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  • Post #481 - September 28th, 2018, 8:41 am
    Post #481 - September 28th, 2018, 8:41 am Post #481 - September 28th, 2018, 8:41 am
    Pie Lady wrote:Email from QXY in my inbox today:
    We will be temporarily closed for renovating and upgrading from Oct 1st to Oct 10th. And reopen at 11:30 am on Oct 11th.
    At this moment, you are welcome to make any reservation after Oct 10th from our website: qxydumplings.com.


    Interesting. That space wasn't built out all that long ago. Perhaps we can hope they're replacing those unfortunate chairs?
  • Post #482 - September 28th, 2018, 8:56 am
    Post #482 - September 28th, 2018, 8:56 am Post #482 - September 28th, 2018, 8:56 am
    chicagojim wrote:
    Pie Lady wrote:Email from QXY in my inbox today:
    We will be temporarily closed for renovating and upgrading from Oct 1st to Oct 10th. And reopen at 11:30 am on Oct 11th.
    At this moment, you are welcome to make any reservation after Oct 10th from our website: qxydumplings.com.


    Interesting. That space wasn't built out all that long ago. Perhaps we can hope they're replacing those unfortunate chairs?

    Fingers crossed for a better chair/table configuration.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

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

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  • Post #483 - September 28th, 2018, 10:47 am
    Post #483 - September 28th, 2018, 10:47 am Post #483 - September 28th, 2018, 10:47 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    chicagojim wrote:Interesting. That space wasn't built out all that long ago. Perhaps we can hope they're replacing those unfortunate chairs?

    Fingers crossed for a better chair/table configuration.

    =R=



    Exactly what I was thinking. Fingers crossed.
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  • Post #484 - September 28th, 2018, 10:15 pm
    Post #484 - September 28th, 2018, 10:15 pm Post #484 - September 28th, 2018, 10:15 pm
    Not exactly thrilling news but Panera will be moving from the location on Waukegan Rd near Carson's Ribs into a new outlot building next to Jewel and City BBQ at Deerbrook Mall off Lake-Cook Rd near Waukegan sometime in the near future.
  • Post #485 - September 29th, 2018, 10:26 am
    Post #485 - September 29th, 2018, 10:26 am Post #485 - September 29th, 2018, 10:26 am
    Pie Lady wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    chicagojim wrote:Interesting. That space wasn't built out all that long ago. Perhaps we can hope they're replacing those unfortunate chairs?

    Fingers crossed for a better chair/table configuration.

    =R=



    Exactly what I was thinking. Fingers crossed.


    Ugh, those chairs are the worst.
  • Post #486 - September 30th, 2018, 9:58 am
    Post #486 - September 30th, 2018, 9:58 am Post #486 - September 30th, 2018, 9:58 am
    Ravinia Brewing Company is finally opened in the old Zuzu’s Location. I have not had a chance to go there.

    Ravinia Brewing Company
    582 Roger Williams
    Highland Park
    tel:773-362-5553

    https://www.raviniabrewing.com
  • Post #487 - October 1st, 2018, 10:18 am
    Post #487 - October 1st, 2018, 10:18 am Post #487 - October 1st, 2018, 10:18 am
    chicagojim wrote:
    Pie Lady wrote:Email from QXY in my inbox today:
    We will be temporarily closed for renovating and upgrading from Oct 1st to Oct 10th. And reopen at 11:30 am on Oct 11th.
    At this moment, you are welcome to make any reservation after Oct 10th from our website: qxydumplings.com.


    Interesting. That space wasn't built out all that long ago. Perhaps we can hope they're replacing those unfortunate chairs?


    Perhaps, but during my last visit the air duct/ventilation was dripping on me while I sat and ate, so hopefully they are making more thorough renovations as well.
  • Post #488 - October 1st, 2018, 11:57 am
    Post #488 - October 1st, 2018, 11:57 am Post #488 - October 1st, 2018, 11:57 am
    After four years, Bohemian House closes its doors
    https://trib.in/2QogyjF
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #489 - October 1st, 2018, 12:46 pm
    Post #489 - October 1st, 2018, 12:46 pm Post #489 - October 1st, 2018, 12:46 pm
    From the Facebook page of Tiztal Cafe, home of the best chilaquiles (IMHO) and oatmeal shake around:

    Hello to the best customers in the Chicagoland area!
    We would like to remind you that Tiztal Café will be closed for the month of October for some major renovations to our storefront and kitchen. We are very excited to show you these changes and we expect to be back November 1st to continue to offer our amazing Chilaquiles and Oatmeal shakes! We will keep you posted with any updates.
    Thank you all for your support throughout these years and we hope to see you all at our Grand Reopening!


    Sounds like they're actually closed for renovations and not (permanently) "closed for renovations."
    "If this sauce was a person, I'd get naked and make love to it." - Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Girls
  • Post #490 - October 3rd, 2018, 3:13 pm
    Post #490 - October 3rd, 2018, 3:13 pm Post #490 - October 3rd, 2018, 3:13 pm
    Looks like the Reveler is open on the corner of Damen and Roscoe in Roscoe Village. It replaces the Riverview Tavern that was on the corner. Another bar and grill replaced by another bar and grill.

    Reveler
    3403 N Damen Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
    http://revelerchicago.com/
  • Post #491 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:01 pm
    Post #491 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:01 pm Post #491 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:01 pm
    bweiny wrote:New pizza option opened about 2 weeks ago in downtown Wilmette:

    Lefty's Pizza Kitchen
    1156 Central Ave (entrance on 12th St across from Chase Bank lot)
    (847)920-5401
    M-Th 11a-9p
    F-Sa 11a-10p
    Su 4.3p-8p

    They have both pan and thin with a few fried appetizers and salads. I hope to give the pan a try within a week or two.
    I missed this post in July (it was at the end of page 13), but I thought I'd re-post it for those of us who might be interested because Lefty's looks exactly like the Pequod/Burt style.
  • Post #492 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:43 pm
    Post #492 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:43 pm Post #492 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:43 pm
    Ram4 wrote:I missed this post in July (it was at the end of page 13), but I thought I'd re-post it for those of us who might be interested because Lefty's looks exactly like the Pequod/Burt style.


    It's getting to be an option on menus at other pizza places. I was at a friend's recently and they ordered from Tortorice's (surprisingly not bad). One had a "caramelized burnt cheese crust."
  • Post #493 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:55 pm
    Post #493 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:55 pm Post #493 - October 3rd, 2018, 4:55 pm
    Ram4 wrote:
    bweiny wrote:Lefty's Pizza Kitchen
    1156 Central Ave (entrance on 12th St across from Chase Bank lot)
    (847)920-5401
    I hope to give the pan a try within a week or two.
    I missed this post in July (it was at the end of page 13), but I thought I'd re-post it for those of us who might be interested because Lefty's looks exactly like the Pequod/Burt style.

    The fact this place didn't have any decent photos of their pizza on either Google or Yelp was driving me crazy. I eventually caved and got their pan 2.5 weeks ago (picked up at halftime, right before NU's collapse vs Akron).

    As you state, it is in the mold of Pequod's. However, since I'm not that big a fan of Pequod's, I liked Lefty's a little more because it wasn't as bready, w/ a base closer to Malnati's in thickness. The only topping was spinach, so I can't speak to their sausage. I'm hoping to try the thin this month, since I prefer that style 98% of the time.
  • Post #494 - October 4th, 2018, 11:42 am
    Post #494 - October 4th, 2018, 11:42 am Post #494 - October 4th, 2018, 11:42 am
    bweiny wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:
    bweiny wrote:Lefty's Pizza Kitchen
    1156 Central Ave (entrance on 12th St across from Chase Bank lot)
    (847)920-5401
    I hope to give the pan a try within a week or two.
    I missed this post in July (it was at the end of page 13), but I thought I'd re-post it for those of us who might be interested because Lefty's looks exactly like the Pequod/Burt style.

    The fact this place didn't have any decent photos of their pizza on either Google or Yelp was driving me crazy. I eventually caved and got their pan 2.5 weeks ago (picked up at halftime, right before NU's collapse vs Akron).

    As you state, it is in the mold of Pequod's. However, since I'm not that big a fan of Pequod's, I liked Lefty's a little more because it wasn't as bready, w/ a base closer to Malnati's in thickness. The only topping was spinach, so I can't speak to their sausage. I'm hoping to try the thin this month, since I prefer that style 98% of the time.
    Pequod insider tip: Don't like bready dough? Order LIGHT DOUGH at Pequod and you'll get it thinner like Burt's (or Lefty's I guess).
  • Post #495 - October 7th, 2018, 8:17 am
    Post #495 - October 7th, 2018, 8:17 am Post #495 - October 7th, 2018, 8:17 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:As a certified KCBS judge I can say that competition BBQ is some of the worst oversauced, style over substance BBQ out there and nothing to aspire to.

    =R=

    Company I worked for did several Chili cook offs and BBQ competitions in the Dallas area. No sauce was allowed for any of the meats for judging purposes
    Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
    Woody Allen
  • Post #496 - October 7th, 2018, 1:47 pm
    Post #496 - October 7th, 2018, 1:47 pm Post #496 - October 7th, 2018, 1:47 pm
    abe_froeman wrote:
    Pie Lady wrote:Exactly what I was thinking. Fingers crossed.


    Ugh, those chairs are the worst.


    They are, however, a hell of a lot more authentic than what you find in 99.9% of Chinese restaurants in America (at least according to my girlfriend and my own opinion after eating at some decent higher end (but not "high end") restaurants in a few cities in China).
  • Post #497 - October 8th, 2018, 2:36 pm
    Post #497 - October 8th, 2018, 2:36 pm Post #497 - October 8th, 2018, 2:36 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Amazon Go store with no cashiers, no checkout line opens today in Chicago
    7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays at 113 S. Franklin St.

    A second Chicago location opened Monday at 144 S. Clark St. The 1,200-square-foot store will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays. A third Chicago store will open soon in a 1,700-square-foot space in 500 W. Madison St.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... l#nws=true
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #498 - October 8th, 2018, 4:36 pm
    Post #498 - October 8th, 2018, 4:36 pm Post #498 - October 8th, 2018, 4:36 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    Amazon Go store with no cashiers, no checkout line opens today in Chicago
    7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays at 113 S. Franklin St.

    A second Chicago location opened Monday at 144 S. Clark St. The 1,200-square-foot store will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays. A third Chicago store will open soon in a 1,700-square-foot space in 500 W. Madison St.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... l#nws=true


    My quick review, the name-brand stuff is priced well, their prepared foods are mediocre.
  • Post #499 - October 8th, 2018, 7:17 pm
    Post #499 - October 8th, 2018, 7:17 pm Post #499 - October 8th, 2018, 7:17 pm
    Just a heads up for anybody into trying "new" foods. I notice there is a new Chinese "Steam Pot" place that opened in Chinatown (not in the main drags though) within the last month or so. According to my girlfriend, it's kind of a fad in recent years that started in Guangdong (near Hong Kong) - it's not that common in the US yet. I only know of 2 places in NYC that do it (both in Flushing), but when I had it a year ago it was pretty good. Steam Pot is mostly for seafood where you pick seafood and at your table there is a steamer where it cooks (via steam of course).

    This place has lobster, shrimp, clam, oyster, sea bass, eel, king crab, dungeness crab, abalone, etc etc as well as frog, pigeon and turtle (turtle also tastes like chicken - it's pretty good) as well as the usual suspects of chicken, lamb, pork, and beef.

    Original Steam
    2428 S Wallace Street (Wallace between Archer and 24th near the expressway)
    (312) 888-2170
    Open everyday from 4pm - 2am
    https://originalsteams.com
    Last edited by marothisu on October 9th, 2018, 8:55 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #500 - October 9th, 2018, 4:40 am
    Post #500 - October 9th, 2018, 4:40 am Post #500 - October 9th, 2018, 4:40 am
    marothisu wrote:Original Steam
    2428 S Wallace Street

    Very cool, Original Steam interests me more than yet another ~spicy~ bag of seafood joint. Looks like they are right across the street from Park to Shop, a terrific Chinese grocery. 4pm to 2am daily, I plan on checking Original Steam out, thanks for posting.
    One minute to Wapner.
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  • Post #501 - October 9th, 2018, 1:52 pm
    Post #501 - October 9th, 2018, 1:52 pm Post #501 - October 9th, 2018, 1:52 pm
    Pastoral Andersonville (5212 N. Clark St.) plans to close after brunch Oct. 21. The youngest location for the wine, bread and cheese shop opened in 2015 with a full-service restaurant, Appellation. Co-owner Greg O'Neill promises that all of the other Pastoral locations will remain open.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #502 - October 9th, 2018, 5:22 pm
    Post #502 - October 9th, 2018, 5:22 pm Post #502 - October 9th, 2018, 5:22 pm
    According to a post on their Facebook page Old Town Social has closed.

    https://www.facebook.com/OldTownSocial/ ... __tn__=K-R
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #503 - October 10th, 2018, 11:37 am
    Post #503 - October 10th, 2018, 11:37 am Post #503 - October 10th, 2018, 11:37 am
    Dave148 wrote:Coming soon to downtown HP:
    That Little French Guy - French Bakery & Café
    1791 St Johns Ave.
    Highland Park, IL 60035
    https://www.facebook.com/ThatLittleFrenchGuy/
    Disclosure - I'm a friend of the architect of this cafe.


    They opened today. Stopped in this morning to try a few pastries and came away impressed. Excited to try some items from their full menu. My hometown boosterism is hoping they do well. We need to fill some of the vacancies in HP and anything non-chain especially is welcome.

    Speaking of which, The Ravinia Brewing Company has opened a tap room with a Mexican/Taco menu in Billy Corgan's old teahouse space on Roger Williams in the Ravinia district. They are having a grand opening on Saturday...https://www.raviniabrewing.com/index.ph ... day-oct-13
  • Post #504 - October 10th, 2018, 11:53 am
    Post #504 - October 10th, 2018, 11:53 am Post #504 - October 10th, 2018, 11:53 am
    That Little French Guy has a website too.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #505 - October 10th, 2018, 12:21 pm
    Post #505 - October 10th, 2018, 12:21 pm Post #505 - October 10th, 2018, 12:21 pm
    Family House, the Burmese/Malaysian restaurant on Devon (the only Burmese restaurant in Chicago), is closed and has a sign on the door that new management is coming soon. Unclear if the restaurant will remain Family House or become something entirely new.
  • Post #506 - October 10th, 2018, 5:49 pm
    Post #506 - October 10th, 2018, 5:49 pm Post #506 - October 10th, 2018, 5:49 pm
    The Fuddruckers on Skokie Blvd near Dundee next to Mariano's closed recently. I thought it was in an odd spot tucked away with no signage at all on Skokie Blvd or Dundee. I'd be surprised if anyone knew they existed.
  • Post #507 - October 10th, 2018, 5:51 pm
    Post #507 - October 10th, 2018, 5:51 pm Post #507 - October 10th, 2018, 5:51 pm
    Ram4 wrote:The Fuddruckers on Skokie Blvd near Dundee next to Mariano's closed recently. I thought it was in an odd spot tucked away with no signage at all on Skokie Blvd or Dundee. I'd be surprised if anyone knew they existed.

    I ate there once. Surprise! :D
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #508 - October 10th, 2018, 8:16 pm
    Post #508 - October 10th, 2018, 8:16 pm Post #508 - October 10th, 2018, 8:16 pm
    An Italian restaurant called La Roccia opened in the old Brick's Pizza space at 1909 N. Lincoln in late August.

    https://www.larocciapizza.com/
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #509 - October 12th, 2018, 7:11 am
    Post #509 - October 12th, 2018, 7:11 am Post #509 - October 12th, 2018, 7:11 am
    Michael Olszewski is back in the game.
    Grace’s Ex-Owner Plans To Open His Rogers Park Restaurant in November

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/10/11/17 ... trick-russ
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #510 - October 12th, 2018, 9:43 am
    Post #510 - October 12th, 2018, 9:43 am Post #510 - October 12th, 2018, 9:43 am
    Dave148 wrote:Michael Olszewski is back in the game.
    Grace’s Ex-Owner Plans To Open His Rogers Park Restaurant in November

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/10/11/17 ... trick-russ

    He will also be opening Yugen in the space formerly housing Grace; I don't know whether that will open before or after Onward Chicago in Rogers Park.

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