This week I traveled to northwest Indiana on another business trip and as usual tried to make the best of the trip, Roadfood-wise. Building on my great experiences meeting RF-ers in Connecticut, this time I arranged to meet Nocarolina
(Bob) one evening.
We met Tuesday evening for a meal at Popolano's in Lansing, IL:
Popolano's Restaurant (708) 474-0425
17940 Torrence Ave, Lansing, IL 60438 www.popolanosrestaurant.com
Unfortunately I did a horrible job with the pictures inside the restaurant and did not adjust to the dim lighting, so I have no good pictures of the food.
Bob and I met outside and recognized each other: it helped that he had a Roadfood hat (and I am wondering how I can get one soon). We went inside for a meal. I had asked him earlier about the fried chicken in this part of Chicago, and he recommended the chicken at Popolano's. It did not disappoint. Four large, meaty pieces appeared on the plate, each one with crispy skin and juicy meat. The garlic mashed potatoes were quite good as well. I highly recommend this place and will come back when I return.
For dessert we went to Cunis Candies, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor:
Cunis Candies Incorporated (708) 596-2440
1030 E 162nd St, South Holland, IL 60473
Here are a couple of pictures of the inside. Quite a charming place:
We each ordered a hot fudge sundae. Here is a picture on mine with the whipped cream:
Sorry I did not have many pictures. I am sure that Bob's turned out well and look forward to seeing them when he posts them.
The food at both places was great, but it was even better to visit with a fellow Roadfooder and spend some time discussing our trips to places. Bob has certainly hit the ground running with his trips to other gatherings and has met many folks. Whether we have met many or few people, and whether the meetings have been on-line or in person, we agree that the meetings have been great. Everyone we have encountered from the RF site has been a blessing to be around. I certainly enjoyed my time that evening and look forward to a future trip to Chicago to see other places. Thanks to Nocarolina
for taking time out to visit with me.
Tonight (Wednesday) I stopped at Portillo's in Merrillville, IN, just across the street from my hotel. Commiting the cardinal RF sin, I forgot to bring my camera along. I ordered the regular beef hot dog, fries, and an Italian beef sandwich (dry - with a minimum of extra juice). All were very good. The hot dog was not grilled like the ones I eat at home, but it was still very good. The Italian beef sandwich had very good flavor and was very moist even without a lot of extra juice. The roll was fresh and did not overpower the meat. Not the same as a beef on weck but very good. That's the beauty of different regional ways of making food: they can vary and still both be good. I will definitely return to Portillo's (with a camera next time, lest I be drummed out of Roadfood). My only problem is that I could eat only half of the hot dog and half of the sandwich - I have some serious training to do before the September Buffalo / Rochester meet-up.