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  • Post #511 - December 1st, 2014, 3:16 pm
    Post #511 - December 1st, 2014, 3:16 pm Post #511 - December 1st, 2014, 3:16 pm
    I didn't realize that Edzo's menu is the food menu at a Wrigleyville place called Deuce's and the Diamond Club:
    http://chicago.eater.com/2014/10/29/709 ... igleyville

    So there is a place to go in the city for Edzo's, albeit within a bar.
  • Post #512 - December 1st, 2014, 3:22 pm
    Post #512 - December 1st, 2014, 3:22 pm Post #512 - December 1st, 2014, 3:22 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    The owner of Edzo's Burger Shop, Eddie Lakin, cited a lack of traffic as the reason for closing.

    "We just weren't making our rent basically," Lakin said. "I kind of held on for a while hoping it would turn around."

    Edzo's original location in Evanston has been in the black since it opened, and had been helping keep the Lincoln Park shop afloat, according to Lakin.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141201 ... k-location

    That's a shame in general (always hard to see good people not be able to make a business work), and particularly as we live close by (and my kids love it). I recall reading somewhere around the time that location opened that they were counting on a decent stream of construction workers from the two former hospital site projects in that immediate area (Childrens and Lincoln Park Hospital), but perhaps that turned out to be less demand than they anticipated. I will be interested to see how long the site sits vacant; there was a Cosi at Webster and Clark just across the street from the Frances Parker School that closed a while ago now due to inability to keep up with the rent and no signs of anything happening there. Seems like a hard rental market to make it work for a fast-food/fast-casual concept, although a new sandwich shop (Snarf's) just opened in the past couple of weeks at the corner of Lincoln and Webster in a space that formerly housed a 7-11, so seems at least some are willing to make a go of it there. I wonder if Edzo's would have had better success if it was just a little further north on Lincoln and could count more on the DePaul crowd, as it seems tailor-made for that market. While I'm not often in Evanston, will look to get to the Edzo's there when I am (as I am unlikely to frequent Deuces and the Diamond Club).
  • Post #513 - December 1st, 2014, 5:11 pm
    Post #513 - December 1st, 2014, 5:11 pm Post #513 - December 1st, 2014, 5:11 pm
    Very disappointing news, but I will now start visiting the new location in Deuce's and The Diamond Club in Wrigleyville.

    Not nearly as convenient as the L.P. location but at least Edzo's will still exist in the city!
  • Post #514 - December 2nd, 2014, 6:32 am
    Post #514 - December 2nd, 2014, 6:32 am Post #514 - December 2nd, 2014, 6:32 am
    Good to hear Eddie cutting his losses and not dragging down Evanston with it. It's such a quality product, with all of Eddie's touches adding to it. Also good to hear Evanston's been in the black.
  • Post #515 - December 2nd, 2014, 11:00 am
    Post #515 - December 2nd, 2014, 11:00 am Post #515 - December 2nd, 2014, 11:00 am
    Are Deuce's and the Diamond Club two different places? I run up Clark Street all the time and have only seen Deuce's.

    In any case, Deuce's ain't my scene from what I can tell (I'm middle aged, an "un-bro"...and a White Sox fan) so I guess it's Evanston for me. Or Red Hot Ranch on Ashland.
  • Post #516 - December 2nd, 2014, 11:19 am
    Post #516 - December 2nd, 2014, 11:19 am Post #516 - December 2nd, 2014, 11:19 am
    The char burger fans have spoken! Just kidding. I was shocked to see how empty (and small) the LP location was the one time I was over there. Sorry Eddie.
  • Post #517 - December 2nd, 2014, 1:16 pm
    Post #517 - December 2nd, 2014, 1:16 pm Post #517 - December 2nd, 2014, 1:16 pm
    La Cuenta wrote:Are Deuce's and the Diamond Club two different places?


    http://www.deucesandthediamondclub.com/
  • Post #518 - December 2nd, 2014, 1:17 pm
    Post #518 - December 2nd, 2014, 1:17 pm Post #518 - December 2nd, 2014, 1:17 pm
    For those of us who didn't mind a messy pre-theater meal, the LP location was a great option before seeing a play at the Greenhouse Theater across the street. Sorry to learn of the shop's demise.
  • Post #519 - January 26th, 2015, 1:29 pm
    Post #519 - January 26th, 2015, 1:29 pm Post #519 - January 26th, 2015, 1:29 pm
    So finally went to Edzo's for the first time.

    Didn't do any homework and got to the counter and asked which burger to get the 4oz or the 8oz. Guy recommended the 4oz so I got a double. Have to be honest, it was completely over done and dried out. Truffle fries were great and the shake was great too although for $5 it was on the small size.

    So is the 8oz burger the one to get? Did I screw up getting the 4's? He never asked me how I wanted it cooked so I assume the 4s all get cooked the same? I did hear him calling out cooking temps but I assume those were for the 8s.
  • Post #520 - January 26th, 2015, 4:32 pm
    Post #520 - January 26th, 2015, 4:32 pm Post #520 - January 26th, 2015, 4:32 pm
    shakes wrote:So finally went to Edzo's for the first time.

    Didn't do any homework and got to the counter and asked which burger to get the 4oz or the 8oz. Guy recommended the 4oz so I got a double. Have to be honest, it was completely over done and dried out. Truffle fries were great and the shake was great too although for $5 it was on the small size.

    So is the 8oz burger the one to get? Did I screw up getting the 4's? He never asked me how I wanted it cooked so I assume the 4s all get cooked the same? I did hear him calling out cooking temps but I assume those were for the 8s.

    You didn't do anything wrong. When it's done right, the double 4's are amazing. But I've had a bunch that were overcooked and I'm getting tired of the inconsistency. They do burgers all day, you'd think they'd master how to cook them. The 8oz is a charburger, so it's going to taste different (but still awesome).

    One thing I've noticed with the griddle burgers is timing is everything. If they sit too long before going out, the magic is lost. They need to be eaten immediately with the juices dripping down! If you order more than one burger and one is a charburger, the cook(s) will start cooking both at the same time, which means the griddle burger sits and waits for the charburger to get done. I guess a nut like myself will just watch for the burger to come up and grab it immediately when it's done. Too much at stake! :wink:

    Crack the whip Lakin!
  • Post #521 - July 13th, 2015, 10:18 am
    Post #521 - July 13th, 2015, 10:18 am Post #521 - July 13th, 2015, 10:18 am
    Sunday lunch from Edzo's included a corn dog, turkey burger with cheddar and giardineria, Michigan raspberry shake and five onion fries (fries topped with fried leeks, crispy shallots, green onion, onion cream and one more thing I can't remember.) Great as always.
    -Mary
  • Post #522 - July 14th, 2015, 10:03 am
    Post #522 - July 14th, 2015, 10:03 am Post #522 - July 14th, 2015, 10:03 am
    I stopped by Edzo's last Saturday for the first time in a while, since I was in the area. Unfortunately, the smash burger (while looking very good) was dry as well. I don't mind a medium-well smash burger as long as there's enough fat to keep it juicy. This was dry. Not bad for an average burger joint, but below what my expectations for Edzo's had been in the past. Fries were still excellent as usual. However the whole time I was eating, I was thinking about the Red Hot Ranch double with fries, right up there with OFD's apple fritter for best food quality for value in the city.
  • Post #523 - May 5th, 2018, 1:40 pm
    Post #523 - May 5th, 2018, 1:40 pm Post #523 - May 5th, 2018, 1:40 pm
    With about 7+ years since my last visit (Evanston is no longer in my regular orbit), 4 of us had dinner at Edzo's recently and I'm sad to say the experience was largely disappointing on a number of levels:

    Extraordinarily long wait for our food. People who came in after us were served 10 minutes ahead of us. It wasn't like we had a complex order -- 4 burgers, 1 hot dog, 2 fries, 2 shakes -- but the staff clustered together assembling it as if they'd been asked to split an atom. It took over a half hour from when we ordered until we got our food. And the restaurant was well-staffed; and no more than 2/3 full.

    One of our burgers was not condimented as ordered but we didn't have enough time to have it re-prepared

    Hot dog was gray, washed out and tired, and tasted like it had been sitting in water hours longer than it should have. Zero snap. If this had been my first Chicago-style dog, it would have been my last.

    Old fries were no crispier than the regular fries we'd ordered. Some were even soft.

    Cashier was hacking and coughing so incessantly, there's absolutely no way this person should have been at work or anywhere near anyone else's food.

    Not a great showing. It was a bummer that we'd strongly touted the place to the friends who were with us; who'd never been there before. I seriously doubt they'll ever return.

    =R=
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  • Post #524 - May 7th, 2018, 9:44 am
    Post #524 - May 7th, 2018, 9:44 am Post #524 - May 7th, 2018, 9:44 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:With about 7+ years since my last visit (Evanston is no longer in my regular orbit), 4 of us had dinner at Edzo's recently and I'm sad to say the experience was largely disappointing on a number of levels:

    Extraordinarily long wait for our food. People who came in after us were served 10 minutes ahead of us. It wasn't like we had a complex order -- 4 burgers, 1 hot dog, 2 fries, 2 shakes -- but the staff clustered together assembling it as if they'd been asked to split an atom. It took over a half hour from when we ordered until we got our food. And the restaurant was well-staffed; and no more than 2/3 full.

    One of our burgers was not condimented as ordered but we didn't have enough time to have it re-prepared

    Hot dog was gray, washed out and tired, and tasted like it had been sitting in water hours longer than it should have. Zero snap. If this had been my first Chicago-style dog, it would have been my last.

    Old fries were no crispier than the regular fries we'd ordered. Some were even soft.

    Cashier was hacking and coughing so incessantly, there's absolutely no way this person should have been at work or anywhere near anyone else's food.

    Not a great showing. It was a bummer that we'd strongly touted the place to the friends who were with us; who'd never been there before. I seriously doubt they'll ever return.

    =R=


    Just as a data point...I made my first trip here in a couple years about a month ago (and my mom's 1st at the OG) and everything we ordered was on point, prepared as ordered, and served in a timely fashion.

    May have just been an off day...which is unfortunate, but not a deal-breaker for a return some day.
  • Post #525 - May 7th, 2018, 10:28 am
    Post #525 - May 7th, 2018, 10:28 am Post #525 - May 7th, 2018, 10:28 am
    I mostly lurk here, but I feel like I ought to stick up for Edzo's here, since I eat there at least every month or so (most recently on Saturday, a double-double animal style and loaded fries). I've had slow service days there (especially with any order that includes an inside-out grilled cheese, as the frico-ing takes a little extra time) but the food you describe doesn't seem indicative of their food to me.

    I think (based on the last handful of times I've been in) Eddie isn't managing the restaurant day-to-day, and there's another guy who's stepped in. I've always found him to be really nice, but maybe the QC has slipped a little? Maybe I'll swing back in again soon and see if the results vary.
  • Post #526 - May 8th, 2018, 5:09 pm
    Post #526 - May 8th, 2018, 5:09 pm Post #526 - May 8th, 2018, 5:09 pm
    I’m unfortunatly with Ronnie on this. The last couple times I’ve been there the service has been BRUTAL, and the food not much better; which sucks bc I’m a long, loooong time Edzo’s guy and it bums me out to no end. Hopefully we’re the unlucky ones and everyone else is getting killer meals, bc Eddie is the man and I wish him and his restaurant nothing but the best.
  • Post #527 - May 8th, 2018, 7:08 pm
    Post #527 - May 8th, 2018, 7:08 pm Post #527 - May 8th, 2018, 7:08 pm
    I had a similar experience about a year ago.
  • Post #528 - May 9th, 2018, 7:55 am
    Post #528 - May 9th, 2018, 7:55 am Post #528 - May 9th, 2018, 7:55 am
    A couple weeks ago, I had a small patty melt and side of fries at lunch and everything was top notch. Eddie was manning the register. I also noted that local restaurant owner Amy Morton was having shakes with her kids there at the same time, so maybe service was on point that afternoon? haha
  • Post #529 - May 9th, 2018, 12:40 pm
    Post #529 - May 9th, 2018, 12:40 pm Post #529 - May 9th, 2018, 12:40 pm
    I was there back in March. My service was fast enough (and it was a busy Friday night) but it seemed like others were waiting awhile.

    I was most disappointed because I had gone specifically for the special seasonal shake, their version of the Shamrock Shake, and like vermouth in a martini, it was like someone just whispered "crème de menthe" towards the cup. Hardly any flavor other than the vanilla base in it.

    I agree it was most consistent when Eddie was there all the time. I appreciate that the man needs a life outside of his restaurant and that's why he used to have more limited hours, and I appreciate that they kept the longer hours even after the other location closed. But it just seemed very...unmanaged, like no one knew what anyone else was doing on particular orders.

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