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    Post #1 - June 23rd, 2016, 8:50 pm
    Post #1 - June 23rd, 2016, 8:50 pm Post #1 - June 23rd, 2016, 8:50 pm
    Before I forget:

    http://lavergnes.com/
    Ok, that's outta the way.

    New joint just opened a week or so ago. Big anticipation among the hood for it. Owners are pedigreed ("...also owns Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton and Ellyn’s Tap in Glen Ellyn.")

    Decent beer list...check.
    Decent cocktail list...check.
    Service already up to speed and completely knowledgeable...check.
    Very interesting menu...check.

    PLEASE READ THIS: I LIKED THE PLACE. I LIKED THE FOOD. THE SERVICE WAS GREAT.

    OK -
    Starters:

    Fried Asparagus. Shaved Parm, Aioli, Balsamic.
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    Get this as a side with your meal. Don't share it. Not breaded and fried. Just plain fried. Major props to whoever came up with this. The spear tops developed a very cool texture. Definitely not overcooked (again, major props for that as well.) The spear tops had a kind of crunchewy texture. Very subtle, very cool. Get this. Do not share. The shaved parm added a great tang, and also made it a little more substantial. The balsamic was a fantastic touch of lightly sweet acid. Aioli didn't add much as far as I could tell.

    Italian Beef Egg Roll:
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    Too subtle for me. I get it, I get it. Gotta appeal to everyone. I've eaten way too many beefs, hot. I make my own giardiniera. I like it hot. Fantastic idea. Fantastic. The giardiniera was mild. Left me needing therapy of a real Chicago beef with real hot guadalajara. Fantastic idea though. Buddy at work told me about a place near Glen Ellyn that had these on the menu a few years ago. I'm gonna guess it was the same place that the Lavergne's folks own. Fantastic idea. Hot giardiniera would make this a hit for me. Mild giardiniera...sure, I get it. Maybe in Milwaukee, or Kansas, but just not my version of Chicago. I get it though...I get it.

    Bigger plates -
    District Burger:
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    Bacon, mushrooms, blue cheese. Whole lot going on with this one. It was fine. No complaints, little on the salty side, but that would come with the territory of what was on it.

    PSA: The fries might be tapping on Big Guys' shoulder for best in town status. Thinner, but not shoestring. The fries are fkn awesome. Pretty much what you want in a non foodservice fry.

    Fish Tacos:
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    They did good work here with everything, except for MY opinion of the salsas. Someone in the kitchen knows what they are doing here - big time. The salsas were over-nice-a-fied. My tongue just might be way off in la-la land, but the salsas just didn't add anything for me. The red salsa that came with the plate was red. It had some salty tang to it, but other than that, it was red. I asked for a side of pico de gallo since I saw it on the menu with something else. The pico de gallo was picture perfect, but the jalapeno had been meticulously deveined and seeded. No heat. None. Props for technique. Meticulously cleaned. I'll get these tacos again. They were good. I'll hope for a better showing of salsa - I'm sure the flavors can be fickle. I was also recently spoiled by the Axcan fish tacos, and octopus tacos with serrano mayo. (That serrano mayo of theirs needs to be on every plate they bring out of the kitchen) so my baseline may have been off.


    Not pictured:
    Homemade Mac&Cheese. Get it. Their version was a little on the soupy side, but it was an absolutely fantastic example of someone who knows how to cook. Someone here studied. Bursting with cheese flavor, and GOOD cheese. Fantastic texture. Smooth and creamy, but not thinned cheese flavor.

    End -
    Apple strudel with vanilla bean gelato.
    Another, "Get This."
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    Again, remember what I said about liking this place. I liked it. Service was great. Plenty of potential to want to go back and sample much more. Hopefully this will turn into a special place. The owners know what they are doing, and whoever is in the kitchen definitely has chops. They also do sample 5 oz pours for their tap list. Had a nice, crisp sour, and a raspberry somethingorother.

    6546 Windsor Avenue
    Berwyn, IL 60402
    (708) 956-7405
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  • Post #2 - June 24th, 2016, 10:27 pm
    Post #2 - June 24th, 2016, 10:27 pm Post #2 - June 24th, 2016, 10:27 pm
    As to why this venue had an italian beef egg roll: The address used to be a[n] recommended italian beef shack; of which I managed to enrage by guessing its wi-fi password when it claimed to not know what it was (it was its telephone number).
    I'll give it another shot.
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  • Post #3 - June 25th, 2016, 2:14 am
    Post #3 - June 25th, 2016, 2:14 am Post #3 - June 25th, 2016, 2:14 am
    pudgym29 wrote: As to why this venue had an italian beef egg roll: The address used to be a[n] recommended italian beef shack; of which I managed to enrage by guessing its wi-fi password when it claimed to not know what it was (it was its telephone number).
    I'll give it another shot.

    What
  • Post #4 - June 25th, 2016, 8:06 am
    Post #4 - June 25th, 2016, 8:06 am Post #4 - June 25th, 2016, 8:06 am
    Pior to this incarnation it was Garv-Inn and before that Giovanni's
  • Post #5 - June 26th, 2016, 8:09 am
    Post #5 - June 26th, 2016, 8:09 am Post #5 - June 26th, 2016, 8:09 am
    Made it back for lunch.

    Tried the Italian Beef Egg Rolls again. Novel idea. They are good. I just wish there was HOT giardiniera with these.

    Opted for the Dumpling Appetizer:
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    Nicely fried gyoza with a sweet chili sauce. The sauce had a decent heat punch to it, and also a nice sesame flavor. I found the sauce a little sweet, but I'd easily get these again. Meat filling was very good. Balanced.

    D/c ordered the Cajun Scallops:
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    I've never been much of a scallop fan. I got a little nibble, and these were fresh. Sauce had a decent heat punch on the finish. The person who ordered these liked these a lot.
    Very nicely cooked, too.

    Reuben:
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    I was skeptical about this one. It was a slaw version, no kraut to be found here. I don't mind being given the OPTION, but I prefer kraut. Truth be told, this was good. I'd order this again for myself, and probably be pretty happy. The slaw was not made with sugar laden, fake mayo. The corned beef was sliced thin, and not a salt bomb. This was a good sammich. Side Note: The fries were just as fkn awesome as last time.

    Italian Veggie Hoagie:
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    Marinated artichokes, onions, cherry tomato, carrots, roots, twigs, leaves, etc. D/c ccut a hunk off for me to try. It was fine. If you enjoy things you can gather on the forest floor that will not try to outrun you, you'll be happy with this.

    I rocked the Gyros Tacos, Y'all:
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    BLAM!
    These are good. PROPS TO LAVERGNE'S for making sure every piece of gyro meat had some crispy edges. I'd compare these favorably to Big Guy's gyro which is saying a LOT. Fresh flavors - mint, chopped veggies, feta, and the fluffy, well grilled flour tortillas totally worked.

    The hood is abuzz with this place. Another good showing today, IMO.
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  • Post #6 - June 26th, 2016, 12:22 pm
    Post #6 - June 26th, 2016, 12:22 pm Post #6 - June 26th, 2016, 12:22 pm
    seebee wrote:Made it back for lunch.

    Tried the Italian Beef Egg Rolls again. Novel idea. They are good. I just wish there was HOT giardiniera with these.

    Opted for the Dumpling Appetizer:
    Image
    Nicely fried gyoza with a sweet chili sauce. The sauce had a decent heat punch to it, and also a nice sesame flavor. I found the sauce a little sweet, but I'd easily get these again. Meat filling was very good. Balanced.

    D/c ordered the Cajun Scallops:
    Image
    I've never been much of a scallop fan. I got a little nibble, and these were fresh. Sauce had a decent heat punch on the finish. The person who ordered these liked these a lot.
    Very nicely cooked, too.

    Reuben:
    Image
    I was skeptical about this one. It was a slaw version, no kraut to be found here. I don't mind being given the OPTION, but I prefer kraut. Truth be told, this was good. I'd order this again for myself, and probably be pretty happy. The slaw was not made with sugar laden, fake mayo. The corned beef was sliced thin, and not a salt bomb. This was a good sammich. Side Note: The fries were just as fkn awesome as last time.

    Italian Veggie Hoagie:
    Image
    Marinated artichokes, onions, cherry tomato, carrots, roots, twigs, leaves, etc. D/c ccut a hunk off for me to try. It was fine. If you enjoy things you can gather on the forest floor that will not try to outrun you, you'll be happy with this.

    I rocked the Gyros Tacos, Y'all:
    Image
    BLAM!
    These are good. PROPS TO LAVERGNE'S for making sure every piece of gyro meat had some crispy edges. I'd compare these favorably to Big Guy's gyro which is saying a LOT. Fresh flavors - mint, chopped veggies, feta, and the fluffy, well grilled flour tortillas totally worked.

    The hood is abuzz with this place. Another good showing today, IMO.



    Thanks seebee! My cousins just moved to Berwyn and had a baby, they're looking for new places to try, this goes into the rotation.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #7 - June 27th, 2016, 8:25 am
    Post #7 - June 27th, 2016, 8:25 am Post #7 - June 27th, 2016, 8:25 am
    MBH -
    I have a list of joints that I rock consistently. Mostly the same places you'll come across in the "Oak Park Dining Scene" threads (they love to claim neighboring towns as "Oak Park Area" if they have something good.) I kid, I kid. (Capri on Roosevelt road in Berwyn even calls itself "in Oak Park" for some reason.)

    Anyway, "Houbytown" (Berwyn nickname after the Czech word for mushroom, I think) has some nice joints to check out.
    In Berwyn Proper:
    BIG GUYS

    Czech Plaza (closing soon!)

    Paisan's on Ogden. (Always better than me and the mrs. give it credit for. Last two visits, we had the mussels in white wine/garlic, and they were VERY solid. Red Sauce is of the "sweeter" variety, but that's their thing. Just be warned about that.) Solid burgers, and non red pasta dishes too.

    Tastee Corner - My corner diner that will wow you if you know what to get. Word got out. The place is almost comically busy now. Still the same stuff tho. We have to go at off peak times now. It's just crazy busy. A lot of people claim the skirt and eggs breakfast is the big draw. I've never had it. I do the Mexican Skillet. Chorizo and fresh jalapeno. The breakfasts are easily big enough for two ppl. And I'm a big fat pig. The draw for me is not the sheer mass of the the food orders tho. The Reuben Panini is also a hidden gem on their menu. Most of the soups are scratch, though I have my doubts on their cream based soups. I've asked the waitresses to be real with me a few times concerning the cream based soups. They swear they are from scratch. For non-cream based - the chicken dumpling soup on Saturdays is fantastic. I actually had their cream based seafood chowder on last visit. Maybe the cream base is not scratch, and that's what's throwing me off. Maybe not. Anyway, it seemed foodservice thick, but the seafood added in was GOOD. Random chunks of fresh tasting fish.

    Autre Monde -
    Fantastic spot. Tasting Menu. Do the Tasting Menu. Order the tasting menu, but when they ask if you have any special dietary concerns, tell them your concern is that you love grilled octopus. Hopefully they'll hook it up for you as one of the courses.

    Chinese Food:
    Katy's in Oak Park is the best Chinese food in the Berwyn area. No question.
    But, if they are close to I-55, seriously, just hop on 55, and take the Chinatown exit. 15 minutes (spoken like a true Chicagoan - everything is 15 minutes.)

    Know what? I'ma rock a thread for you next week. I'll be on vacation with nothing to do while waiting for the rest of the fam to wake up in the am on most days. I'll throw some spots at you that are in my back pocket. Stay tuned.
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  • Post #8 - June 27th, 2016, 11:59 am
    Post #8 - June 27th, 2016, 11:59 am Post #8 - June 27th, 2016, 11:59 am
    seebee wrote:Know what? I'ma rock a thread for you next week.


    Hooray! Thanks for the intel, Oak Park Area Friend. (seriously, excited about Lavergne's and Oliver's, and I haven't been to Tastee in a minute, and have never tried the chorizo. I have the same dietary guideline as you at Autre Monde, by the way).

    I've incidentally long been a fan of the constant trainwreck and Godwin's Law food threads on Topix Berwyn, such as:

    http://www.topix.com/forum/city/berwyn- ... A3V4U6NOFA

    The Live Here Oak Park fora are really every bit as rewarding but with that extra soupçon of intellectual dishonesty so embraced on this side of Roosevelt Road.
  • Post #9 - June 28th, 2016, 7:54 am
    Post #9 - June 28th, 2016, 7:54 am Post #9 - June 28th, 2016, 7:54 am
    Thanks seebee for the review and recs. I visited Lavergne's on opening day and ate some of which you posted and enjoyed it all. Its a good addition to the Berwyn dining scene. Regarding the Italian beef eggroll (which we enjoyed) they had that at their other location in Wheaton which is Warren's Ale House so I am not sure if the connection to the previous establishments there in Berwyn makes any sense. Love to hear more recs about anything in that area as I'm often there visiting my son who lives in B-Town.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #10 - June 28th, 2016, 2:50 pm
    Post #10 - June 28th, 2016, 2:50 pm Post #10 - June 28th, 2016, 2:50 pm
    Stopped in last week and tried the Ramen Soup. Very good with some complexity.

    13443216_10208307244691841_1635180376943834332_o (1).jpg Two Soups!


    Also had the Tomato Bisque and while good it was somewhat standard.

    Service? Not so good as the pacing was way off. Entrees before appetizers, some entrees very late.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #11 - June 29th, 2016, 3:41 pm
    Post #11 - June 29th, 2016, 3:41 pm Post #11 - June 29th, 2016, 3:41 pm
    We stopped for lunch today. My cheeseburger was juicy and delicious. The fries were very nice and the accompanying pickle spear was fine. My better half was very happy with the turkey sandwich, especially with the fine vinegar-based slaw that came on the side.

    The Depot District is really becoming a good dining destination. My family has long been fans of La Notte Cafe (http://lanottecafe.com/), and have had a couple of good meals at The Garage Smokehouse and Bar (https://www.facebook.com/Thegarageberwyn/menu/?p_ref=pa). We are looking forward to trying Olivers (http://www.chef-olivers.com/).
  • Post #12 - June 29th, 2016, 7:23 pm
    Post #12 - June 29th, 2016, 7:23 pm Post #12 - June 29th, 2016, 7:23 pm
    PSSSSST - Hey, let's leave The Garage out of it. (I'm pretty sure it would have been annexed by the Oak Park Area crew by now if they didn't just get a new Q of their own.)
    Seriously tho, yes, the Depot District as it's called, is hopefully going to attract more than just shiny, new video gaming spots to bring in cash for whoever they bring in cash for. Pretty sure it ain't me or the schools, or the social programs, but I might be wrong.
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  • Post #13 - June 29th, 2016, 8:08 pm
    Post #13 - June 29th, 2016, 8:08 pm Post #13 - June 29th, 2016, 8:08 pm
    seebee wrote:MBH -
    Chinese Food:
    Katy's in Oak Park is the best Chinese food in the Berwyn area. No question.
    But, if they are close to I-55, seriously, just hop on 55, and take the Chinatown exit. 15 minutes (spoken like a true Chicagoan - everything is 15 minutes.)

    Know what? I'ma rock a thread for you next week. I'll be on vacation with nothing to do while waiting for the rest of the fam to wake up in the am on most days. I'll throw some spots at you that are in my back pocket. Stay tuned.


    Seebee you rock!! Thanks for the great suggestions. The cousins live around Cermak and Oak Park Avenue so all your suggestions are dead on. They know most of the places you've posted, but it's helpful to know that Katy's is the best Chinese around there and Tastee Corner is new to all of us, I love a great diner.

    They took me to La Notte last week, excellent martini and soft shells. From the description I'd thought they might be overdressed, but they were crispy with the sauce drizzled lightly on them, the clams casino were a very good rendition and they both enjoyed their pasta dishes. The baby arrived last Thursday so they won't be dining out for a few weeks, but we should start a Berwyn Cicero and post this there.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #14 - July 20th, 2017, 12:09 pm
    Post #14 - July 20th, 2017, 12:09 pm Post #14 - July 20th, 2017, 12:09 pm
    Was at Smokehouse Garage last night and I'm not too sure what it's life expectancy will be. Granted it was a Wednesday, but between 6 and 7:30, there were a total of 5 people (including us 2). The first beer I ordered (an IPA) was probably the worst case of an old skunked beer I've ever had (no wonder the girl asked if I wanted a sample first). The next selection was only slightly better. Our food seemed right out of a package - brisket with no rub or smoke flavor and pulled pork that I swear was from Costco.

    If Flapjack Brewery (around the corner) gets an even slightly better food selection (only wood fired pizza now - it's good, not great) they will blow these guys out of the water. Their beers are getting better and they seem to be drawing a decent crowd.

    Oh, and Lavergne's still kicks ass...great beer selection and solid food.
  • Post #15 - July 20th, 2017, 4:16 pm
    Post #15 - July 20th, 2017, 4:16 pm Post #15 - July 20th, 2017, 4:16 pm
    The Garage...
    One can hope. From our few visits, the sides were solid. Roasted brussels sprouts, and fries were craveworthy. If they could up the ante of the q to match the quality of the sides, we'd be there frequently. Seems.they are concentrating on the booze more than the q. We'd had some decent q there, but consistency has been an issue.
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  • Post #16 - July 21st, 2017, 10:58 am
    Post #16 - July 21st, 2017, 10:58 am Post #16 - July 21st, 2017, 10:58 am
    I tried for the sprouts, they didn't have them. Asked for sweet potato fries - got regular, which may have been a good thing because they were the lone highlight. The waitress (who was also bartender and bus girl?!) said they were in the process of changing up the menu and beer offerings, so things are going to be 'different'.
  • Post #17 - July 21st, 2017, 11:26 am
    Post #17 - July 21st, 2017, 11:26 am Post #17 - July 21st, 2017, 11:26 am
    stoutisgoodfood wrote:I tried for the sprouts, they didn't have them. Asked for sweet potato fries - got regular, which may have been a good thing because they were the lone highlight. The waitress (who was also bartender and bus girl?!) said they were in the process of changing up the menu and beer offerings, so things are going to be 'different'.

    Changing up the menu? Hard to do at a BBQ place. Ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork. Maybe move away from BBQ?

    Beer? The problem is not the selection but rather the freshness. Maybe switching them out will freshen them up for a short time.

    This is all too bad as we had visited early on not long after they opened and had a few good meals there but we also felt the strong leaning towards the bar side of the restaurant.
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  • Post #18 - August 1st, 2017, 10:38 pm
    Post #18 - August 1st, 2017, 10:38 pm Post #18 - August 1st, 2017, 10:38 pm
    The one time I went to Skipjack, I took out insurance by eating an italian beef sandwich at Scatchell's before boarding the Pace route #302 bus from Cicero & 22nd | Cermak.
    Lavergne's was above average. :) I'll go there again.
    If Berwyn is serious about getting people for its Depot District, it should pay for more night time runs of the Pace #302 bus eastbound to Cicero | 22nd |Cermak (Pink Line "L" station). :idea:
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  • Post #19 - March 17th, 2018, 9:42 am
    Post #19 - March 17th, 2018, 9:42 am Post #19 - March 17th, 2018, 9:42 am
    How's this place holding up? I've never been, but we were thinking of going tomorrow.
  • Post #20 - March 17th, 2018, 12:00 pm
    Post #20 - March 17th, 2018, 12:00 pm Post #20 - March 17th, 2018, 12:00 pm
    Vitesse98 wrote:How's this place holding up? I've never been, but we were thinking of going tomorrow.

    It fine, going strong.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #21 - March 20th, 2018, 9:24 am
    Post #21 - March 20th, 2018, 9:24 am Post #21 - March 20th, 2018, 9:24 am
    Was just there last week. Still running strong - beer selection as good as ever and food was great. Service was a bit spotty, but they were busy on a NCAA night.
  • Post #22 - March 20th, 2018, 1:33 pm
    Post #22 - March 20th, 2018, 1:33 pm Post #22 - March 20th, 2018, 1:33 pm
    Still a fan here. Been there three times in the past two weeks.
    Should have nommed it for a GNR.
    If anyone likes sours, give their blackberry whateveritis they have on tap a try now. I had my heart set on a few pints of Lolita, but apparently they sold out of it before my return a few days later. Server recommended the blackberry whateveritis, and I shunned it. He pressed, assuring me it wasn't sweet, and I'm glad he did. Don't ask what the name was, I clearly have no clue other than blackberry whateveritis.

    Lavergne's food is not the best stuff you'll ever have in your entire life, but in it's location, it's really pretty special. Don't get me wrong at ALL, the food is almost always good, and can be great. Their menu is just all over the map, and that's what's so great about it. Gyoza, burgers, pho, cold smoked salmon plates, grilled sea bass, gyros tacos, fried cheese curds, bahn mi. And none of it is bad.
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  • Post #23 - March 21st, 2018, 12:30 pm
    Post #23 - March 21st, 2018, 12:30 pm Post #23 - March 21st, 2018, 12:30 pm
    We've like it and had some good meals there. We go back from time to time.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #24 - December 1st, 2018, 9:04 am
    Post #24 - December 1st, 2018, 9:04 am Post #24 - December 1st, 2018, 9:04 am
    Been a few times, count me in as a fan. The array of food is impressive and ambitious, the quality surprisingly strong for the diversity of options (everything from pho to gyro tacos). Menu tweaks and changes, specials or otherwise, keep you on your toes. Right now their scallop appetizer is being prepared sort of elotes style, and they had a short rib poutine available. Great beer list, great service, a little loud but one of my favorite go-tos, esp. since they also nail the stuff many places take for granted, like burgers or onion rings. Oh, and they usually have pie from Spilt Milk in Oak Park available for dessert.
  • Post #25 - December 1st, 2018, 2:31 pm
    Post #25 - December 1st, 2018, 2:31 pm Post #25 - December 1st, 2018, 2:31 pm
    I've actually become a regular there. Two words these days: Impossible Tacos.

    Ya Heard?

    They are borderline overloaded, but, I still highly endorse them. I'd probably get them twice a week if they would plus up their salsa game. It's so damn weak. Their pico de gallo was housemade, fresh, perfect dices on everything, but no heat at all.

    Lavergne's menu is all over the map, but, usually, everything is done pretty well. Eclectic, but done well.

    My standard orders if the specials don't excite:
    Impossible Tacos
    Fish Tacos
    Impossible Burger
    Sea Bass w/ cous cous.

    Don't sleep on the desserts, either.
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  • Post #26 - December 14th, 2018, 7:59 pm
    Post #26 - December 14th, 2018, 7:59 pm Post #26 - December 14th, 2018, 7:59 pm
    I have gotten back to Lavergne's.
    It is a very good place. I would probably go there more frequently if I did not have to wind up walking ¾-mile north to Cermak Rd. for a transit bus to get back to the abode. Berwyn is really blowing it by not shelling out the (video-gaming?) cash for night time runs of the Pace #302 bus. Here are photographs thereof. Image Image Image
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