** (2 stars)
This place is a dive. It revels in being a dive. And I think dives are just fine, if they have great food. But there is absolutely nothing special about the hamburgers here, other than the fact that they were featured in a funny sketch on Saturday Night Live three decades ago. Having not seen the sketch, I entertained myself by reading the very interesting memorabilia that covers the walls. If only the food had been as interesting.
Billy Goat Tavern
430 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
**** (4 stars)
Yes, the tacos are sloppy. And good. Very good. But what is GREAT is the sloppy dog. Also bizarre. It’s a delicious hot dog in a tortilla, covered in chili and nacho cheese. And it’s five times better than you imagined from that description.
The Greek wrap and Greek taco are also really good. The sliders are, um, how can I put this… lousy.
Tater tots are the most popular side, and are delicious.
Service is fun; our regular lunch waitress is quick with the jokes and the refills, and makes each lunch a bit of a lark.
We like to eat outside on the covered porch because it doesn’t smell like old beer, which, let’s face it, the inside does. It looks like they have some wild bands in the evening but I’ve never been there then.
Tip: lunch specials most days are really cheap.
Sloppy Taco Palace
4892 S Kirkman Rd
Orlando, FL 32811