Date Night


Olz enjoying a meatball on our first date night.

The husband is at parent/teacher conferences till 9 tonight, so after a week of being a stay-at-home/work-at-home mommy (more on that in a separate post), I decided Olz and I needed to get outta the house, breathe some fresh air, see other human faces and, well, get our foodzie on. A proper mommy-son date night. And where better than the home of Chicago’s favorite hot dogs and hot beefs: Portillo’s? It’s just down the street and I was craving — of all things — their garbage salad (lame, I know).

Anyway, we headed out on this gorgeous, crisp fall evening while it was still light out. The drive-thru line was seriously a block long, but the restaurant was pretty dead (until the influx of families around 5 p.m.). We had our pick of tables in the restaurant, which was kind of fun. No maneuvering awkwardly around diners to find a decent spot. Ollie was totally taken by the restaurant’s signature prohibition-era crap-on-the-walls theme and jazz-age music, plus the general bustle of little kids once the dinner crowd infiltrated.

I packed him a typical dinner, but also ordered him a meatball, of which he ate about a quarter. All they had was soup spoons, so he graciously ate the little chunks of meat and red sauce from the big ole spoon. Of course, I brought Cheerios, my restaurant staple (parents know these keep baby occupied and entertained for at least 15 minutes). He was wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better first date. Total gentleman.

So I think we need to do this more often. Yeah. Definitely.


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