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  • Post #1141 - October 8th, 2017, 12:31 pm
    Post #1141 - October 8th, 2017, 12:31 pm Post #1141 - October 8th, 2017, 12:31 pm
    Mother Lode Burger and side salad at Claim Company in Vernon Hills. Granted, we were at a private event so maybe it's better on a regular basis. However, my salad was so tired, it had probably been made 2 days ahead. I tried to order my burger medium rare but was told the only option was "cooked through." Needless to say, what arrived was a gray, dried-out puck that was damned near a choking hazard. How this place stays in business is beyond me. Burger King would have been better.

    =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 #1142 - October 11th, 2017, 11:33 am
    Post #1142 - October 11th, 2017, 11:33 am Post #1142 - October 11th, 2017, 11:33 am
    I knew it was wrong when I did it, but I was working late, and it was right downstairs, basically. I knew it was wrong when I ordered it, but I needed to eat and all other options would take so much longer. So I got spaghetti and meatballs from Noodles & Company.

    It made me sad to eat it.
  • Post #1143 - October 16th, 2017, 10:51 am
    Post #1143 - October 16th, 2017, 10:51 am Post #1143 - October 16th, 2017, 10:51 am
    Mmm, Noodles and Company. Went to the one in N'ville a few times, maybe a decade ago. I am not sure if I stopped going because of the hairball (probably not), or simply because I was eating something there one day and realized that if I closed my eyes I would not be able to tell which of their dishes it was. Not easy to make a global array of noodle dishes all taste the same, but they do. I used to know the original executive chef who designed their first menu. Sad story, and not simply because of his Fab Noodles association.

    My offering is Windy City Ribs on Cermak, formerly Rylon's. I have now tried this place once under each owner, and while it is a little better under the new owners (they also own La Cantina, an awful Mexican place on S Michigan) and they were very attentive to our pleasure, it is still awful. No smoke, rubbery ribs, dried out and tasteless brisket. On the plus side, the potato salad was not bad. They claim to have a smoke house (a real house, built on site) in back, and I could smell the smoke as I arrived so I believe there is wood being burnt somewhere in the neighborhood. Sadly it did not make it to the meat, or at least by the time the meat had been held in punishment for its crimes and then abused further while reheating, the smoke was long forgotten. I am curious about that smokehouse, but by the time I eat the awful food, I can't bring myself to ask to see the scene of the crime. If there is any place in Chicago in urgent need of Wiv's wise consultation, this is the place!

    With the new hotels and arena on Cermak, it will be interesting to see whether the passing, tourist trade will be enough to support a lousy BBQ restaurant on the south side. Me, I will go the extra couple of miles to Honey 1.
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #1144 - October 27th, 2017, 12:43 pm
    Post #1144 - October 27th, 2017, 12:43 pm Post #1144 - October 27th, 2017, 12:43 pm
    Italian Chef Salad (salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato and pepperoncini on romaine with balsamic vinaigrette) at Corner Bakery. Don't fool yourself like I did that this might be edible.
    -Mary
  • Post #1145 - December 26th, 2017, 3:02 pm
    Post #1145 - December 26th, 2017, 3:02 pm Post #1145 - December 26th, 2017, 3:02 pm
    The turkey chili at Max & Benny's. Calling it chili is an insult to chili. Should just call it what it is....watery bowl of vegetable soup loaded to the brim with beans. Just awful.

    I blame Anton's Fruit Ranch for being closed this week and forcing me to venture out a bit.
  • Post #1146 - December 26th, 2017, 11:15 pm
    Post #1146 - December 26th, 2017, 11:15 pm Post #1146 - December 26th, 2017, 11:15 pm
    Cracked open a new bottle of the Costco EVOO. It is bitter we decided.

    Ruined our bread. This is the 1st time I experienced this with a bottle of this stuff.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #1147 - January 26th, 2018, 6:30 pm
    Post #1147 - January 26th, 2018, 6:30 pm Post #1147 - January 26th, 2018, 6:30 pm
    The beef brisket at Porkchop in the Promenade in Bolingbrook. It needed to be in the smoker/grill for a few more hours. Tough and lots of fat and gristle, not much smoke. And when the waitress asks if I'd like the appetizer before the entree, and I say yes, I expect things in that sequence. Table and floor needed a cleaning with hot soapy water, it wasn't like they were slammed at the time.

    Not that Famous Dave's is the best bbq in the land, but it's only a 5 minute walk away, and incomparably better. Buh-bye greasy floor!
  • Post #1148 - January 27th, 2018, 9:43 am
    Post #1148 - January 27th, 2018, 9:43 am Post #1148 - January 27th, 2018, 9:43 am
    The inpatient food at Swedish Covenant. The worst was a orangeish cream of cornstarch concoction that was intended to be soup. There was a very strange tasting blueberry muffin and a truly awful fruit cocktail (not even as "good" as the canned fruit cocktail I had as a kid). Probably the best was cheese ravioli which was on the level of a bad frozen entree.

    As soon as I was sprung on Wednesday night I ordered delivery from Aroy.
  • Post #1149 - April 19th, 2018, 2:29 pm
    Post #1149 - April 19th, 2018, 2:29 pm Post #1149 - April 19th, 2018, 2:29 pm
    At Robust Coffee Lounge (63rd and Woodlawn), our party of four each ordered a completely different sounding sandwich. A Walter with turkey and bacon and avocado. A Turkey Harvest with cranberry mayo. A 63rd Street Club with "meunster" [sic]. A Marquette Club with cream cheese and ham.

    When the server came to the table, all four sandwiches were so identical that he could not tell them apart to deliver them, even after (to our chagrin) opening them on his tray. He returned to the kitchen. They couldn't tell them apart. We accepted them at random, thinking we'd trade to the right person after tasting them. Their tastes and appearances were indistinguishable. Bargain bin processed meats, characterless spreads, identical oppressively thick none-too-fresh indifferently toasted seeded ciabatta for no visual differentiation. Insipid coffee drinks. Without a doubt, the worst lunch in recent memory and definitely the worst business lunch period.
  • Post #1150 - April 19th, 2018, 2:37 pm
    Post #1150 - April 19th, 2018, 2:37 pm Post #1150 - April 19th, 2018, 2:37 pm
    Santander wrote:At Robust Coffee Lounge


    The landing page (tee hee) says it all. Buncha hipsters on phones, but especially, the young lady sitting across from the gentleman. She's looking at her phone under the table. This is obviously just a prejudicial funny. I will say this... Are those cookies under glass bottom right, about 4o'clock? I'd be ALL on those if lunch stunk. You try 'em? Also, (again, just a pure funny,) what happened to the guy with the broken arm taking a nap? (Wait for it, you'll see him.)
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #1151 - April 24th, 2018, 10:40 am
    Post #1151 - April 24th, 2018, 10:40 am Post #1151 - April 24th, 2018, 10:40 am
    pairs4life wrote:Cracked open a new bottle of the Costco EVOO. It is bitter we decided.

    Ruined our bread. This is the 1st time I experienced this with a bottle of this stuff.


    This has been my experience with their EVOO the past couple years as well. Really hit and miss. Disappointing, because it used to be such a reliable product.
    "If this sauce was a person, I'd get naked and make love to it." - Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Girls
  • Post #1152 - April 24th, 2018, 3:51 pm
    Post #1152 - April 24th, 2018, 3:51 pm Post #1152 - April 24th, 2018, 3:51 pm
    LPython wrote:
    pairs4life wrote:Cracked open a new bottle of the Costco EVOO. It is bitter we decided.

    Ruined our bread. This is the 1st time I experienced this with a bottle of this stuff.


    This has been my experience with their EVOO the past couple years as well. Really hit and miss. Disappointing, because it used to be such a reliable product.


    Had this same problem with a bottle of the organic version a few months back. The two bottles of the regular purchased since have been fine.
  • Post #1153 - April 24th, 2018, 6:47 pm
    Post #1153 - April 24th, 2018, 6:47 pm Post #1153 - April 24th, 2018, 6:47 pm
    Just ordered room service at Lutheran General-let’s see what arrives.
  • Post #1154 - April 24th, 2018, 8:16 pm
    Post #1154 - April 24th, 2018, 8:16 pm Post #1154 - April 24th, 2018, 8:16 pm
    Hey, it’s Worst Thing You’ve Eaten, not You are About to Eat :D
  • Post #1155 - April 25th, 2018, 8:47 am
    Post #1155 - April 25th, 2018, 8:47 am Post #1155 - April 25th, 2018, 8:47 am
    Octarine wrote:Just ordered room service at Lutheran General-let’s see what arrives.

    I'll be curious to know if it's worse than Swedish Covenant. Theirs was pretty appalling.
  • Post #1156 - May 11th, 2018, 5:43 pm
    Post #1156 - May 11th, 2018, 5:43 pm Post #1156 - May 11th, 2018, 5:43 pm
    Tortas are still great at Xoco, but the huevos rancheros continue to be as mediocre as they were when I last ordered them several years ago. Eggs over easy were eggs over hard, but the yolk would not have added much to the watery tomato sauce in which the they were swimming, which neither the small, hard pair of tortillas nor tablespoon or two of refried beans could sop up. Perhaps if I had ordered the add-ons (chorizo and avocado), things would've improved but for the next couple of years I'll stick with the breakfast tortas.
    "The fork with two prongs is in use in northern Europe. In England, they’re armed with a steel trident, a fork with three prongs. In France we have a fork with four prongs; it’s the height of civilization." Eugene Briffault (1846)
  • Post #1157 - May 17th, 2018, 9:24 am
    Post #1157 - May 17th, 2018, 9:24 am Post #1157 - May 17th, 2018, 9:24 am
    Santander wrote:At Robust Coffee Lounge (63rd and Woodlawn), our party of four each ordered a completely different sounding sandwich. A Walter with turkey and bacon and avocado. A Turkey Harvest with cranberry mayo. A 63rd Street Club with "meunster" [sic]. A Marquette Club with cream cheese and ham.


    That picture is so many kinds of wrong one hardly knows where to begin, although the cookies do look like they might be good. From the stained carpet to the sign in the window for Caramel CAKE Latte. Hmmm, can you order the "Caramel cake latte, hold the cake?" It looks like they said "we need one of each" to pose for the picture, although it would be wonderful if the clientele is truly that diverse. The broken arm guy looks like he's just stumbled in after a hard night at the corner bar. I do wonder what the Asian woman is staring at so intently. So many people trying too hard to look hip. I just noticed that the couple that includes the stealth texting woman seem to be playing Scrabble.

    But, I'm pleased that this sort of place has a chance in that location. Times indeed change!

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