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  • Post #61 - September 20th, 2017, 8:36 pm
    Post #61 - September 20th, 2017, 8:36 pm Post #61 - September 20th, 2017, 8:36 pm
    Great thread idea.

    Zaragoza
    Chaparrita
    Dox
    Selam
    Aroy
    Kitsune
    Bad Saint (D.C.)
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  • Post #62 - September 20th, 2017, 9:55 pm
    Post #62 - September 20th, 2017, 9:55 pm Post #62 - September 20th, 2017, 9:55 pm
    funkyfrank wrote: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.


    Agreed. Having just moved to West Rogers park, it's great to see so many spots in everyone's rotation nearby
  • Post #63 - September 20th, 2017, 11:05 pm
    Post #63 - September 20th, 2017, 11:05 pm Post #63 - September 20th, 2017, 11:05 pm
    CBA, Pita O Grill, Naf Naf, Patio Beef, Lickity Split, Pastoral, Blowfish Sushi, and Chiu Quon Bakery!

    Edit - my gawd I forgot to mention Michael's Pizza on Broadway. My fav pizza in Chicago. Forgive me! I've been on such a Mediterranean/ shwarma kick lately I need to get Italian back in my life..
  • Post #64 - September 21st, 2017, 10:38 am
    Post #64 - September 21st, 2017, 10:38 am Post #64 - September 21st, 2017, 10:38 am
    My wife (Dr. Cutie) and I live on the near west side, and we tend to stay pretty close to our neighborhood. Here are our go-to places for dinner:

    Francesca's (on Taylor St.)
    Davanti Enoteca (also on Taylor St.)
    G & O (Grand & Ogden)
    Saigon Sisters (Lake St, near Jefferson)
    Mexique (Chicago, Ashland)
    Butterfly Sushi (on Madison near Racine. Carry out mostly)
    Eden (Lake St. near Damen)
    El Ideas (14th St. near Western - but once or twice a year)

    For lunch, since I work in the Deerfield area (Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, Vernon Hills, etc...)

    McAllister's Deli (Lake Cook Rd.)
    Cooker's (Lake Cook Rd.)
    MOD Pizza (Lake Cook Rd. & Waukegan Rd.)
    Smokey T's (Long Grove, although a bit of a haul)
    Real Urban BBQ (Vernon Hills)
    Twin Peaks (Wheeling)
    Red Robin (Lincolnshire)
    Portillo's (Lake Cook Rd.)
    Starfish Sushi (Lincolnshire - highest recommendation!)
    "Ash, that transmission - Mother's deciphered part of it.
    It doesn't look like an S.O.S....it looks like a warning."
    -- Ellen Ripley
  • Post #65 - September 21st, 2017, 10:50 am
    Post #65 - September 21st, 2017, 10:50 am Post #65 - September 21st, 2017, 10:50 am
    Around Home:
    Piece
    Parson's
    Small Cheval
    Taqueria Moran
    Opart Thai
    Owen & Engine
    Dos Urban Cantina
    Art of Chicken
    Fonda Frontera
    Andy's Thai Kitchen
    Rubi's at Maxwell St.

    Work Lunches:
    Aloha Poke - French Market
    Yolk - Ogilvie
    Benjyahuda - Ogilvie
    Blackwood BBQ
    Naf Naf
    Lillie's Q - French Market
    Saigon Sisters - French Market
    65 Chinese
    Blaze Pizza
    Naansense
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  • Post #66 - September 21st, 2017, 11:52 am
    Post #66 - September 21st, 2017, 11:52 am Post #66 - September 21st, 2017, 11:52 am
    From home:
    RHR; both, but Western more
    Salsa Picante
    Boefhaus
    Fiore's
    Bari/JPG
    Papa's Cache Sabroso
    Tierra Caliente
    Joey G's Mac & Cheese
    Fatso's
    Leghorn
    Sportsman's; mostly drinks, but eat there quite often at the backyard BBQs
    Toon's

    From work (Niles, but lots of travel):
    Naf Naf
    Fresh Farms
    Tony's Deli (Edison Park)
    New York Bagel & Bialy
    Costco; 2 birds, shopping and a brat
  • Post #67 - September 21st, 2017, 12:21 pm
    Post #67 - September 21st, 2017, 12:21 pm Post #67 - September 21st, 2017, 12:21 pm
    This really is one of the best/funnest threads! Im going to geek out here for a sec:

    Im reminded of my Beer App, untappd. Anyone else on untappd?

    You basically log in when you are drinking a particular beer, where you are drinking it and what you thought of it on a five point scale. You have "friends" and you can toast them, send them little messages and see their beer checkins. You can also see anyone else in the worlds checkins too, but you cant see their profiles or send them toasts or messages until you are "friends on untappd".

    You get all sorts of cool analytics, for example, aside from my home, I drink the most at Bangers and Lace followed by Sketchbook and Half Acre. Peeling the onion further, Im like the #2 untappd user by check-ins at both Bangers and Sketchbook. One of my buddies is among the top ten checker-inners at Half Acre Tap Room! Dubious distinction? Perhaps...

    You can see a list of all the beers you have ever tried and you can sort them by your ratings, where you had them, when, etc. And of course, untappd has partnered with google maps, uber and others to make it easy to get to the place you want to drink at next. Bars offer special deals to untappd users, etc etc.

    If LTH had a restaurant check-in app, these types of analytics could be fun to see; this thread of "regular places" is kind of a proto-list as would appear on a LTH restaurant app after a few months of data gathering. Next Gen LTH!!!
  • Post #68 - September 21st, 2017, 2:44 pm
    Post #68 - September 21st, 2017, 2:44 pm Post #68 - September 21st, 2017, 2:44 pm
    Multiple times per month:
    Rainbow Thai

    Multiple times per year:
    Luella's Southern Kitchen
    Owen & Engine
    Cafe Tola
    El Mercado
    Spacca Napoli
    Coalfire
    Nhu Lan
    Bad Apple
    Danny's Egghead Diner
    Khan BBQ
  • Post #69 - September 21st, 2017, 2:45 pm
    Post #69 - September 21st, 2017, 2:45 pm Post #69 - September 21st, 2017, 2:45 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:2017
    Work side
    Siam's House - 27 visits (not an endorsement)
    Psistaria - 10 visits
    Himalayan Restaurant - 6 visits
    King Pho - 5 visits (not an endorsement)
    China Chef - 4 visits

    Personal side
    Carniceria Guanajuato #3 - 17 visits (taqueria take-out)
    Redhot Ranch - 10 visits (Ashland location)
    Prairie Grass Cafe - 7 visits
    Cellar Door Provisions - 7 visits (some lunch, some dinner)
    Aroy Thai - 5 visits
    Fat Rice - 5 visits (some lunch, some dinner)
    Giant - 4 visits
    Kamehachi Northbrook - 4 visits (not an endorsement)
    Parsons Chicken & Fish - 4 visits

    Special Mention
    Whistler - 30 visits!

    =R=

    I'm a bit concerned about a person that keeps a numerical tally of each spot. :shock:


    You know this is LTH, not Chowhound :D
  • Post #70 - September 21st, 2017, 2:55 pm
    Post #70 - September 21st, 2017, 2:55 pm Post #70 - September 21st, 2017, 2:55 pm
    nostromo53 wrote:Smokey T's (Long Grove, although a bit of a haul)


    Smokin' T's
  • Post #71 - September 21st, 2017, 3:31 pm
    Post #71 - September 21st, 2017, 3:31 pm Post #71 - September 21st, 2017, 3:31 pm
    champs2005 wrote:If LTH had a restaurant check-in app, these types of analytics could be fun to see; this thread of "regular places" is kind of a proto-list as would appear on a LTH restaurant app after a few months of data gathering. Next Gen LTH!!!

    This is a great idea. Hopefully, maybe, someday . . .

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #72 - September 21st, 2017, 4:44 pm
    Post #72 - September 21st, 2017, 4:44 pm Post #72 - September 21st, 2017, 4:44 pm
    Let's see....

    *Pakiza BBQ and Grill
    *Black Dog Gelato (Revival Food Hall)
    *D'Agostino's Wrigleyville (thin crust, well done, only)
    *Murphy's Red Hots
    *Nha Hang Viet Nam (aka Vietnam Restaurant)
    *Lem's
    *La Chaparrita
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #73 - September 21st, 2017, 6:28 pm
    Post #73 - September 21st, 2017, 6:28 pm Post #73 - September 21st, 2017, 6:28 pm
    Carry-out: Lou Malnati's, Maggiano's, Dengeo's, Panino's

    Eat-in: Anteprima, Michael, North Pond, Di Pescara, Inovasi, Shaw's Crab House, Jam, GT Fish & Oyster, China Chef, Walker Brothers, Dos Urban Cantina, Ten Mile House, Parker's, Reel Club

    RIP: Thai Sookdee, Chhi-Lin Court
  • Post #74 - September 21st, 2017, 9:12 pm
    Post #74 - September 21st, 2017, 9:12 pm Post #74 - September 21st, 2017, 9:12 pm
    As much as I like going to the LTH favorites, the place I go the most often is Horizon Cafe on Broadway.

    1. It's right next to me
    2. Their matzo ball soup (chicken & dumpling on the menu) on Fridays is delicious.
    "I've always thought pastrami was the most sensuous of the salted cured meats."
  • Post #75 - September 22nd, 2017, 10:02 am
    Post #75 - September 22nd, 2017, 10:02 am Post #75 - September 22nd, 2017, 10:02 am
    Most of my eat out experience is downtown for lunch:
    Blackwood, Aloha, Saigon Sisters, Naansense, Taza, 65, Polpetti (meatball vault), Jubilee Juice, Cafecito, LaCocina, Siam Rice, Venice Cafe, Sushi Sai, Benjyahuda, Xoco.....the rotation changes on a weekly basis, but we find these places to be consistently decent grub - sometimes even crave worthy.

    My biggest surprise in all of these is the amount of love for Naf-Naf? I've been to 3 of them around the city/burbs (mostly the downtown Washington St) probably a dozen times since they spread out, and almost always come away with a total meh opinion (ok, the pita rocks). But then, I hate Chipotle.....
  • Post #76 - September 22nd, 2017, 12:10 pm
    Post #76 - September 22nd, 2017, 12:10 pm Post #76 - September 22nd, 2017, 12:10 pm
    I am West Suburbs, Villa Park. funkyfrank list was interesting.

    In heavy rotation all year:
    Chicks n Salsa
    Labriola
    Zenwich
    Portillos
    Hua Ting
    Stir Crazy (my wife loves it. I really don't)
    Michael Anthonys (for the Margherit pizza)
  • Post #77 - September 22nd, 2017, 12:17 pm
    Post #77 - September 22nd, 2017, 12:17 pm Post #77 - September 22nd, 2017, 12:17 pm
    Chaparrita
    Homestyle Taste
    Nha Hang
    Khan
    Nhu Lan
    Aroy
    Tank
    Dolo
    Red Hot Ranch
    Al's/Marios
    Mana
    Boka
    Coalfire
    Jim's Original
    Falafel and Grill
    Oiistar
    Due's
    New China Station
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #78 - September 22nd, 2017, 6:42 pm
    Post #78 - September 22nd, 2017, 6:42 pm Post #78 - September 22nd, 2017, 6:42 pm
    I've started compiling a list of places to check out based on this. Lots in my neighborhood and places nearby that I haven't been to yet.
  • Post #79 - September 23rd, 2017, 11:26 am
    Post #79 - September 23rd, 2017, 11:26 am Post #79 - September 23rd, 2017, 11:26 am
    Got to add a couple of great reliable places.

    Little Saigon Baguette
    Gather
    Gene's (rooftop summertime)
  • Post #80 - September 25th, 2017, 7:09 am
    Post #80 - September 25th, 2017, 7:09 am Post #80 - September 25th, 2017, 7:09 am
    Taza Bakery
    Annapurna
    Beograd Cafe
    Nha Hang
    Nhu Lan
    Silver Seafood
    Sun Wah
    Noon o Kebab
    Cafe Orchid
    Red Hot Ranch
    Chengdu Impression
    Sticky Rice
    Pequod's Pizza
    Dolo
  • Post #81 - September 25th, 2017, 10:52 am
    Post #81 - September 25th, 2017, 10:52 am Post #81 - September 25th, 2017, 10:52 am
    At work: Anton's, Once Upon a Grill, JD's BBQ

    At home:
    Mother Cluckers
    Taqueria San Juanito
    Café Tola
    Kabobi Grill
    Red Hot Ranch
    Tre Kroner
    Ruby of Siam
    Pita Inn
    Dappers
    La Villa
    Smoque
    Lou Malnati's
  • Post #82 - September 25th, 2017, 11:56 am
    Post #82 - September 25th, 2017, 11:56 am Post #82 - September 25th, 2017, 11:56 am
    shakes wrote:Mother Cluckers


    Has their chicken improved? When they first opened up, it was fried pretty hard and was quite dry. I haven't been back. It's certainly convenient to my house, and I would gladly return if they've upped their game.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #83 - September 25th, 2017, 12:50 pm
    Post #83 - September 25th, 2017, 12:50 pm Post #83 - September 25th, 2017, 12:50 pm
    May as well throw my two cents in...live in North Center so most places we walk to and visit at least four or five times a year, some way more!

    Toons for honey/sriracha wings
    Bad Apple
    Arroy Thai
    Four Moons (chicken tenders are fantastic)
    Big Bricks (smoked pastrami sandwich is awesome)
    I Monelli (Italian BYOB)
    Café Orchid (doner plate and BYOB)
    Pearls (love the Shrimp Po boy)
    Side Street Saloon (tavern pizza and wing zings)
    Rainbow Thai (all the forum faves)
    Fat Rice (like better for lunch)
    Bavette's (for special occasions)
    Melao (Columbian)
    Tango Sur
    Mas Alla Del Sol (Mexican)
    Fountainhead
    Piece Pizza
    Andys Thai Kitchen

    Steingolds I have only been twice but been good so far...great idea for a thread and I've picked up some other places to try from the previous posters.
  • Post #84 - September 25th, 2017, 1:19 pm
    Post #84 - September 25th, 2017, 1:19 pm Post #84 - September 25th, 2017, 1:19 pm
    Marie's Pizza
    Pita Inn
    Larsa's Kitchen
    Revolution Brewing
    NOK
    Alps (for breakfast)
  • Post #85 - September 25th, 2017, 2:30 pm
    Post #85 - September 25th, 2017, 2:30 pm Post #85 - September 25th, 2017, 2:30 pm
    stevez wrote:
    shakes wrote:Mother Cluckers


    Has their chicken improved? When they first opened up, it was fried pretty hard and was quite dry. I haven't been back. It's certainly convenient to my house, and I would gladly return if they've upped their game.


    It's fantastic, maybe even better than Honey Butter. everything there is really good. Had the pulled chicken sandwich the other night cause I'm on a diet and it was great.
  • Post #86 - September 25th, 2017, 8:11 pm
    Post #86 - September 25th, 2017, 8:11 pm Post #86 - September 25th, 2017, 8:11 pm
    Try to go to Prairie Joe's once a week.Love the eclectic choices and daily special food pairings. Santiago's in Des Plaines at least once a month;and Cross-Rhodes Evanston as well.
  • Post #87 - September 25th, 2017, 8:27 pm
    Post #87 - September 25th, 2017, 8:27 pm Post #87 - September 25th, 2017, 8:27 pm
    Infrequent poster but I always read the threads!
    We regularly go to
    Coast Sushi Evanston
    Burt’s Place (pretty much every other week)
    Anteprima
    La Sardine
    Le Bouchon
    Café Central Highland Park
    The Barn
    Bistro Campagne
    Sun Wah
    Lula Cafe
    Longman and Eagle
    And for coffee and scones Alchemy Coffeehouse in Wilmette
  • Post #88 - September 25th, 2017, 8:42 pm
    Post #88 - September 25th, 2017, 8:42 pm Post #88 - September 25th, 2017, 8:42 pm
    Most of my food seems to be O'Hare area where I work, and then Lincoln Square where I live.

    Hot dog/burger stands - Paradise Pup, Bob-O's, Redhot Ranch
    Upscale burgers/beer - Bad Apple
    Pizza - Lou Malnati's, Spacca Napoli, Roots
    Italian - Anteprima
    Thai - Aroy, Rosded, Rainbow, PNA
    Chinese - Mei Shung, Katy's, Go 4 Food
    Dim Sum - Dolo, Ming Hin
    Indian - Maharaja (lunch buffet)
    Vietnamese sandwiches - Nhu Lan
    Cheesesteaks - Monti's
    Bakery - Cellar Door Provisions
    Middle Eastern - Salam, Noon O Kebab
    Deli - Steingold's (already been a few times), New York Bagel & Bialy
    Japanese/Sushi - Ora has become my new go-to for sushi, Mitsuwa for lunch
    Seafood - Boston Fish for lunch
    Gyros - Wally's (Park Ridge - very good spinach pies & cheese pies and solid fries too)
    Tacos - Taqueria El Asadero
    Winter is coming - Laschet's...though rarely in warm weather
    Korean - San Soo Gab San, Cho Sun Ok
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #89 - October 23rd, 2017, 4:54 pm
    Post #89 - October 23rd, 2017, 4:54 pm Post #89 - October 23rd, 2017, 4:54 pm
    Chinese: home style taste, minghin
    dim sum: Dolo
    korean: Bang po jung, san soo gab san
    pizza: spacca napoli
    Mexican: los comales, 5 rabanitos
    Japanese: boozebox
  • Post #90 - October 24th, 2017, 11:33 am
    Post #90 - October 24th, 2017, 11:33 am Post #90 - October 24th, 2017, 11:33 am
    Downtown lunch:
    UB Dogs
    Blackwood BBQ
    Blaze Pizza
    Chicago Bagel Authority
    Buen Apetito (French Market)
    Street Smoke & Steam (French Market)
    Pierogi Heaven

    Chicago:
    Pannes Bread Cafe
    Saigon Lotus
    Piece
    RJ Grunts
    Fiesta Mexicana
    JP Graziano
    Sumo Sushi
    Crisp
    Pennys Noodles
    Bavette's
    Forbidden Root
    Parsons


    If I had the technical ability, it would be cool to build a heat map with everything people have listed.

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