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  • Post #871 - January 7th, 2020, 2:41 pm
    Post #871 - January 7th, 2020, 2:41 pm Post #871 - January 7th, 2020, 2:41 pm
    eating while walking wrote:At those places a sausage sandwich dipped hot can rival the IB for tastiness.

    Binko wrote:Wait ... dipping Italian sausage sandwiches is a thing?!?! I've never thought that was an option, but it sounds brilliant.

    I'd go so far as to say genius! Quick lunch today at Wolfy's, remembered eating while walking's pro move and ordered Italian sausage dipped with giardiniera. No pics but it did happen and was stellar! Counter man gave me a nod and "nice move" in the middle of busy lunch rush.

    Hat tip to eating while walking, great idea.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #872 - January 13th, 2020, 9:48 pm
    Post #872 - January 13th, 2020, 9:48 pm Post #872 - January 13th, 2020, 9:48 pm
    Last Thursday, since Thurst Firsday {moved to second because the day of the 2nd was deemed too close to New Year's Day} was going to feature a vertical tasting of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout mostly from other members of C. B. S., I needed to eat something substantial before this.
    There are a number of italian beef shops along west North Ave. This time around, I went to Image Michael's at North & Oak Park Aves. {so I could have stuck this in the Oak Park thread :wink: }
    The shop renovated sometime in the recent past. Also, it now accepts credit cards [$10 minimum].
    I had the italian beef, hot, wet, and with fries. Image Image Judging by their color, the fries look to have been left in the fryer slightly longer than the last time. They were still fine though. I do not insist on crunchy french fries. :|
    The beef was still a solid effort, one which I will have again. The pepper mix was balanced. At this specific time of day, the shop was getting a bunch of take away orders.
    The links you can use, without the fluff, or sales pitch: http://208.84.112.25/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #873 - January 14th, 2020, 11:36 am
    Post #873 - January 14th, 2020, 11:36 am Post #873 - January 14th, 2020, 11:36 am
    pudgym29 wrote: Last Thursday, since Thurst Firsday {moved to second because the day of the 2nd was deemed too close to New Year's Day} was going to feature a vertical tasting of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout mostly from other members of C. B. S., I needed to eat something substantial before this.
    There are a number of italian beef shops along west North Ave. This time around, I went to Image Michael's at North & Oak Park Aves. {so I could have stuck this in the Oak Park thread :wink: }
    The shop renovated sometime in the recent past. Also, it now accepts credit cards [$10 minimum].
    I had the italian beef, hot, wet, and with fries. Image Image Judging by their color, the fries look to have been left in the fryer slightly longer than the last time. They were still fine though. I do not insist on crunchy french fries. :|
    The beef was still a solid effort, one which I will have again. The pepper mix was balanced. At this specific time of day, the shop was getting a bunch of take away orders.
    I heard the main cashier is a total jerk - the kind of guy that makes you feel you are bothering him by being there. Did you get that kind of impression? By the way thanks for the review - I'll be heading out to try it.
  • Post #874 - January 14th, 2020, 12:47 pm
    Post #874 - January 14th, 2020, 12:47 pm Post #874 - January 14th, 2020, 12:47 pm
    Ram4 wrote:
    pudgym29 wrote: Last Thursday, since Thurst Firsday {moved to second because the day of the 2nd was deemed too close to New Year's Day} was going to feature a vertical tasting of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout mostly from other members of C. B. S., I needed to eat something substantial before this.
    There are a number of italian beef shops along west North Ave. This time around, I went to Image Michael's at North & Oak Park Aves. {so I could have stuck this in the Oak Park thread :wink: }
    The shop renovated sometime in the recent past. Also, it now accepts credit cards [$10 minimum].
    I had the italian beef, hot, wet, and with fries. Image Image Judging by their color, the fries look to have been left in the fryer slightly longer than the last time. They were still fine though. I do not insist on crunchy french fries. :|
    The beef was still a solid effort, one which I will have again. The pepper mix was balanced. At this specific time of day, the shop was getting a bunch of take away orders.
    I heard the main cashier is a total jerk - the kind of guy that makes you feel you are bothering him by being there. Did you get that kind of impression? By the way thanks for the review - I'll be heading out to try it.


    The remodel and re-opening was probably 2 years ago or more at this point, Unless things have changed recently, I think the "main cashier" you're talking about is the owner. I have never had a problem with him, in fact I have found that he has been conscientious about making sure the orders are correct, fries are hot, etc.

    I think the food they are producing is top-notch.
  • Post #875 - January 26th, 2020, 1:07 pm
    Post #875 - January 26th, 2020, 1:07 pm Post #875 - January 26th, 2020, 1:07 pm
    G Wiv wrote:I'd go so far as to say genius! Quick lunch today at Wolfy's, remembered eating while walking's pro move and ordered Italian sausage dipped with giardiniera. No pics but it did happen and was stellar! Counter man gave me a nod and "nice move" in the middle of busy lunch rush. Hat tip to eating while walking, great idea.

    Glad to be of service!

    Image
    I have to give another top rec to my local favorite, Marco's on Fullerton. Big portion of tender beef sliced so thin it's almost feathery, unique shredded giardinera, and a rich gravy seasoned with fennel seed for that anise-spiked flavor. All on a sturdy roll that does not fall apart (bread disintegration is a big minus in my book). Marco's is doing it right!

    Marco's Beef & Pizza
    6008 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
  • Post #876 - January 27th, 2020, 3:00 pm
    Post #876 - January 27th, 2020, 3:00 pm Post #876 - January 27th, 2020, 3:00 pm
    Marco's Beef has become one of my favorites too. Easily top ten worthy.

    I finally made it to Michael's in Oak Park last night and it was great - another to add to my top places list. It had a familiar aroma (not one I particularly care too much for) that I've had at other places but I couldn't place it. It still didn't stop it from being a great sandwich. Fries were excellent. I was also at Chickie's earlier in the day and did something I promised I do if I ever returned. Chickie's has long been in my top 5 for beefs (along with the fresh cut fries that taste like they are cooked in beef fat). But I don't care for their giardiniera. Not even the hot oil works. So we brought some Marconi along that did the trick and it was as good as ever.
  • Post #877 - February 4th, 2020, 2:29 pm
    Post #877 - February 4th, 2020, 2:29 pm Post #877 - February 4th, 2020, 2:29 pm
    I have a bus to catch to go grocery shopping at Jewel. Certain food coupons have an approaching expiration date thereupon.
    So for now, I will just drop in these images of the original Buona Beef on Roosevelt & Oak Park in Berwyn. I was attending the "Brewers Rock Fest" at Wire, an intriguing live music venue just west of it (& just across the road from Kinslahger Brwg. :)). Image Image
    The links you can use, without the fluff, or sales pitch: http://208.84.112.25/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #878 - February 6th, 2020, 10:01 am
    Post #878 - February 6th, 2020, 10:01 am Post #878 - February 6th, 2020, 10:01 am
    Wasn't sure whether this breaking news story belongs here or in "Openings & Closings"....
  • Post #879 - February 10th, 2020, 6:27 pm
    Post #879 - February 10th, 2020, 6:27 pm Post #879 - February 10th, 2020, 6:27 pm
    Gonnella Baking lays off 40 workers as it stops fresh bread deliveries and transitions into frozen dough

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/business ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #880 - February 11th, 2020, 8:25 am
    Post #880 - February 11th, 2020, 8:25 am Post #880 - February 11th, 2020, 8:25 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    Gonnella Baking lays off 40 workers as it stops fresh bread deliveries and transitions into frozen dough

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/business ... story.html


    And all the Italian beef lovers shed a tear. I don't know what Gonnella is thinking but this is really sad - another bit of history replaced by frozen dough??
  • Post #881 - February 11th, 2020, 1:26 pm
    Post #881 - February 11th, 2020, 1:26 pm Post #881 - February 11th, 2020, 1:26 pm
    chicagojim wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    Gonnella Baking lays off 40 workers as it stops fresh bread deliveries and transitions into frozen dough

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/business ... story.html

    And all the Italian beef lovers shed a tear. I don't know what Gonnella is thinking but this is really sad - another bit of history replaced by frozen dough??

    Couldn’t compete with the aggressive market expansion of Turano in the Chicago area.

    I live not far from the Turano facility in Berwyn and have been amazed at their continuous expansion. First the piece by piece additions on the southside of Roosevelt, then the truck facility on Harlem and now a new corporate office on the northside of Roosevelt.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat

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