Date Category: Saturday Date
Neighborhood: Portage Park (Northwest side)
Expect to Spend: Around $100 for dinner and drinks for two
A couple of weeks ago, A.P. and I wanted to go to the movies, but first we had to head to my mother's to visit. Well, if your parents are anything like mine, a 2 hour visit just doesn't exist. By the time we left, it was too late to go to the movies. We wanted to go out and we were in the mood to try something new, but didn't know where to go. We weren't in the mood to venture far away (we live near Logan Square on Chicago's northwest side), but didn't want mediocre food, which is sadly a bit of a staple in this area. All of a sudden The Portage popped into my head. A while back, I'd read a review of this restaurant on Yelp and I'd always wanted to try it. It was described as having a casual atmosphere, upscale food, and being reasonably priced. These were all the things we were looking for in a restaurant, so we decided to check it out.
Our appetizer of Duck Fat Fries was amazing! The fries were delicious and the aioli and jalapeno dipping sauce was great, too! A.P.'s ordered fried chicken and I ordered the Smoked Tavern Ham Steak, a special that evening. Both were fantastic, perfectly cooked, and soooo yummy! In addition, we were sipping on some super awesome cocktails!
Finally, we had an amazing dessert of deconstructed chess pie. This, too, was a special. Frankly, I'm always on board for any kind of lemon-flavored dessert, but this was SOOOOO good! A.P. and I cleaned our plates!
Overall, The Portage is a great restaurant. The service was phenomenal, the food and drinks were delicious, and they were super cool about me taking a ton of photos, like, non-stop. Seriously. If you're hungry on a Saturday night, head to the northwest side and check out The Portage.
(Photos by me!)