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    Post #1 - February 15th, 2019, 7:25 am
    Post #1 - February 15th, 2019, 7:25 am Post #1 - February 15th, 2019, 7:25 am
    A buddy of mine swears by the fish fry at Rita's. I've never been here even though I've driven past this place a million times. 8)

    There's an ancient post about Rita's here -http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=16652

    Let's check it out on the 15th to see for ourselves. As always, bring a friend.

    Rita's
    13744 Rockland Rd.
    Lake Bluff, IL 60044
    (847) 362-0157

    Dave148 - Esteemed Coordinator - LTH North Lunch Group
    WillG
    EddieK
    jnm123
    Cathy2
    Katie
    Last edited by Dave148 on February 16th, 2019, 11:44 am, edited 2 times in total.
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #2 - February 15th, 2019, 8:47 am
    Post #2 - February 15th, 2019, 8:47 am Post #2 - February 15th, 2019, 8:47 am
    Good choice. Havent been there in ages but used to be a great fish fry.

    I am in.

    -Will
  • Post #3 - February 15th, 2019, 9:01 am
    Post #3 - February 15th, 2019, 9:01 am Post #3 - February 15th, 2019, 9:01 am
    I've also driven by many times without trying it. Count me in.
  • Post #4 - February 15th, 2019, 9:27 am
    Post #4 - February 15th, 2019, 9:27 am Post #4 - February 15th, 2019, 9:27 am
    Why not, I'm in too, for this Lenten version of our klatch. Don't quote me on this, but I too have driven past a zillion times and am sure I've seen 'perch' on their signage and maybe 'blue gill' as well.
  • Post #5 - February 15th, 2019, 11:13 am
    Post #5 - February 15th, 2019, 11:13 am Post #5 - February 15th, 2019, 11:13 am
    As the most recent person to comment on Rita's (in 2009!), I can still vouch for their fish fry. I told a friend of mine who's a great cook and loves good food about it a few months ago, and he's gone 6 or 7 times since then.

    Once there's a relatively firm number of people going, I think it's really important to give them a heads up. The dining area is the size of a living room, with about 8 or 9 tables, plus there are seats at the bar.
  • Post #6 - February 15th, 2019, 3:17 pm
    Post #6 - February 15th, 2019, 3:17 pm Post #6 - February 15th, 2019, 3:17 pm
    Dave, I'm starting to suspect you're reading my calendar in order to exclude me.
    That's two in a row I'll be out of town for.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #7 - February 15th, 2019, 3:31 pm
    Post #7 - February 15th, 2019, 3:31 pm Post #7 - February 15th, 2019, 3:31 pm
    JoelF wrote:Dave, I'm starting to suspect you're reading my calendar in order to exclude me.
    That's two in a row I'll be out of town for.

    https://www.uber.com/fare-estimate/
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #8 - February 15th, 2019, 8:50 pm
    Post #8 - February 15th, 2019, 8:50 pm Post #8 - February 15th, 2019, 8:50 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Dave, I'm starting to suspect you're reading my calendar in order to exclude me.
    That's two in a row I'll be out of town for.

    https://www.uber.com/fare-estimate/

    "Sorry, we’re unable to provide a fare estimate for that trip"
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #9 - February 15th, 2019, 8:52 pm
    Post #9 - February 15th, 2019, 8:52 pm Post #9 - February 15th, 2019, 8:52 pm
    JoelF wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Dave, I'm starting to suspect you're reading my calendar in order to exclude me.
    That's two in a row I'll be out of town for.

    https://www.uber.com/fare-estimate/

    "Sorry, we’re unable to provide a fare estimate for that trip"

    I will consult with you in selecting the April date.
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #10 - February 16th, 2019, 9:05 am
    Post #10 - February 16th, 2019, 9:05 am Post #10 - February 16th, 2019, 9:05 am
    Count me in. I've been meaning to try Rita's fish fry for a long time.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

    As Carl Sagan once said, to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. And sometimes I just don't have the time and energy to invent the universe. So I figure it's okay to buy some stuff.
  • Post #11 - February 16th, 2019, 10:35 am
    Post #11 - February 16th, 2019, 10:35 am Post #11 - February 16th, 2019, 10:35 am
    Hi,

    I brought a friend who grew up in a farm in northern Lake County. Her family never went to restaurants, though they went to taverns. I brought her in and she was back in her childhood vibe. Unbelievably, she bumped into the sister of her sister's best friend whose family owned her parents' favorite watering hole.

    She loved the experience of going to Rita's and came back soon after with her sisters.

    I will be there ready to eat my fare share of fish!

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    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 #12 - February 16th, 2019, 11:56 pm
    Post #12 - February 16th, 2019, 11:56 pm Post #12 - February 16th, 2019, 11:56 pm
    Dear Esteemed Coordinator,

    Beware the ides of March.

    Just sayin'.

    Signed,

    A friend, or maybe a minion
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

    As Carl Sagan once said, to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. And sometimes I just don't have the time and energy to invent the universe. So I figure it's okay to buy some stuff.
  • Post #13 - February 17th, 2019, 7:21 pm
    Post #13 - February 17th, 2019, 7:21 pm Post #13 - February 17th, 2019, 7:21 pm
    Katie wrote:Dear Esteemed Coordinator,

    Beware the ides of March.

    Just sayin'.

    Signed,

    A friend, or maybe a minion

    I'll sit with my back to the wall. 8)
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #14 - February 21st, 2019, 3:27 pm
    Post #14 - February 21st, 2019, 3:27 pm Post #14 - February 21st, 2019, 3:27 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Katie wrote:Dear Esteemed Coordinator,
    "Beware the ides of March."
    Just sayin'.
    Signed,
    A friend, or maybe a minion

    I'll sit with my back to the wall. 8)

    "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
    He thinks too much; such men are dangerous."
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

    As Carl Sagan once said, to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. And sometimes I just don't have the time and energy to invent the universe. So I figure it's okay to buy some stuff.
  • Post #15 - February 21st, 2019, 3:58 pm
    Post #15 - February 21st, 2019, 3:58 pm Post #15 - February 21st, 2019, 3:58 pm
    I always call this day: Et tu, Brute? day.
    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 #16 - March 13th, 2019, 2:19 pm
    Post #16 - March 13th, 2019, 2:19 pm Post #16 - March 13th, 2019, 2:19 pm
    There's a reservation under Dave. Hopefully, I won't be following Julius Caesar's footsteps. 8)
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #17 - March 13th, 2019, 2:57 pm
    Post #17 - March 13th, 2019, 2:57 pm Post #17 - March 13th, 2019, 2:57 pm
    Dave148 wrote:There's a reservation under Dave. Hopefully, I won't be following Julius Caesar's footsteps. 8)

    Is the lovely bride attending?
    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 #18 - March 13th, 2019, 3:28 pm
    Post #18 - March 13th, 2019, 3:28 pm Post #18 - March 13th, 2019, 3:28 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:There's a reservation under Dave. Hopefully, I won't be following Julius Caesar's footsteps. 8)

    Is the lovely bride attending?

    I don’t believe so. No mobility issues at my end. :D
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #19 - March 14th, 2019, 2:38 pm
    Post #19 - March 14th, 2019, 2:38 pm Post #19 - March 14th, 2019, 2:38 pm
    We can't count on her to support the rebellion anyway. Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

    As Carl Sagan once said, to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. And sometimes I just don't have the time and energy to invent the universe. So I figure it's okay to buy some stuff.
  • Post #20 - March 14th, 2019, 10:40 pm
    Post #20 - March 14th, 2019, 10:40 pm Post #20 - March 14th, 2019, 10:40 pm
    Sorry to say I am iffy for tomorrow. Looks like I may be taking a sick puppy to the doctor.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

    As Carl Sagan once said, to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. And sometimes I just don't have the time and energy to invent the universe. So I figure it's okay to buy some stuff.
  • Post #21 - March 15th, 2019, 5:47 am
    Post #21 - March 15th, 2019, 5:47 am Post #21 - March 15th, 2019, 5:47 am
    Dammit, Katie, where the hell can I get some hemlock at this late date?!

    Maybe we should revisit the mercury angle...
  • Post #22 - March 15th, 2019, 7:09 am
    Post #22 - March 15th, 2019, 7:09 am Post #22 - March 15th, 2019, 7:09 am
    jnm123 wrote:Dammit, Katie, where the hell can I get some hemlock at this late date?!

    Maybe we should revisit the mercury angle...

    https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Hemlock-m ... 167&sr=8-4
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #23 - March 15th, 2019, 9:05 am
    Post #23 - March 15th, 2019, 9:05 am Post #23 - March 15th, 2019, 9:05 am
    jnm123 wrote:Dammit, Katie, where the hell can I get some hemlock at this late date?!
    Maybe we should revisit the mercury angle...

    Dave148 wrote:http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=16652

    Can you believe he gave us this that link himself? :lol:
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

    As Carl Sagan once said, to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. And sometimes I just don't have the time and energy to invent the universe. So I figure it's okay to buy some stuff.
  • Post #24 - March 15th, 2019, 3:07 pm
    Post #24 - March 15th, 2019, 3:07 pm Post #24 - March 15th, 2019, 3:07 pm
    No pics, but at a tiny-but-packed Rita's five of us enjoyed expertly fried perch and walleye, decent fries, tedious clam chowder and tasty navy bean soups. Cole slaw was fair-to-middling.

    Guess I used up all my adjectives describing 'ordinary'. Quality was pretty good overall, but as per usual the conversation was anything but usual. Dead chefs & the usage of the word 'awesome' made the lunch memorable.
  • Post #25 - March 15th, 2019, 3:18 pm
    Post #25 - March 15th, 2019, 3:18 pm Post #25 - March 15th, 2019, 3:18 pm
    jnm123 wrote:Dead chefs & the usage of the word 'awesome' made the lunch memorable.

    We "learned" there is a limited age range where one can use the word 'awesome.' All of us at the table were too old to be considered seriously.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    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 #26 - March 15th, 2019, 3:59 pm
    Post #26 - March 15th, 2019, 3:59 pm Post #26 - March 15th, 2019, 3:59 pm
    Bottom line....it was an awesome lunch!
    EC
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #27 - March 16th, 2019, 10:00 pm
    Post #27 - March 16th, 2019, 10:00 pm Post #27 - March 16th, 2019, 10:00 pm
    Eddie Izzard explains the difference between the new and original meanings of "awesome." One is a hot dog; the other is a hundred billion hot dogs.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

    As Carl Sagan once said, to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. And sometimes I just don't have the time and energy to invent the universe. So I figure it's okay to buy some stuff.

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