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  • Post #931 - May 21st, 2021, 6:42 pm
    Post #931 - May 21st, 2021, 6:42 pm Post #931 - May 21st, 2021, 6:42 pm
    Brushman4 wrote:{a lot of quotes snipped to maintain continuity - what is it doing in this thread?} :?
    Have I finally come across another old regular from Bucket O Suds (BOS)? Probably the most legendary bar in chicago, mainly due to the PT Barnum of bartenders, Joe Danno. I first met Joe and his sister Fina in 1973 and we became fast friends up until his last day in business some years ago.
    This is a place that deserves its own thread, even though it is long gone. Real italian kitchen cooking and home made hard liquor!!! If there are any other old BOS'rs out there let me know and we can start a thread to figure out the recipe for elixer of lucifer.
    Bob
    I was not a regular; but, as this LTHF thread annotates, I was in it a lot of times until it closed in 1996 {just like a certain indoor soccer team}.
    Yes, we can certainly discuss it. I think it would be best for everyone if we did this discussion on the above mentioned thread. :)
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  • Post #932 - December 15th, 2021, 5:31 pm
    Post #932 - December 15th, 2021, 5:31 pm Post #932 - December 15th, 2021, 5:31 pm
    Just a bump...

    I was a regular at Johnnies in Elmwood Park for years, and fwiw, still consider it my personal benchmark for the best.
    I'd been to the Johnnies in Arlington Heights several times, and had the lasting memory that it was not up to the standard of Elmwood Park.
    That said, I visited the Arlington Heights branch yesterday, and perhaps my palate was dulled by living in the time of COVID - but I would have sworn that branch has actually upped their game.
    For the first time I can remember - the spice level in the beef matched Elmwood Park's, and the sandwich gave me that deep satisfying warmth that makes Johnnies unique. And the beef serving was generous, perhaps larger than my last few from the original location.
    Not bad... not bad at all!
  • Post #933 - December 16th, 2021, 9:27 am
    Post #933 - December 16th, 2021, 9:27 am Post #933 - December 16th, 2021, 9:27 am
    rfleisch1 wrote:Just a bump...

    I was a regular at Johnnies in Elmwood Park for years, and fwiw, still consider it my personal benchmark for the best.
    I'd been to the Johnnies in Arlington Heights several times, and had the lasting memory that it was not up to the standard of Elmwood Park.
    That said, I visited the Arlington Heights branch yesterday, and perhaps my palate was dulled by living in the time of COVID - but I would have sworn that branch has actually upped their game.
    For the first time I can remember - the spice level in the beef matched Elmwood Park's, and the sandwich gave me that deep satisfying warmth that makes Johnnies unique. And the beef serving was generous, perhaps larger than my last few from the original location.
    Not bad... not bad at all!


    While the taste of the original Johnnies is still top notch, they are very inconsistent in portion sizes. Sometimes you get a nice full sandwich, sometimes it's a little lacking.
  • Post #934 - December 16th, 2021, 12:55 pm
    Post #934 - December 16th, 2021, 12:55 pm Post #934 - December 16th, 2021, 12:55 pm
    thetrob wrote:
    rfleisch1 wrote:Just a bump...

    I was a regular at Johnnies in Elmwood Park for years, and fwiw, still consider it my personal benchmark for the best.
    I'd been to the Johnnies in Arlington Heights several times, and had the lasting memory that it was not up to the standard of Elmwood Park.
    That said, I visited the Arlington Heights branch yesterday, and perhaps my palate was dulled by living in the time of COVID - but I would have sworn that branch has actually upped their game.
    For the first time I can remember - the spice level in the beef matched Elmwood Park's, and the sandwich gave me that deep satisfying warmth that makes Johnnies unique. And the beef serving was generous, perhaps larger than my last few from the original location.
    Not bad... not bad at all!


    While the taste of the original Johnnies is still top notch, they are very inconsistent in portion sizes. Sometimes you get a nice full sandwich, sometimes it's a little lacking.
    I usually am happy with both Johnnie's in terms of similar taste but they are definitely inconsistent on size and even how they dip. If it's skimpy and I'm still hungry I'll just get a second beef. Still in my top 5 after all these years.
  • Post #935 - December 16th, 2021, 7:27 pm
    Post #935 - December 16th, 2021, 7:27 pm Post #935 - December 16th, 2021, 7:27 pm
    I fell victim to a bit of a beef bender towards the end of the summer and really got to appreciate Jay's in Harwood Heights. The portion is great and, for my 6-8 visits, consistent in size and quality. The giardiniera is mostly lightly pickled celery and (ultra mild) jalapenos with a spoonful of red pepper flakes for color and is so mild, it seems like something I'd dislike but I can't: It's a great topping for the sandwich. It tastes fresh and green with a little tang, just great stuff.

    One thing I do dislike are their fries which I get every time I go.
  • Post #936 - December 18th, 2021, 11:41 am
    Post #936 - December 18th, 2021, 11:41 am Post #936 - December 18th, 2021, 11:41 am
    Apologies for double posts but here's da beef:

    https://imgur.com/a/xnU0waD
  • Post #937 - March 3rd, 2022, 1:43 pm
    Post #937 - March 3rd, 2022, 1:43 pm Post #937 - March 3rd, 2022, 1:43 pm
    Italian Beef Pop-Up!

    Hey all if you're a big fan of old fashioned (made from scratch) Italian beef you should come say what's up to me and Eric May aka Jefe. We're taking over the Kedzie Inn this Monday (3/7) from 5-9p in collabo with the Chicago Reader's Foodball. The menu will be Eric's top notch Italian beef served up in fresh baked D'Amato's bread with the option to make it a combo by adding a piece of char grilled Italian Sausage from Nottoli & Son. There's even a vegan friendly sandwich offering that replaces beef with Portobello mushrooms cooked in their own juice. Complete details in the link below which includes a link to pre-order. Walk-ins will be welcome but exactly how many wont be known so it's best to order ahead to guarantee your beef. Hope to see some of you there.

    https://chicagoreader.com/food-drink/ge ... -mix-beef/
  • Post #938 - March 4th, 2022, 11:11 am
    Post #938 - March 4th, 2022, 11:11 am Post #938 - March 4th, 2022, 11:11 am
    Will be there! Is this an unofficial LTH reunion yet?
  • Post #939 - March 29th, 2022, 12:15 pm
    Post #939 - March 29th, 2022, 12:15 pm Post #939 - March 29th, 2022, 12:15 pm
    Although they make it occasionally, Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn has a killer smoked italian beef. I honestly think it's better than most. Keep an eye out on their social media, they usually have it every other month or so.
  • Post #940 - April 12th, 2022, 1:39 pm
    Post #940 - April 12th, 2022, 1:39 pm Post #940 - April 12th, 2022, 1:39 pm
    jimswside wrote:might squeeze in a couple stops this week, hit Dukes Drive-In over on Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview yesterday. Cool spot:

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    Sandwich was pretty good, definitely worth the stop. Alot of beef - good stuff, nice sausage link, and a good pepper mix.

    Duke's Combo Hot:

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    I bet their address has been posted before but her it is again:

    Dukes Italian Beef Drive In
    8115 S. Harlem
    Bridgeview, IL.

    http://www.dukesitalianbeef.com


    As seen on facebook:
    True Dukes will be coming back June 2022 New location 19990 South La Grange Road, Mokena, IL 60448 Part of the Gas and Wash. The New owner promises to bring back the same menu and recipes! Family friends of the old owners for decades.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #941 - April 14th, 2022, 10:25 am
    Post #941 - April 14th, 2022, 10:25 am Post #941 - April 14th, 2022, 10:25 am
    I only tried Duke's in Bridgeview once ten years ago and I was not impressed. But I know they are a sentimental favorite of a lot of people. Mokena is a drive, even from Bridgeview.
  • Post #942 - June 14th, 2022, 2:15 pm
    Post #942 - June 14th, 2022, 2:15 pm Post #942 - June 14th, 2022, 2:15 pm
    Because I am a) a bit contrary, b) stubborn, and c) mildly insane, I decided today was a good day to ride my bike from Skokie to Harwood Heights to try Jay's Beef.

    Despite the high 90's heat the ride was fine. The beef was better.

    I usually go for sweet and wet, but I asked for the broth on the side today (and yes, partly so I could dip the sandwich, and partly because a bit of beefy salty broth struck me as something good to drink).

    This was a top tier beef: excellent serving size, good bread that held together well and had nice bite, terrific beef, and honestly, the nicest, most generous, and best prepared sweet peppers I've had on a beef anywhere.

    I'd classify this beef on the beefy, but not spicy side of the spectrum. I suspect that folks who take it with hot peppers and gardiniera might find it a bit too tame.

    But I think it is very, very good, and it makes me sorry that I had passed this place up for so many years.

    The people working today were genuinely concerned that I was properly hydrated, and could not have been nicer. One of the co-owners chatted with me while I was preparing to depart, and I suspect he wanted to verify my mental capacity having heard I rode 12 miles in 97 degree heat to order Jay's beef.

    Jay's is now on my short list for Best of the Best.
  • Post #943 - June 18th, 2022, 2:00 pm
    Post #943 - June 18th, 2022, 2:00 pm Post #943 - June 18th, 2022, 2:00 pm
    I went Johnnie's in Elmwood Park a couple weeks ago since it's by my work and I just don't think it's anything special.

    I went to Jay's a couple years ago and remember really enjoying it.
  • Post #944 - June 24th, 2022, 2:03 pm
    Post #944 - June 24th, 2022, 2:03 pm Post #944 - June 24th, 2022, 2:03 pm
    I was at Johnnie's in Arlington Heights on June 9th after a few years of not having it. It was as good as ever. Still in my top 5. I only had one beef and fries this time. I think my days of always having two beefs at Johnnie's are over. I like being at a healthy, normal weight again.

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