Taste Chicago in Burbank?
How is this place? is it worth it? Is the pizza even close?
I'm glad to hear that Portillo's brings in hot-dog buns from Chicago. The hot dogs are also pretty good, even if they aren't Vienna Beef.
It's too bad they don't import Gonnella bread from Chicago for their Italian beef. The beef itself is much better than anything else I've had away from Chicago, although it's not as good as the best beef stands in what the marketeers call the Greater Chicagoland Area. But the Portillo's bread has a distinct aftertaste that I find objectionable.
P.S. They've recently opened a second California branch in Moreno Valley.
You guys are crazy! The Italian Beef is delicious! if you're not from Chicago, you can't vouch. I've lived in Chicago my whole life and the beef is just as good as Al's beef, NaNa's, Portillo's and Taylor street.
The pizza is made with water from LA, so NO bread, pizza or anything here will taste like Chicago pizza but it's not bad.
For great tasting Chicago style pizza, try Mazzarino's.
I'm not from Chicago, so authenticity I can't vouch for. The hotdog was tasty, and so was the beef sandwich. I think in the past there's been a lot of discussion for and against. I wouldn't think of this place as a destination, but if you're in the neighborhood, it's a very decent choice.
If you're looking for the Chicago experience and taste, you might check out Portillo's in Buena Park (across the street from KnottsBF, literally). A friend of mine (from Chicago) used to import their Italian Beef before they opened an outpost here. She and her group of Chicago ex-pats drive to Portillo's all the time now. I've been twice, and I have to say, the Italian Beef sandwich (or the 1/2 beef, 1/2 sweet sausage --I know, huh?) Flavorful, and worth the drive.
Portillo's Hot Dogs
8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620
603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
Hot dogs: okay -- I prefer the Polish
Deep dish: not even close
Italian beef: I like it, but can't speak to its authenticity (I've only been to Chi once in my life and all I ate was deep dish and hot dogs) ...
My fave is the potato wedges with garlic sauce
Here's an older thread on the subject of "authentic" Chicago food in LA (Rubin's Red Hots RIP):
Agree with everyone's posts so far: Taste Chicago's pizza isn't worth it. I was pretty disappointed.
The closest I've found to Chicago Pizza would be Tony's Little Italy and that's not close to the best Chicago offers, but it's pretty decent here in So Cal. :)
Tony's Little Italy Pizza
1828 N Placentia Ave, Placentia, CA 92870