G Wiv wrote: Da Beef wrote:
a beautiful piece of art it is...so colorful
Moved by sheer perfection, I weep.
Anyone been to Uncle John's lately?
I got there Saturday night, about 8:15pm. Ok, I know, its a Saturday night at 8:15... but even so. Most times Ive been to UJ's, its been in and out in a couple minutes. Maybe once or twice there have been 1 or 2 guys in line ahead of me. Not this time.
This time, there was a line filling up the small indoor area, and spilling out the door. And not just spilling out the door, but a good 15-deep outside the door! It took me well over a half-hour to get my food!
When I got to the front of the line, of course, I did my usual.. I dont even look at the menu there, I just say "#39 please" (which is the jumbo tips-and-links combo). This time, they refused.. they werent doing any jumbos, they said (basically, too many people, not enough food - nobody being served jumbos anymore!) I ended up going with a medium tip and a large link. Which were, of course, just as good as ever, if not better... still the best bbq in the city by far, IMHO.
Spoke to a few of the people in line (it was mostly a southside-based line, except for one old and very funny guy in a KC Royals cap, and very convivial in general). More than a few were first-timers.. at least a couple mentioned they saw it "last week on TV"... I gathered it had apparently been mentioned favorably on "Chicago's Best" on WGN or something?
The guy in front of me was apparently a regular - he said he had come by the previous night very late (Friday, near closing time).. and they had had only wings and a beef brisket remaining. He said he came back on Saturday night at 7pm, and they had no food whatsoever... they told him to come back at 8ish. He came back, he said, at 10-past-8... (and got to the front of the line just before me, at a little after 8:45!) He was just grateful to get some food at that point
Surely it cant *all* be just one "Chicago's Best" show on WGN? Has there been anything else lately to prompt this sudden rush? Has anyone else been there lately and noticed anything similar (maybe during the last couple of weeks)?
Iam very happy for Mack, and all the business he's getting...but I do hope I can start getting my #39 again soon (and in a little less than a half hour too!) I mean, I know his hot-link is better than any sausage product in the city (including anything Hot Doug's puts out IMHO)... but, for selfish reasons, Id still rather not have Hot-Doug-style waits every time Iam at UJs