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  • Post #31 - September 19th, 2017, 7:50 am
    Post #31 - September 19th, 2017, 7:50 am Post #31 - September 19th, 2017, 7:50 am
    My turn! The spots I eat at regularly tend to be for one specific thing. And more times than not somewhat close to me.

    La Chaparrita (tacos - suadero, tripe, longaniza)
    Redhot Ranch (hot dog and burger)
    Johnnie's Beef (combo)
    Falafel & Grill (chicken shawarma platter)
    Mi Tocaya (tacos)
    Arepa George (empanadas)
    Bento Box (pork belly Singapore noodles)
    Taqueria La Zacatecana (steak tacos)
    New China Station (dry chile fish filet)
    Mr. D's (shish kebab sandwich)
  • Post #32 - September 19th, 2017, 8:24 am
    Post #32 - September 19th, 2017, 8:24 am Post #32 - September 19th, 2017, 8:24 am
    Monica's (Mexican at Palatine & Milwaukee in Prospect Heights)
    Mi Restaurante (Mexican at Wolf & Kensington, Mt Prospect, the second-closest restaurant to my house, and has carne en su jugo and quesadillas hecho a mano)
    Salerno's (same center as previous, has outdoor eating we can take the dog to)
    Naf Naf (Randhurst)
    Rand Red Hots (Rand Rd in Des Plaines)
    Giacomo's (Wolf & Central in Des Plaines - not so regular, but we know the owners)

    Those are about the only places where I'd be recognized when I go in.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #33 - September 19th, 2017, 8:36 am
    Post #33 - September 19th, 2017, 8:36 am Post #33 - September 19th, 2017, 8:36 am
    Da Beef wrote:My turn! The spots I eat at regularly tend to be for one specific thing. And more times than not somewhat close to me.

    La Chaparrita (tacos - suadero, tripe, longaniza)
    Redhot Ranch (hot dog and burger)
    Johnnie's Beef (combo)
    Falafel & Grill (chicken shawarma platter)
    Mi Tocaya (tacos)
    Arepa George (empanadas)
    Bento Box (pork belly Singapore noodles)
    Taqueria La Zacatecana (steak tacos)
    New China Station (dry chile fish filet)
    Mr. D's (shish kebab sandwich)


    Good to see Taqueria La Zacatecana on your list. Big fan of this place and was definitely on my go to list when I lived nearby. Still try and stop in when I can
  • Post #34 - September 19th, 2017, 9:08 am
    Post #34 - September 19th, 2017, 9:08 am Post #34 - September 19th, 2017, 9:08 am
    Pho XE Lua 1021 W. Argyle - We started going there before two owners split up and one of them started Tank Noodle.

    Tank Noodle - Argyle & Broadway. My kids grew up with their pho and boba tea.

    Sun Wah - many years and many ducks for me. Inspectors and sanitation instructors hate them, but they will always have my unconditional love and tips.

    El Famous Burrito - Clark Chicago and Park City/Waukegan locations.
  • Post #35 - September 19th, 2017, 9:21 am
    Post #35 - September 19th, 2017, 9:21 am Post #35 - September 19th, 2017, 9:21 am
    Cross Rhodes
    L. Woods
    Smak Tak
    Sun Wah
    D'Candela
    Anteprima

    Elephant Thai (hoping they reopen soon)
    Skokie LSC (until they started downhill)

    Take-out:
    Mr. Falafel (although I'm still mad they replaced good rice with lousy fries)
    Khan's BBQ
    ATK-Edgewater
    Evanston Chicken Shack
    Martino's pizza
    Lou Malnati-Lincolnwood
    Mei Shung

    RIP:
    HaShalom - still miss our local, comfy favorite :(
  • Post #36 - September 19th, 2017, 9:58 am
    Post #36 - September 19th, 2017, 9:58 am Post #36 - September 19th, 2017, 9:58 am
    Its really fun to read all these "regular places"; great thread and also points up how many LTHers apparently live near me.

    Eat-in: Bangers and Lace, Prairie Moon, La Principal, Bad Apple, Union Pizza and Union Squared.

    Carry out: Hewn Bakery, Hoosier Mama Pie Shop, Evanston Chicken Shack, BBQ Supply, Pita Inn, Kaufman's.

    Drink: Bangers and Lace (LOVE this place), Sketchbook, Temperance, Wine Goddess, Half Acre and Mark II Lounge.

    Lastly, a shout-out to the Mariano's Lakeshore East store which has totally changed my downtown lunching, post-work happy hours and grab-some-groceries life for the better!
  • Post #37 - September 19th, 2017, 10:16 am
    Post #37 - September 19th, 2017, 10:16 am Post #37 - September 19th, 2017, 10:16 am
    Taste of Peru
    La Chaparrita
    Aloha Eats
    Ghareeb Nawaz
    Xi'an Cuisine
    LD Pho
    Jennivee's Bakery
  • Post #38 - September 19th, 2017, 12:35 pm
    Post #38 - September 19th, 2017, 12:35 pm Post #38 - September 19th, 2017, 12:35 pm
    I go to Burrito Parrilla Mexicana in Carol Stream frequently. I go to Big Guys, Lavergne's in Berwyn, Freddies in Cicero. Naf Naf grill in Naperville. Adelle's in Wheaton as well as Gia Mia Pizza Bar. Steamboat BBQ. Labriola in Lombard, as well as Greek Islands. Breakfast or lunch spots I go to Butterfields, Red Apple or Egg Harbor. I also get soup from the Danada Deli frequently. I go to these places because they are either near my home or near places I frequent. Several times a year we go into Chicago and eat at someplace we have wanted to try. Other places in the burbs I've been to over the past few months are Solstice in Western Springs, Vie, La Barra in Riverside, Fiamme in Naperville.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #39 - September 19th, 2017, 12:49 pm
    Post #39 - September 19th, 2017, 12:49 pm Post #39 - September 19th, 2017, 12:49 pm
    toria wrote:I go to Burrito Parrilla Mexicana in Carol Stream frequently. I go to Big Guys, Lavergne's in Berwyn, Freddies in Cicero. Naf Naf grill in Naperville. Adelle's in Wheaton as well as Gia Mia Pizza Bar. Steamboat BBQ. Labriola in Lombard, as well as Greek Islands. Breakfast or lunch spots I go to Butterfields, Red Apple or Egg Harbor. I also get soup from the Danada Deli frequently. I go to these places because they are either near my home or near places I frequent.


    Not to hijack this thread with Western burbs talk, since we have our own zone for that, but I've been curious about Parrilla. I shop at Caputo's over by there. Also, there's one closer to us opening in West Chicago on Roosevelt. My wife likes Chipotle. I don't hate it, but the kids at the Wheaton store on Roosevelt turn out some of the worst product I've had from the chain. So an alternative would be great!

    Naf Naf Naperville has increasingly become a part of our rotation, though the weekday lunch crowd can be a zoo.

    And still have to get to Danada Deli!
  • Post #40 - September 19th, 2017, 1:28 pm
    Post #40 - September 19th, 2017, 1:28 pm Post #40 - September 19th, 2017, 1:28 pm
    I'll bite:

    Breakfasts - Alexander's, Edgebrook Diner, Bongo Room

    Everything else:

    Boston Fish Market, Tava, Anteprima, Spacca Napoli, Wholly Frijoles, Garage, BBQ Supply, Psistaria, Makisu, Izakaya Yume, Tub Tim Thai, Malnati's (original), Martino's.
  • Post #41 - September 19th, 2017, 1:38 pm
    Post #41 - September 19th, 2017, 1:38 pm Post #41 - September 19th, 2017, 1:38 pm
    Every Sunday Night - Delivery - Tsukiji Fish Market for sushi

    Dinner: each ~1-2 times per month
    - Momotaro
    - Boka or Honeys
    - RPM Steak (they used to have the best outdoor booths, but have opted to switch to normal tables) the bar now remains a favorite

    Lunch during the week
    -Protein Bar, Aloha Poke Co or Benjihuda
  • Post #42 - September 19th, 2017, 2:08 pm
    Post #42 - September 19th, 2017, 2:08 pm Post #42 - September 19th, 2017, 2:08 pm
    I too am enjoying this thread. Here are mine off the top of my head:

    Barba Yianni
    LD Pho
    Nha Hang Vietnam
    Kabobi
    Pita Kebab
    Hala Inn
    Rainbow Thai
    Aroy
    MeDee Cafe
    Tiba Mediterranean
    I-Café / Sukur’s place
    Café Melao (Used to be El Llano?)
    Huaraches Dona Chio (Lawrence location)
    Furama (reliable, quick dim sum)
    Ora Sushi (favorite such bar none)
    Sushi Tokoro (quite a contrast from above, but not bad for AYCE)
    Chubby Wieners (Dogs, Polish and burgers)
    Red Hot Ranch (Ashland location)
    Tortorice’s (Chicago thin)
    Spacca Napoli (Neapolitan)
    Lou's (Rare deep dish)
    Resi’s
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  • Post #43 - September 19th, 2017, 2:48 pm
    Post #43 - September 19th, 2017, 2:48 pm Post #43 - September 19th, 2017, 2:48 pm
    alessio20 wrote:Frame (reliable, quick dim sum)


    I'm not familiar with Frame (nor is Google). Where is it?
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #44 - September 19th, 2017, 2:52 pm
    Post #44 - September 19th, 2017, 2:52 pm Post #44 - September 19th, 2017, 2:52 pm
    Autocorrect of "Furama"?
  • Post #45 - September 19th, 2017, 3:40 pm
    Post #45 - September 19th, 2017, 3:40 pm Post #45 - September 19th, 2017, 3:40 pm
    cilantro wrote:Autocorrect of "Furama"?


    Thank you!!
  • Post #46 - September 19th, 2017, 3:47 pm
    Post #46 - September 19th, 2017, 3:47 pm Post #46 - September 19th, 2017, 3:47 pm
    alessio20 wrote:
    cilantro wrote:Autocorrect of "Furama"?


    Thank you!!


    Ahhh. That makes sense. I thought there might have been some new, under the radar dim-sum spot. Thanks.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #47 - September 19th, 2017, 4:25 pm
    Post #47 - September 19th, 2017, 4:25 pm Post #47 - September 19th, 2017, 4:25 pm
    From south to north:

    Greek Islands
    Santorini
    Cross-Rhodes
    Kaufman's
    Pita Inn
    Poochie's
    Prairie Joe's
    Symphony's
    Pinto Kitchen
    Tsing Tao (mostly take-out)
    Irving's for Red Hot Lovers
    Szechuan Kingdom
    Max & Benny's
    Cooker's
    Portillo's
    Demetri's
    Piero's Pizza (Highland Park location - takeout only)
    Yummy Bowl
    Rhapsody Cafe
    Curry Hut
    Tacos El Norte (Highwood location)
    Where there’s smoke, there may be salmon.
  • Post #48 - September 19th, 2017, 6:34 pm
    Post #48 - September 19th, 2017, 6:34 pm Post #48 - September 19th, 2017, 6:34 pm
    The only place I consistently go more than 3 times a year (a pretty low bar for "regularly") is Hoosier Mama, where I find myself at least 20 times a year. When I lived in Ravenswood, Aroy and Budacki's were regular stops and now that I'm in Uptown, Tesfa is.
  • Post #49 - September 19th, 2017, 9:51 pm
    Post #49 - September 19th, 2017, 9:51 pm Post #49 - September 19th, 2017, 9:51 pm
    In no particular order and with no claim of completeness: Manny's, Portillo's, Jim's/Maxwell St Express, Saucy Porka, JPG Graziano, Cafecito, UB Dogs, The Gage, The Florentine, The Dearborn (had to get all the "The's" out of the way!), Cellars Market, Potbelly's, PQM, Zaragoza, Brown Bag Seafood (Randolph), many of the places at Revival Food Hall, Green Street Smoked Meats, Fumare at French Market, Owen & Engine, Eggy's Diner, Walker Brothers (Wilmette), Eleven City Diner.
    Objects in mirror appear to be losing.
  • Post #50 - September 19th, 2017, 11:03 pm
    Post #50 - September 19th, 2017, 11:03 pm Post #50 - September 19th, 2017, 11:03 pm
    stevez wrote:
    alessio20 wrote:
    cilantro wrote:Autocorrect of "Furama"?


    Thank you!!


    Ahhh. That makes sense. I thought there might have been some new, under the radar dim-sum spot. Thanks.


    Maybe we should start one :-). Frame sounds like a name they would come up w nowadays.
  • Post #51 - September 20th, 2017, 9:16 am
    Post #51 - September 20th, 2017, 9:16 am Post #51 - September 20th, 2017, 9:16 am
    In no particular order:
    Renga Tei
    Francesca North
    Red Hot Ranch
    Jimmys Pizza
    Noon O Kabab
    Lou Malnatis
    Wah Sun
    Shaws Crab House
    Wildfire
  • Post #52 - September 20th, 2017, 9:46 am
    Post #52 - September 20th, 2017, 9:46 am Post #52 - September 20th, 2017, 9:46 am
    EvA mentioning L. Woods reminds me that that's one of ours, too, in addition to the ones I named. Also places in our neighborhood, like Penny's and La Creperie.

    Rather than "fabulous," everything on our list meets the standard of good, welcoming, comforting, convenient.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #53 - September 20th, 2017, 12:50 pm
    Post #53 - September 20th, 2017, 12:50 pm Post #53 - September 20th, 2017, 12:50 pm
    Pollo Vagabundo
    Dairy Queen (Dilly Bars) Villa Park and Park Ridge/Edison Park
    Carnitas Don Alfredo - Melrose Park
    Taqueria La Catrina - Addison
    Las Quecas - Melrose
    Mickey's - Villa Park
    Zenwich
    Portillo's
    Pizzeria Antica- Bloomingdale
    Danada Deli for soup or Toltott Kapuszta
    Katy's
    Tae Fu - VP
    Happy Dog - West Chicago
    Chicks 'n Salsa
    New York Bagel and Bialy
    Freddies
    Fatso's Last Stand
    New York Bagel and Bialy
    Psistaria




    All are a subset of the list.
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  • Post #54 - September 20th, 2017, 1:08 pm
    Post #54 - September 20th, 2017, 1:08 pm Post #54 - September 20th, 2017, 1:08 pm
    funkyfrank wrote:Happy Dog - West Chicago


    Nice! Best fries in west Dupage! A not too shabby char Polish either! This one would have been next on my list above.

    Thanks for the reminder abt Carnitas Don Alfredo & Las Quecas too.
  • Post #55 - September 20th, 2017, 2:03 pm
    Post #55 - September 20th, 2017, 2:03 pm Post #55 - September 20th, 2017, 2:03 pm
    Regular places for me are pretty much all waking distance so:

    Redhot Ranch
    Spinning J
    Cozy Corner
    Johnny's Grill
    Shawarma Inn (Damen)
    Fat Rice
    Jam
    New China Station

    Does eating a sandwich from a grocery store deli count? Because Fresh Market Place is probably my #1 go-to.
    Last edited by gnarchief on September 20th, 2017, 4:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #56 - September 20th, 2017, 3:51 pm
    Post #56 - September 20th, 2017, 3:51 pm Post #56 - September 20th, 2017, 3:51 pm
    I love going out for breakfast -- while SO is half asleep across the table, I happily enjoy my coffee and eagerly await my order. He usually gets up to leave at the same time I do. On our rotation:
    Tiztal
    Bongo Room
    Nookies/Edgewater
    Bang Bang Pie
    Tweet
    Batter and Berries (if we have an hour to wait)
    Wishbone

    Friday nights we don't want to cook so we go out for something cheap and easy or we order in or carry out.
    Evanston Chicken Shack (and Hoosier Mama - it's the best one-two punch)
    In Summer -- Moody's for burgers
    Lou Malnati's
    Fireside
    House of Wah Sun
    If we're ambitious -- Boiler Room in Logan Square (but it's a haul)

    Favorites:
    Five Guys
    Portillo's
    Popeye's
    Owen & Engine
    George's in A-ville for ice cream and treats
    Jerry's for sammiches
    A Taste of Heaven for treats
    Chief O'Neill's
    HopCat

    Splurges
    Anteprima
    The Gage
    Joe's Stone Crab

    Extremely neighborhood heavy. Time to get out and about!
  • Post #57 - September 20th, 2017, 4:33 pm
    Post #57 - September 20th, 2017, 4:33 pm Post #57 - September 20th, 2017, 4:33 pm
    I want to see a neighborhood heavy list. Good food close-by is what I want. If we are honest, half of us will have Malnati's. It's good when I don't want to think. I need a map of the Taco Tour.
  • Post #58 - September 20th, 2017, 6:44 pm
    Post #58 - September 20th, 2017, 6:44 pm Post #58 - September 20th, 2017, 6:44 pm
    So it turns out that everyone on this forum goes to the same places . . . Here are my go to spots - my cut off is averaging 2x a year over a two year look back - so off are some places that I love but don't get to that often (e.g. Vito and Nick's, Tank) - but many of these are places that we go to at least once a quarter, and others even more than that (Red Hot Western is probably 2x a month). Fun exercise to think through this, and disappointing to think about places that no longer are around (I went a few years where I was at Nuevo at least once a week).

    Hot Dogs: Red Hot Ranch Western Ave.
    Take Out Fried Chicken: Harold's 53rd
    Loop Lunch Hot Fried Chicken: Budlong
    Kids Running Around in a Backyard Fried Chicken: Honey Butter (Summer only)
    Fast Food Fried Chicken: Popeye's
    Pizza: Piece
    Italian Beef: Al's
    Italian Subs: Bari
    Regular Bar Food: Floyd's
    Gastro-y Bar Food: Loyalist
    Yuppie Mex: Big Star
    Goat Mex: Zaragoza
    Seafood Mex: Islas Marias Grand Ave.
    Asada Mex: Pasadita
    Missing Nuevo Mex: Canton Regio
    Bayless Mex: Xoco
    Loop Med: Oasis
    Italian with Kids: Club Lucky; Tufano's
    Italian with the Adults: Osteria Langhe
    Friends Steak: Boeufhaus
    Work Steak: Bavette's
    Working Late Steak: Rosebud Prime
    Kids Steak: Erie Cafe
    Kids Japanese: Mita
    Adult Japanese: Momotaro
    Ramen: Wasabi
    Sushi: Sushi Dokku
    Thai: ATK
    Dim Sum: Cai (last time I tried to go it was closed, however)
    Sichuan: Lao Sze Chuan
    Greektown Greek: Athena
    To-Go Greek: Dox
    Kids Ribs: Green St. Meats
    Adult To-Go Ribs: Lem's
    Korean: San Soo Gap San
    Take-Out Korean: En Hakkore (original)
    Indian: Cumin
    Macanese: Fat Rice
    Driving to Michigan Fried Fish: Calumet
    Out Late Fried FIsh: Goose Island
    Kids Burgers: Small Cheval
    Late Night Burgers: Au Cheval
  • Post #59 - September 20th, 2017, 8:25 pm
    Post #59 - September 20th, 2017, 8:25 pm Post #59 - September 20th, 2017, 8:25 pm
    In no particular order-
    Lou Malnati Lincolnwood
    Panino's Evanston (luv ya Patty)
    Calo
    Wildfire
    Texas de Brazil
    Dengeos
    Bob Chinn's
    China Chef
    Shaw's
    Redhot Ranch Ashland
    Art of Pizza
    Hokkai Glen Ellyn (with the golf buddies)
    Longhorn Schaumburg (with the golf buddies)
    Pita Inn
    Tuscany
    "Goldie, how many times have I told you guys that I don't want no horsin' around on the airplane?"
  • Post #60 - September 20th, 2017, 8:31 pm
    Post #60 - September 20th, 2017, 8:31 pm Post #60 - September 20th, 2017, 8:31 pm
    Pretty constant rotation involving:
    Bad Apple
    Hopleaf
    Big Jones
    La Scarola
    Laschetts
    El Tapatio
    Katsu
    Ora
    Big Star
    Spacca Napoli
    Sun Wah BBQ
    Demera
    Shaw's
    Purple Pig
    Mia Francesca - Bryn Mawr
    Art of Pizza
    Noon o Kabob / Kabobi
    Turquoise

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