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#269
Posted September 23rd 2013, 4:57pm
This is sooner than expected, but expected none the less.

http://chicago.grubstreet.com/2013/02/w ... le_jo.html


There is still Mack's godson's place.

http://lthforum.com/bb//viewtopic.php?f=14&t=29166
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#270
Posted September 23rd 2013, 5:00pm
Wow. I AM sorry to hear that news. I was at the 82nd street location a few weeks ago. I was also underwhelmed. The olny advantage I saw in vistiting the 82nd street location is that they accept plastic.

I ordered the hot link/rib tip combo. The links tasted left over and re-warmed. The tips were so dry it was as though I could strike a match off the bones. I hope Mack comes over to the 82nd street location and presides over the food preparation like he used todo on 69th street. THEY need him there more than ever.
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#271
Posted September 23rd 2013, 9:49pm
beelewis wrote:I hope Mack comes over to the 82nd street location and presides over the food preparation

I think he is retired...
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#272
Posted September 23rd 2013, 10:01pm
Panther in the Den wrote:
beelewis wrote:I hope Mack comes over to the 82nd street location and presides over the food preparation

I think he is retired...


I'm hopeful that he was well-compensated for passing along his knowledge, name and recipes and is enjoying a satisfying retirement. Well-deserved.
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#273
Posted September 24th 2013, 7:06am
The original location is staying open for a year, or two, correct? I hope. This is the place in Chicago I most
regret not visiting since learning about it on LTH.
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#274
Posted September 24th 2013, 9:00am
Wow... this is really depressing news to read this morning.


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#275
Posted September 25th 2013, 11:16am
I just got off the phone with Garry of Uncle John's of Richton Park. Yes, it is true that Mack's location is closed for good. Mack is taking a very well deserved retirement, and tending to some health issues. In the city, you still have the Dat Donuts location around 83rd as mentioned upthread.

If you are willing to trek out to the south Suburbs, Garry and crew are really turning out some great product, equal to the original UJs IMO.
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#276
Posted September 25th 2013, 11:51pm
While I certainly would never begrudge such a well deserved retirement I'm still sad I'll never have a UJ's tips and links combo again. On the positive side I'm happy I was able to enjoy so many while UJ's was there and serving up some of the best damn BBQ in Chicago.
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#277
Posted September 27th 2013, 11:11am
Kman wrote:While I certainly would never begrudge such a well deserved retirement I'm still sad I'll never have a UJ's tips and links combo again. On the positive side I'm happy I was able to enjoy so many while UJ's was there and serving up some of the best damn BBQ in Chicago.


Same here. Ive sampled most of the BBQ in the city - IMHO UJ's was consistently *the* best BBQ this city had to offer. There is nothing in the city comparable to the Hot Links they had when they were "on" - and they were almost always "on" with Mack in charge. Their tips were excellent, Ive had some very good slabs there - as good as anyone in the city. But their links were consistently head-and-shoulders above any BBQ in Chicagoland IMHO. I had a few too many of them - and hopefully the other UJ branches will still have some good stuff...but it wont ever be quite the same again, which is very sad :-(

(Oh, and UJ's on 69th is definitely closed for good BTW - their FB page had the update an hour ago today: "For all yall who is wondering yes we are close and for good. ..thanks for all yall support ..."

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#278
Posted September 27th 2013, 11:40am
I'd remind everyone that Barbara Ann's still sells what I believe is the same link, and when they are "on", BA's is still damn good. Much better than the mediocre stuff I've sampled from the Dat/UJ place (which is convenient and has apple fritters, nonetheless).
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#279
Posted September 27th 2013, 12:32pm
I wish Mack well. An era has passed. My next project will be to get a box of those hotlinks Mack used to cook. I'll start learning to cook those links to perfection. I do a pretty good job grilling and smoking rib tips. Hopefully but next summer, I'll be able to create a winning ribtip/hotlink basket.

Luv you Mack !! Sorry to see you retire. You deserve it . :D :(
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#280
Posted December 23rd 2013, 4:34pm
can anyone tell why uncle johns on 69th closed????
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#281
Posted December 23rd 2013, 4:42pm
sad sad sad he's retired.......BBQ will never be the SAME !!!
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#282
Posted December 23rd 2013, 10:33pm
bigMO65 wrote:BBQ will never be the SAME !!!

It will be the same in Richton Park. On my last visit there, the tips and links combo was as good as any I ever had on 69th Street. Yeah, it's a much longer schlep for most of us, but definitely worth the trek.
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#283
Posted December 23rd 2013, 11:13pm
Great news...something finally CLOSER to my house! I have a good friend Pastoring in the neighborhood...now I know where we can source grub!!
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