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    Post #1 - September 15th, 2017, 6:55 pm
    Post #1 - September 15th, 2017, 6:55 pm Post #1 - September 15th, 2017, 6:55 pm
    New restaurants get a lot of attention on here, and then the thread doesn't get updated for a while, probably for varying reasons. Sometimes because people have stopped going there, others probably because they go there all the time and have said everything they have to say about a given spot.

    I don't eat out as often as I'd like, and when I do, it's mainly breakfast. Lately I've been going to Cafe Selmarie or Replay in Andersonville. Work week lunches mainly Tuscan Hen or Brownstone. I've been to Spacca Napoli a few times in the last couple of months.

    So I'm curious - where do you go regularly?
  • Post #2 - September 15th, 2017, 8:05 pm
    Post #2 - September 15th, 2017, 8:05 pm Post #2 - September 15th, 2017, 8:05 pm
    Susie's/Noon hour, gareeb nawaz, taza bakery, atk
  • Post #3 - September 15th, 2017, 8:11 pm
    Post #3 - September 15th, 2017, 8:11 pm Post #3 - September 15th, 2017, 8:11 pm
    For us, probably most frequent is Smylie Bros. - not just for the beer (excellent) but for the BBQ and wood-fired pizza. It's still a bit surprising to me that these brothers - none of whom had experience running a restaurant before - turned a former unemployment office (and prior to that, a natural foods grocery, and a filling station before that) into a busy, well-functioning brewpub.

    About a block away, we also frequent Five & Dime, for drinks outdoors and the rooftop views. The menu includes selections from the sister restaurants downstairs, Taco Diablo and Lulu's Dim Sum and Then Some, with a fair amount of the food coming from the rooftop garden/farm in back.

    Smylie Bros.
    1615 Oak Ave
    Evanston, IL 60201

    Five & Dime
    1026 Davis St
    Evanston, IL 60201
  • Post #4 - September 15th, 2017, 9:22 pm
    Post #4 - September 15th, 2017, 9:22 pm Post #4 - September 15th, 2017, 9:22 pm
    Beatrix for breakfast/ brunch. Portillos. Purple Pig. I really miss Ginza and Naniwa.

    Katy's in Westmont any time I go to my parents house.
  • Post #5 - September 15th, 2017, 9:44 pm
    Post #5 - September 15th, 2017, 9:44 pm Post #5 - September 15th, 2017, 9:44 pm
    Lula, Izakaya Mita, Stopalong Pizza, Taxim, Kai-Zan, Red Hot Ranch.
  • Post #6 - September 15th, 2017, 11:34 pm
    Post #6 - September 15th, 2017, 11:34 pm Post #6 - September 15th, 2017, 11:34 pm
    In order of frequency, I eat at/from each of these places 1-4 times a month: Naf Naf Grill, Cafecito, Pokiology, TAC Quick, Lao Sze Chuan, Pat's Pizza
  • Post #7 - September 16th, 2017, 12:18 pm
    Post #7 - September 16th, 2017, 12:18 pm Post #7 - September 16th, 2017, 12:18 pm
    Red hot ranch, Cafe marie jeanne, taza. And Chipotle up in the burbs for work.
  • Post #8 - September 16th, 2017, 12:46 pm
    Post #8 - September 16th, 2017, 12:46 pm Post #8 - September 16th, 2017, 12:46 pm
    Lula, Boeufhaus, Local Foods for a nice lunch, Quiote for tacos, recently Cafe Marie-Jeanne (but it's very decadent).
  • Post #9 - September 16th, 2017, 12:51 pm
    Post #9 - September 16th, 2017, 12:51 pm Post #9 - September 16th, 2017, 12:51 pm
    Appellation (for cheese/charcuterie and wine), Ora, Pokiology, Cafe Tola (on California for breakfast empanadas)
    Senorita P.
  • Post #10 - September 16th, 2017, 12:55 pm
    Post #10 - September 16th, 2017, 12:55 pm Post #10 - September 16th, 2017, 12:55 pm
    Larsa's Mediterranean on Dempster and Rainbow Cuisine on Western. During Evanston Farmers' Market season, I cook most of my meals aside from those two places.
  • Post #11 - September 16th, 2017, 3:06 pm
    Post #11 - September 16th, 2017, 3:06 pm Post #11 - September 16th, 2017, 3:06 pm
    Prairie Joe's, Pita Inn, Poochies. For a while, LSC in Skokie was a weekly stop.
  • Post #12 - September 16th, 2017, 4:28 pm
    Post #12 - September 16th, 2017, 4:28 pm Post #12 - September 16th, 2017, 4:28 pm
    Chez Simo Bistro, El Maya, El Tapatio, Bistro Campagne, Gather, and Bread and Wine. We order delivery from Slims way more than we should.
  • Post #13 - September 16th, 2017, 5:10 pm
    Post #13 - September 16th, 2017, 5:10 pm Post #13 - September 16th, 2017, 5:10 pm
    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=
    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 #14 - September 16th, 2017, 7:16 pm
    Post #14 - September 16th, 2017, 7:16 pm Post #14 - September 16th, 2017, 7:16 pm
    By actual number YTD: Big Star, Rajun Cajun, Greek Islands, Cemitas Puebla, Szechuan Cuisine (Wentworth, followed by Joy Yee tea), Strings

    Family takeout: Freddy's, Bari/D'Amato's, Taste of Brazil (RIP), Yum Thai

    Networking: Maya del Sol, Union Pizzeria, The Medici, The Promontory

    Chains: Nando's, Naf Naf, Blaze, Roti, Malnati's, Portillo's

    Every flight possible: Tortas Frontera
  • Post #15 - September 17th, 2017, 9:00 pm
    Post #15 - September 17th, 2017, 9:00 pm Post #15 - September 17th, 2017, 9:00 pm
    Budacki's, Rainbow (Western), Marmalade, Roots, Bistro Campagne, Spoken, Psisteria

    Delivery: ORD, Mysore Woodlands, Lao Sze Chuan
  • Post #16 - September 17th, 2017, 10:03 pm
    Post #16 - September 17th, 2017, 10:03 pm Post #16 - September 17th, 2017, 10:03 pm
    The Bagel, Baker Miller, Budacki's, Calo, Golden Nugget, House of Wah Sun, Jimmy's Pizza Cafe (although lately we've been doing Jet's because they have good deals), Mr. Submarine, New York Bagel & Bialy, Potbelly, Quick Bite, Rainbow (or Spoon on Mondays when Rainbow is closed), Spoken.

    Most of these places we get for delivery or take out. The Bagel and Golden Nugget are our standbys for having dinner out with a baby and a toddler. Baker Miller and Spoken are my "treat yoself!" places for breakfast or lunch.

    (A Bite of Szechuan used to be on the list, but I've been hesitant to return since the menu/chef change.)
    "If this sauce was a person, I'd get naked and make love to it." - Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Girls
  • Post #17 - September 17th, 2017, 10:14 pm
    Post #17 - September 17th, 2017, 10:14 pm Post #17 - September 17th, 2017, 10:14 pm
    Pearl's, Half Acre (Lincoln and now Balmoral!), Little Saigon, Nha Hang, Hannah's Bretzel, Income Tax, Taketei
  • Post #18 - September 18th, 2017, 7:06 am
    Post #18 - September 18th, 2017, 7:06 am Post #18 - September 18th, 2017, 7:06 am
    Nothing like moving to the burbs and having a kid to throw a wrench in your rotation... goodbye dinners out. Here's where things stand in 2017, the top five places I eat on about a monthly basis:

    1. John's Buffet (in lovely downtown Winfield, the oldest bar in DuPage. Great beer list, mostly nosh of their good wings and throw back nachos, skip the rest)
    2. Katy's Dumpling House (Westmont)
    3. Minghin (Naperville, usually dim sum)
    4. Popeye's (late night Metra snack)
    5. Pub Royale (after work to see my buddy + best burger)
  • Post #19 - September 18th, 2017, 7:39 am
    Post #19 - September 18th, 2017, 7:39 am Post #19 - September 18th, 2017, 7:39 am
    The Bagel, Bluegrass, Renga-Tei, Hwang Dae Gham (Mundelein), Lauretta's Bake Shop (Mundelein).
  • Post #20 - September 18th, 2017, 7:59 am
    Post #20 - September 18th, 2017, 7:59 am Post #20 - September 18th, 2017, 7:59 am
    Boston Fish Market
    House of Szechwan (Des Plaines http://www.houseofszechwan.com/ )
    Chick fil A - Schaumburg location as I'm a sucker for their chicken biscuit for breakfast
    Felicia's Deli (Elk Grove viewtopic.php?f=14&t=42397 )
    Cumberland Bakery (Des Plaines)
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #21 - September 18th, 2017, 11:22 am
    Post #21 - September 18th, 2017, 11:22 am Post #21 - September 18th, 2017, 11:22 am
    Dinner - Anteprima (w/hubs)
    Renga Tei, Go 4 Food & Sushi Ora (w/the girls)

    Splurge--El Ideas, Oriole

    Delivery--Aroy, Royal Indian, Club Lucky, Kabobi, D'Candela, Chengdu Impression

    Lunch--Rainbow, Ssyal Ginseng House, Blue Door Farm Stand, Red Hot Ranch Ashland, Hanbun, the place to the left of Hanbun in the International Food Court, Steingolds (future regular place!!!)

    Breakfast--Ann Sathers Belmont, Batter & Berries

    Places I love and wish I visited more--La Chaparrita, Birrieria Zaragoza, Schoops, Nha Hang Vietnam, New Asia, Toons, Barnaby's, Top Notch, Smoque.
    Last edited by boudreaulicious on October 24th, 2017, 2:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #22 - September 18th, 2017, 1:17 pm
    Post #22 - September 18th, 2017, 1:17 pm Post #22 - September 18th, 2017, 1:17 pm
    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:
    "Sandwiches are wonderful. You don't need a spoon or a plate!"
    Paul Lynde
  • Post #23 - September 18th, 2017, 1:27 pm
    Post #23 - September 18th, 2017, 1:27 pm Post #23 - September 18th, 2017, 1:27 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:


    And I used to live 2 blocks from Whistler and don't believe I ever stopped in more that 6 or 8 times in 10 years. Always worth going out of my way to Edgebrook Diner (now and back when it was first worth visiting) or Alexander's or anything in Uptown/Andersonville.
  • Post #24 - September 18th, 2017, 3:37 pm
    Post #24 - September 18th, 2017, 3:37 pm Post #24 - September 18th, 2017, 3:37 pm
    Great thread idea.

    Nha Hang Vietnam, 527 Cafe, Publican Quality Meats, Naf Naf Grill, Hoosier Mama Pie Company, Sauce & Bread Kitchen.
    Last edited by cilantro on October 24th, 2017, 12:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #25 - September 18th, 2017, 5:03 pm
    Post #25 - September 18th, 2017, 5:03 pm Post #25 - September 18th, 2017, 5:03 pm
    Jefe wrote:Pub Royale...best burger

    Yes!
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #26 - September 18th, 2017, 5:15 pm
    Post #26 - September 18th, 2017, 5:15 pm Post #26 - September 18th, 2017, 5:15 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:


    I do this too so obviously don't think it's weird
  • Post #27 - September 18th, 2017, 6:07 pm
    Post #27 - September 18th, 2017, 6:07 pm Post #27 - September 18th, 2017, 6:07 pm
    I don't keep track, which is one reason why Ronnie and others come up with such great "Best Meals of the Year" lists and I fail miserably at the task. :lol:
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #28 - September 18th, 2017, 6:32 pm
    Post #28 - September 18th, 2017, 6:32 pm Post #28 - September 18th, 2017, 6:32 pm
    Happy to see a couple of other folks name The Bagel, since that's one of ours, too.

    Other than that, as far as being a "regular" someplace, the only place I can think of is Kamehachi on Wells. Not that it's wonderful, but in the void created by the closing of our beloved Itto Sushi, it's good enough, is in the neighborhood, and has the variety we require. (I eat sushi, my better half requires cooked.)

    Oh, and Pat's Pizza.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #29 - September 18th, 2017, 6:41 pm
    Post #29 - September 18th, 2017, 6:41 pm Post #29 - September 18th, 2017, 6:41 pm
    Greek Islands for roditis, atmosphere and pastichio
    Cafe Iberico for cheap fun food and sangria
    Frontera Grill @ the bar for really expensive margaritas once in a while and a few apps
    Artopolis - artopita! and dessert plus wine and coffee
    Marie's (pizza, of course)
    Fork - cheese plate, other small plates, good wines
    Bistro Campagne - old favorite
    Home Run Inn
    Bin 36
    Reading is a right. Censorship is not.
  • Post #30 - September 18th, 2017, 7:08 pm
    Post #30 - September 18th, 2017, 7:08 pm Post #30 - September 18th, 2017, 7:08 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:

    I don't really do this directly but I do keep track of all my expenses (by category), so the information is at the ready by default. It's as simple as running a report. Data . .
    . it's powerful and fun! ;)

    =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

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