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  • Post #61 - November 6th, 2018, 9:19 pm
    Post #61 - November 6th, 2018, 9:19 pm Post #61 - November 6th, 2018, 9:19 pm
    So, last night was our seventh anniversary, and we decided to do Thirsty Pig, since that space has meaning to us. You know what? It far exceeded my expectations. I had the sliced brisket (flat), and the only complaint I had about it was that it perhaps a little bit less toothsome than I like it, but, man, it hit all the right notes: no stringiness, no dryness, fat was properly rendered, good rub, nice smoke ring, clean smoke flavor, not over-smoked, juicy through-and-through. I even forgot there were sauces on the table. I mean, I was really surprised at how good this brisket was. With a little more chew, I would have put it on Smoque level. Not at all what I was expecting, and I wonder if anyone else had a similar experience.

    Otherwise, wife had pulled chicken, which was executed well, but it's pulled chicken so nothing I could really judge on. My cornbread was delicious. Fried pickle appetizer was great. Didn't get into rib tips, burnt ends or anything like that. But I was damned impressed with the brisket.
  • Post #62 - January 25th, 2019, 12:28 am
    Post #62 - January 25th, 2019, 12:28 am Post #62 - January 25th, 2019, 12:28 am
    Sweet Willie wrote: The fried bread hill w/cheese was the big downer for our group of 8 last night, bread was so overfried that it was very hard, greasy & tasteless. I can imagine that if the bread is fried just so it is crispy on the very edges but chewy, this would be a terrific dish as the cheese/garlic sauce was quite good. But as mentioned, big disappointment last night.
    Great service, which isn't always easy to find at some Eastern European places I've been to.
    The other starter was the veal dumplings w/sour cream bacon sauce. Quite tasty and a deal as there were probably 20 in an order.
    While the beef tongue in cream sauce looked quite good, I opted for the Lithuanian Combo Plate: slice of Kugelis, zepplin, potato sausage, Lithuanian sausage, sauerkraut.
    Dinner also included a cup of soup, I chose the warm beet soup which was terrific.
    Highlight for me was the potato sausage and Kugelis. Zepplin was far too much dumpling that had very little flavor, ground meat stuffing was good. Lithuanian sausage was bland.
    Nice to have Lithuanian beer on tap.
    I'll for sure be back, just will stay clear of the bread hill.
    It was sold and relocated?
    I was one of the other diners at this event. I guess I should share the images of that night. For a few of them, my Canon SX600 HS did not want to focus :( , and I was not going to slow the dining by asking for a second shot. Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image
    This could also serve as a reminder that Lithuanian Independence Day [one of them] is approaching on 16 February. :)
    The links you can use, without the fluff, or sales pitch: http://208.84.112.25/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #63 - January 25th, 2019, 11:26 am
    Post #63 - January 25th, 2019, 11:26 am Post #63 - January 25th, 2019, 11:26 am
    pudgym29 wrote:It was sold and relocated?
    Same owners, new concept.

    They are working on a new location out west.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #64 - March 12th, 2019, 8:22 pm
    Post #64 - March 12th, 2019, 8:22 pm Post #64 - March 12th, 2019, 8:22 pm
    The new location is now open...

    Grand Dukes
    980 75th St, Downers Grove

    The old location, now a BBQ place, still has the same owners

    Thirsty Pig BBQ
    6312 S Harlem Ave, Summit
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #65 - March 13th, 2019, 5:40 am
    Post #65 - March 13th, 2019, 5:40 am Post #65 - March 13th, 2019, 5:40 am
    Binko wrote:Didn't get into rib tips, burnt ends or anything like that. But I was damned impressed with the brisket.


    Unfortunately, my second, recent, visit (at Thirsty Pig) didn't go anywhere near as well, so they're just batting one for two. I'll give it a couple more shots to see if they can recreate what I had there the first time.

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