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Evanston Lunch 9/18 12:30 pm @ Patty's Diner
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    Post #1 - September 4th, 2007, 12:45 am
    Post #1 - September 4th, 2007, 12:45 am Post #1 - September 4th, 2007, 12:45 am
    A personal confession - I've never been to Patty's Diner. But I'm anxious to try it, since every report is superlative. For example, Josephine kicked off the Patty's-mania here:

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.ph ... sc&start=0

    And it's a GNR nominee:
    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=14806

    So I'm proposing an Evanston Lunch Group™ meeting at Patty's on Tuesday, 9/18 at 12:30 pm.

    Who's in? New or inactive LTHers are especially welcome.

    Patty’s Diner
    3358 Main St. (just West of McCormick)
    Skokie, IL 60076
    (847) 675-4274
  • Post #2 - September 4th, 2007, 8:26 am
    Post #2 - September 4th, 2007, 8:26 am Post #2 - September 4th, 2007, 8:26 am
    I'm in - have to check with the 'spouse to see if I'm +1 or not.
  • Post #3 - September 4th, 2007, 9:39 am
    Post #3 - September 4th, 2007, 9:39 am Post #3 - September 4th, 2007, 9:39 am
    I'll be there.
  • Post #4 - September 4th, 2007, 9:56 am
    Post #4 - September 4th, 2007, 9:56 am Post #4 - September 4th, 2007, 9:56 am
    I'll be there. Thanks for setting this up.

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

    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 #5 - September 4th, 2007, 10:28 am
    Post #5 - September 4th, 2007, 10:28 am Post #5 - September 4th, 2007, 10:28 am
    Hi,

    I plan to be there. Count on Helen attending unless advised otherwise.

    Thanks, this should be fun.

    Regards,
    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 #6 - September 4th, 2007, 11:36 am
    Post #6 - September 4th, 2007, 11:36 am Post #6 - September 4th, 2007, 11:36 am
    nr706 wrote:New or inactive LTHers are especially welcome.



    As a newbie, I thank you! I'm in--and looking forward to it!
  • Post #7 - September 4th, 2007, 10:54 pm
    Post #7 - September 4th, 2007, 10:54 pm Post #7 - September 4th, 2007, 10:54 pm
    Yes, please, count me in. I'm looking forward to it...
    Did you know there is an LTHforum Flickr group? I just found it...
  • Post #8 - September 5th, 2007, 2:52 am
    Post #8 - September 5th, 2007, 2:52 am Post #8 - September 5th, 2007, 2:52 am
    in
  • Post #9 - September 11th, 2007, 11:06 am
    Post #9 - September 11th, 2007, 11:06 am Post #9 - September 11th, 2007, 11:06 am
    Like nr706 I've never been to Patty's, but it sure sounds like my kind of place. I think I'll be able to get away from work, so count me in.
    Where there’s smoke, there may be salmon.
  • Post #10 - September 11th, 2007, 6:34 pm
    Post #10 - September 11th, 2007, 6:34 pm Post #10 - September 11th, 2007, 6:34 pm
    I'll try to join you as well.

    --Matt
    "If I have dined better than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants...and got the waiter's attention." --Sir Isaac "Ready to order NOW" Newton

    "You worry too much. Eat some bacon... What? No, I got no idea if it'll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon." --Justin Halpern's dad
  • Post #11 - September 17th, 2007, 11:13 am
    Post #11 - September 17th, 2007, 11:13 am Post #11 - September 17th, 2007, 11:13 am
    The count so far:

    nr706
    MHays
    GAF
    Ronnie Suburban
    Cathy2
    Helen
    Tarte Tatin
    Chgo Mike
    gp60004
    George R
    mhl

    That's 11, if I'm counting right. I'll call Patty's in the morning and warn her.
  • Post #12 - September 17th, 2007, 8:18 pm
    Post #12 - September 17th, 2007, 8:18 pm Post #12 - September 17th, 2007, 8:18 pm
    How can I pass this up? Make it an even dozen.
    >>Brent
    "Yankee bean soup, cole slaw and tuna surprise."
  • Post #13 - September 18th, 2007, 7:58 am
    Post #13 - September 18th, 2007, 7:58 am Post #13 - September 18th, 2007, 7:58 am
    We just got back last night. Thanks, Tom, for waiting for us! Of course we will be delighted to join you,
    Robert
  • Post #14 - September 18th, 2007, 9:32 am
    Post #14 - September 18th, 2007, 9:32 am Post #14 - September 18th, 2007, 9:32 am
    We're set for about 15 at 12:30 - Patty said she'd set up so we can all sit together.
  • Post #15 - September 18th, 2007, 11:52 am
    Post #15 - September 18th, 2007, 11:52 am Post #15 - September 18th, 2007, 11:52 am
    Hope you don't mind a last minuet addition.
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #16 - September 18th, 2007, 2:20 pm
    Post #16 - September 18th, 2007, 2:20 pm Post #16 - September 18th, 2007, 2:20 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Hope you don't mind a last minuet addition.


    Damn - I missed seeing Gary's minuet.
  • Post #17 - September 18th, 2007, 3:28 pm
    Post #17 - September 18th, 2007, 3:28 pm Post #17 - September 18th, 2007, 3:28 pm
    nr706 wrote:Damn - I missed seeing Gary's minuet.

    Yes you did, powdered wig, harpsichord and all.
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #18 - September 18th, 2007, 5:36 pm
    Post #18 - September 18th, 2007, 5:36 pm Post #18 - September 18th, 2007, 5:36 pm
    How were the fried potatoes? I was with you in spirit.... (had to go downtown to attend to some last-minute business with Jimthebeeryguy)
    "Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you want and let the food fight it out inside."
    -Mark Twain
  • Post #19 - September 18th, 2007, 5:45 pm
    Post #19 - September 18th, 2007, 5:45 pm Post #19 - September 18th, 2007, 5:45 pm
    Saint Pizza wrote:How were the fried potatoes? I was with you in spirit.... (had to go downtown to attend to some last-minute business with Jimthebeeryguy)


    We had not one, not two, but three different kinds of fried potatoes* and all of them were very good! Patty knows her way around a spud!

    * Hashbrowns, old potatoes and fries
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #20 - September 19th, 2007, 12:12 am
    Post #20 - September 19th, 2007, 12:12 am Post #20 - September 19th, 2007, 12:12 am
    stevez wrote:
    Saint Pizza wrote:How were the fried potatoes? I was with you in spirit.... (had to go downtown to attend to some last-minute business with Jimthebeeryguy)


    We had not one, not two, but three different kinds of fried potatoes* and all of them were very good! Patty knows her way around a spud!

    * Hashbrowns, old potatoes and fries

    Yes, I agree. And I've discussed it with my wife before, many times. Patty definitely has a way with potatoes, as you can see here . . .

    Image
    Old potatoes (in all their glory)


    Image
    Up close and personal with an order of Old Potatoes


    Image
    Biscuits and gravy


    Image
    Cheeseburger, rare, on house-baked bun


    Image
    My plate (clockwise, from 10 o'clock . . . ham off the bone, corned beef hash, buttered white toast, 'garbage' omelette, ham hash, biscuits and gravy, over-easy egg and old potatoes in the center)

    Thanks, nr706, for organizing this very enjoyable lunch. I thought the food was quintessentially Patty's-like and I even got to try a few things I'd never had before, which was nice. Of course, the best part was chatting with the rest of our large and lively group. I really had a great time -- and the surprise appearance/minuet by G Wiv was an added bonus. :wink:

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

    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 #21 - September 19th, 2007, 12:45 am
    Post #21 - September 19th, 2007, 12:45 am Post #21 - September 19th, 2007, 12:45 am
    Thanks, Ron, I enjoyed it, too. Great company, a large turnout, and food far better than I'd expect from such an unprepossessing place. Definite GNR.

    And we convinced Gary (GAF) do most of the ordering, and then also talked him into setting up the next lunch. He must be very popular at those Northwestern faculty meetings.

    But, for newbies, or others thinking about places they'd like to try, "organizing" something like this is an overstatement. One or two posts, and one phone call - I'm not even sure that qualifies as "organizing." Bottom line, not always, but frequently there can be a huge return on the amount of time invested. (Of course, the big-time events, like the picnic or the holiday party, are an entirely different story.)
  • Post #22 - September 19th, 2007, 8:36 am
    Post #22 - September 19th, 2007, 8:36 am Post #22 - September 19th, 2007, 8:36 am
    Although I definitely enjoyed the company very much, (welcome back, Chapulines) this time the food was way, way better than the company. I'm so glad I had that burger, although I was stuffed to the gills for the rest of the day. Thanks again for organinzing, Tom - and see you all next month at Claire's!
  • Post #23 - September 19th, 2007, 8:49 am
    Post #23 - September 19th, 2007, 8:49 am Post #23 - September 19th, 2007, 8:49 am
    Hi,

    I enjoyed myself considerably yesterday. I will admit finishing breakfast with a truly rare hamburger was a highlight.

    I was wondering to myself how Patty would handle a group meal. She seemed very pleased with the interest in her food as the platters were swiftly cleared. The food also came fast and hot, which is always a good sign.

    Tom, thanks for another fine get together Tom!

    Regards,
    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 #24 - September 19th, 2007, 1:27 pm
    Post #24 - September 19th, 2007, 1:27 pm Post #24 - September 19th, 2007, 1:27 pm
    Sorry I missed it, particularly since photos have been posted. Looks like I missed a lovely and delicious time.
    Did you know there is an LTHforum Flickr group? I just found it...
  • Post #25 - September 20th, 2007, 4:28 am
    Post #25 - September 20th, 2007, 4:28 am Post #25 - September 20th, 2007, 4:28 am
    stevez wrote:We had not one, not two, but three different kinds of fried potatoes* and all of them were very good! Patty knows her way around a spud!

    * Hashbrowns, old potatoes and fries

    Steve,

    I'd add a fourth, the potatoes tucked under the blanket of gravy in Patty's Biscuits and Gravy.

    Biscuits and Gravy
    Image

    I dearly love the 'Old' Potatoes, both myself and my cardiologist* thank Steve Z for the introduction.

    'Old' Potatoes
    Image

    Much as I like the Garbage Omelet.
    Image

    Ham cut straight from the bone.
    Image

    And Patty's Hash
    Image

    It's the drop dead gorgeous rare burger I'm remembering as I type this. I should also note that Patty's makes the burger buns in-house and there's a certain lightness, couple with just enough specific density to manage the burger, that greatly contributes to the enjoyment.

    Patty's Burger
    Image
    Image

    Tom (nr706) thanks for setting up lunch, and GAF for his ordering skill, lunch at Patty's was a real treat, much enhanced by the company and conversation of my fellow LTHers.

    For a few additional pictures of our lunch click here, scroll to 9.18.07.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    *He has kids in college and needs all the patients he can get. :)
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow

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