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  • Post #301 - June 4th, 2018, 8:03 pm
    Post #301 - June 4th, 2018, 8:03 pm Post #301 - June 4th, 2018, 8:03 pm
    Eat A Pita at Halsted & Belmont closed last week apparently. Number is disconnected, website down, Grubhub listing gone, and the owner has posted responses on Yelp thanking everyone for 30 years of patronage. I will miss the daily homemade soups for sure but I never had a bad meal in the last 24 years I've been going there.
  • Post #302 - June 4th, 2018, 8:13 pm
    Post #302 - June 4th, 2018, 8:13 pm Post #302 - June 4th, 2018, 8:13 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Coming soon to downtown Highland Park:
    Corey's NYC Bagel Deli
    1883 2nd St.

    I truly don't understand the logic of the location of this place. It's a stone's throw away from:
    Once Upon A Bagel
    1888 1st St.


    If the new place is 1/2 as good as New York bagel and Bialy on Dempster, it will be better than Once upon a bagel and will get some of my business.
  • Post #303 - June 5th, 2018, 7:04 am
    Post #303 - June 5th, 2018, 7:04 am Post #303 - June 5th, 2018, 7:04 am
    Another new bbq joint opens. Looks like the real deal. Beef fat frys!

    The owners of the recently shuttered Milwalky Trace have reopened a new barbecue restaurant in its place.
    Oscar Lee's Barbecue at 605 N Milwaukee Libertyville
    https://www.oscarleesbbq.com/
  • Post #304 - June 5th, 2018, 9:15 am
    Post #304 - June 5th, 2018, 9:15 am Post #304 - June 5th, 2018, 9:15 am
    lsher wrote:Another new bbq joint opens. Looks like the real deal. Beef fat frys!

    The owners of the recently shuttered Milwalky Trace have reopened a new barbecue restaurant in its place.
    Oscar Lee's Barbecue at 605 N Milwaukee Libertyville
    https://www.oscarleesbbq.com/


    Well, if they really are serving “ribs so delicate they’re barely clinging to the bone.” I won’t need to make the trip.
  • Post #305 - June 5th, 2018, 9:34 am
    Post #305 - June 5th, 2018, 9:34 am Post #305 - June 5th, 2018, 9:34 am
    That video on Oscar Lee's page makes the brisket look amazing. I had City BBQ in Deerfield the last two days and both visits were excellent. I am thrilled to have a finally BBQ place like this close to home (even if it is a chain). Oscar Lee's is not too far either. I'll check that out soon.
  • Post #306 - June 5th, 2018, 10:00 am
    Post #306 - June 5th, 2018, 10:00 am Post #306 - June 5th, 2018, 10:00 am
    scottsol wrote:
    lsher wrote:Another new bbq joint opens. Looks like the real deal. Beef fat frys!

    The owners of the recently shuttered Milwalky Trace have reopened a new barbecue restaurant in its place.
    Oscar Lee's Barbecue at 605 N Milwaukee Libertyville
    https://www.oscarleesbbq.com/


    Well, if they really are serving “ribs so delicate they’re barely clinging to the bone.” I won’t need to make the trip.

    Hahaha . . . so true, so true. :lol:

    =R=
    There's a horse loose in a hospital -- JM

    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #307 - June 5th, 2018, 2:49 pm
    Post #307 - June 5th, 2018, 2:49 pm Post #307 - June 5th, 2018, 2:49 pm
    Happened to walk by Oscar Lee's Barbecue today on my way to the Cook Library in Libertyville, and I plan to be up there again on Thursday morning for the farmer's market, so I'll see if it works out to check it out.

    Ronnie, you seem negative about this place and City Barbecue based on what you hear or presume about how they cook, and you may be right about all that, but what happened to not commenting about a place til you'd actually tried it?
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #308 - June 5th, 2018, 2:56 pm
    Post #308 - June 5th, 2018, 2:56 pm Post #308 - June 5th, 2018, 2:56 pm
    Katie wrote:Ronnie, you seem negative about this place and City Barbecue based on what you hear or presume about how they cook, and you may be right about all that, but what happened to not commenting about a place til you'd actually tried it?

    Simply put, if one's idea of great ribs is meat falling off the bone, there's no need for me to try their bbq.

    =R=
    There's a horse loose in a hospital -- JM

    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #309 - June 5th, 2018, 3:02 pm
    Post #309 - June 5th, 2018, 3:02 pm Post #309 - June 5th, 2018, 3:02 pm
    I get that, because fall-off-the-bone more often than not means boiled. That point's been made abundantly clear on LTH. But so has just simply refraining from commenting on places one hasn't actually eaten at.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #310 - June 5th, 2018, 3:19 pm
    Post #310 - June 5th, 2018, 3:19 pm Post #310 - June 5th, 2018, 3:19 pm
    Katie wrote:. . . refraining from commenting on places one hasn't actually eaten at.

    You first, ok? :wink:

    =R=
    There's a horse loose in a hospital -- JM

    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #311 - June 5th, 2018, 4:15 pm
    Post #311 - June 5th, 2018, 4:15 pm Post #311 - June 5th, 2018, 4:15 pm
    I don't understand. Can you point to some posts of mine commenting on places I haven't eaten at? If I have, it's surely been a long time since, because I think I've learned my lesson about that. I know you think of me as just a suburban housewife who doesn't get out much, but I'll put my passport and hiking boots up against anyone on LTH any day of the week.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #312 - June 5th, 2018, 4:42 pm
    Post #312 - June 5th, 2018, 4:42 pm Post #312 - June 5th, 2018, 4:42 pm
    Katie wrote:I don't understand. Can you point to some posts of mine commenting on places I haven't eaten at? If I have, it's surely been a long time since, because I think I've learned my lesson about that. I know you think of me as just a suburban housewife who doesn't get out much, but I'll put my passport and hiking boots up against anyone on LTH any day of the week.

    You win.

    =R=
    There's a horse loose in a hospital -- JM

    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #313 - June 5th, 2018, 7:31 pm
    Post #313 - June 5th, 2018, 7:31 pm Post #313 - June 5th, 2018, 7:31 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:You win.

    This made me laugh out loud!
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #314 - June 6th, 2018, 6:58 am
    Post #314 - June 6th, 2018, 6:58 am Post #314 - June 6th, 2018, 6:58 am
    Two Lights Seafood & Oyster is scheduled to open June 18th at 227 W. North Ave. in Old Town.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/6/5/1742 ... upper-club
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #315 - June 6th, 2018, 9:00 am
    Post #315 - June 6th, 2018, 9:00 am Post #315 - June 6th, 2018, 9:00 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Ok, so not necessarily by anyone who knows BBQ well. Please forgive my default, knee-jerk skepticism. I don't intend to shoot the messengers but commercial BBQ is almost always disappointing, especially when cooked on mechanical smokers at chain entities. Even you, in your praise, lead with the fries. When the BBQ is truly great, no one even mentions the sides. Now, get off my lawn!! :P

    =R=


    Have you been to Smoque? I make some mean BBQ, but Smoque is a favorite of mine. And they do have a few great sides - mac, brisket baked beans, cobbler.
  • Post #316 - June 6th, 2018, 9:06 am
    Post #316 - June 6th, 2018, 9:06 am Post #316 - June 6th, 2018, 9:06 am
    Chitown B wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Ok, so not necessarily by anyone who knows BBQ well. Please forgive my default, knee-jerk skepticism. I don't intend to shoot the messengers but commercial BBQ is almost always disappointing, especially when cooked on mechanical smokers at chain entities. Even you, in your praise, lead with the fries. When the BBQ is truly great, no one even mentions the sides. Now, get off my lawn!! :P

    =R=


    Have you been to Smoque? I make some mean BBQ, but Smoque is a favorite of mine. And they do have a few great sides - mac, brisket baked beans, cobbler.

    I love Smoque and I love many of their sides but if the sides were the best thing they did there, I wouldn't be nearly as big a fan. BBQ is about meat. Not sides. Not sauce.

    =R=
    There's a horse loose in a hospital -- JM

    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #317 - June 6th, 2018, 9:34 am
    Post #317 - June 6th, 2018, 9:34 am Post #317 - June 6th, 2018, 9:34 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Ok, so not necessarily by anyone who knows BBQ well. Please forgive my default, knee-jerk skepticism. I don't intend to shoot the messengers but commercial BBQ is almost always disappointing, especially when cooked on mechanical smokers at chain entities. Even you, in your praise, lead with the fries. When the BBQ is truly great, no one even mentions the sides. Now, get off my lawn!! :P

    =R=


    Have you been to Smoque? I make some mean BBQ, but Smoque is a favorite of mine. And they do have a few great sides - mac, brisket baked beans, cobbler.

    I love Smoque and I love many of their sides but if the sides were the best thing they did there, I wouldn't be nearly as big a fan. BBQ is about meat. Not sides. Not sauce.

    =R=


    word 8)
  • Post #318 - June 6th, 2018, 4:25 pm
    Post #318 - June 6th, 2018, 4:25 pm Post #318 - June 6th, 2018, 4:25 pm
    G Wiv wrote
    ronnie_suburban wrote:You win.

    This made me laugh out loud!



    I had the exact opposite reaction
  • Post #319 - June 6th, 2018, 4:32 pm
    Post #319 - June 6th, 2018, 4:32 pm Post #319 - June 6th, 2018, 4:32 pm
    So uh, does anyone have any news about openings or closings? :?
  • Post #320 - June 7th, 2018, 5:35 pm
    Post #320 - June 7th, 2018, 5:35 pm Post #320 - June 7th, 2018, 5:35 pm
    Former Bogie's Ale House / The Loft / Stagger Lee's in Mount Prospect to become a microbrewery, opening August. I just hope they can make a patty melt as good as Bogie's.

    https://www.dailyherald.com/amp-article ... 180609392/
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #321 - June 11th, 2018, 9:06 am
    Post #321 - June 11th, 2018, 9:06 am Post #321 - June 11th, 2018, 9:06 am
    Tipsy Cow Cantina, the Tex-Mex concept run by the BrgrBelly family has decided to return to their core competencies; burgers, fries, and beer.
    They are closed for the reversion and will reopen Tuesday June 12, 2018.

    We tried Tipsy Cow twice and tried their beefs 3-4 times and it just did not work for us. I’m looking forward to their fantastic burgers available within a 200m walk of my house again!

    https://www.facebook.com/48231479181764 ... 095073473/
  • Post #322 - June 11th, 2018, 4:03 pm
    Post #322 - June 11th, 2018, 4:03 pm Post #322 - June 11th, 2018, 4:03 pm
    The Zachi at Belmont & Southport has closed. There's been a public notice in the old Flattop Grill space (which has been vacant for 2 years) that they are tearing down the building, so it may be related to that. Their other location on Broadway is still open and they've removed the Belmont location from their website.
  • Post #323 - June 11th, 2018, 7:39 pm
    Post #323 - June 11th, 2018, 7:39 pm Post #323 - June 11th, 2018, 7:39 pm
    lodasi wrote:Roditys on Halsted in Greektown has a banner outside saying they are temporarily closed for renovations.

    Eater is now reporting that they are closed but doesn't cite a source.
  • Post #324 - June 12th, 2018, 10:30 am
    Post #324 - June 12th, 2018, 10:30 am Post #324 - June 12th, 2018, 10:30 am
    ekreider wrote:Former Opart Thai Chef Taking Over Lincoln Square Restaurant from Eater.
    One of the restaurant’s longtime chefs, a worker who’s good friends with Opart co-founder Mookda Punmit, will open Green Leaf Thai Cuisine hopefully later this month at 4658 N. Lincoln Avenue.


    Text indicates that Green Leaf Thai Cuisine will be in the Opart space, which is at 4658 N. Western. I am not sure whether 4658 N Lincoln is the parking lot where the Lincoln Square farmers' markets are, the building just south of there which houses a health club, or some CTA property. I hope that the rest of Eater's details are more accurate than the address.

    The familiar Lincoln Square space where Opart Thai House served customers for 34 years is once more serving tiger cry, pad Thai, and a few new menu items as Green Leaf Thai Cuisine opened its doors on Monday.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/6/12/174 ... -open-menu
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #325 - June 12th, 2018, 6:03 pm
    Post #325 - June 12th, 2018, 6:03 pm Post #325 - June 12th, 2018, 6:03 pm
    Eater kept up its record for accurate addresses by using 4658 and 4659 North Western in different parts of the story. The one on the west side of Western is correct. The east side has a plaza alongside the Western Brown Line stop.

    Green Leaf Thai was open late this morning and had a list of lunch specials posted in the window as I was coming home from the Lincoln Square farmers market around 11:20.
  • Post #326 - June 12th, 2018, 9:29 pm
    Post #326 - June 12th, 2018, 9:29 pm Post #326 - June 12th, 2018, 9:29 pm
    tcdup wrote:Che F!gata has just opened at the Arista Hotel in Naperville (Rte 59 & I-88). It replaces Sugartoad? Wood-fired oven smelled good....

    Buttermilk, a breakfast/lunch place has opened on Freedom Drive in Naperville. They have a location in Geneva, too. There's also a Sharko's BBQ there -- not sure how long it's been open.

    Chuy's, a Tex-Mex place has opened at Cantera in Warrenville. I would say it's good Tex-Mex. I like the flautas. After having lived in Dallas for a couple of years, sometimes you just have a Tex-Mex itch, and this scratches it....

    The haunted Jimmy's CharHouse/City Island/Timber Lodge/Boston Blackie's location at Rte 59 & Rte 34 has notes in its windows -- coming soon -- Italian inspired dining. I guess I was driving too fast to get the name.

    The old Jimmy's Charhouse will be called Vai's.
    VAI’S NAPERVILLE
    916 S. IL-Rt 59
    Naperville, IL 60540
    630-453-5200
    https://vaisnaperville.com

    Also in the same strip mall, a Middle Eastern restaurant is opening in the former Carrabba's space named Al-Quds.
  • Post #327 - June 13th, 2018, 10:19 am
    Post #327 - June 13th, 2018, 10:19 am Post #327 - June 13th, 2018, 10:19 am
    The Chicago location of Sullivan’s Steakhouse — a River North staple for more than 20 years at 415 N. Dearborn Street — will close for good next week

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/6/13/174 ... bing-intel
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #328 - June 13th, 2018, 5:00 pm
    Post #328 - June 13th, 2018, 5:00 pm Post #328 - June 13th, 2018, 5:00 pm
    Driving home this afternoon I noticed that Bamyan Kabob has opened in the former Pita Kabob space.

    Quote from owner on Yelp listing:
    Bamyan Kabob is the Mediterranean, middle eastern and European Zabiha Halal restaurant. It has comfortable interior and nice service. We would like you to come to visit us and try our delicious food.
    Free parking is available.


    Web site is not very informative; menu pictures are nearly unreadable but seem to represent a culinary mishmash from shawarma to pelmeni. Those who have been to Pita Kabob know that there are very few parking spaces.

    Bamyan Kabob
    5701 N California (wedge between California and Lincoln)
    Chicago , IL 60659
    Phone number (773) 961-7794
    http://bamyan-kabob.business.site/
  • Post #329 - June 13th, 2018, 6:40 pm
    Post #329 - June 13th, 2018, 6:40 pm Post #329 - June 13th, 2018, 6:40 pm
    ekreider wrote:
    Web site is not very informative; menu pictures are nearly unreadable but seem to represent a culinary mishmash from shawarma to pelmeni.

    Items such as beshbarmak, shorpo, and lagman point to yet another ex-Soviet Central Asian place, albeit with some standard Middle Eastern items. May be worth a try.
  • Post #330 - June 14th, 2018, 12:45 pm
    Post #330 - June 14th, 2018, 12:45 pm Post #330 - June 14th, 2018, 12:45 pm
    The previous occupant of the space, Pita Kabob, had a specials board with a few central Asian dishes, and the servers generally appeared to be central Asian.

    Cilantro probably is correct about the new place. I suspect that ordering correctly may be important and certainly would want to give them a while to get the operation shaken down. The Tony's supermarket a few blocks south on Lincoln appears to have a fair number of central Asian customers, so there probably is a potential customer base in the area.

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