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  • Post #31 - June 29th, 2016, 1:56 pm
    Post #31 - June 29th, 2016, 1:56 pm Post #31 - June 29th, 2016, 1:56 pm
    Thank you for the immediate and generous response!
    It may take me another year to get back though since I live nowhere close!
  • Post #32 - June 30th, 2016, 2:44 am
    Post #32 - June 30th, 2016, 2:44 am Post #32 - June 30th, 2016, 2:44 am
    I've stopped by twice now and sampled the range of options except Extra Hot and the milkshake. Everything has been excellent and is by far my favorite, the chicken is superior to The Roost which I had in between my two visits. Definitely my favorite hot chicken sandwich as well and medium heat was perfect with the slaw and mayo but still a pleasant numbing effect on the lips. The fried chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside and perfectly spiced naked and only enhanced by making it hot. The sides are all top notch, I wish the slaw was available as a side option though. I noticed last week that they are already delivering through Grubhub now, not sure of the boundaries though.

    My only other comment is in all of the lead up, the articles talked about the chicken being cooked to order and to expect to wait 15 minutes. Both times I stopped (between 5:30 and 6:00), the restaurant was empty and my food was being assembled within 5 minutes of ordering and I was out of there in less than 10 minutes. Definitely not the same definition of cooked to order as The Roost where 15 minutes is the quickest I ever got my order.
  • Post #33 - July 11th, 2016, 4:33 pm
    Post #33 - July 11th, 2016, 4:33 pm Post #33 - July 11th, 2016, 4:33 pm
    The insanely talented Jonathan Zaragoza just posted on Facebook that he has left The Budlong.
  • Post #34 - July 11th, 2016, 5:58 pm
    Post #34 - July 11th, 2016, 5:58 pm Post #34 - July 11th, 2016, 5:58 pm
    watson wrote:The insanely talented Jonathan Zaragoza just posted on Facebook that he has left The Budlong.


    I wouldn't be too worried. Having eaten Jared's hot chicken a few times prior to opening, I have no worries that it will be any different.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #35 - July 11th, 2016, 10:20 pm
    Post #35 - July 11th, 2016, 10:20 pm Post #35 - July 11th, 2016, 10:20 pm
    I wouldn't be too worried. Having eaten Jared's hot chicken a few times prior to opening, I have no worries that it will be any different.


    No worries at all - I'll be at the helm in the kitchen until further notice. Chicken recipe will be the same, sides may change slightly.
    I love comfortable food, and comfortable restaurants.
    http://www.bbqsupply.com
    http://thebudlong.com
    http://denveraf.com
  • Post #36 - July 11th, 2016, 11:26 pm
    Post #36 - July 11th, 2016, 11:26 pm Post #36 - July 11th, 2016, 11:26 pm
    laikom wrote:I wouldn't be too worried. Having eaten Jared's hot chicken a few times prior to opening, I have no worries that it will be any different.

    Yes, same as laikom, no worries at all that the chicken will change. In other words, it will stay spicy, hot and delicious.

    Budlong Nashville Hot Chicken, Count me a Fan!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #37 - July 28th, 2016, 10:06 pm
    Post #37 - July 28th, 2016, 10:06 pm Post #37 - July 28th, 2016, 10:06 pm
    One order, delivered to our place via GrubHub, made it pretty clear that The Budlong is the real deal. If it can be this good on a delivered basis, that's a very good sign. We tried the Hot, Nashville Hot and X-Hot (in various forms) and they were all delicious and worth ordering again. I liked that the chicken itself was flavorful but not over-brined. Underneath the tasty skin, the chicken actually tasted like chicken. Hallelujah!

    I enjoyed the sides we tried, too. Elote was perfectly tender, savory and mildly spicy. Red-skinned Potato salad (named after the NFL team? :wink:) -- not usually my thing -- was tasty and better than most - maybe a bit too much celery for me. The Black Eyed Peas were tasty, too. They were tender without being mushy and I really enjoyed the vinegar. As for the gigantic and polarizing biscuits . . . I really enjoyed them. The texture was quite hard, relative to other biscuits I've had. They actually resembled scones in appearance but the flavor was there right from the very first bite. Really untraditional. In fact, if I'd been served these without knowing what they were, I may not have identified them as biscuits. But again, great flavor, even without the herb butter drizzle they were served with. I actually didn't mind that aspect but I would have love to have tried them with some unflavored butter.

    One nit-pick: I liked the chicken component of the chicken sandwich but felt the chicken itself got a bit lost under the garlic aioli and slaw. It was a bit busy but I appreciated that they were going for something bold and distinctive. It just didn't work for me.

    I can't wait to check it out in person. I'm not in that part of town very often but maybe after the next Cubs game I attend . . ?

    =R=
    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #38 - August 6th, 2016, 8:50 am
    Post #38 - August 6th, 2016, 8:50 am Post #38 - August 6th, 2016, 8:50 am
    Budlong's hitting on all eight cylinders, juicy spicy crispy chicken, tender flavorful greens, black eye pea salad with a palate refreshing hint of acidity and fast friendly service.

    No problem parking, there were at least 3 spots open right in front of Budlong Broadway at 2pm, and a perfect day for eating outside.

    Budlong1.jpg The Budlong Nashville Hot Chicken


    The Budlong, Count me a Fan!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #39 - August 9th, 2016, 8:32 am
    Post #39 - August 9th, 2016, 8:32 am Post #39 - August 9th, 2016, 8:32 am
    Planning to visit Budlong for the first time tonight. Is it BYOB? I'm having a little trouble finding out.
  • Post #40 - August 9th, 2016, 10:04 am
    Post #40 - August 9th, 2016, 10:04 am Post #40 - August 9th, 2016, 10:04 am
    Stopped in this weekend. I liked their chicken a lot. Very nicely fried and all the components really came together in the sandwich. I dislike the need to enrobe everything in a brioche bun, but that didn't hinder the excellence here.

    I was not as enamored with the sides (we tried them all). They were competent but only the bean salad stood out in my mind.

    Also I can't say that the Nashville flavor is doing much for me and I found even their HOT level pretty tame. However, I can't deny their ability to fry a chicken.
  • Post #41 - August 9th, 2016, 5:59 pm
    Post #41 - August 9th, 2016, 5:59 pm Post #41 - August 9th, 2016, 5:59 pm
    Planning to visit Budlong for the first time tonight. Is it BYOB? I'm having a little trouble finding out.

    Hope I'm not too late, but yes - we are BYOB..
    I love comfortable food, and comfortable restaurants.
    http://www.bbqsupply.com
    http://thebudlong.com
    http://denveraf.com
  • Post #42 - August 11th, 2016, 6:59 pm
    Post #42 - August 11th, 2016, 6:59 pm Post #42 - August 11th, 2016, 6:59 pm
    The Budlong is on GrubHub! Had a photo shoot the other day and we ordered out. I grabbed the Hot Chicken Sandwich (X-Hot), and the Vanilla Bourbon Milkshake.

    Even delivery, the delicious chicken sandwich remained crispy! I will say, the X-Hot may be one of the ten spiciest things I've ever had. Practically downed my milkshake in one slurp. They are not kidding.

    It actually burned me twice.

    You win, Budlong.
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  • Post #43 - August 11th, 2016, 8:55 pm
    Post #43 - August 11th, 2016, 8:55 pm Post #43 - August 11th, 2016, 8:55 pm
    incite wrote:The Budlong is on GrubHub! Had a photo shoot the other day and we ordered out. I grabbed the Hot Chicken Sandwich (X-Hot), and the Vanilla Bourbon Milkshake.

    Even delivery, the delicious chicken sandwich remained crispy! I will say, the X-Hot may be one of the ten spiciest things I've ever had. Practically downed my milkshake in one slurp. They are not kidding.

    It actually burned me twice.

    You win, Budlong.

    LOL, yes. See my post above. GrubHub + Budlong = Good :D

    =R=
    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #44 - September 1st, 2016, 6:12 pm
    Post #44 - September 1st, 2016, 6:12 pm Post #44 - September 1st, 2016, 6:12 pm
    hoppy2468 - sorry to hear about your inaugural trip out.. Our supplier didn't drop birds in time for us to dry brine, slurry, and batter them for lunch service. We made the tough choice to not shortcut our system and serve a less-than-our-standard bird at lunch... we did have some butterfly breasts in stock early AM, so we started the day with only sandwiches and the 5 sides. We got back on our normal system by about 4pm. Stop by again, I'll buy you lunch. Ask for Jon or Jared.


    I'll stop by before the Cubs game tomorrow 9/2. See ya then!
  • Post #45 - September 27th, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Post #45 - September 27th, 2016, 3:00 pm Post #45 - September 27th, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Unfortunately it sounds like the drama with Phil Tadros has not ended and has claimed the Lakeview location of the Budlong as a victim.

    As both a neighbor and a big fan of fried chicken, I am sad to see this happen as it means another vacancy in the Clark/Diversey/Broadway area. It does sound though like the Budlong brand will live on.

    http://chicago.eater.com/2016/9/27/1307 ... -bow-truss
  • Post #46 - September 27th, 2016, 4:31 pm
    Post #46 - September 27th, 2016, 4:31 pm Post #46 - September 27th, 2016, 4:31 pm
    I've had to keep my comments short re: Budlong/Tadros - but I will say this: Budlong is in fine health, and will be open again at 1008 W. Armitage in a month or so. We had to close the Broadway location to 100% separate from Phil Tadros, to allow me to operate my brand We're still open in Revival, and the Armitage location is a short drive from Lakeview (and 1 block from the Armitage El Stop). Come see us soon!

    -Jared Leonard
    Owner, The Budlong
    Last edited by rubbbqco on September 27th, 2016, 4:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    I love comfortable food, and comfortable restaurants.
    http://www.bbqsupply.com
    http://thebudlong.com
    http://denveraf.com
  • Post #47 - September 27th, 2016, 4:35 pm
    Post #47 - September 27th, 2016, 4:35 pm Post #47 - September 27th, 2016, 4:35 pm
    That's a huge bummer and it's a shame that access to such great food will be limited until the Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square locations open.

    From the times I've (briefly) interacted with him in person and the fact that he posts regularly here, Jared seems like a stand up guy and the facts look to be on his side. Tadros will likely spew an endless stream of bullshit, so hopefully a legal resolution is quick so that Budlong can move on.
  • Post #48 - September 27th, 2016, 5:00 pm
    Post #48 - September 27th, 2016, 5:00 pm Post #48 - September 27th, 2016, 5:00 pm
    Jared, best of luck to you, these business splits happen. What is the status of the planned location in Lincoln Square on Western?
  • Post #49 - September 27th, 2016, 7:01 pm
    Post #49 - September 27th, 2016, 7:01 pm Post #49 - September 27th, 2016, 7:01 pm
    Jared, best of luck to you, these business splits happen. What is the status of the planned location in Lincoln Square on Western?


    The long and short of it - we still intend to open in Lincoln Square. If the building owner at 4619 N Western isn't finished with construction by the time we open Lincoln Park, we'll look at other locations in the area. We love Lincoln Square and very much still intend to open there....
    I love comfortable food, and comfortable restaurants.
    http://www.bbqsupply.com
    http://thebudlong.com
    http://denveraf.com
  • Post #50 - October 17th, 2016, 4:14 pm
    Post #50 - October 17th, 2016, 4:14 pm Post #50 - October 17th, 2016, 4:14 pm
    Phil Tadros is at it again - he's suing Jared Leonard (AKA rubbbqco) over the closure of the Budlong at 2928 N. Broadway, and the ownership of the Budlong business, citing ". . .breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. . .". :shock:
  • Post #51 - October 17th, 2016, 7:41 pm
    Post #51 - October 17th, 2016, 7:41 pm Post #51 - October 17th, 2016, 7:41 pm
    Phil Tadros is at it again - he's suing Jared Leonard (AKA rubbbqco) over the closure of the Budlong at 2928 N. Broadway, and the ownership of the Budlong business, citing ". . .breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. . .".


    Yes, he certainly did. I won't go into great detail, but lesson learned: if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck - throw it in the smoker !

    At the end of this, team Budlong & I will be fine - but it certainly has been a circus dealing with him. He's made a lot of enemies in this industry, and doesn't seem to mind. It's in the hands of qualified attorneys now, my main goal is to let it bother me as little as possible, and focus on our restaurants. Back to fried chicken & BBQ....
    I love comfortable food, and comfortable restaurants.
    http://www.bbqsupply.com
    http://thebudlong.com
    http://denveraf.com
  • Post #52 - December 16th, 2016, 12:32 am
    Post #52 - December 16th, 2016, 12:32 am Post #52 - December 16th, 2016, 12:32 am
    A related tangent . . . good news for coffee fans in Chicago?

    TV Host Marcus Lemonis Now Owns Bow Truss Coffee

    Chicago just received a jolt of news, as Marcus Lemonis, the entrepreneur and host of TV’s The Profit, has reportedly purchased a majority stake of Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. Founder Phil Tadros confirmed the news, which was first reported by Crain’s. Neither party disclosed the purchase price.

    =R=
    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #53 - February 27th, 2017, 11:56 am
    Post #53 - February 27th, 2017, 11:56 am Post #53 - February 27th, 2017, 11:56 am
    As a courtesy to Jared and The Budlong, I've started a new thread about Bow Truss, Phil Tadros, etc. here:

    Bow Truss, Phil Tadros, etc.

    =R=
    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #54 - March 17th, 2017, 1:58 pm
    Post #54 - March 17th, 2017, 1:58 pm Post #54 - March 17th, 2017, 1:58 pm
    Budlong Lincoln Square, 4619 N. Western Ave., is licensed and will open by the end of the month

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2017031 ... ed-leonard
    "Sandwiches are wonderful. You don't need a spoon or a plate!"
    Paul Lynde
  • Post #55 - April 13th, 2017, 9:07 pm
    Post #55 - April 13th, 2017, 9:07 pm Post #55 - April 13th, 2017, 9:07 pm
    rubbbqco wrote:
    Planning to visit Budlong for the first time tonight. Is it BYOB? I'm having a little trouble finding out.

    Hope I'm not too late, but yes - we are BYOB..

    I take it this is true for the Western location, too? Congratulations on the opening! Can only imagine it has been a challenging process, hopefully mitigated by the successes of the other locations while this one was gestating.
  • Post #56 - April 14th, 2017, 5:59 am
    Post #56 - April 14th, 2017, 5:59 am Post #56 - April 14th, 2017, 5:59 am
    Yes, Lincoln square is also BYOB...
    I love comfortable food, and comfortable restaurants.
    http://www.bbqsupply.com
    http://thebudlong.com
    http://denveraf.com
  • Post #57 - April 14th, 2017, 9:24 pm
    Post #57 - April 14th, 2017, 9:24 pm Post #57 - April 14th, 2017, 9:24 pm
    rubbbqco wrote:Yes, Lincoln square is also BYOB...

    Thank you, Jared. Had a delicious meal tonight with a bottle of prosecco, hot dark's, collards, mac & cheese, and a biscuit. (And now I'm feeling guilty since I also posted on the Passover thread.) Congratulations, again! So glad to have you in the neighborhood. -Shari
  • Post #58 - April 15th, 2017, 8:57 am
    Post #58 - April 15th, 2017, 8:57 am Post #58 - April 15th, 2017, 8:57 am
    Thank you, Jared. Had a delicious meal tonight with a bottle of prosecco, hot dark's, collards, mac & cheese, and a biscuit. (And now I'm feeling guilty since I also posted on the Passover thread.) Congratulations, again! So glad to have you in the neighborhood. -Shari


    Thanks for stopping in... I was at a Pit-to-Plate @ BBQ Supply last night, but chef said it was happily busy... thanks for the warm welcome to the neighborhood (finally)...

    Jared
    I love comfortable food, and comfortable restaurants.
    http://www.bbqsupply.com
    http://thebudlong.com
    http://denveraf.com
  • Post #59 - April 15th, 2017, 3:43 pm
    Post #59 - April 15th, 2017, 3:43 pm Post #59 - April 15th, 2017, 3:43 pm
    I'm not sure which Budlong location prepares Caviar.com deliveries to Logan Square but a recent order was quite possibly the best food delivery I've ever had. And considering some of my previous experiences with Caviar, I certainly wasn't expecting it. Unlike so many other orders placed through Caviar, not only was this order not delivered late, it was actually 10 minutes early. I was shocked . . . SHOCKED!

    As for The Budlong's part, it could not have gone better. Everything we ordered was actually delivered. The packaging they use, mostly paperboard clam shells, is perfect for the application. Our food arrived in stellar condition . . . hot, still crispy and, as an extra bonus, looking beautiful. Even the pickle slices were still sitting nicely atop the glistening leg quarters. I really was pleased to see it. Everything we ordered was excellent. The chicken (the aforementioned pieces and a well-made sandwich), the biscuits, the greens, the slaw . . . just excellent across the board.

    I'd just about sworn off Caviar but I had so many credits from all the gaffes they'd made in the past, I decided to place one last order just to use up the credits. The Budlong performed so well, they pulled Caviar right out the fire. But still, next time I'm going to eat there. I'm actually excited to experience it in person.

    =R=
    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #60 - April 17th, 2017, 6:26 pm
    Post #60 - April 17th, 2017, 6:26 pm Post #60 - April 17th, 2017, 6:26 pm
    FYI, the delicious expanded menu of sides available at the other two Budlong's is now also available at the Revival location. Only downside is that the beans that used to be sold at Revival are gone (and I thought they were darned good). Still, I'll gladly trade the beans for those terrific collards.
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