ahh...Chicago at night...

So…for those of you who have noticed (hopefully ALL 3 of you!), this blog is called ‘Off the Eaten Path’. It was originally going to be a food blog about hole-in-the-wall type places in St. Louis.

Well…I decided at the last minute that I don’t go to enough hole in the wall places to fill up this blog, so I’m going to make it about food. Period. I’m all about breaking rules, people!

So while I’m breaking rules, I’m just going to go ahead and break one more. I’m going to talk about food…in Chicago.


I know…I know. This is a St. Louis-based food blog. And that’s not changing. But I went to Chicago this past weekend with some girl friends, and well…I had some pretty good food. And I have to share it with you all. Because I love you that much.

First things first. Gino’s pizza.

It was literally right next door to our hotel. And it was pizza…deep dish. You can’t go to Chicago without eating deep dish pizza! Our concierge told us about the lunch special: A personal sized deep dish pizza, a salad, and a drink for less than 7 bucks. SOLD!

I LOVE deep dish pizza. Mmm. I’d eat it everyday if I could. But did I LOVE Ginos? No. Personally…Giordano’s is a lot better. But this is a close second!

We ordered an antipasto tray to nosh on while we waited for the pizza to come out:

All in all, I give Gino’s a solid C. I’ve had much better.

Next on the menu? A Chicago dog!  We heard lots of good things about Portillo’s, so we headed there:

According to wikipedia, a true Chicago dog has mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, and celery salt:

chicago dog and french fries from Portillos

Oh, it was DELICIOUS. The hot dog had a nice bite to it, the sport peppers were nice and spicy, and the relish balanced everything out with a touch of sweetness. The fries were crispy and hot.  Everything was SUPER cheap!  As you will come to find in this blog, cheap food = happy Stephanie. Oh yeah.

Of course me and the girls went to a few more fun eateries, but I thought I’d just cover the two highlights of the trip. Pizza and hotdogs! Yum yum yum.

Once again, sorry for the shoddy picture quality. My friend Jane Linders told me that the macro setting on my point and shoot digital camera is best for closeups of food, so I’ll be using that setting from now on. Thanks Jane!

  • I live in the Chicago burbs and Portillos is the shiz-nitty-bomb-shi!tty! there are about 20 locations in the area. If you come back eat EVERYTHING on the menu. And I agrre with you about Giordanos, much better. Incidently, you can order both for home delivery, nice. I assume you’re a cardinals fan? Sorry about that. =)

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, Portillos was AMAZING. Next time I come back to Chicago (hopefully soon!) I will definitely go back.

      I had no idea Portillo’s delivered! Sweeeet.

      And yes, Cards all the way. Booo to the cubbies :p

  • Portillos is amazing. I haven’t had anything from there in a while but I do remember how good it was when I did eat it. Gino’s? Nah…go for Lou Malnati’s!

    • Lou Malnati’s…got it. I’ll add that to my to-try list next time I go to Chicago. Thanks! 🙂

  • Thanks for the post…great pics and love the blog name. Btw, the African restaurant I wrote about is in the south subs of Chicago…worth time if you’re ever back in town!

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