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Famed chef Homaro Cantu, owner of Moto, found dead on Northwest Side

Sadly reported as a suicide now. A shame.

Apr 16, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

DMK Lamb Burger

My follow up, post visit. I skipped the lamb patty and went with the beef, but got the toppings that usually come with the lamb. (Tzatziki, cukes, olives, feta). Bun not substantial enough to hold it all together. Underwhelming. Tables are too close. Place is too noisy. Spendy. ($40 for 2 burgers, 1 fries, 2 ice teas). Liked the truffle fries, tho. Head to head, IMHO the beef patty at Epic is higher quality and more flavorful. Over and out.

Apr 16, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Salami "Steak?"

Thanks for the tip!

Apr 11, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

DMK Lamb Burger

OK, thanks. It would be Lombard, I'm in the NW burbs. I was downtown recently and had an EPIC burger, that was pretty fine. They use creekstone farms ground beef, which I am starting to see at a lot of finer burger joints.

Apr 11, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Salami "Steak?"

Here's one place, but looking for one more old timey in the city. http://www.allmenus.com/il/lisle/3050...

Apr 11, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

DMK Lamb Burger

Worth a 45 minute drive (for me)? Truffle fries or blue cheese/bacon ones? Thx.

Apr 11, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Salami "Steak?"

I see references to the salami steak around Chicago. Where to order? How to order? Thanks!

Apr 08, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Round 2, NOLA Burgers, Next Week?

2 weeks ago, I hit Tru, Company, and District. Next week planning on Cowbell and Charcoal. Any other suggestions (no, not Port O Call!). (Steak tartare counts, too, if on a starter menu). Thank ye kindly.

Mar 26, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

Old, broken down, atmospheric, bayou restaurant?

Middendorf's does have good food, but it has new owners and remodeling last few years. My idea for old, middle of nowhere would be Moscas. http://moscasrestaurant.com/. Cash only. Don't look at the menu, just tell them to "feed ya." Maybe some of the sausage places around Breaux Bridge? Like Poche's Market?

Mar 26, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

Been to Cozy Dog Diner in Springfield, IL?

I'm not much for corn dogs, but like the 'historical significance' of this place and will be driving by this weekend. Question. Are the burgers, fries, rings worth stopping for? Thanks.

Mar 25, 2015
cajungwailo in Great Plains

Best shrimp & oyster po' boys in NOLA?

For a completely new take on an old favorite, try the shrimp/ham poboy at MoPho. Louisiana/Vietnamese fusion. Wowser.

Mar 24, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

New Burger? New Pizza?

My after trip report on NOLA burgers. Had them at TruBurger, Company Burger and District Donuts, Sliders, and Brews. Common denominator. They all buy their beef from Creekstone Farms, in Kansas, albeit ordering custom blends. While they were all great, Company held a slight edge for me on the flavor and juiciness of the patty. Company also has some terrific rings, but I'd like a larger sized order.

District's are sliders, daily cheeseburger and specials.

I was excited to learn TruBurger had Zweigle dogs, but alas, its only the skinless beef, which is good, but not the best the manufacturer has to offer.

Had an over the top special burger at Ye Old College Inn. Ground in-house tenderloin, topped with seared fois gras and gold leaf..fig jam on hearty ciabatta. Truffle oil fries. Not always available. $28.

Wandered by accident into Barcelona Tapas off St Charles uptown. Very good, inexpensive. A little creative flair license on the usual tapas menu.

Pizza Domenica on Magazine was wonderful. The smokey flavor imparted to the pie from the wood oven gives an entirely new depth of flavor to pizza. One "oddity" - their Italian sausage was cubed. Different. Garlic knots to die for.

Biggest surprise? MoPho, Vietnamese/Louisiana casual fusion. Takes both cuisines to a whole new level. Loved the shrimp/ham po boy (banh mi).

The ultimate in 'greasy pizza" (stain in the box type) from Magazine Pizza in Warehouse district. Inexpensive and a sure bet to delivery to quarter and CBD hotels. Sometimes grease is the word.

I did not get to burgers at Cowbell or Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar, but heading back next week to try and hit those. Interested in Andouille/Pimento cheese fries at Cowbell, and the various game burgers at Charcoal.

Mar 21, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

Is Mariano's the best grocery store in Chicago?

Heinans has it all

Feb 20, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

New Burger? New Pizza?

Interesting Celeste. Which Zweigles to they use? I do like their natural casing ones and the "whites." I'm a fan of NC beefs from Vienna in Chicago. From time to time, someone NOLA sells them. Parkway did for awhile, don't know if they still do. And there was an all Vienna product place in Slidell, but I think it's long gone.

Feb 19, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

New Burger? New Pizza?

I've been underwhelmed with Dat Dog, too. I think the dogs are a little spendy, and my french fry and service experiences have been "uneven."

Feb 18, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans
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New Olrean's Hole-in-the-Walls

Alas, WIllie Maes USED to be a hole in the wall, ten years ago, where they had one cast iron skillet and most locals wouldnt venture in. But now, with the heir in charge and second location, just aint the same.

Feb 18, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

New Burger? New Pizza?

Thanks, Celeste. Same Domenica as the Roosevelt? Might be good, cause the hotel's happy hour is always so jammed. Have wanted to try that one.

Feb 18, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

New Burger? New Pizza?

Semi annual trip for my site burgersdogspizza.com. Your thoughts on "shouldn't miss" burgers and pizza that have opened in the past 12 months? Many thanks.

Feb 16, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

New Olrean's Hole-in-the-Walls

Hole in the walls: frankie and Johnny. Cooter Browns. Killer PoBo.

Feb 16, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

Antoine's, Galatoire's or Arnaud's

Galatoire's. Lunch. Downstairs. Period. Skip anything Brennan, anything Emeril, and for sure pass on Three Sisters.

Feb 16, 2015
cajungwailo in New Orleans

Good poutine in the NW burbs?

schaumburg, barrington, crystal lake, algonquin, elgin?

anyone? thanks.

Jan 28, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

hot pot burbs?

Lookin for authentic hot pot in far nw burbs. Thx

Jan 10, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

BTW. you can always do them at home. buy a quality NC frank. Heinen's and Woodman grocery both carry "Skytime" coney sauce, in dry, frozen and canned. It's from the iconic Cincinnati place "Skyline" - and it's pretty darned closed to a detroit coney. If you buy the dry packed, follow the instructions to a tee. My only variation is adding more ground beef than recommended, and cooking it down longer.

Jan 04, 2015
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Pulled.......ham?

many thanks drongo.

Dec 24, 2014
cajungwailo in Home Cooking

Pulled.......ham?

Have you cooked a "pulled ham" like pulled pork, low and slow? What, 200 for 8 hours? Raw, I imagine. Fresh butt? Would it be possible to do with a cured ham, or would it just be too salty to eat. I'd like to try this.

Dec 24, 2014
cajungwailo in Home Cooking

Restaurants with wild nettles?

I had some wild nettle soup and a wild nettle pizza in portland recently. really delicious. any chicago restaurants using nettles? thanks.

Dec 24, 2014
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

The burger at the Palm??

anybody tried it? Menu sez 12 ounces, does that mean a giant bun as well? Thanks.

Nov 16, 2014
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Chama Guacho - Downers Grove

Anything different here than similar brazilian steakhouse chains? any idea on costs at lunch and dinner? thanks!

Nov 13, 2014
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Chateaubriand for two?

thanks for the tips!

Oct 21, 2014
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Chateaubriand for two?

in Chicacgo? Price? Thanks.

Oct 21, 2014
cajungwailo in Chicago Area