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  • Post #31 - December 6th, 2013, 5:57 pm
    Post #31 - December 6th, 2013, 5:57 pm Post #31 - December 6th, 2013, 5:57 pm
    Great pictures Ronnie !!.....they're making me hungry and I'm eating lunch right now :)
  • Post #32 - January 8th, 2014, 1:58 pm
    Post #32 - January 8th, 2014, 1:58 pm Post #32 - January 8th, 2014, 1:58 pm
    Finally got a chance to visit Edgebrook Diner on this cold-a** day. 9:30 in the morning, mine was the only body in there. Chris is quite the gregarious owner, explaining to me what he had done with the place before opening seven months ago.

    I had to try the corned beef hash with eggs over easy, and with Chris manning the grill himself (his cook's car had broken down), this rendition was very good, a strong #3 overall in my all-time hash ratings, behind Manny's and (departed) Patty's ham hash. The large shards of CB were tender and mixed well with the Yukon Gold potato matchsticks, peppers & onions. I also detected a seasoning which probably was oregano, and while not offputting, it would not be my choice of herbs. But Chris wants his hash to stand out, and it definitely did. He told me that a sometimes special, his pot roast hash, is his favorite and most popular when served.

    On a day like today, with near-zero temps and mountains of snow everywhere, the location looks like a death wish--so easy to drive right past, close to a very busy intersection, with seemingly little parking. But being no more than a block from the Edgebrook Metra station, I gotta think this place will continue to have legs. Chris said word-of-mouth from folks like us keeps him going. And that's why so many of us are on this forum--to find & promote 'everyman' stories like Mr. Burrell. I will definitely be back--Steve's pic upthread of that Reuben is sinful.
  • Post #33 - January 9th, 2014, 10:56 pm
    Post #33 - January 9th, 2014, 10:56 pm Post #33 - January 9th, 2014, 10:56 pm
    Had the chance to stop by today and...wow, this is one great place. Went with the Reuben while my wife had the hash and both were outstanding. Everything that's been said above about both items rings true. Enjoyed the atmosphere, chatting with Chris, etc. And they even serve an outstanding cup of coffee.

    Wish it was closer to home, but we'll be back for sure to try some more of the items on the menu...going to be hard to pass on that Reuben, though.
  • Post #34 - January 10th, 2014, 10:43 am
    Post #34 - January 10th, 2014, 10:43 am Post #34 - January 10th, 2014, 10:43 am
    I grew up in Edgebrook. This place was always kind of on and off, open one year closed the next when I was growing up. I haven't been in in a couple of years. But I will say that the last time I was in it was very tasty. Eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast and a milkshake tasted great on a midsummer late morning.

    There aren't many places like this left around the city (around the country! ha!). Really has a neat feel to it. Totally nostalgic. From an era where your pants were the color of the sky, you could make three cars from one, and everywhere in middle america wanted to be California.

    I'm glad to hear they've stayed open. My folks still live about two miles away, but I don't get back to the area as much as I'd like to. I'll have to make the trip again.
    "People are too busy in these times to care about good food. We used to spend months working over a bonne-femme sauce, trying to determine just the right proportions of paprika and fresh forest mushrooms to use." -Karoly Gundel, Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Peregrinations of an Epicure, Joseph Wechsberg, 1954.
  • Post #35 - February 17th, 2014, 4:44 pm
    Post #35 - February 17th, 2014, 4:44 pm Post #35 - February 17th, 2014, 4:44 pm
    I had lunch at Edgebrook Diner today and after I ordered my Reuben, I noticed that they had homemade scrapple and eggs on the specials board. Chris said that he should have scrapple available on Wednesday and maybe Thursday before this batch runs out. I'm planing on going back for breakfast and checking it out. If you're a scrapple fan, it might be worth getting over there soon. Note: Edgebrook Diner is closed on Tuesday, so don't run over there tomorrow.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #36 - February 17th, 2014, 4:51 pm
    Post #36 - February 17th, 2014, 4:51 pm Post #36 - February 17th, 2014, 4:51 pm
    I would love to meet up on Thursday if anyone wants to join me. Breakfast or lunch or some combination of the two would work for me!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #37 - February 18th, 2014, 8:45 am
    Post #37 - February 18th, 2014, 8:45 am Post #37 - February 18th, 2014, 8:45 am
    Royal Lichter wrote:I grew up in Edgebrook. This place was always kind of on and off, open one year closed the next when I was growing up. I haven't been in in a couple of years. But I will say that the last time I was in it was very tasty. Eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast and a milkshake tasted great on a midsummer late morning.

    There aren't many places like this left around the city (around the country! ha!). Really has a neat feel to it. Totally nostalgic. From an era where your pants were the color of the sky, you could make three cars from one, and everywhere in middle america wanted to be California.

    I'm glad to hear they've stayed open. My folks still live about two miles away, but I don't get back to the area as much as I'd like to. I'll have to make the trip again.


    As noted earlier in this thread, here have been numerous owners over the years with varying consistency/quality. We started going there when Dmitri & Christina were there. It started out strong but faded over the years (and Mrs. D's, their place in Wilmette is a real disappointment). Eventually we stopped going altogether. A friend called me from there one morning when the new owners took over. He told me that he had been driving by on a Sunday morning and ventured in and was very pleasantly surprised. We've since been a few times and it's nice to have someone in there who cares about the food.
  • Post #38 - February 21st, 2014, 2:25 pm
    Post #38 - February 21st, 2014, 2:25 pm Post #38 - February 21st, 2014, 2:25 pm
    I do love this place but as posted upthread, it's probably not a bad idea to call before you go, just to make sure that everything you want is available. I sent a co-worker (and her friend) over on Wednesday (with an enthusiastic recommendation) but unfortunately, they were out of corned beef, diet coke and ice cream (for a milkshake). I think she still had a nice lunch but I could tell she was a bit miffed that she went over there on a day when so many things she wanted to order were 86'd.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #39 - February 21st, 2014, 4:39 pm
    Post #39 - February 21st, 2014, 4:39 pm Post #39 - February 21st, 2014, 4:39 pm
    Really working on it but very difficult to gaige how busy we are going to be on a given day, week or month for that matter. The weekend was moderate but Monday was extremely busy and depleted my stores. I stock up Wednesdays after work for the weekend and believed I had enough to get me through.
    My small size (restaurant that is) really makes it hard but I'm getting better. I do not have a walk-in or a freezer for backup.
    I have to juggle space and attempt to predict quantities on every item on my menu, much easier to do in a larger restaurant where backup is a few feet away, not in Des Plaines.
  • Post #40 - February 22nd, 2014, 1:07 pm
    Post #40 - February 22nd, 2014, 1:07 pm Post #40 - February 22nd, 2014, 1:07 pm
    burr6 wrote:Really working on it but very difficult to gaige how busy we are going to be on a given day, week or month for that matter. The weekend was moderate but Monday was extremely busy and depleted my stores. I stock up Wednesdays after work for the weekend and believed I had enough to get me through.
    My small size (restaurant that is) really makes it hard but I'm getting better. I do not have a walk-in or a freezer for backup.
    I have to juggle space and attempt to predict quantities on every item on my menu, much easier to do in a larger restaurant where backup is a few feet away, not in Des Plaines.

    Oh, the last thing I wanted to do was make you feel like you needed to defend yourself. :(

    I get it, most of us here get but not everyone gets it. The same issues that create the limitations also create the distinctive, quirky aspects of your place that truly make it special.

    I just wanted to let folks who come here for information know that it may be worth a call before heading over and/or to be prepared to order differently from their original game-plan.

    Thanks again,

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #41 - February 22nd, 2014, 4:31 pm
    Post #41 - February 22nd, 2014, 4:31 pm Post #41 - February 22nd, 2014, 4:31 pm
    Thanks Ronnie, I do feel better now and LOVE the calendar...
  • Post #42 - March 4th, 2014, 12:27 am
    Post #42 - March 4th, 2014, 12:27 am Post #42 - March 4th, 2014, 12:27 am
    My co-workers and I had a very tasty lunch over at the Edgebrook Diner today . . .

    Image
    Chili
    A very nice, mixed-meat rendition. Spicy, savory and tangy.


    Image
    Half-Pound Super Meat Boy (pulled pork, bacon and cheese)
    My co-worker ordered this hefty number medium-rare and it was cooked perfectly, with a beautiful, red center. That is a whole lot of food.


    Image
    Breakfast Sandwich (over-easy, bacon, American)
    A great munch. I loved the 2 perfectly runny eggs inside the sandwich. Yeah, it was messy but it was worth it. :)


    Image
    Macaroni & Cheese
    I didn't get to try this but I appreciated how Chris assembled it a la minute. We actually took it to-go for our vegetarian buddy back at the office.

    There's some very comforting diner food over here.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #43 - March 4th, 2014, 11:10 am
    Post #43 - March 4th, 2014, 11:10 am Post #43 - March 4th, 2014, 11:10 am
    Hope youse guys don't mind a tangent...what camera you using for those photos and any post-production? Nice images, and I'm assuming you are an amateur photographer.
  • Post #44 - March 4th, 2014, 3:54 pm
    Post #44 - March 4th, 2014, 3:54 pm Post #44 - March 4th, 2014, 3:54 pm
    kenji wrote:Hope youse guys don't mind a tangent...what camera you using for those photos and any post-production? Nice images, and I'm assuming you are an amateur photographer.

    Thanks, for the kind comments. I am most definitely an amateur and I think it shows all over my shots. I'll shoot you a PM with the equipment/software details.

    Looking back at my pics, I cannot believe not a one of us ordered the corned beef yesterday!

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #45 - March 4th, 2014, 5:26 pm
    Post #45 - March 4th, 2014, 5:26 pm Post #45 - March 4th, 2014, 5:26 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Looking back at my pics, I cannot believe not a one of us ordered the corned beef yesterday!

    =R=

    neither can some others of us on the board! :D
    However being a huge fan of breakfast sandwiches, I forgive you as I now know what I'm having next time for breakfast.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #46 - March 9th, 2014, 7:16 pm
    Post #46 - March 9th, 2014, 7:16 pm Post #46 - March 9th, 2014, 7:16 pm
    My wife and I had brunch at Edgebrook Diner a couple of weeks ago and I had been meaning to post. The corned beef sandwich was out of this world and the homemade mayo was a really nice touch. I knew after the first bite that I was going to be disappointed to have to share it. We also had a pork tenderloin hash and a shake. I really love that this old diner/coffee shop is being resurrected by people who really care about creating great, homemade food. I hope to make a regular destination.
  • Post #47 - February 11th, 2015, 12:31 pm
    Post #47 - February 11th, 2015, 12:31 pm Post #47 - February 11th, 2015, 12:31 pm
    Stopped in this morning for some corned beef hash and over easy eggs after dropping my wife at O'Hare. I hadn''t been there in awhile. Just as incredible as I remember it. So, so good. Some other guys at the counter were having burgers that looked just incredible. Need to get back more often to explore other menu items, but hard to stray from the corned beef items.
  • Post #48 - March 17th, 2017, 2:11 pm
    Post #48 - March 17th, 2017, 2:11 pm Post #48 - March 17th, 2017, 2:11 pm
    It's been 2 years since the most recent post in this thread. I can report that Edgebrook Diner (Coffee Shop) is still hitting it out of the park, at least as far as their signature reuben is concerned. St. Patrick's Day brought a craving for a good reuben, so I beelined to Edgebrook Diner to scratch the itch. I was not disappointed.
    edgebrook_reuben.jpg Edgebrook Diner Reuben
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #49 - May 13th, 2017, 9:46 am
    Post #49 - May 13th, 2017, 9:46 am Post #49 - May 13th, 2017, 9:46 am
    AlexG wrote:Stopped in this morning for some corned beef hash and over easy eggs.... I hadn''t been there in awhile. Just as incredible as I remember it. So, so good.
    Stopped by Edgebrook Diner this morning for corned beef hash & over easy eggs, I echo everything in the above post, so so good.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #50 - September 5th, 2017, 10:35 am
    Post #50 - September 5th, 2017, 10:35 am Post #50 - September 5th, 2017, 10:35 am
    We've hit the Edgebrook Diner a couple of times recently. I had the excellent corned beef hash on the first visit, spinach/goat cheese/tomato omelet on the second. They continue to put out great food.
    -Mary

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