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  • Post #721 - August 7th, 2019, 10:41 am
    Post #721 - August 7th, 2019, 10:41 am Post #721 - August 7th, 2019, 10:41 am
    nsxtasy wrote:
    midas wrote:I'm old enough to remember when there were almost no Mexican restaurants around the area. Heck, when I went to L.A. for the first time in 1968, that was the first time I saw a Taco Bell.

    Even back then, there were plenty along 18th Street in Pilsen, and La Choza was making kamoosh.


    Mid year '68 I just turned 14. Neither of those places were in my parents rotation.
  • Post #722 - August 7th, 2019, 4:44 pm
    Post #722 - August 7th, 2019, 4:44 pm Post #722 - August 7th, 2019, 4:44 pm
    This is a Chicago message board, it's about time to act like it. In other words - don't tone down the language or the confrontation! I'm loving this thread.

    I tend to be a bit chatty wherever I go and I enjoy the interaction. I appreciate the service and like Cosmo Kramer, many times even ending up with free food even though I had never ask for it; but I usually will try to say something after a great meal or a really bad one. I have what many consider a memorable face, so they tend to remember me when I return. There is no chance I would want an average meal for the sake of a review. I want the meal to be as good as it can be. I should say I "hope" it will be great. But there is nothing wrong with a friendly conversation that can possibly tip the scales in your favor (especially when the meal will tip the scales when you get home and weigh yourself!).

    G Wiv's posts - count me a fan!
  • Post #723 - September 13th, 2019, 4:09 pm
    Post #723 - September 13th, 2019, 4:09 pm Post #723 - September 13th, 2019, 4:09 pm
    My Bride was craving a fried chicken sandwich and a quick search turned up...

    Culver's
    6943 W Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn

    ... as to having a pretty good one (especially since corporate Popeye’s is still out).

    Since we were there and the recent conversation about their burgers I knew what I was getting.

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    Much better than my last visit but that was a burger crawl of mostly thick burgers.

    The first few bites seemed without juicy flavor (thinking wet lettuce) but before I was halfway through my taste buds and the juices flowing got into high gear.

    My standard is “running down my arms and chin” and this met that standard. A sprinkle of salt next time.

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    Of course their excellent custard to finish off the meal is an added bonus.

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    Unusually enough I don’t believe the vanilla was fresh? My first bite gave me a suspicion and running into ice crystals later confirmed it. Unusual in the fact they usually keep high standards.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #724 - September 13th, 2019, 8:16 pm
    Post #724 - September 13th, 2019, 8:16 pm Post #724 - September 13th, 2019, 8:16 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    The first few bites seemed without juicy flavor (thinking wet lettuce) but before I was halfway through my taste buds and the juices flowing got into high gear.


    Burgers, like steaks, should be allowed to rest before consuming. Culver tries to get their burgers to the consumer right off the grill and they are too hot for maximum flavor and juiciness. I believe this is why your experience was better for the second half.

    It’s not easy, but waiting a few minutes before attacking the burger will yield better results.
  • Post #725 - September 13th, 2019, 10:29 pm
    Post #725 - September 13th, 2019, 10:29 pm Post #725 - September 13th, 2019, 10:29 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Much better than my last visit but that was a burger crawl of mostly thick burgers.

    The first few bites seemed without juicy flavor (thinking wet lettuce)...


    Maybe next time, get it without...THE FREAKIN' LETTUCE!

    Seriously, I consciously avoid ordering lettuce on a Burger. As far as I'm concerned it brings nothing to the party but a minimal textural element. There is no discernible flavor contribution, and it usually speeds up the time it takes for the rest of the ingredients to slide off and the sandwich to fall apart.

    Stick to the Holy Quartet on which the McDonald's Generation was raised; Ketchup, Mustard, Pickle, and Onion (raw is preferred, but grilled is acceptable if your feelin' fancy), and you won't go wrong.

    Buddy
  • Post #726 - September 13th, 2019, 11:01 pm
    Post #726 - September 13th, 2019, 11:01 pm Post #726 - September 13th, 2019, 11:01 pm
    BuddyRoadhouse wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Much better than my last visit but that was a burger crawl of mostly thick burgers.

    The first few bites seemed without juicy flavor (thinking wet lettuce)...


    Maybe next time, get it without...THE FREAKIN' LETTUCE!

    haha, yes. total rookie move!
  • Post #727 - September 14th, 2019, 10:33 am
    Post #727 - September 14th, 2019, 10:33 am Post #727 - September 14th, 2019, 10:33 am
    Clarence Beeks wrote:
    BuddyRoadhouse wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Much better than my last visit but that was a burger crawl of mostly thick burgers.

    The first few bites seemed without juicy flavor (thinking wet lettuce)...


    Maybe next time, get it without...THE FREAKIN' LETTUCE!

    haha, yes. total rookie move!
    100% agree. Lettuce should not be on a burger.
  • Post #728 - September 14th, 2019, 12:25 pm
    Post #728 - September 14th, 2019, 12:25 pm Post #728 - September 14th, 2019, 12:25 pm
    Often when trying a sandwich from a restaurant I will get their signature burger as I assume it is their carefully crafted combination they are proud of.

    While the addition of lettuce didn’t especially offend me I might agree it could be better without.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #729 - September 14th, 2019, 6:27 pm
    Post #729 - September 14th, 2019, 6:27 pm Post #729 - September 14th, 2019, 6:27 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Often when trying a sandwich from a restaurant I will get their signature burger as I assume it is their carefully crafted combination they are proud of.

    While the addition of lettuce didn’t especially offend me I might agree it could be better without.

    And certainly skip the tomato, unless you've seen a fantastic specimen on a plate before you order
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #730 - September 15th, 2019, 7:08 am
    Post #730 - September 15th, 2019, 7:08 am Post #730 - September 15th, 2019, 7:08 am
    I am with the "old Style" with mustard, ketchup, pickle, and the onion depends on where you are. For instance, I have done both ways at Wedl's and Joe Rouer's and you have to go grilled onions at those places no question. Today, too many varieties with various shit on them. On occasion they hit a homer like Oscar's on 19th in Milwaukee, but generally too much thinking.
  • Post #731 - September 15th, 2019, 8:14 am
    Post #731 - September 15th, 2019, 8:14 am Post #731 - September 15th, 2019, 8:14 am
    On a burger, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup are sheer perfection. Pickles belong alongside the burger, not in the burger. And mustard has no business on a burger, although it's fine on a hot dog or a pastrami sandwich.

    Just remember - ketchup on a burger and mustard on a hot dog are divine, while the reverse is blasphemy. :twisted:
  • Post #732 - September 15th, 2019, 8:26 am
    Post #732 - September 15th, 2019, 8:26 am Post #732 - September 15th, 2019, 8:26 am
    nsxtasy wrote:On a burger, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup are sheer perfection. Pickles belong alongside the burger, not in the burger. And mustard has no business on a burger, although it's fine on a hot dog or a pastrami sandwich.

    Just remember - ketchup on a burger and mustard on a hot dog are divine, while the reverse is blasphemy. :twisted:

    I have the same opinion, but there are plenty who seem to like the mustard and pickle combo - SueF really likes the mustard relish that Steak and Shake had (last time we were there, they denied knowing about it).

    Where I really like pickles, it turns out, is spicy chicken sandwiches.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #733 - September 15th, 2019, 11:20 am
    Post #733 - September 15th, 2019, 11:20 am Post #733 - September 15th, 2019, 11:20 am
    nsxtasy wrote:On a burger, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup are sheer perfection. Pickles belong alongside the burger, not in the burger. And mustard has no business on a burger, although it's fine on a hot dog or a pastrami sandwich.

    Just remember - ketchup on a burger and mustard on a hot dog are divine, while the reverse is blasphemy. :twisted:


    I agree.
    However, the Red Hot Ranch double cheeseburger has perfected their own special sauce, instead of ketchup, which blends perfectly with the minimal use of a thin tomato slice and a leaf of lettuce with diced onions. The Red Hot Ranch double cheeseburger doesn't need ketchup or pickles, since it upsets the balance of their condiments. The Culver's double cheeseburger with only ketchup, works for me.

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  • Post #734 - September 15th, 2019, 12:38 pm
    Post #734 - September 15th, 2019, 12:38 pm Post #734 - September 15th, 2019, 12:38 pm
    chicagostyledog wrote:. . . Red Hot Ranch double cheeseburger has perfected their own special sauce, instead of ketchup, which blends perfectly with the minimal use of a thin tomato slice and a leaf of lettuce with diced onions.

    +1 to that. I go in eyes wide open. It's just about the only place I unquestioningly take the lettuce and tomato on the burger. There's a synergy produced by the combination of condiments they use and the quantities in which they apply them. Though, I admit that I sometimes ask for pickles, too. :oops:

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  • Post #735 - September 15th, 2019, 1:24 pm
    Post #735 - September 15th, 2019, 1:24 pm Post #735 - September 15th, 2019, 1:24 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    chicagostyledog wrote:. . . Red Hot Ranch double cheeseburger has perfected their own special sauce, instead of ketchup, which blends perfectly with the minimal use of a thin tomato slice and a leaf of lettuce with diced onions.

    +1 to that. I go in eyes wide open. It's just about the only place I unquestioningly take the lettuce and tomato on the burger. There's a synergy produced by the combination of condiments they use and the quantities in which they apply them. Though, I admit that I sometimes ask for pickles, too. :oops:

    =R=


    I've had their regular condiment combo, but in my opinion, special sauce, grilled onions, pickles, and sport peppers is the way to go, no comparison. The crappy piece of iceberg and a crappy tomato slice add nothing. I love the cut of the pickle and sport pepper combo and will always take grilled onions over raw. Originally ordered ketchup, no special sauce, with this combo, but the special sauce wins. If I'm craving a burger this hits the spot as well as any in town.
  • Post #736 - September 15th, 2019, 4:09 pm
    Post #736 - September 15th, 2019, 4:09 pm Post #736 - September 15th, 2019, 4:09 pm
    chicagostyledog wrote:.
    However, the Red Hot Ranch double cheeseburger has perfected their own special sauce, instead of ketchup, which blends perfectly with the minimal use of a thin tomato slice and a leaf of lettuce with diced onions.

    This is probably my favorite style, but RHR is just mimicking In-N-Out/Shake Shack, neither of whom probably invented the style.
  • Post #737 - September 15th, 2019, 6:24 pm
    Post #737 - September 15th, 2019, 6:24 pm Post #737 - September 15th, 2019, 6:24 pm
    I'm in the no lettuce, no tomato camp. I have a neighbor who's been giving me home-grown tomatoes all summer, great structure and flavor, and I would put a slice of one of those on a burger, but they're nothing like what usually passes for a tomato slice on a commercial burger, so from the chains, I don't want their lettuce or their tomato. They just make it a mess and add no value, as far as I'm concerned.
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  • Post #738 - September 15th, 2019, 6:49 pm
    Post #738 - September 15th, 2019, 6:49 pm Post #738 - September 15th, 2019, 6:49 pm
    I’m very peculiar when it comes to burger condiments... I always order flat top thin burgers (RHR, Culver’s, etc.) with ketchup/mustard/pickle/onion whereas 1/3 lb (and over) patties get the lettuce (preferably Romaine) and tomato treatment instead.
    Last edited by cito on September 15th, 2019, 6:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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  • Post #739 - September 15th, 2019, 6:52 pm
    Post #739 - September 15th, 2019, 6:52 pm Post #739 - September 15th, 2019, 6:52 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:On a burger, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup are sheer perfection. Pickles belong alongside the burger, not in the burger. And mustard has no business on a burger, although it's fine on a hot dog or a pastrami sandwich.

    Just remember - ketchup on a burger and mustard on a hot dog are divine, while the reverse is blasphemy. :twisted:


    I totally agree with you if talking yellow mustard. But I think a good spicy brown mustard is very good on a burger.

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