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  • Post #31 - February 8th, 2019, 6:14 pm
    Post #31 - February 8th, 2019, 6:14 pm Post #31 - February 8th, 2019, 6:14 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Ronnie, please note the name is Egg-O-Holic, might want to change the title for easier future reference.

    Done, thanks!

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #32 - February 8th, 2019, 6:19 pm
    Post #32 - February 8th, 2019, 6:19 pm Post #32 - February 8th, 2019, 6:19 pm
    G Wiv wrote:
    diversedancer wrote:but to have essentially nothing but egg dishes is not a meal I'd make an effort to consume.
    You might want to recheck the menu, there are nine or ten chicken dishes plus sandwiches and paneer. ----> Egg O Holic Menu

    Personally, I love the specialization. I have no desire for everyplace to be everything to everyone. The uniqueness of the menu, especially given its backstory, is one of the biggest draws.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #33 - February 8th, 2019, 6:26 pm
    Post #33 - February 8th, 2019, 6:26 pm Post #33 - February 8th, 2019, 6:26 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Personally, I love the specialization. I have no desire for everyplace to be everything to everyone. The uniqueness of the menu, especially given its backstory, is one of the biggest draws.
    Agree 1000%
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #34 - February 9th, 2019, 3:32 pm
    Post #34 - February 9th, 2019, 3:32 pm Post #34 - February 9th, 2019, 3:32 pm
    G Wiv wrote:
    diversedancer wrote:but to have essentially nothing but egg dishes is not a meal I'd make an effort to consume.
    You might want to recheck the menu, there are nine or ten chicken dishes plus sandwiches and paneer.

    diversedancer wrote:I am glad I went, some dishes were different and interesting, but I doubt I'll ever go back.



    Please remember that I did say that I was glad I went.

    Inasmuch as one could go to one or two NEW restaurants every day, forever, and for somebody that can only afford the cost, calories, time, and miles to drive to, of 2-3 restaurant meals per week, that would be a choice of maybe 20 to 50 per meal. If half of meals were repeats, that number doubles for the remaining "new" ones. So that puts egg-o-holic in the top 1% to 5%, that is not good enough for you? The number comes from hearing there were about 500 new restaurants every year, and I think that was the City of Chicago proper, but maybe it was the metropolitan area.

    (revised immediately after posting to include self quote and additional explanation)
    (revised 2/22 for redundancy, grammar, typos and punctuation--no content change)
    --Carey
    Last edited by diversedancer on February 22nd, 2019, 11:15 am, edited 1 time in total.
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #35 - February 22nd, 2019, 10:41 am
    Post #35 - February 22nd, 2019, 10:41 am Post #35 - February 22nd, 2019, 10:41 am
    Hi,

    After a meeting last night in Schaumburg, I stopped by Egg-O-Holic for a snack of a Samosa Wrap and Desi Chai.

    I really wanted a samosa-only, but that's not how they are offered. The samosa wrapped in a roti-type flat bread came with a packet of ketchup. I tried it as-is, then smeared a little bit of ketchup. Adding the ketchup is a good addition, though applying it lightly worked best for me.

    I cannot wait for the next opportunity to visit when I hope to get a grilled cheese sandwich.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #36 - February 24th, 2019, 10:06 am
    Post #36 - February 24th, 2019, 10:06 am Post #36 - February 24th, 2019, 10:06 am
    Stopped in again with the wife this time and tried some other dishes. I left more impressed.

    The masala fry is spicy and pungent. A great little dish, though they have a heavy hand with the fat here. Similarly the egg curry carries an excellent depth of flavor. The egg bhurji (it was between this and the kheemo) seemed a bit bland in comparison, but it worked between bites of the much stronger companion dishes. I also like their roti/chapati (they can't seem to decide what it is?).
  • Post #37 - March 2nd, 2019, 7:55 pm
    Post #37 - March 2nd, 2019, 7:55 pm Post #37 - March 2nd, 2019, 7:55 pm
    Hit the River West location again this week for lunch with a few friends. This time, by the light of day and as sober as a judge . . . and I still loved it. We had some repeats and some new items, so I'll try to fill in a few blanks here.

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    Egg-O-Holic - 833 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
    The entrance pictured here is on the east side of the building, on Green Street. Parking was tight on Green but we found ample metered parking on both sides of Chicago Avenue, just west of the restaurant.

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    Interior
    Order at the register, pay, receive a number, and when your food's ready, it's brought to your table.

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    Garlic Full Fry | Indian style sunny side up with a hint of garlic
    Obviously, there's a lot more than a hint of garlic going on here. It appeared to be a couple of loosely cooked eggs covered with a boldly flavored mixture of minced up garlic plus herbs and vegetables. Quite delicious.

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    Anda Masala Sandwich | Double layered grilled cheese sandwich with tandoori masala egg & veggies
    I couldn't resist ordering this again and it was just as delicious as it was the first time around. I'm not sure I would ever need a whole one because it takes up a lot of real estate -- and there's so much to try -- but with four of us in the group, this worked out quite well.

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    Roti
    Yes, it's referred to as both roti and chapati on different parts of the menu. No matter what you call it, it's nicely executed.

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    Toast
    Until you start doing some digging, this seems so inauthentic. But toast has become a popular side dish among certain devotees of this cuisine and I have to say, it went extremely well with the food on both the flavor and texture fronts. As Jazzfood quipped at our lunch: "Eggs and toast . . . who knew?"

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    Red Fry Curry | Boiled eggs cooked with tomato gravy & garnished with cheese
    This was another rich, flavorful winner, and it really had a kick.

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    Egg Bhurji | Scrambled eggs with veggies & spices
    Just a good old-fashioned scramble, though not much like the ones Grandma Suburban used to make for me. :wink: I liked the flavor of the veggies and thought there were just the right amount of them in the eggs. I also appreciated how different this dish was from all the other ones we ordered. When ordering so many dishes, it's nice to have some contrasts in the line-up.

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    Jeera Rice | Indian cumin rice
    This had a fairly aggressive and delicious seasoning set, including whole cumin seeds, which were really aromatic. I'm guessing they were bloomed in oil as part of the cooking process.

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    Paneer Cheese Masala | Paneer pieces cooked in a ginger-garlic gravy & topped with cheese
    Rich, rich and rich but another dish that was just hard to stop eating.

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    Lachko
    Probably the richest and least aggressively spiced dish but still one of my favorites. This is comfort food incarnate. Please, just give me a plate of this with a side of toast and leave me alone! :P

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #38 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:14 am
    Post #38 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:14 am Post #38 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:14 am
    Long time Egg-O-Holic lurker...first time poster.

    Do they make their items to order? In other words, will they cut down on the heat on a particular item?
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #39 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:19 am
    Post #39 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:19 am Post #39 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:19 am
    Dave148 wrote:Long time Egg-O-Holic lurker...first time poster.

    Do they make their items to order? In other words, will they cut down on the heat on a particular item?

    They are made to order, so cutting down the heat should not present a problem.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #40 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:28 am
    Post #40 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:28 am Post #40 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:28 am
    Maybe I'm slightly allergic to eggs, but my stomach was still unsettled for 3 days after that meal.
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #41 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:46 am
    Post #41 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:46 am Post #41 - March 3rd, 2019, 9:46 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:Long time Egg-O-Holic lurker...first time poster.

    Do they make their items to order? In other words, will they cut down on the heat on a particular item?

    They are made to order, so cutting down the heat should not present a problem.

    Thanks. You-know-who can be finicky with the heat. :shock:
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #42 - March 3rd, 2019, 10:50 am
    Post #42 - March 3rd, 2019, 10:50 am Post #42 - March 3rd, 2019, 10:50 am
    I went for the first time yesterday and quite enjoyed myself.

    We ordered the anda masala sandwich, which I was a bit skeptical about but which my Companion was intrigued by, and found it much better than expected. I'm not sure I'd order it again at the exclusion of trying new things, but it was quite good.

    The surti gotalo was also quite good. As instructed by this thread, we mixed the over-easy egg into the sauce, which palpably enriched the dish.

    The highlight of the meal was, as many have said, the lachko. I'm not sure why, but something about the particular combination of flavors worked really, really well. I'll certainly be getting this one whenever I return.

    As a bonus, the masala chai is of very good quality, one of the better versions I've had.
    The best food is well-spiced and well-fattened.
  • Post #43 - March 11th, 2019, 9:29 am
    Post #43 - March 11th, 2019, 9:29 am Post #43 - March 11th, 2019, 9:29 am
    Went on Saturday night and tried some new things. I had the Anda masala, Lapeti and Green Egg rice; along with Masala Chaas and Chai; with extra rotis. I don't have to say any more of the Chaas and the Chai. They are both fantastic.

    The Anda Masala is better than it looks. It is like a Vadapav version with eggs and veggies (well mostly tomato). But that combination works well here and I will probably order this again. The tomato are a nice soothing complement to the spicy masala. Like a Desi Club sandwich (although, technically speaking; I have not had a real club sandwich ever; being a vegetarian).

    The Lapeti and the Green Egg rice dishes did not work for me.

    The Lapeti is a Omelette used as a burrito wrap and filled with shredded boiled eggs and cheese (essentially a cheese omelette with shredded boiled egg filling). The Cheese just felt wrong (bad cheese?) and the texture was all weird. Plus there is no real spice to it; and I probably will not order this again.

    The Green Egg rice again felt wrong to me. The combination of mint; with a south Indian style tarka of mustard seeds and Curry leaves did not taste right. I am probably the wrong person to justly review the taste profile as I am a South Indian and am used to Curry Leaves being used in a certain way. The flavor of mint interfered with the fragrance of the curry leaves for me. Again, I will probably order other things from now on.

    This still leaves me about 50 other things to try still!! :P This still leaves me Surti Kheemo, Lava Pulav, Amdavadi Touch etc. etc. that has me salivating already. Not to mention the grill items and the Paneer Curries. This place is a godsend for a ovo-lacto-vegetarian like me.

    I already like Lachko, Toofani Curry, Surti Gotalo, Scrambled eggs, Desi Omelette etc. I just don't want to go there and order the things I like and miss out on things I may like. The investigations will continue....

    Edited to highlight dishes
    The art of living well and art of dying well are one. ---Epicurus
  • Post #44 - March 11th, 2019, 1:58 pm
    Post #44 - March 11th, 2019, 1:58 pm Post #44 - March 11th, 2019, 1:58 pm
    We had a great meal last week. However, we were there at about 7:00 on Friday night and the place was nearly deserted. When we got there, only 2 tables were occupied and they both left within minutes of our arrival. For the rest of the meal we were the only ones in the restaurant. I thought the food was delicious (the andra grilled cheese was my favorite) but the fact that the restaurant was empty on a Friday night does not bode well. The location definitely leaves something to be desired and the signage would make you think it's a breakfast spot if you saw it from Chicago Ave. I hope that they survive!
  • Post #45 - March 11th, 2019, 2:15 pm
    Post #45 - March 11th, 2019, 2:15 pm Post #45 - March 11th, 2019, 2:15 pm
    bon2mic wrote:. . .the signage would make you think it's a breakfast spot if you saw it from Chicago Ave

    Their name might convey that message even more than the sign does.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #46 - March 12th, 2019, 10:11 am
    Post #46 - March 12th, 2019, 10:11 am Post #46 - March 12th, 2019, 10:11 am
    bon2mic wrote: The location definitely leaves something to be desired and the signage would make you think it's a breakfast spot if you saw it from Chicago Ave. I hope that they survive!


    I talked to the person running the till as I had the same question. I was there on a Saturday night and the place was only about a third full. I was told that the restaurant does about 70 percent of its business as takeout. While I was there I saw a steady stream of takeout orders. But considering that the takeout orders really cut down on the restaurant's profit margins; I wonder if this is sustainable.

    I am going to do my part and eat here as often as I can; order about twice what I can consume at one sitting; and talk about this place to random people on the CTA.
    The art of living well and art of dying well are one. ---Epicurus
  • Post #47 - March 12th, 2019, 10:28 am
    Post #47 - March 12th, 2019, 10:28 am Post #47 - March 12th, 2019, 10:28 am
    Indianbadger wrote:... and talk about this place to random people on the CTA.

    Given the quality of mutterings of random people on the CTA, I would welcome hearing someone like you!
    -Mary
  • Post #48 - March 12th, 2019, 3:02 pm
    Post #48 - March 12th, 2019, 3:02 pm Post #48 - March 12th, 2019, 3:02 pm
    Completely agree about the cheese product, which I’ve been subjected to in other Indian places. Melted into the lachko (at least I’m assuming it’s in there), its fakeness is obscured and it contributes to the texture, but on its own it’s unpleasant. Lots of great dishes without it, though!

    Now for some bad news: This morning on the train, some weirdo was bothering passengers about this restaurant. I maced him, but he could be back by now. Stay safe, people.
  • Post #49 - March 12th, 2019, 4:19 pm
    Post #49 - March 12th, 2019, 4:19 pm Post #49 - March 12th, 2019, 4:19 pm
    cilantro wrote: I maced him, but he could be back by now. Stay safe, people.
    And he took a deep breath, smiled, said "about 800,000 Scoville Units, hit me again."
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #50 - March 12th, 2019, 4:28 pm
    Post #50 - March 12th, 2019, 4:28 pm Post #50 - March 12th, 2019, 4:28 pm
    cilantro wrote:Now for some bad news: This morning on the train, some weirdo was bothering passengers about this restaurant. I maced him, but he could be back by now. Stay safe, people.


    I like the smell of Napalm in the morning.
    The art of living well and art of dying well are one. ---Epicurus
  • Post #51 - March 12th, 2019, 5:02 pm
    Post #51 - March 12th, 2019, 5:02 pm Post #51 - March 12th, 2019, 5:02 pm
    I love the way you folks egg each other on in this forum

    :twisted:
    Bill-Aurora
  • Post #52 - March 12th, 2019, 5:40 pm
    Post #52 - March 12th, 2019, 5:40 pm Post #52 - March 12th, 2019, 5:40 pm
    Omelette you finish, but when did this turn into the bad jokes thread?

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