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  • Post #421 - September 20th, 2018, 7:30 pm
    Post #421 - September 20th, 2018, 7:30 pm Post #421 - September 20th, 2018, 7:30 pm
    ndgbucktown wrote:According to a sign in THEIR window, Two Brothers Social Tap has closed, which in my mind formalizes the former Marion Street (Cheese) Market space as an official LTH Location of the Damned where sustainable restaurants can never be. The sign cites "recent changes related to state regulation of licensing for Craft Brewers and Brewpubs" (sic) as the cause, but to all appearances, they were far from thriving. A couple of intensely blah experiences when they opened gave me no reason to return.

    Some background on the cited legislation here.

    https://www.oakparkeats.com/food-news/t ... -oak-park/

    It’s getting hard to keep track nowadays!
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #422 - September 20th, 2018, 7:54 pm
    Post #422 - September 20th, 2018, 7:54 pm Post #422 - September 20th, 2018, 7:54 pm
    By the end of the year

    One Lake Brewing
    Lake and Austin

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/o ... story.html
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #423 - September 30th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    Post #423 - September 30th, 2018, 4:35 pm Post #423 - September 30th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    Annexing Maywood. :)

    Happened to be driving down 5th and noticed...

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    Versatile Soul Food Cafe
    9 N 5th Ave, Maywood (ignore the google listing of 906).

    Egg rolls, Lasagna, Tacos and Tamales, Jerk Chicken and Tacos and last but not the least Soul Food.

    Certainly Versatile!

    Gonna have to drop in a give it a try. I have fond memories of a Cajun place that used to be in the same block.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #424 - September 30th, 2018, 5:01 pm
    Post #424 - September 30th, 2018, 5:01 pm Post #424 - September 30th, 2018, 5:01 pm
    Annexing Forest Park. :)

    Driving down Madison and noticed...

    Thai Time Restaurant
    7634 Madison St, Forest Park

    I thought I never saw it before and a little research revealed it used to be Chang Thai. I believe I even ate a meal there once.

    Anyone got any intel? I know any Thai place on Madison is eclipsed by the nearby Yum.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #425 - October 1st, 2018, 9:32 am
    Post #425 - October 1st, 2018, 9:32 am Post #425 - October 1st, 2018, 9:32 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Annexing Forest Park. :)

    Driving down Madison and noticed...

    Thai Time Restaurant
    7634 Madison St, Forest Park

    I thought I never saw it before and a little research revealed it used to be Chang Thai. I believe I even ate a meal there once.

    Anyone got any intel? I know any Thai place on Madison is eclipsed by the nearby Yum.


    Any place eclipsed by Yum Thai's got to be really awful :twisted:
    Think Yiddish, Dress British - Advice of Evil Ronnie to me.
  • Post #426 - October 1st, 2018, 5:06 pm
    Post #426 - October 1st, 2018, 5:06 pm Post #426 - October 1st, 2018, 5:06 pm
    Vital Information wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Annexing Forest Park. :)

    Driving down Madison and noticed...

    Thai Time Restaurant
    7634 Madison St, Forest Park

    I thought I never saw it before and a little research revealed it used to be Chang Thai. I believe I even ate a meal there once.

    Anyone got any intel? I know any Thai place on Madison is eclipsed by the nearby Yum.


    Any place eclipsed by Yum Thai's got to be really awful :twisted:

    I tried pretty hard doing a cell phone search and Yum was the only place to come up .

    I think Yum was also featured in an Oak Park Boy’s outing?

    What is your favorite area Thai?
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #427 - October 8th, 2018, 6:38 am
    Post #427 - October 8th, 2018, 6:38 am Post #427 - October 8th, 2018, 6:38 am
    bobbywal wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    MORA Asian Fusion
    210 Harrison St, Oak Park

    Soft opening weeks ago, #openingsoon hashtag in every post showing delicious food.

    I finally had to tell them to stop teasing and just open. They replied...
    Maybe another month.
    ???

    Shit or get off the pot!


    Was driving back from Pilsen late yesterday evening and it looked like some action happening at Mora. A few people sitting around the bar. Some employees dressed in uniform. Maybe still working out kinks? Either way the placed looked open, but on reflection could've been just ironing out aspects of operation. It is a great-looking spot though.

    Mora Asian Kitchen has opened its third location, following restaurants in Bolingbrook and Plainfield. The Pan Asian restaurant features Korean, Chinese, and sushi. 201 Harrison Street, Oak Park.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/9/28/179 ... -fall-2018
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #428 - October 12th, 2018, 11:10 am
    Post #428 - October 12th, 2018, 11:10 am Post #428 - October 12th, 2018, 11:10 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    MORA Asian Fusion
    210 Harrison St, Oak Park

    Soft opening weeks ago, #openingsoon hashtag in every post showing delicious food.

    Anyone been yet? Thinking about visiting tonight.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #429 - October 12th, 2018, 11:21 am
    Post #429 - October 12th, 2018, 11:21 am Post #429 - October 12th, 2018, 11:21 am
    I have been there. I thought the wings (spicy) were great. Also, had some sushi rolls which were good. The green bean could have been amazing if they were not under cooked. The pork belly was over cooked and dry. Over all a mixed experience but sometimes it takes a while for everything to click. Overall, I'd say get the wings.
  • Post #430 - October 16th, 2018, 6:31 pm
    Post #430 - October 16th, 2018, 6:31 pm Post #430 - October 16th, 2018, 6:31 pm
    dradeli wrote:I have been there. I thought the wings (spicy) were great. Also, had some sushi rolls which were good. The green bean could have been amazing if they were not under cooked. The pork belly was over cooked and dry. Over all a mixed experience but sometimes it takes a while for everything to click. Overall, I'd say get the wings.


    You're not selling me here, pal.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #431 - October 17th, 2018, 10:26 am
    Post #431 - October 17th, 2018, 10:26 am Post #431 - October 17th, 2018, 10:26 am
    teatpuller wrote:
    dradeli wrote:I have been there. I thought the wings (spicy) were great. Also, had some sushi rolls which were good. The green bean could have been amazing if they were not under cooked. The pork belly was over cooked and dry. Over all a mixed experience but sometimes it takes a while for everything to click. Overall, I'd say get the wings.


    You're not selling me here, pal.

    Some good news here...

    viewtopic.php?f=14&t=44651
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #432 - October 27th, 2018, 8:55 am
    Post #432 - October 27th, 2018, 8:55 am Post #432 - October 27th, 2018, 8:55 am
    Well, it's hardly Citrine or anything evolving, but it is Oak Park . It's the new Oak Park Market on North where other Oak Park markets have been. I think you should try.

    Let me digress first. When Pete's opened, I was nonplussed. Yet over time, I've grown to love the place. The produce prices/selections are about on par with Caputo's (and thus way superior to Jewel); the deli is very good and the hot bar, well, swoon. That's all to say that the new Oak Park is no Pete's.

    But man are they trying. It's a small footprint store, so they only got so much to work with. Still, if you read the input that was about the store on a local Facebook page, you would know they are trying damn hard to cram as much into that tiny place. And meet some near impossible demands.* Someone said vegan, and they got that; organic, and they're trying for a bit of that; there's remnants of both the soul and hispanic sides to what was once there; it's a glorious mish-mash. From a few discussions with Angelo, the owner, I also know the approach now is to throw it all out there and see what sticks.

    Like I say, it's no Pete's, but I'm giving them an A for effort. I want them to succeed. I'd like for you to try.

    here's their facebook page, they're pretty active on it: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category ... 549414855/

    6209 North Ave
    Oak Park
    (708) 613-4223

    *The wish list was damn hilarious, it was like, "I want it to be grass-fed, from local farmers, but gender inclusive, with prices affordable for the Austin area, ok?"
    Think Yiddish, Dress British - Advice of Evil Ronnie to me.
  • Post #433 - October 30th, 2018, 3:54 pm
    Post #433 - October 30th, 2018, 3:54 pm Post #433 - October 30th, 2018, 3:54 pm
    I believe you linked to the wrong Oak Park Market Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/OakParkMarket/

    I went once and am not a fan. They didn't have half of what I was looking for. No ground turkey, no half gallons of skim milk - there was a different milk in its space, and no-go for my typical cereal, as they had maybe a dozen varieties total.

    Maybe I'm asking for too much, but since Pete's is the same distance from me, I don't feel any need to return.
  • Post #434 - October 31st, 2018, 11:04 pm
    Post #434 - October 31st, 2018, 11:04 pm Post #434 - October 31st, 2018, 11:04 pm
    As is our tradition, actually two traditions...

    1) Sitting on the front porch for the full 4 hours on Halloween passing out candy...

    2) Heading out afterwards for a hot bowl of soup to chase the chill away. :)

    Our destination this evening was...

    Saigon Pho & Cafe
    726 Lake St, Oak ParK

    ... and they have been getting better with every visit.

    The featured soup of the evening was...

    Fried Chicken Egg Noodle Soup
    Egg noodles in chicken broth with selection of fried chicken, baby bok choy, green onion, chives, napa and cilantro.


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    Who would of thunk it. Fried chicken, soup? I even asked the friendly busboy how do people do the chicken? Eat it separately, chunk it off the bone and into the soup?

    He said people do it both ways.

    So I sat there, chunking it off the bone, cutting up the large vegetables in the soup, tearing apart the basil leaves, chopping the jalapeños...

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    There was actually so much noodles and vegetables in the bowl I had to eat some before adding the extras.

    What a great bowl of soup! The bits of fried chicken, skin and grease added a savoriness that isn’t the norm but worked great.

    My Bride, The rebel that she is, opted for a chicken Bánh mì which she proclaimed the best she’s had yet.

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    Both with the soup and sandwich the freshness of the vegetables pushed it over the top.

    We had started with the vegetable spring rolls and our favorite ginger tea.

    Everything was great!
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #435 - November 7th, 2018, 4:34 pm
    Post #435 - November 7th, 2018, 4:34 pm Post #435 - November 7th, 2018, 4:34 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Some more annexing and probably another nothing (especially since she opened a gaming parlor just to the west...

    "Opening Soon!" "Now hiring!" Looks ready to go.

    Rachel's Cafe and Deli
    7001 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn

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    Maybe we will be surprised!

    Driving by today I noticed the cases (deli and beverage) were filled.

    Is the opening imminent?

    Saw lights and tv’s on and knocked on the door.

    Couple of days the gent said...


    Earlier this afternoon I was about to walk in to Culver's across the street for a fish sandwich. This place caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. I had a 6" Italian sub. Decent ingredients served on D'amato's bread. Light on the dressing as requested. I was the only customer in the place. They had nice looking bakery style pizza ready to be reheated. I'll stop back when I'm in the area.
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #436 - Yesterday, 2:41 pm
    Post #436 - Yesterday, 2:41 pm Post #436 - Yesterday, 2:41 pm
    7441 W Madison St
    Unit 2, Forest Park

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    Not too soon...
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon

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