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Naperville Options

Thanks for the info. Lou Malnati's and Portillo's definitely going on the list, and I think deli as well.

I'm also going to need to find a clothing store in order to buy larger pants!

Apr 19, 2015
wabbitslayer in Chicago Area

Naperville Options

Going to be in Naperville for a couple of days in early May.
What are the bet reasonably priced options? I'm particularly interested in the best choices for Chicago-style dogs, pizza and Italian beef, and whatever else I can't really get here in Georgia (meaning no bbq or steak).

Indian would be nice, too, as well as a "real" deli if there are any around the area (we don't have them down here).

Apr 18, 2015
wabbitslayer in Chicago Area

How to cook Prime Rib for 2?

I like mine, uh,......moo-ing.

Dec 26, 2009
wabbitslayer in Home Cooking

How to cook Prime Rib for 2?

cooked it to 130?!? :faints:

however, for anyone who searches and finds this thread in the future....we cooked the same size (2 1/2 lbs) roast yesterday. The meat thermometer was nowhere to be found, so I winged it....let it sit out for 2 hours prior to cooking, rubbed it down w/ kosher salt and black pepper, pushed some sliced garlic into a couple of slits on top and cooked it at 300F for an hour (24 minutes a pound, I think)

let it rest for 20 minutes and carved it....came out perfectly for me, my wife said it wasn't quite done enough for her. I think my oven thermostat may be off, it was more bloody
red than 24 minutes a pound should've been.

Dec 26, 2009
wabbitslayer in Home Cooking

Texas Road House

That, and every other chain you can think of, they all alternate and are vying for the absolute worst experience any entity can possibly inflict upon a person...don't you read the posts this board at all?

Dec 04, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

Texas Road House

This whole thread has got me hungry....looking forward to my next meal at TRH..

Dec 02, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

Cheesy Gordita Crunch

I've been debating trying it, but this settles it.
Taco Bell, here I come!

Dec 02, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

Texas Road House

"Nothing to do with Texas" will be news to the 25 or 30 locations they have in the state.

Undoubtedly the folks eating there are tourists.

Nov 28, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

Okay, Now On To Christmas Dinner...

rib roast, gorgonzola mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and yeast rolls.
best meal that ever was, ever will be.

I could compromise on the sides, but IMHO, anyone serving anything but rib roast on Christmas....that's just sacrilege :)

Nov 27, 2009
wabbitslayer in Home Cooking

LongHorn Steakhouse coming to North Haven, CT- Worth getting excited about?

Well, he''s an "aficionado", and I'm not going to question the assertion... here I was dumb enough to think that there was not only some grilled meat to be found in Texas, but that, there might even be some tough cuts of meat found there occasionally. Silly me.

To the OP, it's very similar to Outback in terms of prices and menu choices, which may or may not be your thing, but I figure anytime your number of local dining options goes up, that's a good thing.

Nov 22, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

Oktoberfest in Helen, GA/Rec's from Atlanta to Ashville

I moved to Clarkesville earlier this summer; Hawg Wild is good sometimes but it really varies from visit to visit. Every time I've been to Cleveland, Glenda's has been packed out the door...haven't tried it yet, but that many people can't be wrong?

A&E grill just west of Clarkesville on hwy 155 has great burgers, when/if the burger urge strikes you.

Macon, GA Suggestions?

Not mentioned in any of the threads bbqdawg referenced (I think, I just browsed 'em) are:

Satterfield's (off riverside drive near downtown);

Tokyo Alley (mulberry st lane in downtown, really is in an alley; neither bbq nor southern, but good);

Bear's Den (although sadly have not been in years);

and if you're there for five days, undoubtedly there will be a fast food meal in there somewhere.....make it at nu-way

Tokyo Alley
574 Mulberry Street Ln, MacOn, GA 31201

Oct 29, 2009
wabbitslayer in Southeast

How do they cook the eggs on TV?

Google is your a search for "egg rings"

Oct 28, 2009
wabbitslayer in Home Cooking

STRANGEST! / Off-beat restaurant in ATLANTA!

well, at Anderson's BBQ over on the westside, you can get a pig ear sandwich...does that count?

The Most Atrocious Casserole EVER!

It's actually really good served w/ ham. Eaten it at a lot of church dinners, that sort of thing.

Jul 19, 2009
wabbitslayer in Home Cooking


seconded on their customer service...head and shoulders above anything else around here (east side of ATL)

Getting the basics and the cheapest total means going to Ingles.
Getting exactly what you want (nicer meats and produce) means going to Publix.
Getting mad b/c you didn't go to one of the other two means going to Kroger.

Jul 10, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

Disappointed in Dillard

It's not uncommon for similar places to have discounts for people that live nearby----it's not so much "taking advantage" of tourists (that are responsible for basically 90% of their business) as it is just good PR with the local community.

And since someone has to be the "lone voice" in this thread, for the sake of anyone reading it, the place is fine place to eat, IMHO, and I've never had anything there I didn't think was pretty decent. Of course....all of this was consumed with the "local" discount, and pretty much every meal I've ever had there has been on a weekday....the place is a zoo on most weekends.

Jun 28, 2009
wabbitslayer in Southeast

Checkers---anyone out there like it?

The problem is, you guys are forgetting to ask for "extra mayo".....

Jun 23, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

Checkers---anyone out there like it?

yes, I do.

Wow, I didn't realize until I read this thread that I like putrid things. Imagine that!

BTW, the Baconzilla rocks....

Jun 02, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

I'm Ashamed (Addicted to Panda Express)

Nah, don't be ashamed of your addiction, although the "Chains" board does seem to be full of people who do nothing but post about how horrible this or that chain restaurant is. Sort of makes one wonder why they visit webpages and have lengthy conversations about something they purport to hate so much....????

(BTW, bejing beef is the best stuff there)

Jun 02, 2009
wabbitslayer in Chains

BBQ in Atlanta

Everybody has their idea of authentic, here's mine:

Harold's on McDonough St near the Federal Pen....
Pork, cracklin cornbread, stew and slaw.

Although these other places have some fancy appetizers, sides and music and whatnot....and don't get me wrong, they have really good food. You won't have a bad meal at any of the places mentioned here. But....Harold's is more likely to be something you've never seen anything like.

Pork Roast---best seasoning?

Cooking a small (2 lb) boneless loin roast tomorrow w/ red potatoes and carrots, trying to decide how to season it. A family friend cooked one for us a few years ago when we had our second child, and my wife swears it was the best thing she's ever eaten. (I think she was just hungry!)

Sadly, he has since passed away, and how he did it was one of those things I never got around to asking him.(I do know he was a huge Julia Child fan). I do a pretty good job w/ beef, if I do say so myself, but have never found the "secret" to getting the flavor just right on a pork roast.

Anybody have any ideas?

Nov 22, 2008
wabbitslayer in Home Cooking

ISO Sweet Potato Casserole recipe: not to savory, not too sweet

I know this ain't particularly helpful, but if you want to make all 16 people smile, you'll need to make 16 different casseroles!

My wife makes it with the sweet potatoes mashed up mixed with sweetened condensed milk, spices, and a dash of orange juice topped off with the brown/sugar/butter/pecan streusel followed by marshmallows, b/c it's what her mother or grandmother or aunt used to make.

It was a nice change of pace the first time I tried it (b/c growing up my family always had plain cut up ones baked w/ butter), but that was almost 15 years ago. Now it's what we have every year. Ugh. I suggested doing some simple baked ones the other day, and she said, "well, that's healthier, but everyone loves it and it's Thanksgiving"

you gotta pick your battles....but I don't think this one is worth it.

In regards to gettin it salty AND sweet...I wonder if a pretzel topping would work?

Nov 22, 2008
wabbitslayer in Home Cooking

Damon's food goes sharply downhill

I asked for no seasoning at outback ONE time.......and I was certainly able to truly taste the steak. I've since been always tempted to ask for extra seasoning!

The longhorn's around here (atlanta) are pretty good, but it started here, which may or may not have anything to do with it?

Nov 22, 2008
wabbitslayer in Chains

Georgia National Fair---must eats?

I now know why this only got one response.....there are no "must eats" there. What a utterly, huge, COLOSSAL disappointment (from a food standpoint, anyway).

Funnel vendor had them straight from the fryer, various "fresh squeezed" lemonades were OK, but nothing I haven't done myself recently, fries from two different places were soft and limp, corn dogs from three different places were all obviously the
"step below sysco" frozen kind (even the "hand dipped" ones). The apple dumpling I tried was OK, and we got a couple of smoked turkey legs at the end, which was the best thing there.

Worth going to, but my now older palate knows: eat BEFORE you go!

Georgia National Fair---must eats?

After a ridiculous week at work, I'm taking tomorrow off and heading south to the Ga. National Fair in Perry w/ the kids. I haven't been to a fair in 15+ what are the "must eat" fair foods that will make my tummy happy and my doctor cringe?

Harold's BBQ----Harold Hembree Jr. passed away

The Volcano Taco

Stopped at TB yesterday and got one. As with all of their other ads, the one for this product is equally dumb (and also targeted towards a demographic 20 years younger than myself). However....although it is not the end-all-be-all of fiery spice that the ad claims it is (what else is new), it is MUCH better than the regular TB taco.

The cheese had a cheddar flavor to it, the lettuce was green and leafy, the shell was crisp and not chewy and greasy....what are the odds of that ever happening again?

Sep 09, 2008
wabbitslayer in Chains

BBQ in Atlanta ?

Having lived in eastern NC for a few years, this mid-Ga native knows why NC bbq is all they talk about! However, since a six hour drive for pork can be a bit much on a weekday....what places have you ruled out as "good"?

I'll concede they don't have the out and out best meat in the world, but imho, you could go to Harold's and get a bowl of stew w/ crackin cornbread, and a cup of dirt out ot the parking lot with a side of slaw and it'd still beat most places.

"Someone f*ck1ng spit on my burger!" ... the Burger King Loaded Steakhouse Burger

I guess sometimes a description of something just grosses you out so much that you have to taste it yourself before telling everyone how horrible you think it is?

Jun 24, 2008
wabbitslayer in Chains