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Dinner in Evanston

I probably shoulda stuck a couple smileys in there just to make it explicit.

Feb 21, 2011
SuShiang in Chicago Area

Dinner in Evanston

As you note, I'm replying to a post about Mt. Everest in Evanston, and the reply is also about this particular Mt. Everest. It is not about Everest in the Midwest Stock Exchange Building, it is not about Mt. Everest Restaurant in Toronto, and it is not about the overpriced and poorly-stocked snack bar at the summit of Mt. Everest in Nepal.

Feb 21, 2011
SuShiang in Chicago Area

Dinner in Evanston

"Be prepared to have a longer meal" is an understatement. At our dinner at Everest last night, they lost our reservation and then apparently lost our order and our waiter. Soups appeared fairly soon after our order was taken but the rest of the meal didn't show up for over an hour, and then only after getting another waiter to go find our waiter and/or food.

Good food, sure, but bring a book to read. Maybe two. Big thick ones.

Feb 20, 2011
SuShiang in Chicago Area

good eats near Ravinia?

O'Neils used to be one of our favorite places, despite the decor and the geriatric customer base. It isn't any more. We went there last night and found the place extensively remodeled, and not for the better. Several tables have been removed and replaced by a bar. Since they have reduced the seating and still don't take reservations, the bar area is filled with irritated would-be diners rather than the hoped-for revelers. Things don't improve once you get into the old large dining room. Your waiter gets the wine order wrong, which can happen, but what shouldn't happen is that the person who brings it to the table runs off while you're starting to tell her she brought the wrong wine. But wait, there's more - you order one of the specials, a salad with a few scallops on top, and find that while some of the ingredients are at a temperature compatible with the slightly-warm scallops, the rest are right out of the depths of their refrigerator. Oh, and when the food is delivered, a staffer with pepper mill and cheese comes up behind the waiter and asks "Do they want pepper or Parmesan?" and is told "No" by the waiter, who doesn't bother to ask us whether we do.

We used to go to O'Neils because the service was always good and they had a few items on the menu that we really liked. We tolerated the no-reservations policy and the decor because waits were tolerable and we could ignore the decor. Now it's just not worth the trouble. Too bad; we really liked the place.

Nov 03, 2008
SuShiang in Chicago Area

Grand Island Nebraska report: a treasured find, and mega-pan. Quite long.

Anyone considering stopping at El Tazumal in Grand Island, note that Mike's post is from 2002. Things are a little different now. We stopped in yesterday and spent about 15 minutes in the restaurant with none of the staff approaching us (e.g. with a menu) or even making eye contact or otherwise acknowledging our existence. Maybe they thought we were from Immigration, maybe they just don't like people who aren't from the neighborhood, but if you want a meal in Grand Island, you'll probably do better elsewhere.

Aug 09, 2008
SuShiang in General Midwest Archive

Bourdain in KC

Glad someone else doesn't like Plaza III. It's a different thing now, but back in the day it was what I always thought of when reading Calvin Trillin's portrait of the archetypical pretentious hinterlands restaurant - "La Maison de la Casa House - Continental Cuisine."

Jul 27, 2008
SuShiang in Great Plains

Le Creuset + Viking induction = no good?

Just to wrap this thread up, I dragged some Le Creuset cookware to our local distributor's showroom and fired up their induction cooktop (LC is great on this) and their countertop unit (LC no good, same as mine). Apparently the countertop unit just does not work with certain cast iron cookware, statements in Viking's product literature to the contrary notwithstanding. As is the case with many induction products, the underlying technology is developed and built by someone else, and Viking staff don't seem to be up to speed on the stuff yet. Caveat emptor (this is Latin for "just because it's got a fancy label, don't count on it working right").

Sep 06, 2007
SuShiang in Cookware

Le Creuset + Viking induction = no good?

I've received some more information from Viking. Their fix concerned a problem with the small element on their induction cooktops. My problem is with their single-element countertop unit. Viking says that their unit does not have a problem and that the problem is with my cookware.

This is starting to sound a little like computer tech support fingerpointing between hardware and software, and I'm not very happy about it. Meanwhile, I've got a little free time, which I plan to spend carting my dutch oven around to showrooms and trying things out for myself. First manufacturer to heat the thing up gets my new-kitchen appliance $$$.

Aug 31, 2007
SuShiang in Cookware

Le Creuset + Viking induction = no good?

According to a Viking regional service manager, early units had a (coupling) problem which has since been resolved. My unit will be repaired or replaced. Presumably anyone buying a Viking induction product should verify that it was produced after the fix was implemented.

Thanks to all who replied. Higgika, we'll let you know when we get too feeble to lift the stuff (maybe sooner rather than later).

Aug 21, 2007
SuShiang in Cookware

Where to eat near Ravinia

Ravinia Bistro closed a while ago. There is another restaurant in the same location, but I've never eaten there.

Aug 19, 2007
SuShiang in Chicago Area

Le Creuset + Viking induction = no good?

Nice try! (As my grandmother always said, "If you don't ask, you won't get.").

However, in this case, if it turns out LC really won't work with the Viking cooktop, we'll just buy some other cooktop. We like the Viking because it has knobs and because the element power ratings are honest numbers - no "power boost" nonsense.. On the other hand, if it doesn't work with LC, who knows what other issues it has? We don't want to be unpaid members of anybody's product testing group.

Aug 19, 2007
SuShiang in Cookware

Le Creuset + Viking induction = no good?

Good idea. However, I have two with enameled bottoms (a grill pan and a French/Dutch oven) and one with a metal bottom. Neither type works. The metal-bottom one was bought decades ago; the others are newer. The LC web site says all their stuff works with induction; the literature with the new ones said so as well.

From the LC web site:

"Le Creuset enameled cast iron cookware can be used on the stovetop, in the oven and under the grill. Le Creuset is suitable for use on all heat sources including electric, gas, ceramic, halogen top and induction."

Aug 17, 2007
SuShiang in Cookware

Le Creuset + Viking induction = no good?

Has anyone had any experience using Le Creuset enameled cast iron on Viking induction cooktops? My wife and I bought a Viking countertop unit (so we could decide if we really wanted an induction cooktop in our new kitchen, and specifically because we like the Viking cooktop) and have found that, while it works well with plain cast iron, the pot-recognizer doesn't see our Le Creuset cookware. Viking literature says it should work, Viking customer service says they've heard it doesn't. If anyone has some actual real-world experience with Viking induction cooktops (which may behave differently from the countertop unit) to share, it would be greatly appreciated.

Alternatively, if you have an induction cooktop which works well with Le Creuset, and haven't already said so in a Google-accessible location, I'd appreciate hearing about that as well (ideally, before we start writing inordinately large checks).

Aug 17, 2007
SuShiang in Cookware