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  • Post #31 - September 10th, 2016, 1:50 pm
    Post #31 - September 10th, 2016, 1:50 pm Post #31 - September 10th, 2016, 1:50 pm
    dumpstermcnuggets wrote:Sigh, I've read a lot of bad online reviews about people who didn't care for Big Hurt Brewhouse

    I don't know about the Brewhouse, but from what I've read I doubt there's any actual brewing going on there. Unless something's changed recently, the beer is brewed at Minhas in Monroe WI (more on them here). To put it delicately, Minhas is known as a producer of "value priced" beers which are rarely, if ever, lauded by beer geeks.
  • Post #32 - January 4th, 2017, 12:17 pm
    Post #32 - January 4th, 2017, 12:17 pm Post #32 - January 4th, 2017, 12:17 pm
    Big Hurt closed for a while and was being re-done, revamped, etc. As of this writing don't know if its open yet We tried Home Run Inn Pizza and liked it a lot. We also ordered the Caesar salad there and it was the best I've had in a long time (dressing on the side). We also like Big Guys sausage, Lavergne's, Bella Notte, Czech Plaza, Paisan's, Tonini's market pick up meals, Villa Nova pizza, Autre Monde, and Vesecky bakery. Near by but not in Berwyn are Freddies in Cicero, Al's in Cicero (the Uncle Bobbys special spicy pizza, Johnnie's beef in Elmwood Park, Blue Max Coffee house in Forest Park (Forest Park restaurants whole other story), and Katies in Oak Park, (again see Oak Park thread). Have not tried the Garage. Wanted to try Capri on Roosevelt have not done so. Not a fan of Novi's or Cigar and Stripes. Bodhi Thai seems good but I hate Thai food. Pete's on Ridgeland, I"d mostly go there for gyros.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #33 - September 16th, 2017, 1:58 pm
    Post #33 - September 16th, 2017, 1:58 pm Post #33 - September 16th, 2017, 1:58 pm
    Santander wrote:Awesome. Big Hurt had some "deep cleaning" closures and rehiring recently and I hope they've rebounded - it is a cool adaptation of an old bank building. We saw Big Frank himself there on one visit, and Da Coach on the second. The food is surprisingly solid but the beers (not brewed onsite) aren't great. There is a video slot room in the old vault.

    Not sure about the switch up here, Big Hurt is out and 35 (Big Hurt's number) is in.

    35 Sports Bar & Grill
    6801 Cermak Rd, Berwyn
    (708) 956-7174
    www.35sportsbarandgrill.com

    Open now and I don't expect too much of a change. Wasn't all that bad when it was The Hurt.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #34 - September 16th, 2017, 2:04 pm
    Post #34 - September 16th, 2017, 2:04 pm Post #34 - September 16th, 2017, 2:04 pm
    Had a nice brunch at...

    Mission House Cafe
    6818 34th St, Berwyn
    (708) 476-6235

    IMG_1739.JPG Mexican Grilled Cheese. 2 cheeses, chorizo and heavy on the avocado.


    ... after being disappointed again at the lack of promised brunch at...

    Lavergne's Tavern
    6546 W Windsor Ave, Berwyn
    (708) 956-7405

    We have visited twice and the brunch was not available. We have been eager to try their avocado toast since they won Best Breakfast in Berwyn. Might not try again. :(
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #35 - September 18th, 2017, 12:17 pm
    Post #35 - September 18th, 2017, 12:17 pm Post #35 - September 18th, 2017, 12:17 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Santander wrote:Awesome. Big Hurt had some "deep cleaning" closures and rehiring recently and I hope they've rebounded - it is a cool adaptation of an old bank building. We saw Big Frank himself there on one visit, and Da Coach on the second. The food is surprisingly solid but the beers (not brewed onsite) aren't great. There is a video slot room in the old vault.

    Not sure about the switch up here, Big Hurt is out and 35 (Big Hurt's number) is in.

    35 Sports Bar & Grill
    6801 Cermak Rd, Berwyn
    (708) 956-7174
    http://www.35sportsbarandgrill.com

    Open now and I don't expect too much of a change. Wasn't all that bad when it was The Hurt.

    Correction: Opening on Thursday. What I saw was employee training.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #36 - September 18th, 2017, 3:41 pm
    Post #36 - September 18th, 2017, 3:41 pm Post #36 - September 18th, 2017, 3:41 pm
    I did not try Big Hurt before, reviews were bad. I will try it this time. I hope it makes a go of it.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #37 - September 20th, 2017, 11:56 am
    Post #37 - September 20th, 2017, 11:56 am Post #37 - September 20th, 2017, 11:56 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Not sure about the switch up here, Big Hurt is out and 35 (Big Hurt's number) is in.

    35 Sports Bar & Grill
    6801 Cermak Rd, Berwyn
    (708) 956-7174

    Opening tomorrow and the menu appears to have settled...

    https://www.35sportsbarandgrill.com/menu/

    Appetizers, sandwiches and desserts.

    Some items look good, Jucy Lucy in the burger section, a nice variety of loaded fries, ‘Big Hurt’ mentioned several times in the name of items.

    Noticed that a basketball was featured prominently on the facade flanking the number namesake but 35 does not have a place in Chicago basketball history.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #38 - September 21st, 2017, 8:42 am
    Post #38 - September 21st, 2017, 8:42 am Post #38 - September 21st, 2017, 8:42 am
    The menu seems to have some Robert Nava touches. Anyone know if he is involved?
  • Post #39 - September 22nd, 2017, 6:01 pm
    Post #39 - September 22nd, 2017, 6:01 pm Post #39 - September 22nd, 2017, 6:01 pm
    dukesdad wrote:The menu seems to have some Robert Nava touches. Anyone know if he is involved?

    I did see the donuts. Otherwise I don't see it.

    From what I understand he has retired.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #40 - September 28th, 2017, 1:46 pm
    Post #40 - September 28th, 2017, 1:46 pm Post #40 - September 28th, 2017, 1:46 pm
    I did see the donuts. Otherwise I don't see it.

    From what I understand he has retired.


    Pot roast
  • Post #41 - October 2nd, 2017, 5:11 pm
    Post #41 - October 2nd, 2017, 5:11 pm Post #41 - October 2nd, 2017, 5:11 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Santander wrote:Awesome. Big Hurt had some "deep cleaning" closures and rehiring recently and I hope they've rebounded - it is a cool adaptation of an old bank building. We saw Big Frank himself there on one visit, and Da Coach on the second. The food is surprisingly solid but the beers (not brewed onsite) aren't great. There is a video slot room in the old vault.

    Not sure about the switch up here, Big Hurt is out and 35 (Big Hurt's number) is in.

    35 Sports Bar & Grill
    6801 Cermak Rd, Berwyn
    (708) 956-7174
    http://www.35sportsbarandgrill.com

    Open now and I don't expect too much of a change. Wasn't all that bad when it was The Hurt.

    An arm of Italian beef chain Buona Beef is managing the 35 Sports Bar & Grill in Berwyn, a reincarnation of a Frank Thomas-inspired restaurant that has opened on the spot of the former Big Hurt Brewhouse. The bar and grill, which opened late last month, is owned solely by Frank Thomas, the White Sox Hall of Famer. Thomas also owns the restaurant’s site, with partners from the previous restaurant.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... story.html
    "Sandwiches are wonderful. You don't need a spoon or a plate!"
    Paul Lynde
  • Post #42 - October 2nd, 2017, 8:26 pm
    Post #42 - October 2nd, 2017, 8:26 pm Post #42 - October 2nd, 2017, 8:26 pm
    We hit up Las Vegas Vietnamese food, and left thoroughly impressed. Immediately goes into the rotation. Only had the cell phone, the work cell phone at that, so I think I might leave some pics off. Looks like I got a few decent ones, at least.

    Bright and airy space. Decent amount of room. Their previous incarnation was much smaller, and only four or five cheap tables. I'd guess triple the space in the new diggs.
    Tables are each equipped with a caddy that holds plasticware and chopsticks. Bottle of sriaracha, too.

    Spring Rolls:
    2 big uns per order. Lots of greens, big, fat shrimp. The wrapper was perfect. Nice and chewy.
    Image

    Grilled Pork Bahn Mi:
    Image
    Choice of meat, or tofu. I didn't detect any pate, and I inhaled it before I could check. The jalapeno was kickin' so needless to say, I liked it. A LOT. I'm sure there are better examples, but this is in BERWYN. It's the only game in town, so it didn't even have to be this good to gain praise. Very decent showing, even tho I couldn't verify the pate.

    Crispy Pancake. This. I want another one:
    Image
    Super crispy outside, stuffed with bean sprouts, shrimp, and pork. Big plate of basil on the side, along with a fish sauce based sauce. This. This. I haven't had one of these in a while, but I'd swear there was a slick of butter - (even movie theater kind of fake-ish butter?) on the outside of this thing. I loved it. This plate, by the way was the size of my forearm.

    Las Vegas Special Pho:
    Image
    Tendons, tripes, brisket slices, and noodles. Jr. let us try it after he hoarded the bowl for a good 15 minutes and declared himself too full to move. There was plenty left over for the two of us. We didn't even finish it all. The broth was interesting as it should be. Not heavy with cinnamon, but some other spice I can't place. Not overpowering at all, but the "shock" of cinnamon in a bowl of soup wasn't really there on my western palate, if that makes any sense.

    Grilled Chicken with rice plate:
    Image
    The photo is ass, sorry, but this was nice. Standard Vietnamese sweet/salty/charry thing going on. Dark meat, too!

    I wanted to try their egg rolls, but that would have been overkill. They had a few combo plates with egg rolls, but none of those combo places had the grilled chicken. I nudged the owner about this when he was taking our order, "Hey, none of these combo plates has CHICKEN with egg roll..." but he didn't get what I was hinting at. Since we got the grilled pork in the Banh Mi, I really wanted to try the grilled chicken...I won't bore you with how I was strategically trying to order a little bit of everything. Anyway, we really liked everything we tried, and as I said, this immediately goes into the rotation.

    Wife 1.0's response when she saw the bill? "Tip very high, they need to know who we are!"
    Panther, Santander, et al:
    You will not be allowed to annex this one without a fight. You have Saigon Pho over there in Fopa anyway. I've been to that one three times, and none of those times did I leave as impressed as I did with my first visit to Las Vegas.

    Website from the old location:
    http://lasvegasrest.com/
    New address:
    6723 Cermak Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
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  • Post #43 - October 2nd, 2017, 8:49 pm
    Post #43 - October 2nd, 2017, 8:49 pm Post #43 - October 2nd, 2017, 8:49 pm
    Oh, sweet! So good to hear they're back. I had no idea. Went there about two years ago at the old location, and really enjoyed it, but when I wanted to revisit earlier this year, it was gone. Didn't know they moved. It's nice not to have to drive all the way up north for a nice bahn mi or pho.
  • Post #44 - October 24th, 2017, 12:29 pm
    Post #44 - October 24th, 2017, 12:29 pm Post #44 - October 24th, 2017, 12:29 pm
    City Barbeque
    7108 Cermak Rd, Berwyn
    (708) 393-4719
    https://www.facebook.com/CityBarbequeBerywn/
    (Note the city mispelling in the link)
    Locations in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio
    At City Barbeque, we are 100% devoted to the craft of barbeque. We refuse to cut corners or take any shortcuts. All of our meats are smoked on-site at each restaurant, hand rubbed with spices, and take upwards of 18 hours to become pure barbeque perfection. Our employees prepare our sides throughout the day from scratch in the restaurant and give it the same attention they would give to their own family. This is barbeque in its truest form, created by people who are dedicated to doing it right.

    Grand Opening November 4th
    https://www.facebook.com/events/379454915819024/

    Although Berwyn is reporting it to open on October 30th
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1651403071538728/
    City Barbeque features in-house smoked brisket, pulled pork, turkey, sausage, ribs, & chicken. Serving Competition Quality Food with Backyard Hospitality.

    This is probably the ribbon cutting ceremony.

    A nice addition to the Oak Park BBQ scene. :) There have been reports on a downturn in quality at The Garage.

    The Garage Smokehouse and Bar
    3202 Grove Ave, Berwyn
    (708) 956-7274
    Emphasis lately on the word 'Bar'.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #45 - October 24th, 2017, 7:49 pm
    Post #45 - October 24th, 2017, 7:49 pm Post #45 - October 24th, 2017, 7:49 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:City Barbeque
    7108 Cermak Rd, Berwyn
    (708) 393-4719

    A nice addition to the Oak Park BBQ scene. :)


    Quit it!
    :P
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #46 - November 17th, 2017, 3:31 pm
    Post #46 - November 17th, 2017, 3:31 pm Post #46 - November 17th, 2017, 3:31 pm
    New (at least to me) in the hood...

    49EB88D3-D81F-429A-BAB7-5A272E4BE2CE.jpeg


    Conga Cuban Cafe
    6836 Windsor Ave, Berwyn
    (708) 317-4355
    https://m.facebook.com/Conga-Cuban-Cafe ... 391378527/

    Proudly proclaiming jibarito and other island items on the awning. Empanadas were also mentioned.

    I think it was a nice little coffee shop prior. Buddha something???

    A nice addition to the nearby...

    Panchos Fusion
    7329 W 25th St, North Riverside
    (708) 447-2210
    http://www.panchospuertoricannmexican.com/

    ... which does a passable job.

    Looking forward to trying them out!
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #47 - November 24th, 2017, 2:09 pm
    Post #47 - November 24th, 2017, 2:09 pm Post #47 - November 24th, 2017, 2:09 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:City Barbeque
    7108 Cermak Rd, Berwyn
    (708) 393-4719
    https://www.facebook.com/CityBarbequeBerywn/
    (Note the city mispelling in the link

    Haven’t been yet but noticed their interesting smoker setup driving by today...

    2869EC80-B93C-4142-B39F-ED0D28C91C7D.jpeg
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #48 - January 15th, 2018, 11:45 am
    Post #48 - January 15th, 2018, 11:45 am Post #48 - January 15th, 2018, 11:45 am
    Finally made it over to City Q. Actually probably going back for lunch today. Jr requested City BBQ for lunch on his MLK day off, and the wife gave it a thumbs up. We got a mailer coupon with a BOGO offer (up to $12.99) so we maxed it out after a discussion with the mgr who was extremely friendly, actually, all of the staff we came in contact with were top notch.

    On the natch, I wanted to try everything they had in the store for my first visit, so we ordered the:
    "Judge's Sampler" -
    A 1/4 chicken and 1/2 slab of ribs plus pulled pork, beef brisket, 2 sides, 2 cornbreads and Texas toast. Sides: Mac& Cheese, Collard Greens

    Half Slab O' Spares, and a side of Baked Beans w/brisket.


    My Take:
    The Q was better than I expected. The stars of the day were the brisket and spares. The pork was a lil dry, and the chicken was too. Neither were BADLY dry, mind you, but I'm guessing they were just held for a while. The brisket was nice and juicy, definitely smoked, tho not a heavy smoke flavor. The spares were a little on the salty side, but good tasty - nothing surprising in the rub, I'd order these again with confidence. Definitely smoked, tho not a heavy smoke flavor.

    Fries? EXCELLENT, imo, but I've kinda been trying to ditch carbs, so, I might have been jonesing for carbalicious french fried goodness. These fries were pretty darned good.

    Mac&Cheese. I'll try it again, but the wife and I were not impressed. Noodles were obv cooked at too low of a heat, so they were pasty. Not mushy and overcooked, but pasty, knaamean? I'll assume it was just an off batch. I'll definitely get it again to try, but I don't waste my time on mac&cheese that isn't great. They've got better sides, so it's not a huge deal for me.

    Baked Beans - For the life of me, I don't recall much. (We tried it last weekend.) The fact that I don't remember them probably means there was nothing really notable, sorry. If we go today, I'll get them again..

    Collard Greens - A tad salty on MY tongue, but I thought a very solid effort. Lots of pork, and iirc, a decent hit of pepper. I think their greens will be an automatic side for us.

    Corn Bread - Mini loaf size. Less sweet and dense than most of the Chicago joints put out. I was an instant fan. My family's matriarchs all made lighter, more savory, cornbread than a lot of restaurants' versions I've encountered. It seems that most restaurants try to go over the top with richness and sweetness. Trust me, I like those too. But it was nice to try a version less sweet and dense. It was still on the rich side, but lighter than I expected.

    Texas Toast was toasted frenchy bread. Garlic bread, I believe. Wasn't too greasy or anything. It was decent.

    Very nice addition to the hood, here.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.

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