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Toni’s Tasty Tuesday~ Chicago Style

21 Feb

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Chicago, gobble up all the great food before you go back home,”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Three little words…Maxwell Street Polish. Oh my, this was so good. I haven’t had one since last year, and it was worth the wait. A huge grilled polish sausage, almost crispy on the ends, smothered in grilled onions with a goodly squirt of yellow mustard. Portillo’s is one of the best places to get one, besides going down to Maxwell Street in the city.

I remember back when I was in college at UIC. (Just a few years ago…ha ha) The Maxwell Street food truck would park by the administration building, tempting us with the aroma of hot dogs, polish, and fresh greasy fries. Brings back memories. Good memories.

I’ve tried duplicating this cuisine back in Texas. Can’t be done. I guess I’ll have to keep visiting to get my Chicago food fix. Home and home cooking, well, food from home, just can’t beat it.

Tuesday:) Talkin’ Terrific Food

22 Jun

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

~J.R.R. Tolkien


As promised, more Chicago food traditions. I told you about the Chicago hot dog with tomato, dark green relish, diced onion, small peppers, a slice of kosher picke, sprinkled  with celery salt on a poppy seed bun. Then, a huge bunch of greasy freshly cut thin fries piled on the side. Ketchup for the fries, NEVER on the hot dog. Gosh…I miss these back in Texas.

I had some thin crust pizza, crisp and heavy with sauce, spicy Italian sausage,  and cheese. The cheese melted to the point of almost brown, the crust crisp as a cracker.

Then, there’s the deep dish pizza with carmelized crust. OMG!!! One slice is a meal, and two slices you explode. I had two slices that day.

“These are a few of my favorite things.”