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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

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