Monday, June 10, 2013

The Portage

Location: 3938 N Central
Cost: About $35 per person

Some people go to the gym to exercise while some go to socialize. Let's call my dad's trips to the Buffalo Grove Fitness center something in the middle. Accordingly, one of the regular attendees of his Saturday morning boot camp class was the star in this Lady Gaga rock show. It was at this theater out in Portage Park where I have little knowledge of anything. The two of us, along with Josh and Scott, went to try out The Portage nearby beforehand.

Logistics
The Portage is this little, unassuming building right around the corner of Irving Park and Central. They've got a parking lot to the side. There's not really all that much seating, but the bar is easy access. We didn't have any trouble making a reservation, and I'd suggest you do the same. Our waiter was weird, but I couldn't really place why. It didn't deter too much from the meal or anything. Most appetizers were around $10, and most entrees were in the $20 ballpark. The portions could've been larger, but then again, I should probably eat less food in general.

The Food
For starters we went with the Fried Calamari. It was extra flaky, and they even fried up the lemons which made for some very interesting bites. My dad also went with the mushroom soup, which was extra creamy.

The Mushroom Soup

The Fried Calamari

For the main course my dad got the Fried Amish Chicken, Josh got the Short Rib Burger, Scott had the Salmon Special, and I had the Trout. The chicken was moist with a firm, crispy skin. It came over a bed of mashed potatoes with bacon gravy. Josh thought the burger was pretty good. My trout was small like I mentioned before. It came with a few clams, a few bites of sausage, and a spicy broth. The clams were too chewy, the sausage was a bit dry, but the fish was spot on. Scott's Salmon came over a bed of risotto with pesto. It was light, but I don't know if it went all that well with the soft risotto. We also got a side of Mac n' Cheese with bacon and stewed tomatoes. It was probably a little too creamy, but the bacon gave things a nice ring.

The Mac n' Cheese

 The Amish Fried Chicken

 The Short Rib Burger

 The Salmon Special

The Lake Superior Red Trout

The waiter more or less demanded we get the Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert. It was extra rich. I usually save my cravings for flourless chocolate cake for passover, but this was a welcome interlude.

The Flourless Chocolate Cake

Overall
The Portage served our purpose from a location standpoint. The food was mostly well prepared with some interesting twists. I felt like we were a little cramped and the quirky waiter was somewhat off putting, but otherwise things were enjoyable. I'm giving them 3.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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