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Ba-Tampte Half Sour Pickles

Anybody know where to get Ba-Tampte Half sour pickles in the West burbs???

May 12, 2010
qzq in Chicago Area

Great Burger way out west

There's what I call a "Venusian Recharge Station" out here in Oswego (That means that there have been numerous tenants in a single location) The current squatter is a place called "Scoreboards" which is nominally a routine sports bar. But these guys do a burger that made me take notice. 10oz of good char-broiled beef on a pretzel roll in various guises. I'm on a kick of simple burgers, so I passed on the one with the fried egg, and the one with all the BBQ stuff on it, and went with one that had only hot giardinere. WOW! it was close to perfection. There are all kinda chains out here that are all blah as blah can be, but to find a burger of this caliber was a welcome discovery. My wife had a char chicken sandwich that was good, but not as awesome as the burger. Between the feature in "Saveur" and the cover story in "Chicago" mag, I've been burger-conscious lately. Great to find a worthy contender right outside my front door.

Sep 20, 2009
qzq in Chicago Area

Torishin-Mt. Prospect

Used to go to this Japanese "greasy spoon" but haven't in a long while. Anybody go to this place recently? It used to be good-almost entire populated by Japanese, and little English spoken

Jun 11, 2009
qzq in Chicago Area

One night in Baton Rouge-where to eat?

We landed up at Boutin's, which was okay-and Poor Boy Lloyd's which was phenominal.

Dec 20, 2008
qzq in New Orleans

mettwurst

I would think some of the butcher shops up on North Lincoln Avenue would have this--like Paulina Market-I used to get it at Bobak's before they went insane. I would also shoot a call up to Usinger's in Milwaukee

Dec 20, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

Red top--A fine dog, but it ain't Henry's......

Nov 30, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

A wise sage of my youth once said-Go ahead and eat at Parky's--The next morning, get up and count the number of pimples on your face, divide by two, and that's how many fries you ate at Parky's

Nov 30, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

Christmas Eve dining for a group

I've got a big group, about 45 to feed on Christmas eve in Chicago. We've gone to Buca DiBeppo for the past few years, and they have been swell, but I'd like to see what's out there.
Any suggestions?

Nov 20, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

K Pauls or Irene's?

I say split the difference and go to Brigtsens

Nov 04, 2008
qzq in New Orleans

Galatoire's enthusiasts.

Have a Sazerac at the start, and Cafe Brulot after--make sure Imre makes them for you....

Nov 04, 2008
qzq in New Orleans

One night in Baton Rouge-where to eat?

Coming into Baton Rouge for one night. We'll have a group of 9. Looking for authentic Louisiana cuisine. Whattya got?

Oct 17, 2008
qzq in New Orleans

Banh Mi in Western Burbs?

Anywhere to get a good Banh Mi in the Western burbs?

Oct 17, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

Best Margaritas?

GO TO LALO'S-don't get the premium ones, get the run-of-the-mill everyday ones, and ON THE ROCKS please, not brain-freeze world.

Aug 25, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

Charlie Trotter's

Over the years, with many dollars spent, at regular dinners and special dinners, I and my dining chums have found Charlies to be a humorless, self-important, and ultimately boring place to eat.
On top of that, Charlie himself has usually presented himself with an air of "holier-than-thou".
In other words--the place is a drag. I stopped going there a long time time ago.

Jul 16, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

Best fried chicken in Chicago

Well, there's always Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook.
Not exotic, but always dependable.
And if you order it "Naked" at Russells Barbecue in Elmwood Park,
The 1/2 Chicken Dinner tastes like the neighborhood Chicken joints that used to
be on every coupla blocks back in the 60's.

Jun 15, 2008
qzq in Chicago Area

getting my hands on a durian in the U.S.

WHERE EXACTLY DO THEY SELL FRESH DURIAN IN CHICAGO'S CHINATOWN??

Apr 13, 2008
qzq in General Topics

REAL New York Style Pizza in Chicagoland?

Drove from the far southwest burbs all the way up to Northbrook on this tip about Marisa's, to satiate my Long Island Wife. Don't bother. The pizza is fine, but no better (and no more New York) than anything you can find in just about any neighborhood in the city. So if you're going to search for NY style pie, pass this one up. Don't get me wrong, If you live in the neighborhood, give it a shot-just don't waste $3 a gallon gas and think you're going back back to Brooklyn.

Nov 29, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Real BBQ in Chicagoland

On a recent trip to Uncle Bub's, the platter was served up almost ice cold. The Chicken was chilly to the touch. They do have some tasty Q, but getting cold food is creepy and gross. We stopped going there 'cos everything started to taste like bad hotdogs--gave it another go, and we got cold food. (with the exception of my burnt ends, which were fabbo) Um--Bub's is off the twig for now.

Nov 01, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Real BBQ in Chicagoland

Baby Back Blues in Plainfield is pretty good, I must say. The place is a dump, decor-wise, but, hell I WANT my BBQ places to be funky. The ribs are tasty, as are the pork and brisket. The prices are right, and your clothes will reek of smoke after you leave (in a good way). The side dishes, especially the cole slaw are right up there. There's nothing on the menu except BBQ-it's a purist place. Those who patronize BBB are rabid about it. This is the closest thing my Wife and I have found to the Southern SONNY'S chain. (q.v.) In fact, during a recent visit to Dixie, Wife said that BBB even had the edge. They play non-commercial blues music, as you might imagine, and the place has a lazy, easy vibe. Just west of I-55 at the Rt. 30 exit. Follow your nose. You might want to consider bringing along real utensils, as the plastic sometimes doesn't cut it. There's no booze, no dress code and no foolin'...a righteous BBQ dive in the burbs.

Nov 01, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Jibarito in Aurora

Is there anyplace good to get a Jibarito sandwich in the Aurora area?

Sep 25, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Best Steak in Chicago?

Recently dined at Chicago Chop house for the first time in many years-had the 24oz Strip-it was DIVINE!--service was great, as well. The salad was fabbo.
All-in-all a top-flight feed.

Jul 29, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

For me, the wiener and still champion is the venerable HENRY's on Ogden avenue near Austin in Cicero. Being a Chicago Hotdog kinda guy, I've eaten them far and wide--NOTHING is like a Henry's-I can't explain it. Maybe because they never used relish, but insisted on a garlicky slice of Kosher Pickle--who knows? Been going there since 1959, and it's still great.

Jul 06, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

New Mexican in Lombard - Cinco de Mayo

I concur-they brought some stuff over for a business meeting (they are clients) and it was delightful. And yes, the Guacamole was SUPERB!

Jul 06, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Best Hot Dog - Locals View

Henry's Hot Dogs in Cicero-Worth the drive. It's been there for almost 60 years, and nothing has changed except the price. Get a Dog and a Polish--Culinary Nirvana!!!!

May 01, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Gordon-Biersch in Bolingbrook

Went to the preview yesterday for lunch-It was fabulous. You can smell the garlic as you approach.
I had the Feature Burger-which was a spicy thing with fresh Jalapenos, Wife had tomato-basil pizza. Both were excellent. Beers were great. I normally can't stand "California" places (like CPK) but this place had a "Chicago" feel. Fine service too. I think it opens "for real" later in the week.
And the garlic fries are worh the trip alone.

Apr 24, 2007
qzq in Chains

Whither Cafe Le Coq?

A few weeks ago there was a venomous review of my favorite Boite--has anyone who knows this place been there lately? I think it was Pat Bruno who was responsible for the screed. I am interested to hear from fellow Chowers

Mar 27, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Great dining in Kendall County

While I'm at it, I should also mention a hole-in-the-wall with great food-Granny's Pancake house on RT. 34 in Plano. This is not part of the small "Granny's" chain that dot the near western burbs. The decor is wretched-it's a converted Hardee's. But the food is top rate. Nominally a Greek coffee shop, it's open 24 hours. The Breakfast dishes are extraordinarily well-prepared. The burgers are big a great. The service is friendly and efficient. I love the Athenian Skirt Steak and eggs. The prices are very reasonable.We've all been in hundreds of joints like this all over Chicago, and they're all pretty much the same. This one is head and shoulders above the pack, even if it's not much to look at. It's not a place worth a drive out from the city, but if you're out in the collar counties, it's a great bet and worth a small detour. Even the ":throw" on the Diet Pepsis are good.

Mar 27, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Great dining in Kendall County

There's a lot of wide open space out here, and little that's good to eat, but that is changing. Wife and I ate at STONEFIRE in Yorkville last night, and it was delightful. The outside looks like it's going to be one of those dark, clubby masculine places--(which are great, don't get me wrong) but inside, it was all bright and friendly. The main dining room had a roaring fireplace, and the banquettes were comfortable to my well-upholstered behind. The service was friendly and efficient, and I was surprised to hear a special of $2.50 well cocktails. (I didn't order one, but I saw another table that did, and it wasn't a skimpy drink, I assure you).
The menu has a nice variety, but not so much variety as to raise a red flag. Comfort foods like fried chicken, pot roast and meatloaf all looked like they got a nice twist, and the 1/2 pound burger menu offered many ways to customize your sandwich. There were also a number of "southern" items that looked good.
You're given a separate appetizer menu with about ten items-My wife had the potato skins, which were very good, if a bit pricy, and I had saganaki. Stonefire uses Fontinella instead of Kelafoutiri or Kasseri, so the Saganaki is a bit sweeter and creamier. The crunchy fried bits were pure heaven, and they serve pita wedges to sop up all the leftover brandy. Fabulous!
We ordered steaks, my wife had the 10oz Filet and I had the 14oz strip. They were grilled perfectly, and had that top steakhouse flavor that normally cost a lot lot more. The plates came with garlicky veggies, toasty fried onions, and a great little stuffed chilli garnish that packed a nice heat punch. The only letdown were the potatoes-wife had he upcharge twice baked which was so-so, and I had the garlic mashers which were ordinary at best. Next time I'll go for the steak fries or a baker.
I had a glass of the $5.00 house CabSauv with my steak and it was a generous pour, and went well with the meal.
We didn't have dessert, but we saw plenty of them coming out of the kitchen. They are huge and look delicious. There was a hunk of chocolate cake the size of a small SUV that aught our eye, and a house special cheesecake tower with strawberries that is flamed tableside. There was also a huge bread pudding. The desserts are pricey, but I think they are meant to be shared. That didn't stop the 4-top next to us from each ordering (and finishing) 4 of these giant confections.
Almost forgot...
You had your choice of soup or salad-we had the salad and the homemade dressings-ranch and bleu cheese were great. Even the warm crusty bread with whipped butter was exemplary. There are also a bunch of what they call "kickers" that you can add to your entrees--steak skewers, shrimps, portabello caps and more.

This is a family-friendly place-casual enough for a leisurely meal, and spiffy enough for a date.
For those of us who live out in the sticks, Stonefire is a welcome addition, and might just even give Naperville a run for the money.

Mar 19, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Authentic Barbeque

That would be Baby Back Blues in Plainfield
23145 W. Lincoln Hwy
Plainfield 60544
815-254-6939
Wife and I chowed there last night on a mess o'ribs and pulled pork. The place's decor is either an s-hole or perfect, depending on your taste (I think it's perfect). but the food is way good. comparable to many BBQ places in the south, and surpassing BBQ eaten recently in Dallas.
Fab coleslaw, and a good throw on the fountain drinks.

Mar 15, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area

Top 3 Hot Dogs

I think Hot Doug's shouldn't be considered in this poll-That place is sui generis--It's going to trump any Chicago torpedo palace just on general principle..

That said--I'll make an odd suggestion. I Can't go to SAM'S CLUB without getting one of their giant Dogs or Polishes--even plain they hit the spot. and CHEAP!

Feb 27, 2007
qzq in Chicago Area