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  • Post #301 - January 4th, 2018, 12:44 pm
    Post #301 - January 4th, 2018, 12:44 pm Post #301 - January 4th, 2018, 12:44 pm
    thetrob wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    ......All in all a very good meal for opening day. Not surprised though as talking with the hostess/casher this is another store by the owner of North Ave Falafel at North and Oak Park.

    North Ave Falafel
    6814 W North Ave, Chicago


    Interesting, since the first few times I had been to North Ave Falafel it was completely underwhelming and I have not been back. Has any one been lately? Maybe it has improved.

    Maybe it was opening day excellence (with the boss breathing down the neck of the staff)?

    I was unable to find anything wrong with the recipes or preparation. We will see as reality sets in and they discontinue the use of the spit (there were two) like Falafelji further south on Harlem.

    Even the salad was fresh and crisp. I was the only customer and most items were prepared fresh.

    Falafelji
    3910 Harlem Ave, Lyons

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    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #302 - January 10th, 2018, 1:22 pm
    Post #302 - January 10th, 2018, 1:22 pm Post #302 - January 10th, 2018, 1:22 pm
    Coming soon (scheduled to open in February) to the Oak Park shopping district...

    Bricks Wood-Fired Pizza Café
    128 N. Oak Park Ave
    http://mobile.oakpark.com/Community/Blo ... ming-soon/

    It is in the location of the shuttered Eyrie which was part of Robert Morris University's culinary school.

    A bit of competition for the stalwart (and a personal fav of mine) just a few doors down...

    Geppetto's Pizza & Pasta
    113 N Oak Park Ave

    A half dozen locations in the Chicago area...

    http://brickswoodfiredpizza.com/locations.html

    Edit: Address correction
    Last edited by Panther in the Den on January 11th, 2018, 12:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #303 - January 11th, 2018, 10:45 am
    Post #303 - January 11th, 2018, 10:45 am Post #303 - January 11th, 2018, 10:45 am
    Bricks Wood-Fired Pizza Café
    129 N. Oak Park Ave.

    Their website has the address as 128 N. Oak Park Ave.
    I believe that Avenues Nail Spa is still in business
  • Post #304 - January 11th, 2018, 1:02 pm
    Post #304 - January 11th, 2018, 1:02 pm Post #304 - January 11th, 2018, 1:02 pm
    hoppy2468 wrote:
    Bricks Wood-Fired Pizza Café
    129 N. Oak Park Ave.

    Their website has the address as 128 N. Oak Park Ave.
    I believe that Avenues Nail Spa is still in business

    Thanks! Corrections made.

    Even the article showed 2 addresses but the Google Street view showed the ‘Coming Soon!’ Signs.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #305 - January 30th, 2018, 4:49 pm
    Post #305 - January 30th, 2018, 4:49 pm Post #305 - January 30th, 2018, 4:49 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Opening in the Harrison Arts District by October 31st?

    District Kitchen and Tap
    (from the people who brought you Scratch Kitchen)
    In the same row of store fronts that also houses Happy Apple Pie Shop (226 Harrison St).

    http://mobile.oakpark.com/News/Articles ... -Harrison/

    They better get going to meet that date. :)
    ... and the conversation turned to District.

    Opening in January

    Opening in March
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #306 - February 5th, 2018, 12:21 am
    Post #306 - February 5th, 2018, 12:21 am Post #306 - February 5th, 2018, 12:21 am
    Forest Park. Driving by we noticed the mention of restaurant and cafe.

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    Anybody been?
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #307 - February 5th, 2018, 2:32 pm
    Post #307 - February 5th, 2018, 2:32 pm Post #307 - February 5th, 2018, 2:32 pm
    I had a friend go a few months back. Pretty sure he has not returned or wanted to return, though in his mind it might have been worth it just to say he'd been.
  • Post #308 - February 14th, 2018, 2:12 am
    Post #308 - February 14th, 2018, 2:12 am Post #308 - February 14th, 2018, 2:12 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Some more annexing and probably another nothing (especially since she opened a gaming parlor just to the west...

    "Opening Soon!" "Now hiring!" Looks ready to go.

    Rachel's Cafe and Deli
    7001 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn

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    Maybe we will be surprised!

    Driving by today I noticed the cases (deli and beverage) were filled.

    Is the opening imminent?
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #309 - February 14th, 2018, 10:31 am
    Post #309 - February 14th, 2018, 10:31 am Post #309 - February 14th, 2018, 10:31 am
    Per Eater, very good news:

    OAK PARK— Taste of Brasil has been closed for more than five months, but ownership is on the comeback trail. Via Facebook, they’ve announced plans to take over the former Live Fresko space at 136 N. Oak Park Avenue.
  • Post #310 - February 14th, 2018, 12:42 pm
    Post #310 - February 14th, 2018, 12:42 pm Post #310 - February 14th, 2018, 12:42 pm
    tazerowe wrote:Per Eater, very good news:

    OAK PARK— Taste of Brasil has been closed for more than five months, but ownership is on the comeback trail. Via Facebook, they’ve announced plans to take over the former Live Fresko space at 136 N. Oak Park Avenue.

    That is great news! I always enjoyed their offerings.

    That space is not that different (better location). It would be fun if they would team up with the former owners of Aripo's.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #311 - February 14th, 2018, 7:31 pm
    Post #311 - February 14th, 2018, 7:31 pm Post #311 - February 14th, 2018, 7:31 pm
    Avenue Ale House gets new owner.

    http://mobile.oakpark.com/Community/Blo ... new-owner/

    Never terrible, always passable. The rooftop is our favorite outdoor seating.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #312 - Yesterday, 11:39 pm
    Post #312 - Yesterday, 11:39 pm Post #312 - Yesterday, 11:39 pm
    I love the Happy Apple Pie Company (a full bag of key limes in every key lime pie), but I'm avoiding sugar so I'm not patronizing them often. But their Facebook page recently mentioned chicken pot pie and since hope springs eternal despite all the terrible pot pies in this world (I'm talking about you, Walnut Room) I went in and picked one up for dinner.

    Fantastic. A real pastry crust--top, bottom, sides--that stayed flakey through reheating. Chock full of chicken, potatoes, and carrots in a light broth instead of a gloppy gravy. I heated it in the oven as instructed for the first serving, but since then I've just been doing a slice at a time 3 minutes in the microwave and it's still been good. ImageI also heard a great story. They always have apple pie on the menu, of course, and generate a lot of apple peels. They hated the idea of paying someone to take them away and compost them when one of the employees mentioned that there's a woman in Austin who raises goats. So now the woman in Austin comes up and picks up the apple peels every other day and the pie shop uses her goat cheese in their quiches. Talk about local!

    They'll have pasties next week. I'll be there to see how they stack up to the Upper Peninsula's best.
  • Post #313 - Today, 12:33 am
    Post #313 - Today, 12:33 am Post #313 - Today, 12:33 am
    Stopped by Q-BBQ on Sunday and I hate to say it but the brisket at Pete's Fresh Market only a couple miles away is vastly superior. Between the three of us we sampled a good portion of the menu and nothing is calling me back. Shame as it would have been great to have good BBQ in Oak Park.

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