By Magda Ellis
Every summer, I go to downtown Chicago to visit my relatives and there is a large variety of restaurants and eateries that you should try if you ever go to Chicago.
Ramen-san is a small restaurant in the Chicago River North dining district at 59 W Hubbard Street. Abiding by its three principles: Noodles make everything better, cold beer makes life more fun, and no one gets a room pumped up like Eric B. and Rakim. It is a great place to have a bowl of ramen or any other noodle dishes. The wait staff are very sociable and friendly and will even start a conversation with you to make the wait seem shorter, and the prices are affordable. Most importantly, the food is very good with their menu consisting of nigiri, buns, and of course ramen. The ramen bowls are gigantic but it was not a problem to finish because it was so good. I ordered the tonkotsu bowl which consists of pork, chashu, and molten egg and it was delicious. The broth was stunning and I could feel everything melt in my mouth.
Garrett Popcorn is a popcorn shop established in 1949 at 10 West Madison Street in Chicago which has been a city staple with lines that lead out through the doors onto the sidewalks regardless of what day it is. If you have enough time to wait in line, then you are in for a treat. Each batch of popcorn is homemade every day and with a secret recipe they can make popcorn that is both sweet and salty. They have CaramelCrisp if you want something sweet and tingles the taste buds. If you want something a little more with your CaramelCrisp then you can add nuts like almonds, pecans, and cashews. There is also normal buttery popcorn and cheese popcorn if you crave something saltier or more savory or you can get a mixture of both. Bags of popcorn only cost $0.69 which is quite a deal in Chicago and you can get containers as big as 7 gallons’ worth of popcorn in a convenient metal container which you can create online. It can be quite a wait but the popcorn is definitely worth it as long as you don’t eat too much at once.
Portillo’s Hot Dogs
One of the most famous chains as well as my uncle’s favorite restaurant in Chicago is Portillo’s hot dogs. It had first established as building similar to a human-sized doghouse in 1963. The one I went to looked like an old-fashioned diner with a bunch or booths, stools, paintings from others decades and fancy neon lights that swirled around the columns and signs. They have a large variety or hot dogs you can select, Chicago style, hot dogs with poppy seeds on them, or chili dogs. Regardless of which kind you pick, do not get a hot dog and put on ketchup in Chicago unless you want to be made fun of by Chicagoans. If hot dogs are not for you, they have options like burgers, salads, sandwiches, chicken tenders, French fries and milkshakes. Their milkshakes are large and full, and their French fries are well-seasoned, but there is also a slight wait, and sometimes the food is brought out to you a little sloppily, but it is a restaurant I recommend if you want some simple comfort food.