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Oak Park Boys Eat BBQ - 12/20 - 7 PM - Pit Zone
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    Post #1 - December 6th, 2017, 12:14 pm
    Post #1 - December 6th, 2017, 12:14 pm Post #1 - December 6th, 2017, 12:14 pm
    The Oak Park Boys who don't all live in Oak Park, and we swear, don't even have to be boys, are meeting in a few weeks to try a new BBQ place that's not in Oak Park.

    Wednesday December 20
    7 PM

    Pit Zone BBQ
    7247 W. Roosevelt
    Forest Park, IL 60130
    (708) 435-4117
    https://www.facebook.com/Pit-zone-bbq-1559982494263214/
    Think Yiddish, Dress British - Advice of Evil Ronnie to me.
  • Post #2 - December 7th, 2017, 10:12 pm
    Post #2 - December 7th, 2017, 10:12 pm Post #2 - December 7th, 2017, 10:12 pm
    Planning on being there!
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #3 - December 13th, 2017, 2:28 am
    Post #3 - December 13th, 2017, 2:28 am Post #3 - December 13th, 2017, 2:28 am
    Always a good time.

    I’m not sure about the Koolaid though... :)
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #4 - December 13th, 2017, 11:29 pm
    Post #4 - December 13th, 2017, 11:29 pm Post #4 - December 13th, 2017, 11:29 pm
    IMG_20171213_161644.jpg Pit Zone
    Koolaid


    And there's been a price increase, it's now $2.25 for the Koolaid. Tonight's was whatever flavor this color is. I didn't try it. I can recommend the mac and cheese. I'll be interested in your verdicts on the pork.
  • Post #5 - December 15th, 2017, 2:34 pm
    Post #5 - December 15th, 2017, 2:34 pm Post #5 - December 15th, 2017, 2:34 pm
    How was it? I sometimes frequent that neck of the woods and I like to know....
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #6 - December 15th, 2017, 3:15 pm
    Post #6 - December 15th, 2017, 3:15 pm Post #6 - December 15th, 2017, 3:15 pm
    toria wrote:How was it? I sometimes frequent that neck of the woods and I like to know....

    The event is still to happen and coming up next week.

    Fwiw, I take it as a strong indicator when talking about BBQ if someone compliments a side dish and doesn't mention the meat.

    =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 #7 - December 19th, 2017, 2:01 pm
    Post #7 - December 19th, 2017, 2:01 pm Post #7 - December 19th, 2017, 2:01 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    toria wrote:How was it? I sometimes frequent that neck of the woods and I like to know....

    The event is still to happen and coming up next week.

    Fwiw, I take it as a strong indicator when talking about BBQ if someone compliments a side dish and doesn't mention the meat.

    =R=


    Looking forward, and if we're not totally satisfied Cigars and Stripes or City Barbeque (not bad for a chain, quite barky if not moist) are easily accessible for round two.
  • Post #8 - December 19th, 2017, 9:48 pm
    Post #8 - December 19th, 2017, 9:48 pm Post #8 - December 19th, 2017, 9:48 pm
    I was hoping to make it tomorrow night but unfortunately, it's not going to happen. Have fun!

    =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 #9 - December 20th, 2017, 1:29 pm
    Post #9 - December 20th, 2017, 1:29 pm Post #9 - December 20th, 2017, 1:29 pm
    I was also hoping to make it, but I think we're heading downtown for a last minute trip to Christkindlmarket. Maybe you'll have to hit all three places and report back on findings! Enjoy!
  • Post #10 - December 20th, 2017, 9:15 pm
    Post #10 - December 20th, 2017, 9:15 pm Post #10 - December 20th, 2017, 9:15 pm
    You know when you're GLAD to go to the dentist?
    Had a big ol molar yanked outta my head yesterday afternoon. I knew I probably wasn't gonna make it to this one, but I was almost contemplating - the patient is doing just fine, but there's that issue of a big, not so healed crater in the back of my mouth.

    Eagerly awaiting the reports on this joint. I STILL haven't made it there yet.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #11 - December 21st, 2017, 2:00 pm
    Post #11 - December 21st, 2017, 2:00 pm Post #11 - December 21st, 2017, 2:00 pm
    My take is that Pit Zone is well-intentioned but not turning out anything special - beyond Kool-Aid, the black cherry-lemonade was great - yet. Their links are by Blue Ribbon in Oak Park and seem to just be fried. The tips are lean and don't bear any smoke flavor - cooked somehow and then also possibly perked up in the fryer. I didn't love the wings. Everything comes with once-fried handcut fries which are good in the sauces but not crisp (one thing Smokin' M's used to have right). Some meat and side selections were not available - fried green tomatoes are out of season, collards weekend only, they don't "smoke" every meat every day. They have a nice comfortable dining room.

    I kuhdo'd my way over to City Barbecue afterward. The place smells glorious and doesn't feel too corporate, and for the second time had a strong brisket showing with lots of bark and melty fat. I went collards and gumbo (seasonal) this time and both were good - the collards had as much pulled pork as greens (their pulled pork is not as strong as their brisket) and the gumbo was spicy and piping hot. A notch better than Q on Marion (or in LaGrange) and much better than erstwhile Piggyback. There are lot of coupons in circulation that make this a reasonable value for suburbancue. Nothing has hit the height of the first batch of smoked & fried wings I had at Cigars & Stripes (which were almost an Uncle John's experience) but at least there are some options beyond Famous Dave's now.

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