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Seeking NW burbs bahn mi rec

Looking for a superb bahn mi in the far NW burbs. Barrington, Palatine, Schaumburg, Hoffman? Thanks, peeps.

Aug 06, 2014
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Chicago to Saginaw and Back Recs needed

Doing the back roads of Michigan on this trip, looking for recs for diners and dives. Going to hit a few coney places and Tony's I-75 but looking for other suggestions. The longer the places have been around, the better. Thanks!

Jul 30, 2014
cajungwailo in Great Lakes

Wisconsin I-94 stop?

Ended up at the Mocha Mouse in BRF. It was breakfast time, and while it was straight-forward, it was a good value. Got a bowl of cheese soup to go, and it was fabulous! Interesting stop - restaurant, cheese shop, wines, gifts, local artisan foods.

Jan 09, 2014
cajungwailo in Great Lakes

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

Got my fix in Duluth at Deluxe Coney Island. Superb.

Dec 29, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Wisconsin I-94 stop?

Have some ideas for a lunch stop between Wisconsin Dells and Eau Claire? Not too far off interstate, either regional "ethnic" or burgers. Thx.

Dec 18, 2013
cajungwailo in Great Lakes

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

No St. Paul, this time, Duluth, there are two different places which are great. http://burgersdogspizza.com/2009/06/d...

Dec 18, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

Thx sir. Mn next week for me I will score there

Dec 17, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Good source for fresh mozzarella / antipasto ingredients in Portland?

Ditto pastaworks. And I like Barbur World Foods in SW.

Dec 12, 2013
cajungwailo in Metro Portland

(My personal) Best chain pizza rankings

Treb: I don't think we're talking about the same Sammys? Duluth, MN, Iron Range, North Dakota? Never met ANYone who didn't think they were the greatest!

Dec 12, 2013
cajungwailo in Chains

(My personal) Best chain pizza rankings

Oh, if we're adding small regionals, then Vito and Nicks II in Chicago for thin crust! http://www.vitoandnicksii.com/ And Sammy's in Minnesota. http://mysammys.com/

Dec 12, 2013
cajungwailo in Chains

(My personal) Best chain pizza rankings

Personally don't care for Uno or Round Table, except when the latter has lunch buffet. Think Papa Murphy edges Papa Johns a bit, for me. Yeah, Little Caesars is pretty bad, except when you're jonesing for the $5 immediately out the door thing. Winco Groceries (west coast) have a pizza counter that is pretty good, whole pie or slice. Pizza Hut is awful IMHO.

Dec 12, 2013
cajungwailo in Chains

Who's been to Eataly?

Yes, sorry, talking about the one in Chicago, which recently opened, and is even grander than the NY one. As far as I know, Flay has no involvement, it's Batali and partners.
http://www.eataly.com/eataly-chicago/

Dec 12, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Who's been to Eataly?

What's good, what's not?

Dec 12, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

4 Days in Portland - Dining for One

Well, to each his own (taste). Granted, Huber's doesn't 'live up' to the current wacky fusion trends in PDX, Swedish/Vietnamese or whatever, but it consistently serves high quality food at a good value, with (usually) meticulous service. Certainly in my top 5.

Dec 11, 2013
cajungwailo in Metro Portland

Looking for good cheap eats in chicago

Not only the polish buffets (around $10 for several courses), but the czech restaurants as well.

Dec 10, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

I did a google for milwaukee, it shows one place that was around for decades but closed a couple years ago.

Dec 10, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Is Mariano's the best grocery store in Chicago?

I like Marianos, and they have just picked up another dozen Dominicks to convert. I'd agree with whomever said H mart for Asia (or fresh seafood). It's a long drive by Joe Caputo in Algonquin is great too.

Dec 10, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

I've only had American's kit, and was REALLY happy with it. There are coneys in LaCrosse and Duluth, but that's even more bigger farther away than say, Flint. Maybe Milwaukee has one, dunno.

Dec 10, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

BTW, hawkeye, you don't have to wait til you make a trip, American Coney, alledgely the inventors, in downtown Detroit, sells complete home kits that are pretty cool and just like eating there!

Dec 10, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

Thanks, not looking for just an exceptional hot dog, plenty of those in the city. Lookin' for a coney!

Dec 10, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

4 Days in Portland - Dining for One

Hubers. Portland's oldest restaurant. Sit / eat at the bar in the back.

Dec 10, 2013
cajungwailo in Metro Portland

Detroit style coney island hot dogs

Know anywhere in Chicago that has a reasonable facsimile? Thanks.

Dec 09, 2013
cajungwailo in Chicago Area

Honolulu Dive Crawl

Your best recs for burgers, hot dogs and pizza, please. No chains. Back streets and dives preferred. Many thanks.

Nov 12, 2013
cajungwailo in Hawaii

Seeking Burger Nirvanas along US Highway 2

Thanks, I'll try and check that out. Who doesn't like sloppy joes?

Eats in Duluth

Here is a pictorial of Deluxe Coney Island in Duluth. Delicious dogs!

http://burgersdogspizza.com/?p=144

Oct 02, 2009
cajungwailo in Great Lakes

Seeking Burger Nirvanas along US Highway 2

Driving from Spokane to Wisconsin along US Hwy 2, looking for burger stops!

Simpatica Dining Hall - Portland (Review)

For those of you not familiar, Simpatica is the restaurant outlet of the catering company by the same name, and also by the operators of viande, a top meat market here. The restaurant is open only Friday and Saturday nites, and Sunday brunch. Reservations required for dinner, not for brunch. You make reservations by signing up for their email list, and you receive that week's menu by email on Tuesday. You RSVP reservation request and they confirm by fone. They require a cc for reservations, if you don't show, they charge you, but issue a gift certificate in the same amount you can use @ a later date. Place holds about 60 people at 4 long "family style" tables. Menu last nite was:

Cornmeal-Fried Trout Salad with Curly Endive, Fried Lemons and Brown Butter Vinaigrette
Whole Rotisserie-Grilled Carlton Farms Pig Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Ozark BBQ Sauce and Slaw
Braised Collard Greens with Smoked Ham Hocks
Hush Puppies
Cherry Tomato and Beet Salad
House Pickles
Bing Cherry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Creams

(these guys love pork!). Everything was excellent. The entree and salads were served plated, the balance was family style. I don't think I have ever seen fried lemons before, they were the rind, free of pulp, dusted in cornmeal, fried, served like onion ring accompaniement on the salad and delicious.

They had slow roasted the whole pig, and taken all the meat, chopped, mixed, for the sandwiches. The sauce was a ketchup base, not a vinegar. The chef comes out at the beginning, explains where he bought everything (local farms and markets) and how it was prepared. $35 a head, drinks extra. Dinner for two, drinks, tip, $105. Interesting mix of people, they have seating arrangements figured in advance. Sat down at 6:55, left @ 9:50PM. Some delay @ the end processing all those credit cards, but not a complaint.

We'll return, for sure.

http://www.simpaticacatering.com/

Jul 06, 2008
cajungwailo in Pacific Northwest

Portland pizza dough

Winco stores carry it, same as they use @ their inhouse pizza place. It's usually somewhere between the packaged cheese and sausage section. Dough ball, about a buck and a quarter, makes two 14 inch thins. Bellagios Pizza, too, range $2 - $4

Jun 26, 2008
cajungwailo in Pacific Northwest

Gracie's PDX - Mini Review

Had lunch at Gracie's, in the Hotel Deluxe in Portland yday. Absolutely superb food and service. So much so, I booked a res for their weekend brunch. For lunch, I had veal scallopini, on top of mash, with strips of prosciutto. Cow and pig on one plate!

Appetizer was warmed assortment of olives and almonds. Doting but not intrusive service.

Menu and hours @ http://www.graciesdining.com.

Question, tho. The outside of the hotel has sculptures of "Fruit" above the windows and doors. Does anybody have any idea of the origin? No one at the hotel did. This place used to be called the "Mallory (sp?).

Nov 15, 2007
cajungwailo in Pacific Northwest

Your hidden gems in SW PDX?

So far, we tried, "Walter Mittys", which is bar food, ok, nothing special. The Old Barn, bar food also, no reason to return ever for any reason. Chopsticks, on Capitol Hwy, pretty good. I have gone into Barbur Foods a couple times, what a bizarre collection of grocries. They tend to have what I don't need, and not have what I do need, but the produce and breads are ok. Thanks for your recs. I will be checking them out. My best meal so far in Portland has been Caffe Mingo on NW 21st. We had brunch @ Mother's, and I don't see what the fuss there is all about. Too spendy, too crowded.

Nov 08, 2007
cajungwailo in Pacific Northwest