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Beef tendon

You can order it in a soup at Tank Vietnamese Restaurant (Pho Xe Tang).

Nov 05, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Where can I find really good cans of sardine?

I'm surprised they didn't have it at Fresh Farms. I couldn't believe the variety of canned fish there.

Aug 24, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

need an alternative to frontera grill

For what it's worth, I had a lousy meal at Mundial a couple years back.

Aug 24, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Chowhounder Returning to Chicago after 6+ Year Absence!

You could try Bon Bon Vietnamese sandwiches, too, if you can't make it to Argyle.

2333 West North Avenue

Aug 09, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Logistical Help with Itinerary

I was only responding to the statement "Chicago is a lot bigger too and Im sure has lots of those hole in the wall places that may get overlooked, but also puts out good food."

Aug 05, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Logistical Help with Itinerary

>>>Chicago is a lot bigger too and Im sure has lots of those hole in the wall places that may get overlooked, but also puts out good food.

You are absolutely correct. There are lots more great places to eat in Chicago that are not mentioned on a regular basis on this board.

Aug 04, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Indian restaurants

The area around Devon is the place to go. It's the Indian and Pakistani neighborhood.

Per wikipedia: Devon's Desi corridor is one of the best-known and largest communities of its kind in North America. It exists mainly on Devon between Ravenswood Ave. and California Ave. South Asian shops, restaurants and grocery stores abound along this strip, and it has become a popular tourist destination. Vivek Mukherjee of Rediff.com writes, "There are similar desi markets in New Jersey, at the famous Oak Tree Road or in the Bay Area, but nothing like Devon Street. [...] Devon Street's sidewalks are even speckled with the paan stains".

Aug 03, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Longman and Eagle

The focus is less on beer (although they have a very good beer list) because L&E focuses more on whiskey.

If I were the OP, I'd hit L&E, then the Rocking Horse, then Revolution Brewery. They're all within walking distance of each other.

Aug 03, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

5 day/4 night trip - where 'must' I eat??

I think that's a good thing.

The series adds a new item every week. Lots to explore.

Jul 28, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

5 day/4 night trip - where 'must' I eat??

The Tribune has an ongoing article about Chicago's must-try dishes: http://www.chicagotribune.com/enterta...

Jul 27, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Dark 'n' Stormy Recommendations?

I had a great one last week at Longman and Eagle.

Jul 27, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Spices in Chicago

Maxwell Street Market on Sundays.

Jul 12, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Kombucha!?

Good luck, but I assume that the recall affects all stores.

Jul 01, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Recipe Ownership

Right. The Copyright Office explains it just how I explained it.

Jun 29, 2010
rubinow in Not About Food

Chicken thigh recipes?

If you are cooking pieces, it would be an hour whether you are cooking one or twenty thighs.

The best bet is to get an electronic thermometer that sounds off when the meat hits a certain temperature. It's much more accurate than doing it strictly by time.

Jun 29, 2010
rubinow in Home Cooking

Best Pizza in Chicago?

Here's a great article from Chicago Magazine responding to all the hate generated by their latest Best 25 Pizzas article:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Mag...

Best to take terms like "best" with a grain of salt.

Jun 28, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Kombucha!?

They sell it at Strack and Van Til on Elston. I bet you could call them and get a case.

Jun 28, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Farm Fresh Restaurant Suggestions

Mado

http://madorestaurantchicago.com/

Lula

http://www.lulacafe.com/

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Mado Restaurant
1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Jun 22, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Mr. Taco

Are you sure that the ones in Chicago are the same as the ones in Miami? There are a few places called Mr. Taco in the Chicago area. They don't even seem to be related to each other AFAIK.

Jun 21, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Olive Garden's Culinary Institute in Tuscany?!

Jun 11, 2010
rubinow in Chains

How does Dairy Queen stay in business?

Jun 11, 2010
rubinow in Chains

French bread in Chicago?

The author of "Authentic Vietnamese Cooking" mentioned in this article seems to think that half of the flour should be rice flour: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/01/din...

These recipes use 20%:
http://www.abreadaday.com/?p=1860
http://www.plateoftheday.com/772/

Others don't use any.

It would be fun to experiment.

Jun 09, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Best burger in river north or easy walking distance?

On another post, a visitor had a good burger at the Paramount Room (adjacent to River North).

It's good and I don't know why it doesn't get suggested more often.

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Paramount Room
415 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Jun 08, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Spanish grocery store around Chicago?

Yeah, I've studied/lived/vacationed in Spain, too. I never had a similar issue in Spain.It doesn't explain why the hostess said she would send someone to help and simply forgot about me. It also doesn't explain the fact that nobody in the entire restaurant could explain the product they were selling. It was like a comedy routine. I asked in English and Spanish the differences between two of their products and all I got were blank stares and "I don't know"s.

BTW: my problem with the dinner service was connected to a large party that my mother threw for me. They simply weren't prepared for it, though they claimed they could accommodate the party. The night ended with the hostess literally screaming at my mother who, at the time, was barely able to speak herself because of a throat problem. Unbelievable. One of the worst experiences at a restaurant I've ever had.

The food is pretty standard, too. Maybe they've changed it since I was there (about 10 years ago now).

Jun 08, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Two Days in Chicago

In re: Glazed Donuts

You might call either New Wave Coffee, Swim Cafe, Bite Cafe, or Green Grocer.

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New Wave Coffee
2557 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Jun 02, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

raw/vegan food options in chicago

I didn't have that problem when I ate there.

I've not been to Karyn's, but it seems like they are simply a different type of restaurant than Cousin's IV. Karyn's seems a bit more upscale. I figured that the OP would appreciate Cousin's IV b/c it's "cheaper/regular-priced". There aren't many raw options in Chicago to begin with, anyway, so the OP might as well get all of them.

May 26, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

raw/vegan food options in chicago

Cousin's IV (Incredible Vitality) is a raw food restaurant.

May 26, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Korean Fried Chicken?

Apr 19, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Great value (budget) Chicago must-try meals

Three great bars/restaurants in the same neighborhood, Logan Square, are Longman & Eagle, Revolution Brewery, and the Rocking Horse. Rocking Horse is known less for its food, but I had a great burger there. All have great beer selections.

Lula Cafe is in the same hood. It is many people's favorite for new American food.

Altogether, those restaurants are putting Logan Square on the map for food.

It shouldn't be a big deal with a car.

Mar 17, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area

Pizza in or around Oak Park

I used to get slices from Spizzico in Elmwood Park. That's slices. Not squares. Not cracker crust. They were pretty good and different than most other Chicago places.

I wouldn't call it NY style, but it's *somewhat* similar.

Mar 17, 2010
rubinow in Chicago Area