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Jitlada: Downhill alert?

Just went to Jitlada in December and like most yelp reviewers, i don't feel compelled to write unless it was horrible or fantastic. This experience was horrible. I had the fish balls stuffed with egg yolk. It came in a green curry sauce that was decent, but not better than what I can make with a good curry paste and coconut milk. My boyfriend TRIED to order the frogs legs, but they came back to us nearly 40 minutes after everyone ordered their food to tell him they were out at the kitchen. I tried my friend's fish curry, which had a nasty stinky smell of meat that wasn't fresh. I even tried their extreme spice lamb, (the one with the warning) and I can't imagine it being a pleasant experience for anyone. The spice was bitter, painful, black and tasted like ash. I was astonished to read all the great reviews. It's truly their greatest accomplishment.

Feb 24, 2014
Eaterlover in Los Angeles Area

Hoosier Mama Savory Pie

My friend at Hoosier Mama is going to kill me, but I have to recommend their insanely labor intensive BBQ Pork Shoulder Pie. I only ordered the 5 inch pie because I didn't want to be an insane glutton, but now I'm filled with, not only pork, but regret that I should have sprung for the full size! The meat is sweet, melt in your mouth soft, with the combination of that butter crust? UNF. Does anyone else have great savory pie recs from HM?

Jul 19, 2011
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Soft shelled crabs in Chicago

Bizarrely enough, I was spending a late night nosh at Joy Yee's and they actually do a really great soft-shell crab banh mi. I hope it just wasn't the alcohol talking, I'd like to believe it's still that good when I go back. I went to the Joy Yee's location in Chinatown.

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Joy Yee
1221 W 33rd Pl, Chicago, IL 60608

Jul 19, 2011
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Coming from LA to Chicago

>>What would you recommend for nice, light lunches since we will be having big dinners?

Seconded with Nxtasy for Floriole. Definitely one of my favorite places and excellent for a light lunch. They do a mean tartine which is like the definition of light lunch. If you get there before 1, you might even luck out on a canneles--which are to die for.

Jul 19, 2011
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Which Brewery to go to for one night in Milwaukee?

I'm going to the Bon Iver concert on Friday night in Milwaukee and I've seen recommendations on the board for several breweries near downtown. I love a good brewery-pub (since I'm from Chicago, I love both Piece and Revolution) since there's almost nothing better to me than a delicious meal washed down with beer. Can anyone tell me the difference between these places I've read about?
The popular contenders seem to be :

Water Street Brewery
Lakefront Brewery
Rockbottom Resturant and Brewery (this I'm not so much excited about since there's already one in Chicago)
Milwaukee Ale House

I'll also be staying at the aLoft near Old World St & Juneau, so proximity is marginally important. Thanks ahead of time!

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Water Street Brewery
1101 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N Water St Stop 1, Milwaukee, WI 53202

The Old World Cafe'
1331 N Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

Jul 19, 2011
Eaterlover in Great Lakes

Vietnamese sandwich history/origins

http://chicago.grubstreet.com/2010/06...

"Ba Le, founded by Le Vo, stemmed from a simple drink stand in Saigon, Vietnam in the early 1950's.

Vo was in his early 20's when he began his own business selling smoothies and various drinks from a stand he built out of found wood. His beverages sold well, but he needed an item to go complement his drinks. Sandwiches seemed ideal because they are quick to make , easy to take to go, and customizable . He began experimenting with different flavors and techniques for the vegetables and meat that would go into his sandwiches. He looked to the French, who were occupying the country at the time, for culinary inspiration. He then came up with the union of picked vegetables, savory meats, and the French baguette.

The Vietnamese "banh mi" sandwich was a big hit with Vo's customers. He had a unique way of preparing his meat that made him stand out from other sandwich's shop in Vietnam. His success led him to open up a warehouse to produce more than he could by himself at his stand. After much progression and growth. Vo unfortunately had to close up shop to escape the war in 1972.

He brought his family to the San Jose, California where Vo opened up Ba Le Bakery in 1982. The opening of the Chicago Ba Le followed after in 1989 which is now the headquarter of Ba Le products. Americans took well to his French-inpired sandwich, which is why Vo's family has continued to provide authentic Vietnamese food for their customers. Today his sons and daugthers have taken it upon themselves to open up more of his bakeries and serve his food through out the U.S."

So this link seems to cite the Ba Le opened in San Jose as the first Banh Mi sandwich shop open in the United States, which jives with Suu Quaan's post from 2002. Is this all true? Because I would be very proud to be eating at the original banh mi US outpost all these years. (Btw, the service at Ba Le is definitely drastically different from the San Jose memories, nothing by friendly and clean service).

Jun 04, 2010
Eaterlover in General Topics

The Best Yogurt in New York

I LOVE Desi Dahi yogurt. I've tried pretty much all the yogurts that were mentioned in this thread, but Desi Dahi just taste so well balanced and creamy. I like Skyr too, but Desi Dahi isn't $4 per 8 oz serving.

May 06, 2010
Eaterlover in Manhattan

Epic Burger? Is it good?

I like the Epic burger a lot for what it is, a pan-fried patty of beef with decent bread and fresh toppings. I wouldn't compare it to a restaurant-style (i.e. Kuma's burger). But when I'm craving it, there's nothing else that will compare. And there's always the convenience factor, there's easily a two hour wait at Kuma's on most weekends.

Mar 04, 2010
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Gourmet Food Shops in Chicago? Pastoral, Fox and Obel, and...

yep all the reasons that Nxstasy stated are precisely why I love the new french market. Even though Vanille is 1.8 miles away from my apartment, I rarely venture over because the walk isn't very pretty. Having had both Lovely's and Alliance's attempts at macaroon, I was totally blown away by Vanille's. They actually had me flashing back to Paris, and only really good food does that. Maybe I'm just an odd duck, but I could easily while away a saturday afternoon here. Maybe when the vendor selections expand, there will be even more reasons to go!

Mar 04, 2010
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Gourmet Food Shops in Chicago? Pastoral, Fox and Obel, and...

I was just reviewing this post and it occurred to me that the best example of gourmet market in Chicago is undeniably the French Market in the Ogilvie station. I had such a good saturday, wandering around, picking at the samples, wondering what "gypsy bacon" was and salivating at Patisserie Vanille's amazing offerings. If you're coming to chicago and want a gourmet market, the French Market should meet every single one of your needs.
http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/

Feb 24, 2010
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Searching for Pho

I change my original assertion that Pho Xe Tank is the best pho on Argyle street. It's got nothing on Pho 888, only two storefronts away, which has a less lively atmosphere, but much better pho. The broth itself is much cleaner in flavor, you can taste the notes of cinnamon and anise in a more pronounced way, but it's still an overall savoury broth. They seem to give a slightly better cut of meat too. Since I've only had the Pho, I can only vouch for that dish, but I am intrigued by the bun options too.

Feb 22, 2010
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Chicago Restaurant Week - February 19-28, 2010

Just did Cafe des Architects on Sunday based on your recommendations from last year and I was equally impressed. My table mate and I ordered the duck confit and shepherds pie for appetizer. The duck confit was a perfectly crisp leg and thigh of duck with a nice citrus salad. My shepherd's pie was heavy (creamy mashed potatoes on top and braised beef blow), but I didn't mind at all since a furious snow storm was whipping outside. I thought my friend's fish entree was a bit bland, but my flat iron steak was delicious and cooked precisely to order. I would ONLY want for a slightly tangier sauce to contrast with all the rich meat and umami mushrooms. Our desserts were equally solid. My friends praline crunch was a dense chocolate cake with crunchy nuts while my mango dessert would have been better had it been less sweet (maybe a mint leaf would have helped).

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Cafe des Architectes
20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Feb 22, 2010
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

where to buy GOOD duck confit in cans?

It looks like Amazon.com sells duck confit in cans. There's scant reviews so I'm not sure it's a solid recommendation. If you do find out where to buy confit in Chicago, do let us know!

Feb 10, 2010
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Rockstar Dogs?

What the pole dance = free hotdog didn't add to your experience?? I am shocked.

May 27, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Suckling pig wanted

Does Sun Wah's pig come a la carte or do you have to order it in advance? All the pictures from LTHforum's last outing there (http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....) is hankering me to do the same (i.e. organize a small group for the proverbial "pig" out).

May 22, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Pho in the Loop?

I absolutely hated Quang Noodles. The broth was incredibly bland and reminded me more of glue soup than my beloved pho. If anyone knows of pho in the loops, I'd be eternally grateful.

May 22, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Rockstar Dogs?

Rock Star Dogs is closed. As far as hot dogs chicago style goes, you can do a search to find some pretty heated debates over restaurants to try. (I think Gene and Jude's was mentioned in a few places).

May 22, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Former Chicago gal needs help

I loved Perennial when I visited last December and its sous vide amish chicken one of the most memorable dishes I've had in 2008. It's definitely within your price range and is a tad more formal than West Town but still very comfortable. http://www.perennialchicago.com/

And while I haven't been to Spring yet, in light of the recession, they've recently lowered their menu prices by at least $10, putting it into the more affordable range. http://www.springrestaurant.net/menu..... Spring has an excellent CH pedigree, hence my reservations for this weekend!

May 21, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Alinea - corkage fee versus their wines

While I wasn't a huge fan of the pairings in 2008, I think that your second idea sounds interesting and definitely something to keep in mind if/ever I return to Alinea (pocket book providing).

May 21, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Real Tenochtitlan - Southern Mexican in Logan Sq.

Its is now May 2009 and my first visit to Real Tenochtitlan (around 9 months after opening). First of all, I wasnt' expecting the huge double-story space when I walked in. Its a very unassuming storefront on a still under-developed stretch of Milwaukee. It sort of reminded me of Carnivale, but with a distinct mexican flavor. We popped in for a quick bite since Mr. Eaterlover is a fierce critic of moles other than his own. I only had a chance to try one dish, which was the venison. The mole accompaning the venison was excellent, spicy, sweet, smokey and complex. I'm not sure if venison was the right pairing since I couldn't taste the meat at all, but it was still oddly delicious. I'm definitely going to return with a larger party so that I can sample more moles and take advantage of the still BYOB status.

May 21, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

My two-week Chicago feast (a report, or more like a catalogue)

What an amazing list! I'm thoroughly impressed by how local and under/above the radar you went.

**Enoteca Roma Wine Bar and Bruscetteria (2146 W Division St, Chicago). Did you have a chance to sit in the gorgeous outside garden? Probably my favorite place to drink in the city.
• **Sticky Rice (4018 N Western Ave, Chicago). What about the silk worm appetizers? They do taste like french fries!
• **Publican (837 W Fulton Market, Chicago). I'm excited to try this place too and if you're excited by a unqiue selection of beer, you should try Bluebird on Damen ave.
• **Intelligentsia (53 E Randolph St, Chicago and 3123 N Broadway, Chicago). Awesome, I love this coffee-and everyone on the board raves about Metropolis too (maybe next time?)
• **Harold’s (307 E 51st Street, Chicago). Delicious fried chicken and gravy on a bed of fries. - Er, no white bread at the bottom to soak up the sauce?
• Chickpea (2018 Chicago Ave, Chicago). They just started their delivery service if anyone on the board is interested in getting the food but disinterested in moving.
• **Cafe Hoang (232 W. Cermak Rd, Chicago). The Bun at Cafe Hoang is probably my favorite noodle.

May 20, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Inexpensive places around Grant Park

Does Oasis Cafe still have that strange location of being situated behind jewelry counters?

May 19, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Outdoor/partially outdoor restaurants?

well, if its that type of seating you're going for, there's a place near Division and Ashland (not really near north side, but not all that far either) called Tocco which fits the bill pretty well. http://www.toccochicago.com/

May 15, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Naha,Blackbird,Perennial or Aigre Doux

Ooops sorry! I was thinking exactly of Avec

May 15, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Best tasting menus under 80 dollars?

I've had decent experiences at Lula before, so this was a complete surprise. Maybe they just had an off night.

May 15, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Afternoon Tea in Chicago.

The only place I would not recommend is the Drake Hotel for high tea. I understand that the Drake is all about tradition but this tea just felt stuffy with terrible food. I thought all the sandwiches were bland and soggy, the tea was good, but you can hardly ruin tea. Look else where if you want to spend good money on delicious devonshire cream.

May 14, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Outdoor/partially outdoor restaurants?

From what I've seen, nearly all the popular Randolph street restaurants (from de Cero, Marche, Red Light, Vivo, etc) all have out door seating. Any specific cuisine or price range you're looking for?

May 14, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Naha,Blackbird,Perennial or Aigre Doux

Sepia the restaurant is close by (around the corner on Jefferson) and they have a bartender that won some type of award last year. The bar is rather small at Sepia, but the lounge area is definitely spacious and comfortable. You can also nosh on some rilletes (or other bar menu items) while you cocktail (yes I'm using it as a verb :)

May 14, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Comments on Cafe Iberico

What about Cafe Iberico's upper level restaurant called Pinxtos bar? I read that it was Iberico's attempt to go back to the small restaurant feel/quality it used to have before the ever explanding caverns of sangria things started happening.

May 14, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area

Best tasting menus under 80 dollars?

I was pretty excited about the Lula farm dinner on Monday. The menu was: "klug farm asparagus soup with jonah crab and hazelnut, wood grilled spring chicken with mushroom, sardine, and rapini "panzanella," and smoked garlic puree, chocalate roulade with preserved sweet cherry ice cream and black pepper." The wine that the waiter recommended was fantastic, a cote du rhone blanc that smelled like bananas (an odd flavor for me to like in a wine.) While the service was great, but the food was really off the entire time. The asparagus soup tasted thin and watery, the hazlenuts were a nice burst of flavor. I don't normally order chicken at restaurants for the precise reason that this dinner disappointed me, it was dry, a little tough, and only slightly flavored. I also did not spot a scrap of sardines on my plate, and at least the vegetables were well cooked. The best part of the whole mediocre experience was the dessert: the chocolate roulade looked like a swiss miss roll and tasted better than the Little Debbie variety. The cherry ice cream was decent but wins no prizes over Cherry Garcia. Over all, I was disappointed, maybe I'd return to Lula for a non-prix-fixe menu.

May 14, 2009
Eaterlover in Chicago Area