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  • Post #31 - January 11th, 2009, 10:02 am
    Post #31 - January 11th, 2009, 10:02 am Post #31 - January 11th, 2009, 10:02 am
    Husband and I both have MLK day off this year and, weather permitting, are planning to make our maiden voyage to Duke's either Sunday or Monday evening. Seems like the perfect food/atmosphere for the January we're having this year. We're pretty unfamilar with the area. Is there anything else nearby we should check out while in the vicinity? A good bakery, deli, anything? Thanks, Lynn


    If only there was a published guide to some aspect of that area on newsstands right now!

    Lithuanian Plaza, which Rene G posted about in the past in its Marquette Park location, opened an outpost here:

    9921 S Roberts Rd
    Palos Hills, IL 60465
    (708) 599-9866

    In addition to housemade sausages and desserts, they serve up a nice assortment of hot dishes at lunch.

    There are a number of other Polish delis and buffets in that area along Harlem, as well. Not that you're likely to need more such food after Duke's! Here's one:

    Dunajec's
    8339 S Harlem Ave
    Bridgeview, IL 60455
    708-598-9451

    You could always try to see if you can spot any signs of real charcoal at Arturo's, as I failed to do...
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  • Post #32 - January 11th, 2009, 10:23 am
    Post #32 - January 11th, 2009, 10:23 am Post #32 - January 11th, 2009, 10:23 am
    :oops: I subscribe to Time Out. I read the article. This is how pathetically bad I am at connecting addresses to neighborhoods, especially on the South Side. I really need to work on that.
    I'm starting to think lunch at Duke's on Sunday might be the best plan, giving us afternoon daylight to explore a few of the other places. Racine bakery looks great - they're open til 2pm on Sunday. I plan to throw a cooler in the car and would love to come home with some mushroom koldunai.
    Thanks! Lynn
  • Post #33 - January 11th, 2009, 10:29 am
    Post #33 - January 11th, 2009, 10:29 am Post #33 - January 11th, 2009, 10:29 am
    Lynn, make sure you check out their "day old" rack. They will often have surplus items and yesterday's stuff available for dirt cheap. Great for freezer stockup.
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #34 - January 12th, 2009, 3:25 pm
    Post #34 - January 12th, 2009, 3:25 pm Post #34 - January 12th, 2009, 3:25 pm
    LynnB wrote::oops: I subscribe to Time Out. I read the article. This is how pathetically bad I am at connecting addresses to neighborhoods, especially on the South Side. I really need to work on that.
    I'm starting to think lunch at Duke's on Sunday might be the best plan, giving us afternoon daylight to explore a few of the other places. Racine bakery looks great - they're open til 2pm on Sunday. I plan to throw a cooler in the car and would love to come home with some mushroom koldunai.
    Thanks! Lynn


    I would think that after a lunch at Duke's a nap might be in order. :) Especially if you have a few Lithuanian beers (IE: Švyturys). Mmmm...

    They also have the very best mushroom soup! A little bit of barley.

    Everything I have had there has been very good (sometimes the baked items might be a little dry). They also have several filled meat items (either dough or potato) that seem to have the exact same meat filling.

    Maybe we will join you for lunch?
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #35 - January 12th, 2009, 4:30 pm
    Post #35 - January 12th, 2009, 4:30 pm Post #35 - January 12th, 2009, 4:30 pm
    Sure Panther, we're always up for some company. Well, maybe not for an anniversary dinner, but pretty much any other time... :)

    I'll PM you with our cell phone #.
  • Post #36 - January 18th, 2009, 10:43 am
    Post #36 - January 18th, 2009, 10:43 am Post #36 - January 18th, 2009, 10:43 am
    Mmmm...

    Was Googling around and ran across this listing...

    Grand Dukes Restaurant
    6312 N Harlem Ave
    Chicago, IL 60631
    (708) 594-5622‎

    Looked on their website and did not see this location listed.

    Menu looks very similar to the southside location.

    Any info?
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #37 - January 18th, 2009, 11:21 am
    Post #37 - January 18th, 2009, 11:21 am Post #37 - January 18th, 2009, 11:21 am
    I'm pretty sure that North Harlem address is what we call a "typo," since it's the exact same number as the South Harlem address.
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  • Post #38 - January 18th, 2009, 11:35 am
    Post #38 - January 18th, 2009, 11:35 am Post #38 - January 18th, 2009, 11:35 am
    Mike G wrote:I'm pretty sure that North Harlem address is what we call a "typo," since it's the exact same number as the South Harlem address.



    My bad. Verified on their website.

    Google had the southside location listed as 6320 S. Maybe the address of the deli?

    Thanks for saving me a trip!
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #39 - January 18th, 2009, 11:29 pm
    Post #39 - January 18th, 2009, 11:29 pm Post #39 - January 18th, 2009, 11:29 pm
    Stopped by today and had a good lunch!

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    Panther and Bride and LynnB and Spouse

    Along with a few Lithuanian beers and Mushroom Soup (a bit thin today) we had the obligatory Bread Hill

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    A few combo plates,

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    a breaded pork tenderloin and a plate of potato pancakes rounded out the meal.

    I finally, after all of these years, tried the potatoe sausage and I was surprised to find the filling, just potato! Maybe a bit of bacon for flavor. Pretty good and I would order it again.

    My bride enjoyed her breaded pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy very much was her favorite thing she has ordered there yet.

    Had a good time! The place was doing a good business for lunch on Sunday.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #40 - November 3rd, 2009, 7:10 pm
    Post #40 - November 3rd, 2009, 7:10 pm Post #40 - November 3rd, 2009, 7:10 pm
    We headed there on Sunday evening after dropping off a friend at Midway.

    My cold beet "borscht" (they don't call it borscht, but I do) was creamy and refreshing. The kugelis that accompanied my pork roll stuffed with wild mushrooms was bacony and fantastic. The pork roll mushroom main dish itself, as Panther said, was a little dry. But tasty. Had a Svyturys Extra to drink with it all, which I liked quite a bit.

    Just as there is a Czech Paradox, there is a Lithuanian Paradox. This food is not the first cuisine you'd associate with "svelte." Yet every waitress in Duke's is slender and beautiful. Ours had a face that made my heart go all a-flutter.
  • Post #41 - April 19th, 2010, 1:56 pm
    Post #41 - April 19th, 2010, 1:56 pm Post #41 - April 19th, 2010, 1:56 pm
    stopped at grand duke's today for lunch with the 3 of the 4 antoinette's in my life.
    had the breaded pork tenderloin with mashed & mushroon gravey,
    other 2 sides where cole slaw (slaw was good ) but the shreded carrots with alittle garlic&mayo was outstanding (server told us what was in it )
    also had mushroom soup . great

    2 grand mom antoinette's shared the samething.
    my wife had grilled chickenbreast croissant with fries(great fries ,crispy)

    all outstanding
    this place is like walking in to a place in eastern europe
    i will be back for other items for sure :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    it is called grand duke's now .
    philw bbq cbj for kcbs &M.I.M. carolina pit masters
  • Post #42 - April 19th, 2010, 6:20 pm
    Post #42 - April 19th, 2010, 6:20 pm Post #42 - April 19th, 2010, 6:20 pm
    Grand, schmand -- most of us in the 'hood just call it Duke's. And by this, I mean Lithuanians and those married into the clan ... [wink!]
  • Post #43 - April 25th, 2010, 4:47 pm
    Post #43 - April 25th, 2010, 4:47 pm Post #43 - April 25th, 2010, 4:47 pm
    stopped back at grand duke's this afternoon with a big group (11) .
    service's was outstanding for a big group. food was on spot .
    tried the skirt steak & veg.'s , crepes with banana's & pork tenderloin .
    the sides are great .
    all great dish's
    :mrgreen:
    philw bbq cbj for kcbs &M.I.M. carolina pit masters
  • Post #44 - July 25th, 2010, 6:16 pm
    Post #44 - July 25th, 2010, 6:16 pm Post #44 - July 25th, 2010, 6:16 pm
    had the chicken borboa , stuffed with diceed apples
    OUTSTANDING
    mushroon soup is great also
    philw bbq cbj for kcbs &M.I.M. carolina pit masters
  • Post #45 - November 27th, 2010, 10:16 am
    Post #45 - November 27th, 2010, 10:16 am Post #45 - November 27th, 2010, 10:16 am
    Id been wanting to visit Grand Dukes since I read Panthers post upthread. Menu looked interesting, with hearty rib sticking dishes.

    Had the opportunity since I was in the neighborhood yesterday, and stopped in for a beer with a buddy. Interesting decor, friendly and attractive eastern European bartender and servers. I was going to go for one of the lunch specials, and the dumpling offerings sounded fantastic. We went with some beer on tap, Jim Beam neat(healthy pours), and The Grand Dukes Snack. A platter that contained cold smoked ham, cold smoked sausage, cold smoked bacon, bread, onion, tomato, and mustards. A nice taste of their house meats. Ham was my favorite followed by the sausage. Bacon wasnt my thing.

    Prices were good, and based on this quick visit I am going to bring the family back asap.

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    Grand Dukes snack:

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  • Post #46 - November 27th, 2010, 11:36 am
    Post #46 - November 27th, 2010, 11:36 am Post #46 - November 27th, 2010, 11:36 am
    I'd been eating at The Duke at least once a week for the past 4 years. I've sampled many menu items, fried zeppelins, boiled zeppelins, potato sausage, kugelis, pork cutlets, country style duck, pike in a cream sauce, fried fish, steaks, lots of sandwiches, cobb salads, soup almost every time, white salad, red salad, dumplings, even cheeseburgers on a few wayward occasions. If my wallet was tight, it's be soup & salad for $5.

    After the first few meals there, we noticed they served breakfast, and went in not knowing what to expect. It was an American-style breakfast with the value price tag one expects to find on the South Side, 2 eggs, hashbrowns so fresh I think they were grated to order, choice of meat and pancakes or toast for $5.50-$8 depending on choice of meat. Perfectly crisped pork chops had a moist interior. The bacon, breakfast sausage and Polish sausage were homemade and all outstanding. The pancakes to die for. Normally I'd order toast to sop up my yolk, but after one bite of pancake I had to make do with hashbrowns to soak up any errant yolk. The breakfasting brought us to the Duke twice a week for a little over a year. After some time the Polish sausage was no longer homemade. It was about a month after the NRA Show that year, and I suspected that had something to do with the bought in Polish. The bacon and Lithuanian sausage did not succumb, however, so I was only out one option.

    Imagine my dismay when breakfast was discontinued! All was not lost. We still had Chuck's for breakfast and the Duke was still there for evening meals.

    Fast forward to present day, when I see this on the regular menu:
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    These were the only breakfast items, and I don't see pancakes anywhere, but at least it's a start. I'm not a fan of omelets, so it looks like I'm relegated to 4 breakfast options, all of which are more expensive than what used to be. And thick cut potato chips are something I have at home for breakfast. For example, a couple weekends ago I was inspired by the NOLA/Southern Food event at boudreaulicious' condo and made this for breakfast the next day:
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    Maybe not as crispy as chips but flavored with the last of our melrose peppers, roasted and plucked out of the garden. Sorry no close-up on the potatoes. So I wish the new Duke's breakfast choices came with the freshly grated hashbrowns of yore.

    Anyway, enough of this diatribe on breakfast, my intention with this post was to announce some menu changes that've happened within the month at the Duke. Along with the addition of their new breakfast, they've added to the regular menu a special that ran all Fall, Hungarian Goulash for $12.99 it's chunks of beef slow-cooked in a paprika sauce served with potato pancakes and pickles. I've eaten it twice and it's very good. Some items were taken off the menu, much to my boyfriend's son's horror, they no longer have potato dumplings! Other dumpling options are still available, but the potato is no more. Also, no broth with kybyn. I went there sick hoping to be fortified by their rich stock, but the menu changes did not allow it. I asked the server and he would not oblige. Kybyn was an option that came with the broth, it was a meat pie in flaky pastry dough, like a Lithuanian empanada. I didn't specifically check for other choices that have disappeared, but be forewarned, the next time you go to the Duke, they might not have what you came there for.

    Of course, the zeppelins, kugelis, and potato sausage are still there, I guess I ordered things that didn't sell so well :(
    "Did you know that all food in NC is served on a biscuit? I ordered a biscuit - it came inside another biscuit. It was like turducken, but all biscuit."
    ~ Al Madrigal, The Daily Show
  • Post #47 - November 27th, 2010, 5:48 pm
    Post #47 - November 27th, 2010, 5:48 pm Post #47 - November 27th, 2010, 5:48 pm
    Jim, do you know what kind of fish is offered for the AYCE deal?
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #48 - November 27th, 2010, 9:44 pm
    Post #48 - November 27th, 2010, 9:44 pm Post #48 - November 27th, 2010, 9:44 pm
    Cogito wrote:Jim, do you know what kind of fish is offered for the AYCE deal?


    Well, I'm not Jim but the fish is cod and it's cooked to order. :)
    "Did you know that all food in NC is served on a biscuit? I ordered a biscuit - it came inside another biscuit. It was like turducken, but all biscuit."
    ~ Al Madrigal, The Daily Show
  • Post #49 - January 25th, 2011, 5:28 pm
    Post #49 - January 25th, 2011, 5:28 pm Post #49 - January 25th, 2011, 5:28 pm
    Duke's is celebrating its fifth birthday from 24-30 January with zeppelins, pork cutlets, Lithuanian sausage, pork dumplings, kugelis, cocktails, mojitos and martinis priced at $5.
  • Post #50 - July 15th, 2016, 2:19 pm
    Post #50 - July 15th, 2016, 2:19 pm Post #50 - July 15th, 2016, 2:19 pm
    Anyone been to Grand Dukes in Summit lately? Going for dinner in mid August.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #51 - July 18th, 2016, 11:05 am
    Post #51 - July 18th, 2016, 11:05 am Post #51 - July 18th, 2016, 11:05 am
    Sweet Willie wrote:Anyone been to Grand Dukes in Summit lately? Going for dinner in mid August.

    Still good. Firing on all cylinders and doing a good business.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #52 - August 18th, 2016, 3:52 pm
    Post #52 - August 18th, 2016, 3:52 pm Post #52 - August 18th, 2016, 3:52 pm
    The fried bread hill w/cheese was the big downer for our group of 8 last night, bread was so overfried that it was very hard, greasy & tasteless. I can imagine that if the bread is fried just so it is crispy on the very edges but chewy, this would be a terrific dish as the cheese/garlic sauce was quite good. But as mentioned, big disappointment last night.

    Great service, which isn't always easy to find at some Eastern European places I've been to.

    The other starter was the veal dumplings w/sour cream bacon sauce. Quite tasty and a deal as there were probably 20 in an order.

    While the beef tongue in cream sauce looked quite good, I opted for the Lithuanian Combo Plate: slice of Kugelis, zepplin, potato sausage, Lithuanian sausage, sauerkraut.
    Dinner also included a cup of soup, I chose the warm beet soup which was terrific.
    Highlight for me was the potato sausage and Kugelis. Zepplin was far too much dumpling that had very little flavor, ground meat stuffing was good. Lithuanian sausage was bland.

    Nice to have Lithuanian beer on tap.

    I'll for sure be back, just will stay clear of the bread hill.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #53 - August 22nd, 2016, 6:13 pm
    Post #53 - August 22nd, 2016, 6:13 pm Post #53 - August 22nd, 2016, 6:13 pm
    I'd say give the hill another try. Every time I've had it the breadsticks were cooked perfectly.
  • Post #54 - August 23rd, 2016, 11:45 am
    Post #54 - August 23rd, 2016, 11:45 am Post #54 - August 23rd, 2016, 11:45 am
    Octarine wrote:I'd say give the hill another try. Every time I've had it the breadsticks were cooked perfectly.
    Having grown up with Welsh rarebit being one of my favorite dishes, I suppose I'll have to give it another go when Mrs Willie & I visit later this fall.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #55 - February 1st, 2018, 12:19 pm
    Post #55 - February 1st, 2018, 12:19 pm Post #55 - February 1st, 2018, 12:19 pm
    World Cepelinai Day on Sunday, February 4th at both of their restaurants...

    https://www.facebook.com/events/579247169085339/?ti=icl

    Grand Duke's Restaurant
    6312 Harlem Ave, Summit
    https://www.granddukesrestaurant.com/

    Old Vilnius Cafe
    2601 75th St, Darien
    http://oldvilniuscafe.com/
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #56 - February 5th, 2018, 12:08 am
    Post #56 - February 5th, 2018, 12:08 am Post #56 - February 5th, 2018, 12:08 am
    Had a nice meal with friends celebrating Cepelinai Day.

    CE293E69-D996-4EEC-BEAF-3CAF2A8B0DC9.jpeg 2 traditional meat and 2 mushroom

    Not shown, cheese Cepelinai.

    Moderately busy in the middle of the afternoon. New menus and table service.

    The Bread Hill was as good as always and tried something new (at least to us) Meat Pockets. The latter being a pastry dough filled with their universal meat filling with a side of chicken broth (?). The use of cast iron for the serving dishes added a nice touch complimenting the rustic, heavy dark wood interior.

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    Not everybody ordered the star of the day, My Bride the Pork Tenderloin, very tender, light breading and a mushroom gravy. One of her favorites!

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    Of course the meal wouldn’t be complete without ordering their delicious Wild Mushroom and Barley Soup and a side order of Kugelis.
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    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #57 - September 5th, 2018, 4:34 pm
    Post #57 - September 5th, 2018, 4:34 pm Post #57 - September 5th, 2018, 4:34 pm
    Grand Duke's Restaurant
    6312 S Harlem Ave, Summit

    ... is closing and will be moving operations to a new location (yet unopened) located at...

    980 75th St
    Downers Grove, IL

    They are directing customers to their sister restaurant...

    Old Vilnius Cafe
    2601 75th St, Darien

    ... which is right across the street from the new location. I would imagine the Cafe will close once the new location opens???

    You have until September 16th to visit the Harlem location.

    Rumor has it that the Harlem restaurant will become a BBQ restaurant.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #58 - September 5th, 2018, 8:25 pm
    Post #58 - September 5th, 2018, 8:25 pm Post #58 - September 5th, 2018, 8:25 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Rumor has it that the Harlem restaurant will become a BBQ restaurant.


    Yes, last week or so ago, it was on their Facebook page in a reply to someone that it will become a Texas BBQ restaurant. (The reply was from the admin of the Grand Dukes Facebook page.)

    Actually, now that I check the Facebook page again, it's Thirsty Pig BBQ that is coming to the location.
  • Post #59 - September 5th, 2018, 8:40 pm
    Post #59 - September 5th, 2018, 8:40 pm Post #59 - September 5th, 2018, 8:40 pm
    Binko wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Rumor has it that the Harlem restaurant will become a BBQ restaurant.


    Yes, last week or so ago, it was on their Facebook page in a reply to someone that it will become a Texas BBQ restaurant. (The reply was from the admin of the Grand Dukes Facebook page.)

    Actually, now that I check the Facebook page again, it's Thirsty Pig BBQ that is coming to the location.

    Yikes! Talk about jumping the shark.

    =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

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  • Post #60 - September 5th, 2018, 8:57 pm
    Post #60 - September 5th, 2018, 8:57 pm Post #60 - September 5th, 2018, 8:57 pm
    Yeah, I'm a bit saddened, because this place was in my extended neighborhood and is where we had our wedding rehearsal dinner and where my wife and I go every year to celebrate our anniversary (except last year, when we both forgot.) I'm sure we'll make it out to the Downers Grove location, but it was a nice little gem in the area.

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