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    Post #1 - October 3rd, 2018, 12:17 pm
    Post #1 - October 3rd, 2018, 12:17 pm Post #1 - October 3rd, 2018, 12:17 pm
    Blindsided by WillG after our lunch at 7 Spices, I need to come up with a bonus meal for this month. The LTHNLG last paid a visit to Monica's in Prospect Heights just over eight years ago - viewtopic.php?p=428315 . Definitely time to revisit this gem. Please join us on the 16th. As always, bring a friend.

    Monica's Mexican Restaurant
    636 S. Milwaukee Ave - in the plaza behind what used to be a Denny's
    Prospect Heights, IL 60070
    (847) 520-1070

    Dave148 - Esteemed Coordinator - LTH North Lunch Group
    WillG
    Cathy2
    JoelF
    Panther in the Den
    diversedancer
    EddieK - complainer
    Last edited by Dave148 on October 15th, 2018, 6:29 pm, edited 6 times in total.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #2 - October 3rd, 2018, 12:33 pm
    Post #2 - October 3rd, 2018, 12:33 pm Post #2 - October 3rd, 2018, 12:33 pm
    I am in.

    -Will
  • Post #3 - October 3rd, 2018, 3:05 pm
    Post #3 - October 3rd, 2018, 3:05 pm Post #3 - October 3rd, 2018, 3:05 pm
    Great! I like this place.
    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 #4 - October 3rd, 2018, 9:27 pm
    Post #4 - October 3rd, 2018, 9:27 pm Post #4 - October 3rd, 2018, 9:27 pm
    I'm definitely in. Last time it was just 3 of us, we can do better.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #5 - October 4th, 2018, 6:53 am
    Post #5 - October 4th, 2018, 6:53 am Post #5 - October 4th, 2018, 6:53 am
    Some data... :)

    7 minutes from my contract job :)
    Tuesday (I usually lunch out on Friday’s) :(
    In the fifth week of a supposed four week contract :|
    I did just have Mexican last week (Los Huaraches) :)
    12 to 1 (?) for us working stiffs :)

    I’m sure you meant S Milwaukee? :)

    Per Google Maps...

    Monica's Mexican Restaurant
    636 S Milwaukee Ave
    Prospect Heights, IL 60070

    I would love to join you! I hope things come together for me.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #6 - October 4th, 2018, 7:06 am
    Post #6 - October 4th, 2018, 7:06 am Post #6 - October 4th, 2018, 7:06 am
    Traditionally, we dine at 12:30 as to avoid the noon rush at most joints. If you're definitely still in the area that week, I can check with the Minions to see if we can move it up to noon.
    EC
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #7 - October 4th, 2018, 7:17 am
    Post #7 - October 4th, 2018, 7:17 am Post #7 - October 4th, 2018, 7:17 am
    Dave148 wrote:Traditionally, we dine at 12:30 as to avoid the noon rush at most joints. If you're definitely still in the area that week, I can check with the Minions to see if we can move it up to noon.
    EC

    12:30 would be great! I have some flexibility.

    Thanks!
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #8 - October 6th, 2018, 1:48 pm
    Post #8 - October 6th, 2018, 1:48 pm Post #8 - October 6th, 2018, 1:48 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:In the fifth week of a supposed four week contract :|

    I would love to join you! I hope things come together for me.

    Just found out that my contract will be extended for another 3 weeks.

    I will be able to join you.

    Sounds great! Thanks for setting this up.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #9 - October 6th, 2018, 4:11 pm
    Post #9 - October 6th, 2018, 4:11 pm Post #9 - October 6th, 2018, 4:11 pm
    How does this compare to the Monica’s in Mundelein?

    D.
  • Post #10 - October 6th, 2018, 5:22 pm
    Post #10 - October 6th, 2018, 5:22 pm Post #10 - October 6th, 2018, 5:22 pm
    dodger wrote:How does this compare to the Monica’s in Mundelein?

    D.

    They appear to be related businesses, I never went to Monica's in Mundelein. If you have, what did you think?

    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 #11 - October 6th, 2018, 6:20 pm
    Post #11 - October 6th, 2018, 6:20 pm Post #11 - October 6th, 2018, 6:20 pm
    dodger wrote:How does this compare to the Monica’s in Mundelein?

    D.

    I'm sure Jose (the owner, his daughter is Monica) puts as much care into both. Love this place, except for their aversion to ice water (they bring you styrofoam cups from the drinks cooler)
    Last edited by JoelF on October 7th, 2018, 5:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #12 - October 7th, 2018, 7:05 am
    Post #12 - October 7th, 2018, 7:05 am Post #12 - October 7th, 2018, 7:05 am
    I’ve been to the Mundelein one several times. Can’t comment on how authentic it is. But I like it. Don’t know about the ice water thing, I usually get Horchata.

    D.
  • Post #13 - October 7th, 2018, 12:19 pm
    Post #13 - October 7th, 2018, 12:19 pm Post #13 - October 7th, 2018, 12:19 pm
    dodger wrote:I’ve been to the Mundelein one several times. Can’t comment on how authentic it is. But I like it. Don’t know about the ice water thing, I usually get Horchata.

    D.

    Well, the no ice water thing definitely seems authentic. :wink:

    =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

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #14 - October 8th, 2018, 5:36 am
    Post #14 - October 8th, 2018, 5:36 am Post #14 - October 8th, 2018, 5:36 am
    Gonna have to pass this time, time conflicts.
  • Post #15 - October 8th, 2018, 10:55 am
    Post #15 - October 8th, 2018, 10:55 am Post #15 - October 8th, 2018, 10:55 am
    I would like to come, though Dr. Steven Gundry wouldn't like it.
    --Carey
  • Post #16 - October 12th, 2018, 10:14 am
    Post #16 - October 12th, 2018, 10:14 am Post #16 - October 12th, 2018, 10:14 am
    At this time, at least for me, the link to this thread from either the home page or the events page is broken, ending at http://www.lthforum.com/www.lthforum.co ... 19&t=44622
    Oops! That page can’t be found.
    It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try a search?

    I had to go to site search and search for "lth north lunch group" to find this thread, which was at viewtopic.php?f=19&t=44622&p=536285&hilit=lth+north+lunch+group#p536285

    hmmm, I didn't notice at first that the broken link has "www.lthforum.com" in it twice, clearly the problem, but I don't know why it puts it there. I will try to find where to report this, must be a feedback or bug reporting link somewhere.
    --Carey
  • Post #17 - October 12th, 2018, 10:20 am
    Post #17 - October 12th, 2018, 10:20 am Post #17 - October 12th, 2018, 10:20 am
    diversedancer wrote:At this time, at least for me, the link to this thread from either the home page or the events page is broken, ending at http://www.lthforum.com/www.lthforum.co ... 19&t=44622
    Oops! That page can’t be found.
    It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try a search?

    I had to go to site search and search for "lth north lunch group" to find this thread, which was at viewtopic.php?f=19&t=44622&p=536285&hilit=lth+north+lunch+group#p536285

    hmmm, I didn't notice at first that the broken link has "www.lthforum.com" in it twice, clearly the problem, but I don't know why it puts it there. I will try to find where to report this, must be a feedback or bug reporting link somewhere.

    This is what I just copied...

    ‘http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=44622’

    Looks like you have a double www
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #18 - October 15th, 2018, 6:24 pm
    Post #18 - October 15th, 2018, 6:24 pm Post #18 - October 15th, 2018, 6:24 pm
    I'll be there mañana.

    Much like dd, when I tried to click on the pic on the right side of the page under "Upcoming LTH Events" it went nowhere. I had to go back to "Events Calendar" to find this thread.

    I would have thought that our esteemed coordinator would have had this glitch fixed by now. Perhaps he's not as "all powerful" as he would have us believe.
  • Post #19 - October 15th, 2018, 6:34 pm
    Post #19 - October 15th, 2018, 6:34 pm Post #19 - October 15th, 2018, 6:34 pm
    EddieK wrote:I'll be there mañana.

    Much like dd, when I tried to click on the pic on the right side of the page under "Upcoming LTH Events" it went nowhere. I had to go back to "Events Calendar" to find this thread.

    I would have thought that our esteemed coordinator would have had this glitch fixed by now. Perhaps he's not as "all powerful" as he would have us believe.

    The event listings along the right side of the page are maintained by one of the moderators. They have a higher rank than Esteemed Coordinator.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #20 - October 15th, 2018, 6:40 pm
    Post #20 - October 15th, 2018, 6:40 pm Post #20 - October 15th, 2018, 6:40 pm
    What would be to order?

    My research has come up with El Pastor and some kind of spicy cheesesteak?

    Are they still making pizza?

    My research could be faulty or dated. :(
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #21 - October 15th, 2018, 6:42 pm
    Post #21 - October 15th, 2018, 6:42 pm Post #21 - October 15th, 2018, 6:42 pm
    EddieK wrote:I would have thought that our esteemed coordinator would have had this glitch fixed by now. Perhaps he's not as "all powerful" as he would have us believe.

    My bad. All fixed now.

    =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

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #22 - October 15th, 2018, 7:36 pm
    Post #22 - October 15th, 2018, 7:36 pm Post #22 - October 15th, 2018, 7:36 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:What would be to order?

    My research has come up with El Pastor and some kind of spicy cheesesteak?

    Are they still making pizza?

    My research could be faulty or dated. :(

    Meet your friends, chat about the menu, then decide.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #23 - October 16th, 2018, 7:13 am
    Post #23 - October 16th, 2018, 7:13 am Post #23 - October 16th, 2018, 7:13 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:What would be to order?

    My research has come up with El Pastor and some kind of spicy cheesesteak?

    Are they still making pizza?

    My research could be faulty or dated. :(

    I've never had the pizza, but it sits and spins in a glass box, does not look appealing.
    The cecina is always outstanding.
    The tacos al pastor does not come off a trompo, but it's pretty good.
    The ceviche tostada is excellent (although not as stupidly cheap as it used to be)
    They make some beautiful michelada shrimp cocktails, which I'd adore if it weren't for the beer
    It's one of our favorite restaurants, we've never been disappointed. Always a challenge for me to winnow it down, but I'm likely to go for a burrito or a torta today, maybe a few tacos instead?
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #24 - October 16th, 2018, 1:25 pm
    Post #24 - October 16th, 2018, 1:25 pm Post #24 - October 16th, 2018, 1:25 pm
    Well. That was a good lunch! A few of the things I wanted to try were very good!

    Starting off, when I heard they also made pizza I knew we had to try a Mexican pizza. Chorizo, Steak and Jalapeños in addition to the regular pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. I did briefly entertain the idea of going with the Chihuahua cheese but refrained.

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    Ordered it on the way so we could sample it as an appetizer.

    Also high on my list were the Tacos; Al Pastor and the Arrieros aka "Philly Steak Spicy Taco". I rounded out the taco trio with Carne al Carbon.

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    Excellent, tender and flavorful meat. I never made it to the al Carbon but will later.

    The table salsa wasn't too hot, had a nice chili powder flavor, chips fresh and the refried beans, excellent. Bottled hot sauces were mild as well. Just enough kick.

    After having some great Mexican lately it was fun to have another great meal! Thanks for hosting and it was great to break bread with you all.

    Boo! No chicken soup. :( :)
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon

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