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  • Post #91 - March 25th, 2019, 2:47 pm
    Post #91 - March 25th, 2019, 2:47 pm Post #91 - March 25th, 2019, 2:47 pm
    The Deerfield Chick-Fil-A hasn't started construction yet with the teardown of Office Depot). What is with Deerfield? Portillo's was delayed years and now Chick-Fil-A. Still don't know why Deerbrook Mall went the boring route with Art Van and especially The Dump (which sits vacant all week because it's only open Fri-Sun). No wonder they were hoping for a Sam's Club or Costco. That would be pretty crowded. I keep seeing a Culvers where the old Bally's was. I think that would do well in the area. Anyway the wait for chicken biscuits continues.
  • Post #92 - March 25th, 2019, 9:56 pm
    Post #92 - March 25th, 2019, 9:56 pm Post #92 - March 25th, 2019, 9:56 pm
    I have a friend who is on the planning commission for the village of Deerfield, and I think she told me that Sam's Club changed their mind. Originally they were going to put in a Portillo's there, and then the mayor decided that he would rather have a Sams Club there.
  • Post #93 - March 27th, 2019, 10:49 am
    Post #93 - March 27th, 2019, 10:49 am Post #93 - March 27th, 2019, 10:49 am
    NFriday wrote:I have a friend who is on the planning commission for the village of Deerfield, and I think she told me that Sam's Club changed their mind. Originally they were going to put in a Portillo's there, and then the mayor decided that he would rather have a Sams Club there.
    From what I heard: Portillo's wanted the On The Border spot but there were issues with the property. Then the Mayor proposed the Bally's site because she didn't want to lose Portillo's. However Deerbrook Mall wanted that spot for a gas station with Sam's Club or Costco instead. So Portillo's overcame the issue at the original site and built it. Sam's Club/Costco backed out because they felt the structure being over a parking garage would not be able to hold all the weight of the store and people so they ended up with The Dump. I could definitely be wrong about some of this. Chick-Fil-A is still waiting on the demo of Office Depot and other than the winter weather holding them back, I'm not sure what the hold up is.
  • Post #94 - April 30th, 2019, 4:38 pm
    Post #94 - April 30th, 2019, 4:38 pm Post #94 - April 30th, 2019, 4:38 pm
    Ram4 wrote:The Deerfield Chick-Fil-A hasn't started construction yet with the teardown of Office Depot). What is with Deerfield? Portillo's was delayed years and now Chick-Fil-A. Still don't know why Deerbrook Mall went the boring route with Art Van and especially The Dump (which sits vacant all week because it's only open Fri-Sun). No wonder they were hoping for a Sam's Club or Costco. That would be pretty crowded. I keep seeing a Culvers where the old Bally's was. I think that would do well in the area. Anyway the wait for chicken biscuits continues.

    The Office Depot demolition has begun. Progress.
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  • Post #95 - June 25th, 2019, 6:32 pm
    Post #95 - June 25th, 2019, 6:32 pm Post #95 - June 25th, 2019, 6:32 pm
    Vienna Beef plans to build two buildings to house Chick-Fil-A and Panera Bread where its hot dog factory and store once stood at 1942 W. Fullerton Avenue, according to permits.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2019/6/25/187 ... ood-report
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #96 - October 11th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    Post #96 - October 11th, 2019, 5:51 pm Post #96 - October 11th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    Stone's throw from Fresh Farms, Niles brand spanking new Chick-fil-A.

    Busy as paparazzi at Prince Harry's bris I went inside as the drive-thru was 678-cars long. Hyper-efficient, friendly, surprisingly fast, reasonable price, tasty, if not earth shattering, chicken sandwich, so-so waffle fries. Side note, Kelley's Gourmet mustard is terrific!

    ChickFilAP1.jpg Chick-fil-A, Niles
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  • Post #97 - October 11th, 2019, 5:58 pm
    Post #97 - October 11th, 2019, 5:58 pm Post #97 - October 11th, 2019, 5:58 pm
    I continually find it amazing how efficient they are inside and how inefficient they are at the drive through.
  • Post #98 - October 12th, 2019, 12:36 am
    Post #98 - October 12th, 2019, 12:36 am Post #98 - October 12th, 2019, 12:36 am
    lougord99 wrote:I continually find it amazing how efficient they are inside and how inefficient they are at the drive through.


    White Castle model. If you go to WC it's always quicker to go inside.
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  • Post #99 - October 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
    Post #99 - October 12th, 2019, 7:28 am Post #99 - October 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
    G Wiv wrote: so-so waffle fries. [/attachment]


    I've always really enjoyed their chicken sandwich, especially the spicy one, but I've been bemused by the waffle fries. They always seem to show up on "best of fast food" lists, often quite high, but I've never had one that rated more than a "meh." Maybe if you threw some Merkt's on it and "garbaged" it up a bit, but for a purist potato, they don't speak to me.
  • Post #100 - October 17th, 2019, 9:52 am
    Post #100 - October 17th, 2019, 9:52 am Post #100 - October 17th, 2019, 9:52 am
    I agree their waffle fries are as boring as it gets for fries (and I love just about any kind of fries).

    It's funny how the saying goes. "The more things change, the more they remain the same." In spite of the convenience of drive-thrus, I find myself running inside more and more at places that have long drive-thru lines like Portillo's or Chick-Fil-A. In fact, I have been doing mobile orders more and more and I get my food almost immediately every time. No lines, little to no waiting, all pre-paid.

    Same thing with delivery. Delivery is a hot item these days with third parties delivering from just about any restaurant you want. Yet I find myself doing pickup almost every time as if it were 30-40 years ago.
  • Post #101 - October 17th, 2019, 2:32 pm
    Post #101 - October 17th, 2019, 2:32 pm Post #101 - October 17th, 2019, 2:32 pm
    A few weeks, I had going into the place instead of waiting in line at drive-thru backfire.

    It was Popeye's in North Chicago at peak volume with a long drive-thru line and customer's waiting inside. Between ordering and waiting for my food, it was 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I did see a flow of cars at drive-thru suggesting cars waiting for food received a higher priority.

    What really bugged me, when I got home my order was missing apple pies. Retrieving them a few days later was not a big deal, though I just don't go this direction very often.

    Having read enough comments about chaotic service at Popeye's, I should have know better.

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    Cathy2
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  • Post #102 - October 18th, 2019, 7:54 am
    Post #102 - October 18th, 2019, 7:54 am Post #102 - October 18th, 2019, 7:54 am
    I have started asking for the waffle fries well done, which in my experience, means they come out actually perfectly done. Still not great, but decent enough.
  • Post #103 - November 14th, 2019, 9:25 pm
    Post #103 - November 14th, 2019, 9:25 pm Post #103 - November 14th, 2019, 9:25 pm
    Ram4 wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    Final approval in sight for proposed Deerfield Chick-fil-A

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/d ... story.html

    Chicken biscuits coming closer...

    Opened today.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #104 - November 18th, 2019, 5:38 pm
    Post #104 - November 18th, 2019, 5:38 pm Post #104 - November 18th, 2019, 5:38 pm
    Chick-fil-A has finally agreed to stop giving money to organizations that actively oppose same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A is crediting the protesters, but I have to think some of it has to do with the Popeye's chicken sandwich phenomenon.
  • Post #105 - November 18th, 2019, 9:15 pm
    Post #105 - November 18th, 2019, 9:15 pm Post #105 - November 18th, 2019, 9:15 pm
    MarlaCollins'Husband wrote:Chick-fil-A is crediting the protesters, but I have to think some of it has to do with the Popeye's chicken sandwich phenomenon.

    Chick-fil-A is NOT crediting the protesters. Although news stories have noted that they have come under increasing pressure from LGBTQ activists, all Chick-fil-A has said is that they "will work exclusively with organizations that focus on education, homelessness and hunger" without publicly stating any specific reasons for the change.
  • Post #106 - November 18th, 2019, 11:52 pm
    Post #106 - November 18th, 2019, 11:52 pm Post #106 - November 18th, 2019, 11:52 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:Chick-fil-A is NOT crediting the protesters. Although news stories have noted that they have come under increasing pressure from LGBTQ activists, all Chick-fil-A has said is that they "will work exclusively with organizations that focus on education, homelessness and hunger" without publicly stating any specific reasons for the change.

    That's absolutely not all the company has said. Here's a quote from Tim Tassopoulos, the president and COO of Chick-fil-A: “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are. There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.” That's about as plain an admission they're changing their strategy because they lost the PR fight as you're going to find. And their most vocal pro-bigotry supporters got the message loud and clear. See, e.g., Mike Huckabee: "The sad message of @ChickfilA is quite clear- they surrendered to anti- Christian hate groups."
  • Post #107 - November 19th, 2019, 3:32 am
    Post #107 - November 19th, 2019, 3:32 am Post #107 - November 19th, 2019, 3:32 am
    Second voyage to the new Niles Chick-fil-A, grilled chicken club w/pepperjack cheese and a lemonade. This sandwich equally belongs in the Annals of Banal as it was boring, banal, uninteresting, mediocre, forgettable. Insipid yet inoffensive. Lemonade so-so, not sweet, not tart, not slushy, simply chilled citrus flavored liquid. Bonus: Sitting near the enclosed kids playground containing, barely, three of the loudest minis in the surrounding counties.

    ChickFilA15.jpg Chick-fil-A, grilled chicken club w/pepperjack cheese, lemonade

    ChickFilA16.jpg Chick-fil-A, grilled chicken club w/pepperjack cheese, lemonade
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow

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