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need recs for downtown...but willing to take public trans

Will be staying downtown (CNN Center). Need some relatively cheap (<$20) but can't miss options. Fried chicken, grits, traditional Southern food preferred. Even snack food suggestions are welcome. (I'm from Chicago. We have Garrett's popcorn.) Not gonna do boiled peanuts, though. Would prefer to keep it within walking distance (2 mi) but am willing to take public transportation.

Aug 18, 2010
u.of.c. eddie in Atlanta

STL pizza delivery around convention center

I'm attending a conference at the convention center downtown and wondering if there are any places around that area which will deliver a quality version of St. Louis style pizza to my hotel. Won't be able to get out to a restaurant.

Also, aren't the Midwest rivers cities known for their chili bars? Where can I find one?

Thanks.

Asian/seafood in Vancouver

I'll be in Vancouver and am looking for some not-too-expensive spots ($15-$25 USD) for seafood and asian dining. Will be staying at the the Sheraton Wall Centre so I'd prefer places in the vicinity, although I am not averse to taking public transportation. Please, no national chains, although chains found only in the Pacific northwest may be of interest.

Deep Dish Debate

What's the deal with Burt's Place? Is there a link between Burt's and the other more talked about deep dish places? In other words, does the owner have any association with Uno's, Lou's, or Giordano's?

Mar 06, 2009
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Seafood in Tampa

WAIT A MINUTE! Just found out my boss doesn't like seafood very much. So...anyone know of a New American place that isn't stodgy and with the same criteria? Thanks so much.

Oct 27, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Florida

Seafood in Tampa

I'll be in Tampa for a conference later this week. Looking for moderately priced seafood ($15-$45 pp). Don't need any exotic preparation (i.e. Asian fusion) but I want some interesting menu items. New American cuisine would work fine. Prefer spot close to convention center.

Oct 27, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Florida

Best fries in Chicago

Any place in the Chicagoland area certainly counts (i.e. Weiner & Still Champ in EV). Thanks for the rec, ngtybtnice.

May 06, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

White Sox friendly and great food?

I would suggest going to the Taste and taking the el to the park. Don't know when presale tickets go on sale at Dominicks.

If you feel like the Taste would be a little much, I would suggest Ricobene's (who'll probably have a Taste booth anyways) at 252 W. 26th St. (http://www.ricobenesfamoussteaks.com/). It's not an overtly Sox place but many locals go there and the breaded steak sandwiches are always a hit with me.

May 06, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Best fries in Chicago

Which places have your favorite french fries/pommes frites/chips in Chicago? I'm looking to explore a little. I greatly enjoy the ones at Weiner & Still Champion in Evanston and Hopleaf in Andersonville. Gage had some nice fries too. They all do a good job of generating that soft, puffy, full interior with a coating of crispness on the outside (due to the double-frying method that I am biased toward). But I've also loved the limp fries at Al's because you can taste the sweetness of the potato.

Any thoughts?

May 06, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

If you could have JUST ONE DINNER...

Hi nsxtasy,

You said there are nine top restaurants in Chicago but you only mention four. Which are the other five in your opinion?

May 02, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

frozen mail order chicago style pizzas

In addition to what nsxtasy said, the crust may taste more "yeasty" since the yeast has most likely had a longer time to develop. One should also consider the pan that the restaurant used for baking is very well "seasoned" and we don't know what kind of oil the restaurants use to grease their pans, although I'm sure there can't be too many different oils available to an operation that size.

Mar 27, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Deep Dish Debate

Lou's---crust. What's interesting is that my wife and I find that, on average, the pizzas produced at the take-out locations are better made than the ones at the sit-down restaurants.

Mar 15, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Chicken Fried Steak?

Is there any place in Chicagoland where I can find chicken fried steak other than Dixie Kitchen, Chili's, and Texas Roadhhouse? What are some BBQ joints that offer it?

Mar 09, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Coming to New Orleans for the first time

I'll be in New Orleans next weekend for a conference. What are the best new places in town. I already plan on going to Cochon. Any other places I should check out?

Mar 05, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in New Orleans

my friend needs help in Ukranian Village

My friend is tying to get back together with his old girlfriend. Does anyone know of any nice (quiet/cozy/romantic/unique) spots in Ukranian Village and the immediate area?

Feb 25, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

suggestions for indianapolis

My boss is going to Indy next week and she asked me for suggestions.
She'll be staying by the airport but will have access to a rental car.

Anyone? Anyone?

Skokie Thin Crust Pizza

Trattoria DOC in Evanston on Main if you would like to try Neapolitan pizzas. However, they probably don't deliver and, besides, the character of the pizza changes (not for the good) if it's not eaten right out of the oven.

Otherwise, Giorgio's might deliver. It's located in downtown EV by Bennison's.

Jan 03, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Pomegranate - Evanston

My office is ordering out lunch from there tomorrow. Anyone been to this place? I think it's new, on Orrington.

Jan 03, 2008
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Korean Fried Chicken

Just went there over the weekend. Not bad but I do agree with NYT that there was too much sauce. Next time, I will get the sauce on the side (I don't mind paying for it.) The real problem was the quality of the cuts of chicken, a lot of small broken up bones. I was picking small bones out of my mouth for a third of the time I was eating. Very annoying. I am willing, though, to give it another try. I like the interior. It's a nice change from what you see at a lot of American joints, but it's a little tough squeezing into those small booths. Otherwise, the chicken is, in fact, dissimilar to Great Seas (haven't been to Hourglass yet). There is a light batter coating and it takes about fifteen minutes to prepare. Therefore, it's nice to see that they are taking their time in preparing the chicken. However, the sauces and condiments that come on the side are obviously mass produced in a factory. Not my favorite. There is a pickled hicama with a chemical-like finish and a shredded cabbage with a mayo-based spicy red pepper dressing drizzled on.

Lastly, I spoke with some Korean friends regarding the name of the chain. It has something to do with Mother-In-Law's home/comfort. Apparently, in Korean culture, the mother-in-law is viewed as a generous and nurturing figure (fellow 'hounders may need to comment on this to help me out).

I would recommend this place if you would like to try something different. Just get the chicken on its own. Oh yeah, I didn't try the pizza. The place is located behind the Panera.

Dec 03, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Best croissant from Chicago bakery

Unfortunately, the quality of the bakery items has slightly decreased.

Nov 29, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

avec with baby?

We repeat. NO.

Nov 26, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Indian food in the NW burbs?

Also, Milan Chat on Golf just west of Higgins. Longer than expected wait but a pretty solid takeout option.

Nov 26, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Indian food in the NW burbs?

Indian Garden has a location on SE corner of Plum Grove and Schaumburg Rds. Under new management. Seemed to have moderately better service from previous owners.

Nov 26, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Good baguette

Mmm... All this talk of baguettes is making me hungry. I should check these places out. Has anyone, by any chance, been to BreadBar in LA?

Oct 18, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Lakeside Cafe on Howard

Has anyone been to the Lakeside Cafe on Howard? How does it compare to Blind Faith?

Oct 15, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Speaking of Brunch, North Pond, et al . . .

My wife and I are planning to go to Green City Market. We are wondering if she'll sign something other than books. We have some framed prints from her book that would look good with her sig.

Oct 04, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Evanston, IL - Great Mexican

Just went to TDL the other day. Fair but not the style I was looking for. I think char-grilled skirt steak burritos fall into two categories, ones with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and then the cheese-onion-cilantro variety. I prefer the latter.

The burrito at TDL is very similar to the one found at Tacos el Norte, a chain of low price dine-in Mexican joints spread around the burbs. The steak is grilled (char marks are present), a little tough, and leaner than the steak at places like Las Asadas and La Pasadita. Also, they are served cut in half and this allows the liquid from the lettuce and tomatoes to escape onto the plate.

If you like the less greasy TDL burrito, this place isn't bad. But they need to work on the green and red salsas served with the chips. I didn't get much flavor from the tomatoes and tomatillos. In fact, the salsas' pale colors suggest to me that they spent too much time in the food processor.

Oct 04, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

good burrito around EV

Looking for a good char-grilled-skirt-steak burrito around Evanston in the tradition of La Pasadita (Chicago) and Las Asadas (Des Plaines).

Suggestions?

Oct 01, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Arlington Heights Road Chow

Hmm... Very interesting. My wife and I tried to go there the other week and it was closed for remodeling.

Do you know how long the couple had it? Too bad, the bakery did some respectable bread.

Sep 23, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area

Wolfgang Puck's A-Go-Go-Gone

Splendid news to hear Puck's is gone. My wife and I never got a warm feeling in there. Among the chains, I would put CPK (but they need to abandon their interior bumble-bee meets oak color scheme). The place I would die for is Le Pain Quotidien. That would really add something to the fresh lunch scene in downtown EV.

http://www.lepainquotidien.com/

Sep 21, 2007
u.of.c. eddie in Chicago Area