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    Post #1 - August 11th, 2018, 9:58 am
    Post #1 - August 11th, 2018, 9:58 am Post #1 - August 11th, 2018, 9:58 am
    We're heading back south into Cook County for August and (not going) commando.
    Ewa's Pierogi now has some LTH presence. An recent article about this spot in a local newspaper has me intrigued.

    Please join us on the 28th for pierogis, borscht, and whatever else looks good on the menu. As always, bring a friend.

    Ewa’s Pierogi
    976 Harlem Ave.
    Glenview, IL 60025
    (224) 616-3430

    Dave148 - Esteemed Coordinator - LTH North Lunch Group
    diversedancer
    jimd
    JoelF
    Cathy2
    GAF
    EddieK
    Sylvia
    Sharon
    Last edited by Dave148 on August 27th, 2018, 2:48 pm, edited 7 times in total.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #2 - August 11th, 2018, 8:48 pm
    Post #2 - August 11th, 2018, 8:48 pm Post #2 - August 11th, 2018, 8:48 pm
    I'm in.
    --Carey
  • Post #3 - August 11th, 2018, 9:03 pm
    Post #3 - August 11th, 2018, 9:03 pm Post #3 - August 11th, 2018, 9:03 pm
    Pictures on their facebook page shows the menu.
    --Carey
  • Post #4 - August 12th, 2018, 5:24 am
    Post #4 - August 12th, 2018, 5:24 am Post #4 - August 12th, 2018, 5:24 am
    Not aware of how “going commando” will enhance the LTH experience, but it’s worth a shot.

    Is this the first time a dress code has been required and how will it be enforced?
  • Post #5 - August 12th, 2018, 7:16 am
    Post #5 - August 12th, 2018, 7:16 am Post #5 - August 12th, 2018, 7:16 am
    Cannot make it this time, sorry. And the commando prospect is simultaneously intriguing and revolting.

    J
  • Post #6 - August 12th, 2018, 7:24 am
    Post #6 - August 12th, 2018, 7:24 am Post #6 - August 12th, 2018, 7:24 am
    I'm game
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #7 - August 12th, 2018, 5:24 pm
    Post #7 - August 12th, 2018, 5:24 pm Post #7 - August 12th, 2018, 5:24 pm
    I plan to be there!
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #8 - August 16th, 2018, 9:00 am
    Post #8 - August 16th, 2018, 9:00 am Post #8 - August 16th, 2018, 9:00 am
    Should work for me.

    -Will
  • Post #9 - August 18th, 2018, 12:42 pm
    Post #9 - August 18th, 2018, 12:42 pm Post #9 - August 18th, 2018, 12:42 pm
    I will join you.

    I brought Pierogi and Pelmeni from Ewa's to the Tarte Tatin picnic, and I think that we all enjoyed them (at least none were left). I was impressed enough with the range of East European cuisine that I look forward to returning and trying dishes that were less mobile and sharable. It is a cute little spot. It took them about 20 minutes to prepare my order. The restaurant is in the same shopping center as Cho Jung and across the street from the Glenview Library.

    So, no need to go commando as this is my BRIEF contribution.
    Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn't really about the quality of the bread or how it's sliced or even the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It's all about the butter. -- Adam Gopnik
  • Post #10 - August 25th, 2018, 4:17 pm
    Post #10 - August 25th, 2018, 4:17 pm Post #10 - August 25th, 2018, 4:17 pm
    I'll be there if you promise I won't have to eat out of doors. I'll be plus one. My friend, Sylvia, who lived and taught in Poland for a few years will join us. Although she's French, she would like to find places in the northern burbs with good Polish food.
  • Post #11 - August 27th, 2018, 2:01 pm
    Post #11 - August 27th, 2018, 2:01 pm Post #11 - August 27th, 2018, 2:01 pm
    I am going to be too busy. Have to cancel. See y'all in September.

    -Will
  • Post #12 - August 27th, 2018, 2:20 pm
    Post #12 - August 27th, 2018, 2:20 pm Post #12 - August 27th, 2018, 2:20 pm
    There's a reservation under Dave for tomorrow. See y'all then!
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #13 - August 27th, 2018, 2:35 pm
    Post #13 - August 27th, 2018, 2:35 pm Post #13 - August 27th, 2018, 2:35 pm
    Sorry for the late notice but I hope it's OK that Sylvia and I have invited a mutual friend, Sharon, to join us. Sharon can take Will's place.
  • Post #14 - August 27th, 2018, 8:20 pm
    Post #14 - August 27th, 2018, 8:20 pm Post #14 - August 27th, 2018, 8:20 pm
    Hi,

    Mom advised she will come for the Polish food. It is my Mom, which means there is a 50:50 chance she really will go.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #15 - August 28th, 2018, 10:11 am
    Post #15 - August 28th, 2018, 10:11 am Post #15 - August 28th, 2018, 10:11 am
    Sorry, should have thought about this before....probably too late now...

    If you are ordering before we arrive, my vote is for more appetizers, salads, stuffed cabbage, borsht and less pierogi, which I thought were bland and uninteresting at the picnic. Guess I'm jaded by the exotic pierogi analogues in a myriad of oriental cuisines. Maybe at least one pelmeni just to see what the difference is.
    --Carey
  • Post #16 - August 28th, 2018, 10:43 am
    Post #16 - August 28th, 2018, 10:43 am Post #16 - August 28th, 2018, 10:43 am
    You can order the Euro-combo plate. The rest of us will eat what we came for: dumplings.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #17 - August 28th, 2018, 10:53 am
    Post #17 - August 28th, 2018, 10:53 am Post #17 - August 28th, 2018, 10:53 am
    i hear they have a great italian beef!
  • Post #18 - August 29th, 2018, 7:39 am
    Post #18 - August 29th, 2018, 7:39 am Post #18 - August 29th, 2018, 7:39 am
    Our end of the table ordered:
    • Potato Pancakes with smoked salmon, dill cream and red caviar - this was probably the best thing we ate. Nice crisp potato pancake, beautiful presentation (perhaps a little stingy on the salmon, as you can get 3 pancakes without the fish for $7, this was $15)
    • Herring Tartare - another gorgeous presentation with cornichons and capers, a nice swirled cocktail sauce on top. Too bad herring tastes like a chum bucket. If you like herring, it's probably great, but I did not enjoy.
    • Zapiekanka - supposedly a new Polish cuisine bar food, it's basically a french bread pizza, again very pretty. Good mushrooms, I just wish they didn't swirl ketchup over the top
    • Lamb Pelmeni - a little iron pot full of buttered dumplings, the least pretty presentation of the day. Tasty, but I can't say they're significantly different from the ones you can buy frozen at Shop 'n' Save.
    • Combo Pierogis: Mac 'n' Cheese and Spinach with Mozzarella. Well prepared, displayed nicely. The Mac ones were unimpressive: rather flat, not a lot of cheese flavor. The spinach ones were better, plump and lots of filling. Served with sour cream.
    • Side of Mushroom Sauce - helped add some spark to the pelmeni, and good sopped up with bread

    We came for the pierogis, but 10 for $8-$10 doesn't seem like a great value. I'll go back though, it was fun, tasty stuff, and not too heavy for eastern European dining.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #19 - August 29th, 2018, 8:06 am
    Post #19 - August 29th, 2018, 8:06 am Post #19 - August 29th, 2018, 8:06 am
    JoelF wrote:[*]Zapiekanka - supposedly a new Polish cuisine bar food, it's basically a french bread pizza, again very pretty. Good mushrooms, I just wish they didn't swirl ketchup over the top[/*]


    Maybe it's new to bars (though I doubt that), but zapiekanka is one of the quintessential Polish street foods. (Wikipedia tells me it originated sometime in the 70s.) I have very fond memories of it from visiting the rynek (central square market) of Krakow throughout the 80s. I wasn't old enough at the time to check out the bars and report. Similar in Hungary is melegszendvics, and that certainly was served in bars in the late 90s/early 00s when I could drink, so I'm guessing in both cultures, the hot pizza-bread type sandwich goes back a bit in the bars. And, yes, ketchup on top is pretty standard in both cultures, and, well, kind of required for me.

    There really are few street foods that I like better than a nice, long, narrow zapiekanka topped with cheese and sliced fresh button mushrooms, with a generous snake of ketchup across the top.
    Last edited by Binko on August 29th, 2018, 8:13 am, edited 3 times in total.
  • Post #20 - August 29th, 2018, 8:09 am
    Post #20 - August 29th, 2018, 8:09 am Post #20 - August 29th, 2018, 8:09 am
    I agree with Joel's comments about the pierogis. Kind of lopsided in terms of size vs price.

    Looking forward to working my way through the menu, including another round of Herring Tartare. Good stuff!
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #21 - August 29th, 2018, 8:14 am
    Post #21 - August 29th, 2018, 8:14 am Post #21 - August 29th, 2018, 8:14 am
    Everything you'd ever want to know about Zapiekanka and more, courtesy of laikom, 2014 . . .

    Uncovering the little-known Polish bar scene. Zapiekanka!

    =R=
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  • Post #22 - August 29th, 2018, 8:57 am
    Post #22 - August 29th, 2018, 8:57 am Post #22 - August 29th, 2018, 8:57 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Everything you'd ever want to know about Zapiekanka and more, courtesy of laikom, 2014 . . .

    Uncovering the little-known Polish bar scene. Zapiekanka!

    =R=

    At lunch yesterday, I did bring up Laikom's Zapiekanka research. It is contemporary Polish food.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #23 - August 29th, 2018, 9:00 am
    Post #23 - August 29th, 2018, 9:00 am Post #23 - August 29th, 2018, 9:00 am
    Yesterday's lunch was also educational. We also learned everything we need to know about Warren Harding!
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #24 - August 29th, 2018, 9:25 am
    Post #24 - August 29th, 2018, 9:25 am Post #24 - August 29th, 2018, 9:25 am
    Warren G. Harding
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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