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  • Post #361 - May 4th, 2018, 8:16 am
    Post #361 - May 4th, 2018, 8:16 am Post #361 - May 4th, 2018, 8:16 am
    I discovered that my favorite Sushi place Fuji Grill closed abruptly with apparently no explanation. It was located in the strip mall just north of Parky's on Harlem in Forest Park. IMHO (as did many others based on reviews) they had the freshest fish, best presentation and friendliest staff of all other Sushi places in both Forest and Oak Park. We ended up at another place in Oak Park (which shall remain nameless.) that was a major disappointment and couldn't compare to Fuji Grill. Overall a very disappointing evening.
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  • Post #362 - May 4th, 2018, 10:25 am
    Post #362 - May 4th, 2018, 10:25 am Post #362 - May 4th, 2018, 10:25 am
    Saigon Pho reopens 5/10 according to sign on door.
  • Post #363 - May 4th, 2018, 10:56 am
    Post #363 - May 4th, 2018, 10:56 am Post #363 - May 4th, 2018, 10:56 am
    Marshall K wrote:I discovered that my favorite Sushi place Fuji Grill closed abruptly with apparently no explanation. It was located in the strip mall just north of Parky's on Harlem in Forest Park. IMHO (as did many others based on reviews) they had the freshest fish, best presentation and friendliest staff of all other Sushi places in both Forest and Oak Park. We ended up at another place in Oak Park (which shall remain nameless.) that was a major disappointment and couldn't compare to Fuji Grill. Overall a very disappointing evening.


    We wound up there a few months ago on a weeknight with the family. Agreed that, in the past, the fish was always quite good and the staff friendly. On this particular night, they were definitely struggling. Very short-staffed. Instead of properly busing the three active tables in the dining area they were just stacking plates, etc on a nearby empty table. One party came in and waited at the host stand for a long time and left before they were seated due to nobody even approaching them.

    Our meal was still delicious - though the special rolls were not very special, which was a change from our previous experiences there - and the one person working the room was as friendly as ever. But, it was pretty disconcerting. I'm not surprised they closed given that evening. It leaves a hole, it was our go-to for dining in; Sen Sushi is our take-out mainstay but dining there with our family during peak dinner is a challenge. I don't think any other place nearby can fill that gap.
  • Post #364 - May 4th, 2018, 9:07 pm
    Post #364 - May 4th, 2018, 9:07 pm Post #364 - May 4th, 2018, 9:07 pm
    The Michael's owner is the grumpiest guy. But the place is infinitely improved since he took over. Solid all around Chicago style beef/burger/dog joint.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #365 - May 7th, 2018, 5:11 pm
    Post #365 - May 7th, 2018, 5:11 pm Post #365 - May 7th, 2018, 5:11 pm
    Just curious...

    Penny's Noodle Shop
    1130 Chicago Ave, Oak Park

    ... has been there for a while and over the years we will stop in and give a few things a try. Not much has stood out.

    Today I took a look at their website and at the Grubhub link it will often list popular items...

    Pot stickers, egg rolls, crab rangoon... Pad Thai...

    Not very adventurous.

    Is there something I am missing? I want to make sure I am not just dismissing it out of hand.

    Change my mind. :)
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #366 - May 7th, 2018, 6:17 pm
    Post #366 - May 7th, 2018, 6:17 pm Post #366 - May 7th, 2018, 6:17 pm
    You could / can do worse than Penny's. I actively like the goofily-named Thai Ravioli bowl - they make the cha siu and the shrimp dumplings for it in house. Note that this dish is a mess when ordered to-go / delivery: dine-in only, please.

    Other acceptable items include the Vietnamese spring rolls (not the Thai spring rolls) with their house mustard sauce (especially while Saigon Pho is closed, but when/if it reopens, go back to Lake Street), the spicy basil noodles with minced (specify minced) chicken or pork, and the Thai fried rice platter with basil and a runny fried egg requested atop. I try the Thai beef salad every other year and it never quite hits the spot. YMMV.
  • Post #367 - May 9th, 2018, 9:21 pm
    Post #367 - May 9th, 2018, 9:21 pm Post #367 - May 9th, 2018, 9:21 pm
    Mexican food along Roosevelt

    First the bad news...

    The stalwart...
    Inos
    7100 W Roosevelt Rd, Oak Park
    ... has a For Sale sign in the window. Still open for business.

    I have been a fan ever since they were located just on the other side of Harlem and Carm’s Beef occupied their current spot.

    Several unique items, double burritos, all beef burritos and their special Steak and Mushroom burrito.

    Most of their menu was prepared well to this standard.

    Don’t know what the story is about the sale.
    ——————————
    BRASAS
    6011 W Roosevelt Rd, Cicero

    I had stopped in here a few months ago inquiring about the Pancake House they are planning to open a little to the west (still not open).

    Tiny place (4 tables, 10 chairs) was packed!

    My Bride had a meeting to attend and I was on my own so I stopped in.

    Tuesday night at 9 pm? Packed again and this time mostly carry out.

    Looking over the menu, most of the items appeared fairly standard. A nice variety of traditional meats, breakfast, several different hamburgers including...

    C188C093-8F8C-4F46-83F2-17FB4762EE24.jpeg Tex Mex Burger
    Burger, chorizo, pico de gallo, avocado. Toasted bun, condiments including mayo (or more likely, crema).

    The chorizo crusted burger had a different mouth feel from a standard burger and all the toppings mixed together into a mash. Not dripping down the chin juicy but messy.

    Pretty good compared to others I’ve had. Thin fries might compare to McDonald’s.

    E4D999C2-7554-4AA1-A8C0-1399292B51AE.jpeg Mexican Hotdog
    Deep fried dog (big! Maybe 1/4 lb?) wrapped in the requisite bacon.

    Usual mishmash on top and must of been a jalapeño relish that packed a good bit of heat! Toasted bun again.

    I chose these two items because they were somewhat unique but certainly these are not the items drawing the crowds. Further exploration of the menu might determine that.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #368 - May 16th, 2018, 10:01 pm
    Post #368 - May 16th, 2018, 10:01 pm Post #368 - May 16th, 2018, 10:01 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Opening in the Harrison Arts District by October 31st?

    District Kitchen and Tap
    (from the people who brought you Scratch Kitchen)
    In the same row of store fronts that also houses Happy Apple Pie Shop (226 Harrison St).

    http://mobile.oakpark.com/News/Articles ... -Harrison/

    They better get going to meet that date. :)

    Read they had promised to be open by the Blooming event on Saturday and driving by this afternoon they were packed.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #369 - May 17th, 2018, 10:56 am
    Post #369 - May 17th, 2018, 10:56 am Post #369 - May 17th, 2018, 10:56 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Read they had promised to be open by the Blooming event on Saturday and driving by this afternoon they were packed.


    I think they were doing Friends and Family yesterday, with the intention of being open to the public today. Pretty exciting to see the first new restaurant to open on Harrison (save the pie shop) since I moved west. I feel a touch of sympathy for Trattoria 225 across the street (pizza and pasta never great, but it was *there,* and they could make a martini), which has a sexy new wood-fired competitor in DKT.
  • Post #370 - May 17th, 2018, 6:54 pm
    Post #370 - May 17th, 2018, 6:54 pm Post #370 - May 17th, 2018, 6:54 pm
    After dkt's shiny new fanfare dies down, if anyone wants to go have a beer and a "one of each" pizza trial in a few months...OPBOYZ?

    I'm guessing it'll be packed for a while.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #371 - May 17th, 2018, 8:40 pm
    Post #371 - May 17th, 2018, 8:40 pm Post #371 - May 17th, 2018, 8:40 pm
    seebee wrote:After dkt's shiny new fanfare dies down, if anyone wants to go have a beer and a "one of each" pizza trial in a few months...OPBOYZ?

    I'm guessing it'll be packed for a while.

    I’m in. I always wait a month for them to iron out the kinks.

    The burgers and Mac-n-cheese have always been pretty good.

    We’re going tomorrow for a date night drink.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #372 - May 21st, 2018, 12:27 pm
    Post #372 - May 21st, 2018, 12:27 pm Post #372 - May 21st, 2018, 12:27 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    seebee wrote:After dkt's shiny new fanfare dies down, if anyone wants to go have a beer and a "one of each" pizza trial in a few months...OPBOYZ?

    I'm guessing it'll be packed for a while.

    I’m in. I always wait a month for them to iron out the kinks.

    The burgers and Mac-n-cheese have always been pretty good.

    We’re going tomorrow for a date night drink.

    We did stop by last Friday.

    There are two main seating areas, one with the small bar (6 seat) and another with the stage. Both areas had both high and low tables.

    Simple menu, pizza, wings, nachos, sliders, and salads.

    Might of had burgers and Mac-n-cheese and I would be surprised if they didn’t.

    https://www.scratchfp.com/locations/dis ... -oak-park/

    Apparently they were just coming off of a rush as several tables were being cleared, buffed and after 15 minutes without service we decided to head to Obsessed Kitchen for our date night drink.

    Obsessed Kitchen and Bar
    800 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park

    I’ll give them a few more months...
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #373 - May 23rd, 2018, 12:11 pm
    Post #373 - May 23rd, 2018, 12:11 pm Post #373 - May 23rd, 2018, 12:11 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Mexican food along Roosevelt

    First the bad news...

    The stalwart...
    Inos
    7100 W Roosevelt Rd, Oak Park
    ... has a For Sale sign in the window. Still open for business.

    I have been a fan ever since they were located just on the other side of Harlem and Carm’s Beef occupied their current spot.

    Several unique items, double burritos, all beef burritos and their special Steak and Mushroom burrito.

    Most of their menu was prepared well to this standard.

    Don’t know what the story is about the sale.
    ——————————

    I managed to drop by for one of my favorite...

    954EB127-5B28-465C-9BF1-D8B61FE253F8.jpeg Steak and Mushroom Burrito

    ... and it was as good as ever.

    I always thought of it as Mexican with a French flair. :)

    Talking to the employees it seem that the restaurant is just looking to get out of Oak Park and not to close. Trying to find a new spot in Berwyn/Cicero. For Sale sign has been up since early in the year.

    While waiting for my order I noticed (and asked) that they are making their tacos from a whole (not chopped) piece of skirt steak (ala: Mr Taco) and avoiding the dreaded ‘Bucket ‘o Grease’ and cooked to order. Going back to give one of these a try.

    Mr Taco
    5960 Ogden Ave, Cicero
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #374 - June 2nd, 2018, 10:59 pm
    Post #374 - June 2nd, 2018, 10:59 pm Post #374 - June 2nd, 2018, 10:59 pm
    Friday @ 9:30 PM My Bride and I decided to try one of the newer spots for date night dinner after a movie at The Lake.

    Altiro - As we were spying from across the street they turned off the lights... Wha? Checked Google and they were supposed to be open until 11:00?

    Amerikas - Once again spying from across the street, candles being removed from the tables, then a moment later, chairs up. Well at least they were supposed to close at 10.

    We have had a few meals at Citrine and Rustico but wanted something new. I had been to Two Brothers only once (open 'til midnight) without My Bride so...

    So, so...

    Mixed drinks were good!

    Friday night?
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #375 - June 4th, 2018, 4:27 pm
    Post #375 - June 4th, 2018, 4:27 pm Post #375 - June 4th, 2018, 4:27 pm
    teatpuller wrote:The Michael's owner is the grumpiest guy.


    So true. I thought it was just me, but that guy was sullen at best.
    “Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”
  • Post #376 - June 4th, 2018, 6:12 pm
    Post #376 - June 4th, 2018, 6:12 pm Post #376 - June 4th, 2018, 6:12 pm
    David Hammond wrote:
    teatpuller wrote:The Michael's owner is the grumpiest guy.


    So true. I thought it was just me, but that guy was sullen at best.

    Shit - stop by the Onion Roll sometime.
  • Post #377 - June 4th, 2018, 8:13 pm
    Post #377 - June 4th, 2018, 8:13 pm Post #377 - June 4th, 2018, 8:13 pm
    Hi,

    I need to have a small work dinner next Wednesday and Heritage is doing a wine event which doesn’t really work. Other options in the area? How’s Autre Monde these days? Would Amerika’s work?

    Thanks!
  • Post #378 - June 5th, 2018, 12:15 am
    Post #378 - June 5th, 2018, 12:15 am Post #378 - June 5th, 2018, 12:15 am
    zoid wrote:
    David Hammond wrote:
    teatpuller wrote:The Michael's owner is the grumpiest guy.


    So true. I thought it was just me, but that guy was sullen at best.

    Shit - stop by the Onion Roll sometime.


    That's especially because my great-uncle died this year, who had been their paying breakfast customer M-Sa from day one 50 years ago until the week he passed (at 98). His Sunday haunt: Denny's, with even more sullen WWII vets.
  • Post #379 - June 5th, 2018, 5:43 pm
    Post #379 - June 5th, 2018, 5:43 pm Post #379 - June 5th, 2018, 5:43 pm
    I don't care if the guy is sullen, he runs a pretty decent hot dog stand.

    Any way if I were to host a work event, I'd consider Citrine. Not amazing but I've been a bunch of times and they run a professional place. No disasters for the most part. Except when they put sun dried tomatoes on my father in laws wedge salad.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #380 - June 5th, 2018, 8:16 pm
    Post #380 - June 5th, 2018, 8:16 pm Post #380 - June 5th, 2018, 8:16 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Meanwhile in the old Felony Franks location...

    6427 W North Ave

    E8F84297-5D9A-446D-B1DB-C7091CEF0983.jpeg

    Surfs Up Fried Lobster, Fish, Shrimp, Wings
    http://surfsuprestaurant.com/index.html

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/o ... story.html

    For a while they had designs to move into a storefront on Madison just east of KFC but that never materialized.

    Open
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #381 - June 14th, 2018, 11:50 am
    Post #381 - June 14th, 2018, 11:50 am Post #381 - June 14th, 2018, 11:50 am
    FYI, I did end up at Amerika's for work last night and thought it was quite good. Two of us share 3 plates, which was plenty. They added a free amuse soup, creamy carrot and serrano. The octopus was well cooked, although the dish was heavy on the potatoes to make it substantial. Barramundi had a nice crisp skin. Skirt steak was perfectly cooked but a bit messy to eat under a bed of shoestring potatoes. Flavors were bold and interesting, although some might suggest things were consistently a bit salty. Beer and wine offerings were decent, perhaps slightly off the beaten path. Service was good and outdoor seating on Lake was a bonus on a nice night. Plates ran around $20 which seemed fair for the size.

    I'd gladly go back, and I am sure I will, but I don't know what niche this place fills in my world. It isn't necessarily a destination place I'll get a sitter for, but probably slightly too fancy / pricey to be an everyday kind of spot. The flavors are bold, so it won't suit everyone and isn't probably a family choice. So, great spot, and Oak Park is lucky to have it, I just need to figure out how to use it.

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