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Patio Hot Dogs at 1503 W. Taylor St may not seem like much, but it has been here since 1948 and that has to be worth something in the country of low history, it is a Taylor street institution. My encounter was at the recent Taste of Italy where I was attracted by some sausages on a grill, what a surprise.

Plain and simple I had only a few choices so I went for the Italian sausage. It was, as it said, sausage of the Italian variety, nothing more, nothing less. It tasted great, it could have been an old recipe from 1948 or it could have come from the local butcher. I couldn’t tell, it was nice though but it had just come straight off the grill and everything tastes better straight off the coals.

In bread it looked cosy, but vulnerable and about to get seriously consumed. Ok so was it good? well it needed no sauce no mustard it was good just plain as it was, so in that case yes, it did not need to hide behind a mask of added flavours. Yum!

I could not find a website, but that’s OK just make the sausage and I will come and eat it.

Just drop off the El at Polk and walk a couple of blocks along Taylor Street.

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The Rosebud cafe is one of a few in the chain hanging around the Chicago area. This particular one in Little Italy is at 1500 W Taylor and has been there since 1975 when the empire of Rosebud first got started. I was just passing by and was looking for a little sample of what they had to offer. On this occasion at the festival they were just doing two dishes one sweet, one savoury. 


Those two dishes were Steamed clams which I was tempted to try, but in the end I had to try the other choice of Sfingi which I had never had and to be honest struggled to pronounce. I was not sure what it was and didn’t  know that it was sweet until I tasted it. The best part was that as soon as I bit into my first mouthful I knew that it was not healthy and not good for me, brilliant just what I was looking for. It was basically a Sicilian doughnut. I think that it had some sort of glazing or filling but that might have just been the deep fried fat in the dough. Actually I think I wa being a bit flippant there the taste was cinnamon.

I know that it was not necessarily representative of everything that Rosebud has to offer, but it was an interesting taste experience. For a person not particularly interested in sweet things it is quite a good option.

Check out the Rosebud website at also on facebook

Exit the Polk CTA station on the Pink Line and it is but a short walk away on Taylor Street.

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I always think that it is a skill in itself to make a slider or mini burger look like a proper full sized burger. Three Aces succeeded in every way, even adding a few french fries to make it look like a proper plateful. I really picked this option firstly for the bacon jam, and secondly for the pretzel bun, the cute girl serving it had no bearing what so ever on my wander across to their stall.

This was really quite tasty I always love the pretzel bun for my burger bread hugger, and the addition of the bacon jam and aioli went well and made sure that this tiny burger was still moist. You know even the surprise fries were quite good too.

They sell a full sized Ace Burger on their menu at $13. Interesting to see if a larger version is worth 130% more.

Three Aces is located at 1321 W Taylor Street. Website: Ride the Pink Line to Polk, step off and stroll over to Taylor Street

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It wasn’t the Davanti sign that pulled me into trying some of their food, no it was the great big pot of deliciously looking sauce that caught my eye as I passed by that made me walk back to try something. It was a ragu sauce and had been cookng down for hours and it smelt great as the steam from the pot wafted across the road.

In the end what I was getting were veal meatballs covered in that sauce in a bowl of somewhat flavourless polenta. Once the sauce was mixed into the polenta it was quite nice, but quite plain in itself. Great meatballs though and the ragu sauce was excellent too.

I haven’t been back yet, but this was a sampling that did entice my thoughts of a return.

Davanti Enoteca is located at 1359 W Taylor Street just a 5-10 minutes walk from the Polk El Station:


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