between a couple of streets close to where one picks up Green Bay or Goose something. The structure is or was painted yellow (mustard) color. Know what I'm trying to describe? Any good? Tks.


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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You're judging by fries?

Practice?? We taking about practice??


No but effectively a hot dog is the same at a stand in Chicago so the fries matter.

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Say Windy -

There's a hot dog shack in Evanston sitting between a couple of streets close to where one picks up Green Bay or Goose something. The structure is or was painted yellow (mustard) color. Know what I'm trying to describe? Any good? Tks.


Mustard's last stand? Right by the stadium?

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Say Windy -

There's a hot dog shack in Evanston sitting between a couple of streets close to where one picks up Green Bay or Goose something. The structure is or was painted yellow (mustard) color. Know what I'm trying to describe? Any good? Tks.


Mustard's last stand? Right by the stadium?

Drove by it a few times. Kinda thought it started with the letter G. Any good??


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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sr wrote:
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Say Windy -

There's a hot dog shack in Evanston sitting between a couple of streets close to where one picks up Green Bay or Goose something. The structure is or was painted yellow (mustard) color. Know what I'm trying to describe? Any good? Tks.


Mustard's last stand? Right by the stadium?

Drove by it a few times. Any good??


Yes get the burger with Merkts cheese and a hot dog and fries. Sit outside if it is sunny and then walk three blocks weat to Tag's bakery

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Say Windy -

There's a hot dog shack in Evanston sitting between a couple of streets close to where one picks up Green Bay or Goose something. The structure is or was painted yellow (mustard) color. Know what I'm trying to describe? Any good? Tks.


Mustard's last stand? Right by the stadium?

Drove by it a few times. Kinda thought it started with the letter G. Any good??


Hot Dog Island or you might be thinking of Heckys which is a BBQ place that's pretty good

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Say Windy -

There's a hot dog shack in Evanston sitting between a couple of streets close to where one picks up Green Bay or Goose something. The structure is or was painted yellow (mustard) color. Know what I'm trying to describe? Any good? Tks.


Mustard's last stand? Right by the stadium?

Drove by it a few times. Kinda thought it started with the letter G. Any good??


Hot Dog Island or you might be thinking of Heckys which is a BBQ place that's pretty good

It's a building by itself so could be Hot Dog Island. Like on the end of two merging streets forming a triangle at the apex with the shack sitting there.


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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sr wrote:
windywave wrote:
sr wrote:
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Say Windy -

There's a hot dog shack in Evanston sitting between a couple of streets close to where one picks up Green Bay or Goose something. The structure is or was painted yellow (mustard) color. Know what I'm trying to describe? Any good? Tks.


Mustard's last stand? Right by the stadium?

Drove by it a few times. Kinda thought it started with the letter G. Any good??


Hot Dog Island or you might be thinking of Heckys which is a BBQ place that's pretty good

It's a building by itself so could be Hot Dog Island. Like on the end of two merging streets forming a triangle at the apex with the shack sitting there.



So the picture didn't work. Check out google pics

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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I'd go to Mustard's or Irving's over the island personally

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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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Als italian beef beats portillos.

Sr is referring to hot dog island for sure. Hot dog stands are a dying breed in chicago.


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 Post subject: Re: Happiness in Chicago
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I need to find Italian beef somewhere near the Viagra Triangle... we are stuck going to Chicago for Xmas, now.

The good: more Malnati's for me
The bad: WTF are we going to do while we are there to entertain a 9 year old who'd rather bury her face in a cell phone/iPad/Kindle HD?

Yank.. I'm going to watch the Saints/Steelers somewhere near the Triangle. Let me know if you're up for a late afternoon game and beer since Windy is probably out of the equation, living in the burbs, now. As you saw in the other thread, McFadden's is dead.

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