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big family staying on mag mile

Thanks for posting your update; glad to hear you enjoyed your stay.

Aug 08, 2015
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Best Pan-Fried Lake Perch

Holy reincarnated post, Batman! 11 years - is that a record?

Jul 11, 2015
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Chicago Dinner - South Franklin and West Madison

The Florentine is indeed quite good and extremely close to your hotel . . . but if it's Italian you are after I'd suggest considering something just a few blocks further - Trattoria No 10. It's considerably quieter than the Florentine (as it's much smaller) and their house made pastas are delicious (especially the ravioli). At 10 N Dearborn it's only 4 blocks east of your hotel.

Apr 03, 2015
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Everest Wine?

Really? Bring an 8 year old thread back from the dead? To what end?

Feb 14, 2015
Original Kman in Chicago Area

downtown hot spot for client dinner

All good suggestions. GT Fish and Oyster is especially good and, if your clients have a taste for it, has an outstanding collection of high end hard to find whiskey and doesn't (ridiculously) overcharge for it. The Oyster Po' Boy slider appetizer is so good that once you have your first order you'll probably order 3 more.

Jan 10, 2015
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Who has the best birthday cakes in the city? I'm not looking for anything too fancy-I want frosting, not fondant.

Both Lutz Cafe & Pastry Shop (Montrose, just west of Western) and Swedish Bakery (Clark St, Andersonville) make beautiful cakes as well as other pastries, cookies, etc. As GourmetWednesday mentioned, though, I also think Costco does a darned good job especially for the price.

Dec 30, 2014
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Where can you buy canned hominy in near north side Chicago?

First off - nobody ever (except these alleged acquaintances of yours) said any such thing as Mariano's offers all there is to know - you continue to make stuff up to suit your original rant. Second - nobody was being hostile - we just asked if you know what WASP means. Third - it wasn't until AFTER you incorrectly and inappropriately declared that not shopping at the stores *you* want everyone to shop in was an artifact of some "WASP-bubble" (whatever the heck that means) that you suddenly declared you had instead been saying WASP-connotation (you hadn't) as if that somehow relieved you of knowing what WASP even meant. And I still don't get your fervor over this - the OP had a simple question, it's in the thread title FFS - "Where can you buy canned hominy in near north side Chicago?". Consider which of the responses in this thread helped the OP with that question and actually answered it. Multiple people responded with concise, direct answers on topic; you were not one of them. Yes - there's lots of great shopping options in Chicago, that's just one reason to love it - so why not start your own, new, dedicated thread about that and the places you love and let THAT discussion flow rather than threadjack someone else's simple question AND while doing so insult a whole class of humans?

Where can you buy canned hominy in near north side Chicago?

There's also a new - and very nice - Pete's Fresh Market at Madison & Western. This is a relatively light drive from Streeterville (w/free parking) or a fairly straightforward bus trip.

Dec 29, 2014
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Where can you buy canned hominy in near north side Chicago?

So then you are just confirming that, as another person asked you earlier, you really do NOT know the meaning of WASP. Thanks.

Dec 29, 2014
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Where can you buy canned hominy in near north side Chicago?

I can see how it's pretty easy to know the "W" part of WASP, but how do you know each and everyone of these people you met are both Anglo-Saxon *and* Protestant? Those are amazing powers of observation, there.

Dec 29, 2014
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Where to find dried Crowder Peas?

If you're in a pinch and you are an Amazon Prime customer order the Camelia crowder peas today for a NYE delivery. The Prime seems to have jumped the price on them but depending upon where you are you might spend more than the difference on parking.

Dec 29, 2014
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Where can you buy canned hominy in near north side Chicago?

That's a long way to go for a can of hominy. Based upon the OP's initial request they are very close to Pilsen, which is my preference (mmm, carnitas!), but for some cans of hominy the Mariano's in Lakeshore East does list that they carry Bush's canned hominy. Can't vouch for it as I've never used it but I'm not imagining there's tremendous differentiation between canned hominy.

Dec 29, 2014
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Where can I find really good cans of sardine?

I like the Matiz-Gallego brand. They are Spanish but are caught in waters of Galicia, so for all intents and purposes they are Portuguese sardines. They are sold in a number of places as well as online (Amazon); I usually pick mine up at the Binny's South Loop (Jefferson & Roosevelt).

Sep 04, 2010
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Bham area - Let's talk barbecue

Ahh, thank you Dax! At least once a year I use B'ham as a stopover for an extended drive and I've been stymied in my search for a BBQ place that is not far off my track that's worth visiting. Saw's sounds like a good addition to the scene and I'll be checking it out when I pass through in two weeks - and reporting back here. Good heads-up info on the sauce, now I know to bring my own (I'm a vinegar and pepper guy myself).

Aug 03, 2009
Original Kman in Central South

Emergency help...

Oh - BIG difference. :) Publican is good, quite good. Now that it's only two, though, I'd suggest considering some of Chef Kahan's other establishments such as Blackbird (takes reservations) or next-door neighbor Avec (no res's).

Jul 30, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Emergency help...

Yikes, a party of 7 at an upscale place on Friday with one day's notice isn't easy. hoppy2468's suggestion to scan opentable is a good one. jbontario's nod to Naha is good - very nice space with a varied menu, all executed quite well. A different option to consider would be Jean Joho's Brasserie Jo. A good place for a group of that size to be able to relax and let down their hair, a bit, but still hit the mark for a nice place to be out and about.

Brasserie JO
59 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60610

Jul 30, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Reviews of Avec, Vong's Thai Kitchen, Keefer's, Frontera Grill

Thanks for taking the time to post such thorough and informative reviews. Sounds like you had some good experiences. I am a big fan of all of the places you visited except VTK, but your line "My friend thought it was the best Thai he had ever eaten, but he doesn’t get out much." sums it up quite well. :)

Next time you are in town if your path takes you to the Wrigley area again and you have a taste for Thai DO visit TAC Quick, just a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field on Sheridan/Sheffield (right underneath the Sheridan Red Line "L" stop). My favorite Thai in Chicago and BYOB to boot.

3930 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613

Jul 30, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Good, cheap, authentic Mexican near Gold Coast

Good AND cheap Mexican food is not readily available in the GC/RN area. It's abundant in other neighborhoods that aren't that far a commute from there but within that specific locale you can have good OR cheap, just not both at the same time.

Jul 30, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

best burger within 2 miles of state & lake

Smith & Wollensky and Keefer's both have great burgers are are just across the river.

Apr 21, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Top 3 Hot Dogs

You don't mention your transportation options. For late night dog-type places if you can get to Jim's Original (mentioned above) you can get a hot dog but, more importantly, you can get the quintessential Chicago Maxwell St Polish Sausage and the Maxwell Pork Chop Sandwich (Bone-in!!! You've been warned). Seriously, grab a Polish and a pork chop (fries included with all sandwiches) for the still very affordable prices - $3.25 for the Polish and $3.55 for the pork chop (again, fries included with each). Jim's is open 24/7 and is True Chicago.
1250 S Union Ave - just west of the Dan Ryan (I-90/94) and just south of Roosevelt Rd.

Edited to add - no disrespect to burgermaven but, imo, Ricobene's stopped being edible years ago. While once upon a time their breaded steak sandwiches were appealing these days they are more like breaded carpet samples. Had they not closed I would have directed a would-be Italian breaded steak devotee to the late and pretty great La Milanesa but since they've gone I don't have a go-to place anymore.

And to chefsalad, enjoy the tournament and your stay!

Apr 04, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Chicago Cheap Eats Comfort Food

If Al's, Max's, and Mr. Beef are on the list then Johnnie's is a MUST:

Johnnie's Beef
7500 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park
Tel: (708) 452-6000
11AM - Midnight M-Sat, Noon-Midnight Sundays

Jan 31, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Absolute best burger in Chicago?

+1 to Patty's. Important to note that Patty actually cooks to your order. In this day and age of so many places insisting on not serving a burger anything less than medium-well to well done it's refreshing to be able to get the burger cooked YOUR way (medium rare for me).

Jan 17, 2009
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Need a recommendation between three

If it's only those three to decide between I'd definitely have to go with David Burke's Primehouse.

Dec 28, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Costco Treasure Hunt: Iberico de bellota ham

I've had the bellota at Binny's and it's delicious.

Dec 19, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Suggestions near the Old Town School of Folk Music?

You're in luck as there's a LOT of good places to eat around here (my neighborhood). I'm zeroing in, though, on your comment about being very adventerous diners who love ethnic foods - and suggesting that you treat yourself to Spoon Thai. IMO one of the best Thai restaurants in the Chicago metro area (just . . . can't . . . type . . . Chicagoland). Ask for the translated Thai menu (aka "the secret menu", though it's hardly secret really).

Spoon Thai Restaurant
4608 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 769-1173

Dec 01, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Best Short Ribs in the City?

I recognize you were asking for a dinner option but should you have that short ribs craving for lunch I highly recommend Manny's Deli. Especially on Thursdays when you can pair them up with kascha as your (heaping) side. Manny's is open for dinner now, as well, but I'm not certain what the dinner menu options are.

Manny's Deli
1141 S. Jefferson
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-2855

I have fond memories of the short ribs at Scylla before Stephanie Izzard closed it but all good things come to an end, I suppose.

Nov 15, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area

in search of good variety of Melinda's hot sauces

Count me as a fan of Melinda's as well. Just as an FYI you can also order them online directly from Melindas -

Jul 02, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Steak for husband and other options for wife?

Tough to balance the desires of one diner seeking adventure and another that seeks a big hunk o' meat (and I'm not knocking that, sometimes the BHoM is what I crave as well). I would agree with Masha that Keefer's does a great job with steaks while offering an interesting menu of non-meat specials; so many steak places think offering lobster and farm raised salmon gives them a varied menu but Keefer's goes well beyond that. I would suggest, though, that you may wish to consider Blackbird where James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan prepares dishes from a very eclectic menu yet offers substantial meat dishes that should appeal to the dedicated carnivore as well.

Jun 16, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Italian Beef

I'll take that bet. Johnnies has a unique flavor that I'd spot in a blind tasting of any beef-off.

Jun 11, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area

Coming in for the Blues Fest seeking Polish food

Not any real selection "downtown" proper near where you are staying so I'd say that jbw's rec for Podhalanka is a good one for being relatively close via a Blue Line L trip. Should you be willing to consider adding a short bus leg to that L trip I'd also suggest Smak-Tak for consideration.

5961 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
773 763-1123

For assistance in mapping your trips via public transit while in Chicago hit the website.

Jun 04, 2008
Original Kman in Chicago Area