The Portage is located at 3938 N. Central in Chicago. A small, but great restaurant. Has the restaurant, bar and outdoor patio. We went with a group of four. Made a reservation, which I strongly recommend. We were able to be seated in the back part of the restaurant, almost like a library, away from the noise and hustle in the other part of the restaurant/bar.
There are a lot of different things on the menu. Portions are average size, but once you have a soup, salad and appetizer, you don't need much. Starting with appetizers - very good crabcake with an excellent sauce Not sure what it was, but it was very good. The mushroom soup may have been the best any of us ever tried. Now, I absolutely hate brussel sprouts. But they have an appetizer called Fried Brussels. Excellent. I never would have guessed someone could make them taste like these. We alsoi tried some of the bacon wrapped dates. Very good as well. Entrees ordered were the Amish Fried Chicken, Boneless Ribeye, Beef Short Ribs and Seared Scallops. We did sample some of each, and I would be hard pressed to figure out which one to order next time. All very good, and like comfort food.
We were too full for dessert, but they let us try their sweet potato creme brulee. An amazing dessert, and I am not a big fan of sweet potatos. Crystallized sugar on top (just like traditional creme brulee), with candied walnuts on top.
The Portage has a full bar menu, with a good selection of wines and beer. This was a nice new restaurant for us to find. We would go back in an instant. Staff was very attentive and personable.
Thanks for a great evening out!
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