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  • Post #31 - September 1st, 2017, 6:20 am
    Post #31 - September 1st, 2017, 6:20 am Post #31 - September 1st, 2017, 6:20 am
    scottsol wrote:
    olea111 wrote:Good evening everyone! I am so happy I stumbled upon this forum :lol: As said maker of "the stupidest fucking decision ever" I'd love to set some things straight.


    Your hours are clearly not the SFDE. If you had paid any attention to that comment, that would have been the SFDE.

    Best of Luck.


    The comment referred to his not being open on the weekend. He obviously did pay attention to the comment, because he wrote:

    We will be open on weekends! Just as soon as we can find enough TALENTED AND QUALIFIED people to staff the restaurant for that many hours.

    Did you pay attention to that?
  • Post #32 - September 1st, 2017, 6:59 am
    Post #32 - September 1st, 2017, 6:59 am Post #32 - September 1st, 2017, 6:59 am
    I'm glad you're taking the time to regroup. I'm sure I will be back at some point.
  • Post #33 - September 1st, 2017, 9:02 am
    Post #33 - September 1st, 2017, 9:02 am Post #33 - September 1st, 2017, 9:02 am
    olea111 wrote:Good evening everyone! I am so happy I stumbled upon this forum :lol: As said maker of "the stupidest fucking decision ever" I'd love to set some things straight.

    If you are patient and give us a chance, I promise we will deliver. Sincerely, Aaron Steingold


    Hi Aaron! Please don't let some curmudgeonly sniping bother you--I think there are a lot of folks here who are thrilled you are off to a great start and I KNOW there are plenty of us who are more than willing to pay a few extra bucks (which, actually, AREN'T since there are others doing this at the same price point--we just have some folks that, apparently, don't understand some things about high quality restaurant margins and think that Panera sells bagels--whaaaaat?) to get something fabulous.

    So enjoy "not enjoying" this weekend and you will be rewarded with many loyal customers who are eagerly anticipating your ability to keep doing what stevez's picture showed you're doing--possibly, the best looking bagel and fish sandwich in the Chi. And Montreal-style pastrami? Yeah, we'll wait!

    Signed, your biggest fan who hasn't yet eaten at your restaurant!

    jen

    P.S. Your bagel man is a great dude!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #34 - September 1st, 2017, 9:50 am
    Post #34 - September 1st, 2017, 9:50 am Post #34 - September 1st, 2017, 9:50 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    olea111 wrote:And Montreal-style pastrami? Yeah, we'll wait!


    The Montreal references that I've seen appear to be in relation to their smoked trout receiving a "Montreal style" pastrami preparation.
  • Post #35 - September 1st, 2017, 10:13 am
    Post #35 - September 1st, 2017, 10:13 am Post #35 - September 1st, 2017, 10:13 am
    olea111 wrote:5. The typo in the hours was due to a glitch in the MOBILE website.

    Just FYI, the for-the-time-being-incorrect hours are also posted on the full desktop version of the website. It is not MOBILE only.

    Despite my hyperbolic opinion (comedic effect?), I'm not rooting against anyone. I sure as hell want to see independent restauranteurs capture market share from corporate fast-casual garbage like Panera, Chipotle, etc.
  • Post #36 - September 1st, 2017, 10:46 am
    Post #36 - September 1st, 2017, 10:46 am Post #36 - September 1st, 2017, 10:46 am
    spinynorman99 wrote:The Montreal references that I've seen appear to be in relation to their smoked trout receiving a "Montreal style" pastrami preparation.

    Well, there's also this, straight from the source:

    olea111 wrote:2. Our pastrami is made in the Montreal method, i.e. straight to smoke after brine, but is more inspired by the bbq of my native North Carolina and is spiced more traditionally from the land of my parents and grandparents on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
  • Post #37 - September 1st, 2017, 12:02 pm
    Post #37 - September 1st, 2017, 12:02 pm Post #37 - September 1st, 2017, 12:02 pm
    Oy vey! Can't we all just get along? :lol:

    I'm scheduling my first visit for some weekday morning in mid-October. I think I can wait that long. :wink:

    =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 #38 - September 1st, 2017, 3:48 pm
    Post #38 - September 1st, 2017, 3:48 pm Post #38 - September 1st, 2017, 3:48 pm
    TomInSkokie wrote:
    scottsol wrote:
    olea111 wrote:Good evening everyone! I am so happy I stumbled upon this forum :lol: As said maker of "the stupidest fucking decision ever" I'd love to set some things straight.


    Your hours are clearly not the SFDE. If you had paid any attention to that comment, that would have been the SFDE.

    Best of Luck.


    The comment referred to his not being open on the weekend. He obviously did pay attention to the comment, because he wrote:

    We will be open on weekends! Just as soon as we can find enough TALENTED AND QUALIFIED people to staff the restaurant for that many hours.

    Did you pay attention to that?


    Since you seem so interested in what I paid attention to I will tell you.

    1 That calling any new business' decisions the SFDE without having any knowledge of the specifics of the business' operation is just plain wrong headed.

    2 That no business owner should react to his decisions being called the SFDE.

    3. That the claim of being the SFDE was based on the combination of no weekend hours and closing at 3 on weekdays, not simply being closed on weekends.

    4. That Steingold's always planned on having weekend hours but intended to keep hours limited until the operation was running smoothly and was in the position to extend their hours without loosing quality. The SDFE comment was not a factor.
  • Post #39 - September 1st, 2017, 4:40 pm
    Post #39 - September 1st, 2017, 4:40 pm Post #39 - September 1st, 2017, 4:40 pm
    scottsol wrote:Since you seem so interested in what I paid attention to I will tell you.

    3. That the claim of being the SFDE was based on the combination of no weekend hours and closing at 3 on weekdays, not simply being closed on weekends.

    Despite my wrong headedness, you may have misread my initial post. The SFDE was only in regard to being closed on weekends, since BR had said that would make it impossible for him (and logically, many others) to make it there. Closing at 3pm is fine for a breakfast & lunch place, just don't have 8pm closure posted anywhere on your website. Only bad things can happen with that type of miscommunication.

    It's completely within the proprietor's discretion what days to be closed, but for a lox and bagel place, Sat+Sun seem like damn good days to be open, even if it means you aren't open Mon+Tues. The demand is certainly there, and the product has received praise, so Steingold's appears well on its way despite limited hours at the start.
  • Post #40 - September 1st, 2017, 4:45 pm
    Post #40 - September 1st, 2017, 4:45 pm Post #40 - September 1st, 2017, 4:45 pm
    bweiny wrote:
    scottsol wrote:Since you seem so interested in what I paid attention to I will tell you.

    3. That the claim of being the SFDE was based on the combination of no weekend hours and closing at 3 on weekdays, not simply being closed on weekends.

    Despite my wrong headedness, you may have misread my initial post. The SFDE was only in regard to being closed on weekends, since BR had said that would make it impossible for him (and logically, many others) to make it there. Closing at 3pm is fine for a breakfast & lunch place, just don't have 8pm closure posted anywhere on your website. Only bad things can happen with that type of miscommunication.

    It's completely within the proprietor's discretion what days to be closed, but for a lox and bagel place, Sat+Sun seem like damn good days to be open, even if it means you aren't open Mon+Tues. The demand is certainly there, and the product has received praise, so Steingold's appears well on its way despite limited hours at the start.


    Folks need to READ. The website says they'll soon be open on weekends. The owner said they'll soon be open on weekends. They just opened. They want to ramp up slowly and serve a quality product and a comfortable dining experience. Patience will be rewarded.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #41 - September 2nd, 2017, 3:08 pm
    Post #41 - September 2nd, 2017, 3:08 pm Post #41 - September 2nd, 2017, 3:08 pm
    4. You can get a fantastic bagel, house blended and whipped cream cheese, lox, w onion, heirloom tomato, caper leaves and macerated cucumbers for $11. For $4 more dollars you can get Ora King Salmon from New Zealand, though the $11 is still Farro Island and is no slouch. I, myself would prefer to pay $2 more than the average to get something well above average.

    I think the owner just said he'd be willing to pay $13 for the Ora King Salmon upgrade

    I'm looking forward to trying Steingold's soon! Manny's is a little to far for frequent visits and Max and Bennys is average at best.
  • Post #42 - September 2nd, 2017, 6:11 pm
    Post #42 - September 2nd, 2017, 6:11 pm Post #42 - September 2nd, 2017, 6:11 pm
    I'm going to be really disappointed if Bourbon Chicken isn't on the menu.
  • Post #43 - September 7th, 2017, 8:07 pm
    Post #43 - September 7th, 2017, 8:07 pm Post #43 - September 7th, 2017, 8:07 pm
    Anyone been this week? How are the crowds?
  • Post #44 - September 8th, 2017, 11:33 am
    Post #44 - September 8th, 2017, 11:33 am Post #44 - September 8th, 2017, 11:33 am
    JoelF wrote:
    boudreaulicious wrote:I blame it on Stevez-that bagelporn he posted here has likely gone viral :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I would not recommend googling bagelporn. Rule 34, y'know


    Rule 34 notwithstanding, I opened a private browser window and discovered . . . pictures of bagels. :roll:

    Think I'm pleased . . . or relieved . . . or something.

    Giovanna
    =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=

    "Enjoy every sandwich."

    -Warren Zevon
  • Post #45 - September 8th, 2017, 2:39 pm
    Post #45 - September 8th, 2017, 2:39 pm Post #45 - September 8th, 2017, 2:39 pm
    Jamie wrote:Anyone been this week? How are the crowds?


    Yes. I work very close by, and there are limited options if you want to walk somewhere. I was debating with myself all morning: mediocre Thai or try Steingold's?I discovered you can order online, so I did. Got a confirmation email and one giving the expected time it would be ready (about 20 - 25 minutes later). I got there 3 or 4 minutes after the estimated time and my sandwich was ready and waiting on the pickup counter. There were a bunch of people eating, several waiting for orders and only 1 or 2 people placing orders at around 12:30.

    I didn't grow up eating pastrami and the last pastrami sandwich I had was probably 30 years ago in Hyde Park, so I don't have the same frame of reference as some of you. I got the "sister-in-law" and really enjoyed it. There was enough fat, not too much. I thought the kimchi was a genius move. It was a nice counterpoint to the pastrami. One of my Jewish colleagues said that the pastrami had a little sweetness, like honey baked ham. He said he prefers the sandwiches at Manny's (I think that's where he said.) because of that. I really enjoyed the slight sweetness, but then, I was raised Catholic, so ham is something I've had a lot of. I really can't eat big sandwiches like that often, but next time I'm ready for one, I'll be back. I'll probably go healthy and try the shepherd's salad next.
  • Post #46 - September 8th, 2017, 5:01 pm
    Post #46 - September 8th, 2017, 5:01 pm Post #46 - September 8th, 2017, 5:01 pm
    From a Facebook posting yesterday:
    Beginning Monday, we will be open 7am-7pm M-F with weekends coming soon.

    https://www.facebook.com/steingoldsdeli ... 1276611721
  • Post #47 - September 8th, 2017, 5:40 pm
    Post #47 - September 8th, 2017, 5:40 pm Post #47 - September 8th, 2017, 5:40 pm
    knitgirl wrote:Yes. I work very close by, and there are limited options if you want to walk somewhere. I was debating with myself all morning: mediocre Thai or try Steingold's?

    I guess GNR Aroy Thai is just a bit too far to walk if you're on a tight schedule. It's a mile from Steingold's :(

    =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 #48 - September 9th, 2017, 8:51 am
    Post #48 - September 9th, 2017, 8:51 am Post #48 - September 9th, 2017, 8:51 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    knitgirl wrote:Yes. I work very close by, and there are limited options if you want to walk somewhere. I was debating with myself all morning: mediocre Thai or try Steingold's?

    I guess GNR Aroy Thai is just a bit too far to walk if you're on a tight schedule. It's a mile from Steingold's :(

    =R=

    Yes, I live closer than that to Aroy, so that's an evening/weekend place for me.
  • Post #49 - September 18th, 2017, 4:52 pm
    Post #49 - September 18th, 2017, 4:52 pm Post #49 - September 18th, 2017, 4:52 pm
    So, after giving Steingold's a couple of weeks to get their footing, I've returned a few times to see them running at a high level. Most of the negative things that people commented about here and elsewhere have been taken care of (other than still occasionally running out of things, a high class problem to have). Here's a shot of a pastrami Reuben that I had last week.

    Steingold's "Uncle Rube" (W/Pastrami)
    Image

    This is another outstanding sandwich. The house made sauerkraut really balances the thin cut, rich pastrami. This sandwich, like the Steingold's Classic (aka lox and bagel), are permanently in my Steingold's rotation, although I still have quite a bit of menu to work may way through.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #50 - September 18th, 2017, 5:33 pm
    Post #50 - September 18th, 2017, 5:33 pm Post #50 - September 18th, 2017, 5:33 pm
    Steve,

    These pictures are getting to be a bit much. People want choices in their deli options, not a monopoly!
  • Post #51 - September 19th, 2017, 4:33 pm
    Post #51 - September 19th, 2017, 4:33 pm Post #51 - September 19th, 2017, 4:33 pm
    Good bagel. Nice people.

    I like a little more chew (I like Montreal style) and might prefer NYB&B and the old Dillman's bagel you can still find at 3 Greens (or you could fairly recently). But still miles ahead of most others around here. Excellent cream cheese and some of the best slices of tomatoes I've ever been served in a restaurant (and I just returned from Catalunya).
  • Post #52 - Yesterday, 8:17 am
    Post #52 - Yesterday, 8:17 am Post #52 - Yesterday, 8:17 am
    Use code BAGEL1 for $5 off an online order of $15 or greater, website: www.steingoldsdeli.com
    -
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #53 - Yesterday, 9:29 am
    Post #53 - Yesterday, 9:29 am Post #53 - Yesterday, 9:29 am
    Per sign on their door:

    Weekend hours, 9 -3, begin tomorrow.
  • Post #54 - Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    Post #54 - Yesterday, 1:57 pm Post #54 - Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    woot! just in time for jewish new year ongoing family celebrations.
  • Post #55 - Yesterday, 2:20 pm
    Post #55 - Yesterday, 2:20 pm Post #55 - Yesterday, 2:20 pm
    Now that I have had a Rueben here and enjoyed it quite a bit, do I still need to try one at the hours challenged Edgebrook diner?
  • Post #56 - Yesterday, 2:49 pm
    Post #56 - Yesterday, 2:49 pm Post #56 - Yesterday, 2:49 pm
    scottsol wrote:Now that I have had a Rueben here and enjoyed it quite a bit, do I still need to try one at the hours challenged Edgebrook diner?


    Having had both, I'd say yes, they are both worthy of trying.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven

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