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    Post #1 - April 18th, 2008, 10:30 am
    Post #1 - April 18th, 2008, 10:30 am Post #1 - April 18th, 2008, 10:30 am
    We are seeing Sonny Landreth at Fitzgerald's tonight (9:30 show) and thought it might work to get there early (6pm) and get some dinner at Wishbone beforehand.

    I've searched to board and haven't found any reviews on this particular location. We like spicy! :twisted:

    Also, we haven't been to Fitzgerald's for awhile. Anyone know if their free parking lot listed on Metromix is just that on Friday nights? And that there would possibly be space there if we were that early?

    Thanks for any input.
  • Post #2 - April 18th, 2008, 10:48 am
    Post #2 - April 18th, 2008, 10:48 am Post #2 - April 18th, 2008, 10:48 am
    The lot is relatively small, but it is free and there should be spaces if you get there early. Parking along Roosevelt is also fine and there are many spaces up and down the block on both sides of the street.

    This location is fine, very consistent with my experiences at the West Loop original. Large portions, solid food. They'll do spicy if you like. I find the cuisine pretty monolithic, and prefer the lower prices and less fussy plating at the Dixie Kitchens, if I'm dining in this genre. For the Oak Park area, it's a good choice, though I personally go to Nola's more:

    http://chicago.metromix.com/restaurants ... 75/content

    Better jambalaya and beignets. But Wishbone has lovely pulled pork on weekends and really good quickbreads.
  • Post #3 - April 18th, 2008, 11:01 am
    Post #3 - April 18th, 2008, 11:01 am Post #3 - April 18th, 2008, 11:01 am
    The tables are quite sturdy but the lemonade was sub-par.
  • Post #4 - April 18th, 2008, 11:10 am
    Post #4 - April 18th, 2008, 11:10 am Post #4 - April 18th, 2008, 11:10 am
    [pokes mhill in the eyes Three Stoges style]
  • Post #5 - April 18th, 2008, 11:19 am
    Post #5 - April 18th, 2008, 11:19 am Post #5 - April 18th, 2008, 11:19 am
    mhill95149 wrote:The tables are quite sturdy but the lemonade was sub-par.


    Hah! I was enjoying that thread. Think we will be more into their beer selection. My husband likes bottled beer poured into a glass. He prefers to do this on his own. Think we may have a problem?

    Thanks for the info.
  • Post #6 - April 18th, 2008, 11:21 am
    Post #6 - April 18th, 2008, 11:21 am Post #6 - April 18th, 2008, 11:21 am
    Beverator wrote:
    mhill95149 wrote:The tables are quite sturdy but the lemonade was sub-par.


    Hah! I was enjoying that thread. Think we will be more into their beer selection. My husband likes bottled beer poured into a glass. He prefers to do this on his own. Think we may have a problem?

    Thanks for the info.



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  • Post #7 - April 18th, 2008, 11:22 am
    Post #7 - April 18th, 2008, 11:22 am Post #7 - April 18th, 2008, 11:22 am
    What Santander said.

    ps - you also have The Depot, and La Quebrada in pretty close vicinity. And some decent Gelato in the strip mall next door to Fitz's @ Gelato Uno. I wouldn't worry TOO much about parking.
    If someone said they liked "spicy" and were going to Fitz's and looking for dinner, I might ask how they feel about going to a dive mexican place, and recommend La Quebrada. It's full service, but nothing fancy, BUT they have homemade tortillas, and good food. LOL - I may have just talked myself into getting dinner there tonight! Nothing wrong with Wishbone though.
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  • Post #8 - January 20th, 2011, 5:15 pm
    Post #8 - January 20th, 2011, 5:15 pm Post #8 - January 20th, 2011, 5:15 pm
    I am a northsider and don't make my way over to the west side very often. I know Fitzgerald's is right next to Wishbone, but I happen to live a couple blocks from the Lincoln Av Wishbone location. Are there any other good LTH spots in that area that would be good for a pre-show dinner Saturday night? We're up for basically anything food-wise, probably looking for a more casual/mom-and-pop/BYOB type of place as opposed to a nice restaurant though.

    We will be driving there so it doesn't need to be real close by. In fact anything reasonably close to 290 on the way out there would probably be fine as well.
  • Post #9 - January 20th, 2011, 5:19 pm
    Post #9 - January 20th, 2011, 5:19 pm Post #9 - January 20th, 2011, 5:19 pm
    Depot Diner on Roosevelt, a few blocks east of the venue.
  • Post #10 - January 20th, 2011, 5:25 pm
    Post #10 - January 20th, 2011, 5:25 pm Post #10 - January 20th, 2011, 5:25 pm
    Bohdi Thai is the obvious choice -- BYOB I'm pretty sure.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #11 - January 20th, 2011, 7:28 pm
    Post #11 - January 20th, 2011, 7:28 pm Post #11 - January 20th, 2011, 7:28 pm
    The Depot Diner
    5840 W Roosevelt Rd
    (between 58th Ct & 59th Ave)
    Chicago, IL 60644

    (773) 261-8422
    www.depotamericandiner.com

    Service Hours:
    Monday thru Saturday: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
    Sunday: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    =================

    also ...
    Salerno's Pizza of Oak Park
    7128 Roosevelt Road
    Oak Park, IL 60304
    Ph (708) 383-1500
    http://www.salernospizza.com/index-OakPark.html

    ==================

    a little fancier.... although I haven't been here in 20 years,,,

    Golden Steer Steak House
    7635 W. ROOSEVELT RD. FOREST PARK, IL. 60130 PHONE: 708-771-7798
    http://www.goldensteersteakhouse.com/
  • Post #12 - January 20th, 2011, 7:48 pm
    Post #12 - January 20th, 2011, 7:48 pm Post #12 - January 20th, 2011, 7:48 pm
    The Depot American Diner would be my top choice in the area. Bodhi Thai is a decent option as well. Pass on Salerno's on Roosevelt - there is nothing special, or even good, about their pizza.

    We did an Oak Park guy's night out to Golden Steer recently. It isn't really in line with what you're looking for, but if you do go apparently the liver is the way to go. Steaks were all overcooked.

    Also consider GNR Freddy's in Cicero, nearby. Great food, but I'm not sure if the limited seating area they have is sufficiently heated for weather like this, as I always buy to take home. Hopefully someone else can chime in on that.

    Freddy's Pizza
    1600 South 61st Avenue
    Cicero, IL 60804-1641
    (708) 863-9289
  • Post #13 - January 20th, 2011, 8:39 pm
    Post #13 - January 20th, 2011, 8:39 pm Post #13 - January 20th, 2011, 8:39 pm
    Call Bodhi about BYO policy. For some reason, I think BYO is not allowed in Houbytown (Berwyn.) I might be totally wrong, but for some reason, I think it's against the ol law.

    I'd do Bodhi
    Some other joints worth a look
    Klas - do a search
    Al's for red sauce (Get the eggplant parm)
    Depot Diner
    Czech Plaza on Cermak
    Cheap Mexican at Zacatacos on Cermak. They have a limited beer selection, and char grilled steak tacos. Many of the menu items are pretty decent for the price. Enchiladas in salsa roja can be a great delicious value when they are on their game. Char grilled steak tacos, nicely earthy salsa de chile arbol, and usually sizzlin hot salsa verde. I like this place a lot.

    Riverside Family Restaurant - 34th and Harlem. Diner with a Bohemian / Eastern Euro tinge to it. I'd definitely get a fish dish. Oddly enough, I think they are really serious about fresh fish specials. Others rave about the place too. The menu has landmines, but if you know what to order, you will eat like a king for the price.

    Further out, but lth love has been given to:
    BYO Yum Thai on Madison in Forest Park
    Jimmy's place on Madison in Forest Park as well

    PLenty of love has been given to Villa Nova's pizza too. You won't be far at all. They might allow outside beverages.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #14 - January 21st, 2011, 7:51 am
    Post #14 - January 21st, 2011, 7:51 am Post #14 - January 21st, 2011, 7:51 am
    You should also throw La Quebrada, at Roosevelt and Cicero, to your mix.
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  • Post #15 - January 21st, 2011, 9:13 am
    Post #15 - January 21st, 2011, 9:13 am Post #15 - January 21st, 2011, 9:13 am
    I would say that Bodhi for Thai and La Quebrada if your tastes want mexican. Both are outstanding and close by.
  • Post #16 - January 21st, 2011, 9:57 am
    Post #16 - January 21st, 2011, 9:57 am Post #16 - January 21st, 2011, 9:57 am
    You could also consider Duckfat in Forest Park if you are coming off 290.
  • Post #17 - January 21st, 2011, 12:08 pm
    Post #17 - January 21st, 2011, 12:08 pm Post #17 - January 21st, 2011, 12:08 pm
    I have eaten at duckfat twice and found it to be very average bar food. I prefer Ave Ale house in Oak Park for bar food.
  • Post #18 - January 21st, 2011, 12:12 pm
    Post #18 - January 21st, 2011, 12:12 pm Post #18 - January 21st, 2011, 12:12 pm
    Duckfat has a lot of televisions. Other than that, I can't come up with too many other nice things to say about it.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #19 - January 21st, 2011, 12:32 pm
    Post #19 - January 21st, 2011, 12:32 pm Post #19 - January 21st, 2011, 12:32 pm
    dradeli wrote:I have eaten at duckfat twice and found it to be very average bar food. I prefer Ave Ale house in Oak Park for bar food.


    A year or two ago I would have agreed with you in regards to Ave Ale House, but recently it has just not been good. The food has been inconsistent at best. I find that the burgers and typical "bar food" at Duck fat to be a little better that what they have been pumping out of the Ale House lately. Service at both places can also be inconsistent.
  • Post #20 - January 21st, 2011, 12:42 pm
    Post #20 - January 21st, 2011, 12:42 pm Post #20 - January 21st, 2011, 12:42 pm
    We've had nothing but totally solid, great food at Duckfat. Admittedly, we tend to order their burgers, particularly the Kobe and the bison burger, so I can't speak to many other menu items -- but their burgers and duckfat fries are darn good, and I think someone in the kitchen clearly knows what he's doing. Turkey chili is also excellent there. To me, Avenue Ale House is not even in the same league. Also, I should add that we've also had top-notch service.
  • Post #21 - January 21st, 2011, 2:16 pm
    Post #21 - January 21st, 2011, 2:16 pm Post #21 - January 21st, 2011, 2:16 pm
    Blows my mind that anyone would consider Duckfat just average bar food and then suggest the Ale House, of all places. We live a block and a half from the Ale House, and it's so mediocre we literally never go there. In fact, I've been to Duckfat more in the past six months than I have been to the Ale House in the past six years. Mileage may vary, of course, but I'd much rather have "average" mussels and broth or "average" kobe beef burgers than "average" mozzarella sticks and whatnot.
  • Post #22 - January 21st, 2011, 2:58 pm
    Post #22 - January 21st, 2011, 2:58 pm Post #22 - January 21st, 2011, 2:58 pm
    The short rib stroganoff at Duckfat is probably the single worst dish I had in a restaurant last year. I've been there twice with my wife and other family members, and nobody has ever really liked any of the main courses. Fries are indeed good, but fries aren't enough to put up with the quality of the entrees for the prices they charge for them.

    Which is not to say that Avenue Ale House is a good option either - I live about 4 blocks from there, and haven't eaten there in close to 2 years. Every once in a while I'll order something for delivery, and every time I remember why I don't go there any more...

    Still, I can't think of anything to really compliment at Duckfat aside from the fries. Maybe that the service issues I experienced the first time were much improved the second time? Yeah, that's about it. Duckfat wants to be above average bar food, and their menu options and prices reflect that, but the actual food does not.
  • Post #23 - January 21st, 2011, 3:20 pm
    Post #23 - January 21st, 2011, 3:20 pm Post #23 - January 21st, 2011, 3:20 pm
    ucjames wrote:Still, I can't think of anything to really compliment at Duckfat aside from the fries.


    Don't forget all the TVs!
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #24 - January 21st, 2011, 3:33 pm
    Post #24 - January 21st, 2011, 3:33 pm Post #24 - January 21st, 2011, 3:33 pm
    teatpuller wrote:
    ucjames wrote:Still, I can't think of anything to really compliment at Duckfat aside from the fries.


    Don't forget all the TVs!


    Pah. The bar I do trivia at on Tuesday nights has something like 110 TVs. Duckfat can't even dream of comparing :lol:
  • Post #25 - January 21st, 2011, 7:44 pm
    Post #25 - January 21st, 2011, 7:44 pm Post #25 - January 21st, 2011, 7:44 pm
    Bohdi is BYOB. Done it twice in the last six months.

    I'd have dinner at Marion Street Cheese Market if I was the OP.
  • Post #26 - January 21st, 2011, 8:55 pm
    Post #26 - January 21st, 2011, 8:55 pm Post #26 - January 21st, 2011, 8:55 pm
    I'd have dinner at Marion Street Cheese Market if I was the OP.


    Quoth the OP: "...probably looking for a more casual/mom-and-pop/BYOB type of place as opposed to a nice restaurant though."
  • Post #27 - January 22nd, 2011, 8:53 am
    Post #27 - January 22nd, 2011, 8:53 am Post #27 - January 22nd, 2011, 8:53 am
    We are also thinking of heading to Fitzgerald's tonight.... saw CJ Chenier a couple of years ago - great show & venue!!

    If you're set on BYO, the only restaurants listed so far that are BYO are Yum Thai, Bodhi Thai and La Quebrada. We have frequented Yum Thai for at least 20 years.. it's always our first choice for Thai. We were at Bodhi Thai about a month ago and it's definitely BYO. Ironically, while at Bodhi Thai, we found out that the family that owns it were one of the first owners of Yum Thai! Have been to La Quebrada twice and wasn't impressed... maybe we just hit a bad night there. Czech Plaza is an excellent suggestion, however it's not BYO. The prices are very reasonable (both food & drinks) though & the food is IMO the best bohemian food around (and I'm 100% bohemian).
  • Post #28 - January 22nd, 2011, 2:37 pm
    Post #28 - January 22nd, 2011, 2:37 pm Post #28 - January 22nd, 2011, 2:37 pm
    I'd say Bodhi over Yum because Bodhi is literally right down the street five or so blocks. And they have great specials.
  • Post #29 - October 23rd, 2021, 1:35 pm
    Post #29 - October 23rd, 2021, 1:35 pm Post #29 - October 23rd, 2021, 1:35 pm
    The kitchen at Fitzgerald's has been Babygold BBQ since earlier this year, in an overall scene where Q and Smokin' M's persist and Small Batch has arisen and done consistent if dear takeout business for us during the pandemic.

    A bunch of the OP+ boys recently tested out most of the menu together, and while still loving the patio, I don't think it delivers on the pricepoints or promises that it's a notch up (and if one believes our central-casting server who also appears at Autre Monde, competitive with Smoque and Memphis). Pork belly was a favorite at our end of the table, served fresh and thoroughly smoked. The Porchetta special made with the same cut was oversalted and oversauced to my taste. The ribs were fine, and I think very comparable to Q and Small Batch, firm with a heavy grainy rub. The brisket to me was indistinguishable in flavor from Culver's pot roast down the block, a big disappointment, with some bark but very little smoke.

    They were out of onion rings ("supply chain is f'd up") but the house pork rinds and trio of dips were solid, even highlights, especially the chips and crackers, which I realize sounds damning with faint praise, but I'd return for all of those and a beer. The wings are jointed / full, tasty but I thought overcooked. Sides were fine, with the pit beans heavily touted but not particularly exceptional.

    Much was made of Monse's Tapas Breakfast Bar (as signed), preparing for a soft opening the other direction down Roosevelt. Their current menu reads just Monse's Tapas Bar, and their social media is Monse's Breakfast Tapas Bar, but rather than the potential excitement of either a "breakfast bar" or "breakfast tapas," I now understand those are just unrelated terms (Monse's Breakfast | Tapas | Bar) and that they aim to open 7 AM to 1 AM seven days a week and serve as your new home office, to which I say, blessed be Berwyn.
  • Post #30 - May 24th, 2022, 7:10 pm
    Post #30 - May 24th, 2022, 7:10 pm Post #30 - May 24th, 2022, 7:10 pm
    Seven months after the much-needed OPfriends dinner, I've had takeout twice and both orders were a big notch up from what we had in person - beyond the house dips, which have been consistently good. On the first order we hit on the loaded baked potato salad, cornbread with honey butter, and pit beans which were all distinctive and full-flavored. On this past one the club sandwich - smoked turkey breast with smoked pork belly on Texas Toast - was right on the mark. Some visiting partakers were impressed. They also do a nice smoked cauliflower "steak" with hot sauce over squishy white bread. BBQ is Variable is a truism but I like upswings at neighborhood places.

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