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Ordering Protocal for Burt's Place

I would call in a few days before, just to be sure that they are open during the holiday weekend. Also, I'm not sure how early Burt starts picking up the phone for lunch orders. For evenings, I usually call either a day or two ahead (if there's a group), or just a few hours ahead.

Apr 08, 2011
tartella in Chicago Area

What is your favorite CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP kitchen gadget

Spiral whisks are also called Swedish whisks (not sure why):

All of my whisks from Best Mfrs. are amongst my favorite kitchen tools... plus, they're sealed, so no gunk or bacteria gets stuck in the base.

Mar 19, 2010
tartella in Cookware

Where do you take visitors to Chicago?

Have to agree with BRB re: Burt's. We've taken many a guest to Burt's- almost all of them have requested a repeat.

With all of the Bayless press the past few years, his newest incarnation, XOCO, seems like a great spot for a quick lunch when seeing sights downtown with guests.

For good Chicago-style dogs up north, try Mustard's Last Stand in Evanston, Poochies in Skokie, or Superdawg (just for the drive-in alone!) on Milwaukee/Devon.

And, we always take people out for at least one brunch.. there's so many great spots all over the city: Lucky Platter in Evanston, Tweet and M. Henry on the northside, Uncommon Ground (northside and Wrigleyville) and Sweet Maple Cafe down on Taylor St. being just a few of the greats.

ps- love the idea of creating a list... perhaps then i wouldn't be spending so much time planning out each individual visit... or maybe that's part of the fun!

Lucky Platter
514 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202

Sweet Maple Cafe
1339 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Uncommon Ground
1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Mar 18, 2010
tartella in Chicago Area

Cold Brew Coffee - Anyone Tried This?

has anyone heard of this method reducing the caffeine in the coffee? i have a friend that uses this method almost exclusively for coffee, and swears it's considerably lower in caffeine, but I am not sure if that's based on any scientific knowledge...

Jul 24, 2009
tartella in General Topics

Great Lake Pizza

had to rip open my husband's GQ when i saw the article title on the cover. couldn't believe that there was only 1 chicago place on the list... i haven't been to great lake yet, so i can't comment on the validity of his review there... but, to not have Burt's Place on the list is a sin! a bit northwest of the city, but well worth the ride (remember to order ahead!).

May 22, 2009
tartella in Chicago Area