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  • Post #2371 - September 2nd, 2017, 5:23 pm
    Post #2371 - September 2nd, 2017, 5:23 pm Post #2371 - September 2nd, 2017, 5:23 pm
    A "brunch-ish" special at Monteverde . . .

    Image
    Scrambled Egg Fonduta | uber cheesy scrambles, zucchini, tomato bruschetta

    =R=
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  • Post #2372 - September 11th, 2017, 10:45 pm
    Post #2372 - September 11th, 2017, 10:45 pm Post #2372 - September 11th, 2017, 10:45 pm
    Skate wing at Local Option (1102 W. Webster). YMMV, but sometimes toasty sea-chicken basted in half a pound of Plugra is exactly what the soul needs. With potatoes, citrus, spinach and giant capers, much better than a $15 plate needs to be at a beer bar.
  • Post #2373 - September 12th, 2017, 1:12 pm
    Post #2373 - September 12th, 2017, 1:12 pm Post #2373 - September 12th, 2017, 1:12 pm
    Santander wrote:Skate wing at Local Option (1102 W. Webster). YMMV, but sometimes toasty sea-chicken basted in half a pound of Plugra is exactly what the soul needs. With potatoes, citrus, spinach and giant capers, much better than a $15 plate needs to be at a beer bar.

    Sounds excellent. I love good skate wing!

    I'm working on leftovers of Elote Fried Rice, a recipe created by Louisa Chu. It was delicious last night, and just as good cold today.
    -Mary
  • Post #2374 - September 13th, 2017, 10:47 pm
    Post #2374 - September 13th, 2017, 10:47 pm Post #2374 - September 13th, 2017, 10:47 pm
    A fried pickle sampler at the Minnesota state fair was everything I wanted out of fried pickles. Pickles are a food I've really come around to in 2017, haha.

    Classic pickles
    Old bay seasoned
    Cream cheese middle

    I also was hoping the Pronto Pup (corn dog) would be next level, but it was just a corn dog cooked to order.

    This is probably blasphemous, and forgive me, Minnesota, but Sweet Martha's cookies (sold by the bucket) were just solid chocolate chip cookies. Good warm or cold. But I'd never wait 30+ minutes for em again.
  • Post #2375 - September 23rd, 2017, 1:40 pm
    Post #2375 - September 23rd, 2017, 1:40 pm Post #2375 - September 23rd, 2017, 1:40 pm
    Eggs Ranchero Bowl @ Lady Gregory in A'ville:
    Scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheddar cheese, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, Cherrywood smoked bacon, Ranchero salsa, sour cream. It was very satisfying and the leftovers will be breakfast tomorrow with the addition of a couple of eggs.
  • Post #2376 - September 23rd, 2017, 10:14 pm
    Post #2376 - September 23rd, 2017, 10:14 pm Post #2376 - September 23rd, 2017, 10:14 pm
    Fried hen of the woods mushrooms from GNR Captain Porky's. Earthy, chewy, crispy, delightful. They'll only be available for a few weeks.

    They serve them with a rather insipid ranch dressing which I'd suggest you skip (a little horseradish would help), but don't miss these fun fungi.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #2377 - September 25th, 2017, 9:36 am
    Post #2377 - September 25th, 2017, 9:36 am Post #2377 - September 25th, 2017, 9:36 am
    A bit out of the way, but I recently had what I consider the single-best dish of my life at Seizan in Tokyo: roasted abalone, Hokkaido uni, and rice served in a boiling abalone liver sauce.

    I've not yet processed any photos from that trip, but here's another person's picture of the dish I had:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BA6pW7nrIhx ... ers_seizan

    That abalone and uni dish alone was justification for the cost of the meal.
  • Post #2378 - September 26th, 2017, 12:49 pm
    Post #2378 - September 26th, 2017, 12:49 pm Post #2378 - September 26th, 2017, 12:49 pm
    Best thing I've eaten lately is what I'm eating right now and plan to eat every chance I get before I have to say goodbye to this summer once and for all: homemade insalata caprese. A few days ago I got tomatoes and basil, both locally grown, and BelGioioso fresh mozzarella on sale, all at Jewel, and have been eating a caprese salad about every 12 hours ever since (while the basil lasts). I know that in a few months I will be pining for fresh tomatos for a caprese salad and will still have months more to wait.

    No balsamic vinegar for my caprese, btw, just salt, pepper, and olive oil.

    I've also discovered that a couple large leaves of basil added to a BLT (in place of or in addition to lettuce) really bumps up the flavor of the sandwich. So I recommend that: a BLT caprese.

    Now it occurs to me I could be adding crumbled bacon to my caprese salad. I could be making panzanella caprese. Excuse me, I have to get back to the kitchen.
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #2379 - September 26th, 2017, 1:27 pm
    Post #2379 - September 26th, 2017, 1:27 pm Post #2379 - September 26th, 2017, 1:27 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:A "brunch-ish" special at Monteverde . . .

    Image
    Scrambled Egg Fonduta | uber cheesy scrambles, zucchini, tomato bruschetta

    =R=

    That looks reeee-dick-ulous!

    Wow! Oh Wow!
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #2380 - September 29th, 2017, 2:04 pm
    Post #2380 - September 29th, 2017, 2:04 pm Post #2380 - September 29th, 2017, 2:04 pm
    I am on a roll lately! Took a somewhat long walk at lunch today to go to the Lincoln Ave Half Acre taproom and the chicken shwarma burrito, but in bowl form. Any of their burritos can be served in a bowl. It came with slices of red pepper, red onion, chunks of tomato with a nice garlicky vinaigrette, a smear of hummus and topped with tzatziki. The chicken was seasoned cubes of chicken breast. That was probably the leasr flavorful part of the bowl, but it didn't matter with the other terrific things that came with it.

    It came with a side, I chose the crispy red potatoes with chimichurri which was also really good.
  • Post #2381 - October 1st, 2017, 9:22 am
    Post #2381 - October 1st, 2017, 9:22 am Post #2381 - October 1st, 2017, 9:22 am
    knitgirl wrote:I am on a roll lately! Took a somewhat long walk at lunch today to go to the Lincoln Ave Half Acre taproom and the chicken shwarma burrito, but in bowl form. Any of their burritos can be served in a bowl. It came with slices of red pepper, red onion, chunks of tomato with a nice garlicky vinaigrette, a smear of hummus and topped with tzatziki. The chicken was seasoned cubes of chicken breast. That was probably the leasr flavorful part of the bowl, but it didn't matter with the other terrific things that came with it.

    It came with a side, I chose the crispy red potatoes with chimichurri which was also really good.

    I'm so happy that's back on the menu. They just nail the flavors in that burrito.

    Made my first ever trip to Mitsuwa yesterday. Probably won't go at noon on a Saturday again, but the shrimp tempura from Hannosuke made it worthwhile. So good.
  • Post #2382 - November 15th, 2017, 8:26 am
    Post #2382 - November 15th, 2017, 8:26 am Post #2382 - November 15th, 2017, 8:26 am
    Two bites from Gaetano's Wine Dinner held on November 14th at his eponymous Forest Park restaurant:

    Carne Salata con Speck, tartara di salmone e zabaglione di pecorino--translated--Beef Roll stuffed with speck topped with salmon tartare dressed with preserved lemon and capers with an olive tapenade and drizzled with soy lime and served with a pecorino cheese sabayon. The best thing I've eaten this decade! An explosion of flavors that I would eat every day if I could.

    Shishito e polpetta di fagiano con tartara di tonna salsa aioli tonnata ai capperi fritti --translated--Shishito pepper marmalade and pheasant roll in crispy pasta topped with fresh tuna tartare and drizzled with tuna caper sauce. The second best thing I've eaten this decade! A mix of shishito and ancient peppers cooked down over four hours with brown sugar mixed with delicate pheasant in an egg roll style pasta. A perfect balance of sweet, savory and acid.

    How does this man think of these things?
  • Post #2383 - November 17th, 2017, 10:29 am
    Post #2383 - November 17th, 2017, 10:29 am Post #2383 - November 17th, 2017, 10:29 am
    Pumpkin muffin from Hot Chocolate Bakery at Revival Food Hall. Great texture and spicing with the added bonus of a cream cheese center.
    -Mary
  • Post #2384 - November 21st, 2017, 11:54 pm
    Post #2384 - November 21st, 2017, 11:54 pm Post #2384 - November 21st, 2017, 11:54 pm
    Roast Baby Potato (Carbonara) at Proxi. Truly magnificent. Perfectly roasted crispy and creamy potatoes and crunchy savory pancetta lardons, all hidden under a foamy blanket of cheesy egg, with a nice hit of black pepper and fresh herbs. What a dish!
  • Post #2385 - November 24th, 2017, 1:02 pm
    Post #2385 - November 24th, 2017, 1:02 pm Post #2385 - November 24th, 2017, 1:02 pm
    Roast turkey from Sun Wah last night.
    Perfectly cooked dark and white, flavorful skin and the entire bird was infused with a wonderfully aromatic five spice cilantro and assorted spices rub. I was worried they would clash with the traditional sides but the complemented very nicely.
  • Post #2386 - November 25th, 2017, 3:15 pm
    Post #2386 - November 25th, 2017, 3:15 pm Post #2386 - November 25th, 2017, 3:15 pm
    Lao Sze Chuan, Chinatown, just now.
    Don Don.
    Holy Smokes.
    Ok, so the noodles are not homemade, but, dizzam. Best flavor I've had from don don/Dan Dan in a long time.

    Chicken crack was AWN today as well.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #2387 - November 27th, 2017, 2:36 pm
    Post #2387 - November 27th, 2017, 2:36 pm Post #2387 - November 27th, 2017, 2:36 pm
    I've not posted in several years but I'll toss out some 2017 hits:

    1. Double cheeseburger at Red Hot Ranch. Easily a top 5 burger experience. No nonsense. Just went with the RHR sauce, onion and pickles. Crispy edges and yet perfectly greasy/juicy in all the way a burger should be. And don't sleep on the fries. They're not as good as Gene and Judes, but they are very good.

    2. Wood-fired Seafood Tower for One at Maple and Ash Steakhouse. $40 is more than worth it for a bowl of fire-roasted lobster, crab, shrimp, scallop and clams, in a light garlic butter sauce. The oven is purely wood-fired and the smoke permeates the seafood in such a way that it has ruined any other variety of seafood tower for me. I'm a big eater and i decided not have a steak after putting this item away.

    3. Cumin Lamb, Ginger Lamb and Mongolian Beef at Lao Sze Chuan. This is my go-to Chinese spot. I don't know of a better Mongolian beef anywhere in the city/burbs, except Chef Ping's in Arlington Heights. The cumin lamb and ginger lamb are fantastic as well. There was a point where i was eating them twice/week.
  • Post #2388 - November 27th, 2017, 4:51 pm
    Post #2388 - November 27th, 2017, 4:51 pm Post #2388 - November 27th, 2017, 4:51 pm
    Pimiento cheese at Big Jones.
  • Post #2389 - November 27th, 2017, 6:30 pm
    Post #2389 - November 27th, 2017, 6:30 pm Post #2389 - November 27th, 2017, 6:30 pm
    Baja shrimp tacos @ Joe Jack's Fish House in Puerto Vallarta. Crisp, light batter. Pristinely fresh shrimp. Three big crustaceans/taco.
    baja_camarones.jpg
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #2390 - November 28th, 2017, 4:59 pm
    Post #2390 - November 28th, 2017, 4:59 pm Post #2390 - November 28th, 2017, 4:59 pm
    I may have mentioned this prior. I've enrolled in Spring Rewards, a credit-card loyalty program.
    There are a bunch of venues in metropolitan Chicago where you can visit, spend, and get a credit posted to your CC, but I am concentrating on bars and restaurants.
    For part of that, on Saturday, I hit Mr. B's BBQ on N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago. {Its own World-Wide Web page is mostly blank.} Image
    I do not visit barbeque venues as much as other restaurants, so perhaps I'm not the most exemplary at judging. But the 2-meal plate I had here ($18.00) was really superb. I chose chopped brisket and pulled chicken. For my side dishes, I chose corn fritters and tater tots. The tater tots have some sort of spice (cumin, clove?) which was quite tasty Image.
    It offers two sauces: An 'original' (as it puts it), and a 'hot'. I tried both of them, and must remark that the meat did not really need either of them. The hot is more pungent on the tongue, but not overbearingly so.
    If you order anything chopped or shredded, ask for a spoon. I struggled for two minutes trying to pick up the chopped brisket with a fork.
    I could not finish this all. A few of the fritters and tots were hauled back home, and just finished off within the hour.
    There does not seem to be a thread for this Mr. B's BBQ restaurant here on LTHF.
    Give it a shot {but not on Tuesdays}. It is a small place, seating about 16.
    Mr. B's BBQ
    4160 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Chicago, IL. 60618
    773-880-1100
    Learn what Bing prefers you not know: http://66.242.161.72/pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #2391 - November 30th, 2017, 5:26 pm
    Post #2391 - November 30th, 2017, 5:26 pm Post #2391 - November 30th, 2017, 5:26 pm
    The Pekin House eggrolls at Pho N Grill in DeKalb IL.
    Growing up in Rogers Park, Pekin House was the Chinese restaurant of my youth and their egg rolls were amazing. I could never find anything as tasty as their perfect mix of pork, shrimp, vegetables and peanut butter in a silver dollar thick won-ton wrapper. My brother informed me that he heard that the holy grail of egg rolls had been reproduced. Five of us made a hour long family run to DeKalb, and all ordered the egg rolls. We all took our first bites at the same time and we all came up saying wow. The flavor was that of our youth and as delicious as I remembered. The only difference were they were less greasy than the originals (not a bad thing). Apparently the previous owners were relatives of the owners of Pekin House and past the recipe on in the sale. We all ordered more to eat there and a batch to take home.
    Pho N Grill
    913 S Annie Glidden Rd,
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    phongrilldekalb.com
  • Post #2392 - November 30th, 2017, 6:12 pm
    Post #2392 - November 30th, 2017, 6:12 pm Post #2392 - November 30th, 2017, 6:12 pm
    Bonnie Lynn Bakery in Cincinnati makes "butter bits". They're pretty much a croissant in muffin form. They're delightfully light and oh so buttery. A staple at my thanksgiving.
  • Post #2393 - December 5th, 2017, 1:15 pm
    Post #2393 - December 5th, 2017, 1:15 pm Post #2393 - December 5th, 2017, 1:15 pm
    I work a block away from Revival Food Hall and have always remembered that recently Threadkiller listed the Pate de Campagne sandwich from Danke as the best thing they had eaten lately. Today I tried it.

    Most of the eating of the sandwich was disappointing. The huge slabs of Fancy Pork County Pate dominated the very crusty baguette and that is all I could taste, really. Finally I took it apart and just put one pate slab on half of the bread with the spot where the Fig Mostarda, Arugula, and Almonds had a presence. That few bites was PERFECTION, so I list it here.

    I've seen this before, where overly large meat proportions ruin what would otherwise be a great sandwich experience. I guess they wanted me to feel like I got my $10.50 worth for the sandwich.

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