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Groceries in Southport

Hi...just moved to Chicago and this neighborhood from Los Angeles....looking for grocery options other than the local Jewel. I found the nearby Trader Joe's but is there another ideally more local and better stocked option that you all would recommend? Thanks much!

Feb 17, 2008
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Smoque BBQ - Report

How salty was the meat? I'm curious because my guy has a real aversion to overly-salted foods and I'm not going to bother with the place if that's excessive. Thanks in advance for the answer!

Jan 28, 2008
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Finally made it to Gourmet House--found a piece of plastic in my kung pao chicken and I asked for no MSG and well, there was some in one of the dishes I ordered, for sure. The food was tasty, I guess but the forementioned are some big flaws....

Dec 30, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

What are the prices like at Woodfire?

Dec 27, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Where/what is Francesca's? You mentioned it in the recap and I couldn't find it mentioned previously. Thanks in advance. :)

Dec 17, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Yeah, I found her recommendations not that helpful. I wasn't looking for chain places.

Nov 28, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

I went there and didn't find it to be the cleanest place.

I have cookbooks. That wasn't what I was asking about. Not the most helpful reply to this.

Nov 27, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Indian food in the NW burbs?

The naan they make is some of the best that I've had.

Totally great experiences eating there--the only caveat I have to offer is that the spice level isn't reliable. That's fine with me--I love hot,spicy things --but if you don't, just be careful. The dal can be way, way hot but there's plenty of raita so you'll be OK. :)

Nov 25, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Indian food in the NW burbs?

The India Curry House in Algonquin is really great. They have a lunch buffet six days a week.
http://www.myindiacuisine.com/

Nov 25, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Where is Asian Bistro? What's near it? Thanks!

BTW, we've been enjoying the Texan for the most part but the beef brisket was a bad call there. Every other entree has been yummy, though. The sides are another story but the 'cue is pretty good.

Nov 24, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

I've been out that way a couple of times and wasn't stirred to explore that are much. Where is Famous Dave's exactly? The Texan's ribs were great but the brisket is something I'll be skipping in the future. Dry....

Please let me know how the Chinese place is.

Nov 19, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

I agree about Reese's.

Tell me about China Ai, if you don't mind.

I'll be sure to check out Famous Dave's now.

Where is the Randall Roadhouse? What's the menu? Thanks.

Nov 19, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

How is the Breakers on the MSG front?

Nov 19, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

I'll check out Famous Dave's for sure. What would you recommend there?

Went to Richard Walker's again today for blunch. Again, not an Around The Clock fan.....

Nov 19, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

We went to the Texan last night.
Rib tips=flavorful, smoky, great.
Brisket= a bit dry.
Garlic mashed potatoes=creamy, pleasant.
Cole slaw= suh-weet.
Beans=Absolutely forgettable.

So it's a touch-and-go menu. We liked some of what we ordered a lot.

Nov 19, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Done.

Nov 19, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Around The Clock--the gyros were bad enough that we have zero inspiration to go back for any reason.

We've been ordering from Generoso's a bunch--they were formerly Taylor Street and their thin crust is simple and yummy. The meatball sandwich--my lunch today--is nice too.

Nov 18, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Doesn't seem like any fun having to drive that far for basics.

I went out that way once to check out a farmers market--huge disappointment and I haven't been back. I'm not a fan of "quaint".

Nov 16, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

My guy, who hails from here, says that "that movie" ruined Woodstock. Would you agree with that statement?

Nov 16, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

The dal was ultra-hot but everything else was moderate--I totally see what you're talking about.

Nov 15, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

I did try the chicken and it was great. Someone there really knows their tandoor well.

Nov 15, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Went to the Curry House today--SO yummy. Wonderful naan and the gulab jamun was top-notch. We'll definitely be going back--thanks so much for this recommendation

Nov 14, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

I'm just surprised that MSG is still being used here. It's never in the food in Los Angeles or Seattle.

Nov 14, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

The Chen's I went to that uses MSG was the "good" one at Lake In The Hills. It's not in all of the dishes--just some of them. I believe that's the restaurant you are talking about.

Nov 14, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Ah. That makes sense.

They are using MSG in the beef dishes for sure at the Lake In The Hills location. We had a sesame beef dish and that was what triggered my allergy.

We went to Blue Fin in Wicker Park---fresh, nice stuff. Very tasty and I'd definitely go back.

Nov 14, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Went to Richard Walker's tonight and wow, it was great. I had the Swedish pancakes and my guy had the big apple pancake. The side of bacon we got was really good stuff--we'll definitely be going back.

Nov 13, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

I have to ask--what was the problem with the term "tex-mex"?

I'll have to go check out Texan this week. My guy is such a rib fan.

I'll ask but a lot of places have no idea if it's in there or not from my distant past experiences asking the question.

There's great sushi in L.A.--haven't had any since I moved here but I'm supposed to go into the city today and have some. I'm a little apprehensive but excited. (I'm spoiled on the seafood topic--grew up in New England, college in Seattle, then Los Angeles so great seafood is my thing but this guy SWEARS this place is wonderful.)

Nov 13, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

OK, thanks--I knew the name looked familiar and I've seen the one in SD.

Nov 11, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Frontera/Rick Bayless restaurants--thoughts?

Anyone been to any of the three and have any thoughts/opinions you'd like to share?

Thanks much!

Nov 11, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area

Good food in McHenry County?

Thanks again for the recommendations and wow, people got emotional about this topic, huh?

Where's Joseph's, if you don't mind?

Nov 11, 2007
heidijoy in Chicago Area