LTH Home

Citrine and evolving Oak Park scene

Citrine and evolving Oak Park scene
  • Forum HomePost Reply BackTop
    Page 21 of 21 
  • Post #601 - July 14th, 2019, 9:32 am
    Post #601 - July 14th, 2019, 9:32 am Post #601 - July 14th, 2019, 9:32 am
    Been forever since we ate at Citrine, but ... we ate at Citrine. Food was OK, if still maybe 20% too expensive. Ironically, the cocktails (whose prices have been creeping up all over the city) *are* priced reasonably at mostly $10 each, and the cocktail menu itself is pretty interesting, deep and diverse. Service was slooooooooow, though. I want to say our drinks arrived after the appetizer, and a couple of the dishes were bordering on cool, which makes me think the rhythm of the kitchen was off and a couple of the things we ordered had been sitting around a bit waiting for their food-friends to be ready, for whatever reason.
  • Post #602 - July 14th, 2019, 1:59 pm
    Post #602 - July 14th, 2019, 1:59 pm Post #602 - July 14th, 2019, 1:59 pm
    My Bride and I enjoy going to Scoville Park early on Sunday evening (5:30 to 7) for concert in the park.

    Traditionally we bring along a chicken dinner.

    So far we have brought...

    KFC (virtually the same at other chains)
    Mickey’s BBQ chicken dinner (pretty good)
    Boston Market (ridiculously small 1/2 chicken, never again)

    I am thinking about Nando’s Peri Peri but My Bride, for some reason she cannot remember, would prefer not to.

    We have done Harold’s, Chicago Chicken and Waffles, Uncle Remus in previous years.

    Looks like the Jamaican place on Chicago and Austin is closed.

    Not smoked chicken either (boy is she fussy today! :) ).

    I was also thinking Jewel rotisserie? Maybe some awesome chicken wings?

    Any other suggestions? Carryout from a sit down restaurant would also be okay.

    In The Kingdom please. :)

    Thanks in advance!
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #603 - July 14th, 2019, 8:29 pm
    Post #603 - July 14th, 2019, 8:29 pm Post #603 - July 14th, 2019, 8:29 pm
    My wife and I ate at the Cactus grill on Harlem. The burrito lunch special with rice and bean were good. But her steak tacos were really great. Huge amount of steak perfectly cooked and we both left stuffed for 20 bucks.
  • Post #604 - July 14th, 2019, 10:49 pm
    Post #604 - July 14th, 2019, 10:49 pm Post #604 - July 14th, 2019, 10:49 pm
    Vitesse98 wrote:Small Batch Barbecue in Forest Park opened today. By the time my family hit it, they were out of everything but the pulled pork (including all sides!). The pulled pork sandwich was fortunately pretty good, but I look forward to going back and getting to the, well, meat of the menu.

    Small Batch Barbecue
    7441 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130
    smallbatchq.com
    (708) 689-8075

    Did a sampling of their wares, yesterday: Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, hot link, fried okra, cole slaw, and baked beans (sorry--no photos.) I learned that in addition to using hickory, cherry, and maybe apple wood in their Southern Pride, they use pecan when it's available...but never mesquite because it would overpower the other flavors.

    Overall I'd give them a grade of A-minus; everything was solid, with one quibble: labmom53 and I found the rub on the brisket and ribs, as well as the breading on the fried okra, to be rather salty. It was quite good otherwise, but the salt level was high enough that I felt it to be a noticeable distraction from the harmony of the whole. Slaw & beans each were fine, the hot link had a nice casing and internal texture, including a bit of jalapeño. Everything was freshly sliced, prep'd, and packaged for take out in full view while I waited.

    The husband/wife proprietors were working the front counter and were personable (and they got extra points for agreeing that "sauce on the side" was their preferred way to go.)

    To be fair about the salt level, I'll say that this was only a one-time sample, and it definitely would not prevent me from returning. That said, I would make an effort to give them some feedback about our initial salt experience when I do return.

    In sum, I'd recommend giving Small Batch a visit (and then please post your take on the salt level, too.)

    --mhl
    "If I have dined better than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants...and got the waiter's attention." --Sir Isaac "Ready to order NOW" Newton

    "You worry too much. Eat some bacon... What? No, I got no idea if it'll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon." --Justin Halpern's dad
  • Post #605 - July 16th, 2019, 7:46 am
    Post #605 - July 16th, 2019, 7:46 am Post #605 - July 16th, 2019, 7:46 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Now open at the old location of Red Hen Bakery at...

    The attachment 7B764C5F-EAAE-408A-B73A-74A48B164A93.jpeg is no longer available

    Courageous Bakery & Cafe
    736 Lake St, Oak Park

    F57F25CA-C4AE-4F92-9040-94ADE93E60E1.jpeg
    2C90DF26-2CA6-433A-BFB9-75644A5B5A58.jpeg

    Very good! Maybe a little more cheese, maybe warm up the peppers?

    Light, flaky, buttery croissant.

    My Bride had a scone and mentioned is was more cake like instead of crumbly (which she prefers).

    Coffee? Light, medium and dark.

    My Bride left and I sat in the window corner watching life go by in the light rain..
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #606 - July 17th, 2019, 7:11 pm
    Post #606 - July 17th, 2019, 7:11 pm Post #606 - July 17th, 2019, 7:11 pm
    A major irritation: based on addresses, I know where a place is located in Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Forest Park, Elmwood Park and even Oak Park south of the expressway. However the elitists from the "Kingdom" somewhere back in time decided they needed a different numbering system then everyone else, I am not even going to attempt to learn the Oak Park numbering system.
    Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
    Woody Allen
  • Post #607 - July 17th, 2019, 7:42 pm
    Post #607 - July 17th, 2019, 7:42 pm Post #607 - July 17th, 2019, 7:42 pm
    Marshall K wrote:A major irritation: based on addresses, I know where a place is located in Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Forest Park, Elmwood Park and even Oak Park south of the expressway. However the elitists from the "Kingdom" somewhere back in time decided they needed a different numbering system then everyone else, I am not even going to attempt to learn the Oak Park numbering system.

    + or - starting at the EL tracks near Lake not counting Harlem or Austin

    Roosevelt is 1200 south and North is 1200 north

    0 starting at Austin with Harlem being 1200 west

    We in The Kingdom approve of our own, unique numbering system

    Now “Get Off Our Lawn!”

    ... or, as Papa once noted...
    “The Village of broad lawns and narrow minds”
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #608 - July 18th, 2019, 4:58 pm
    Post #608 - July 18th, 2019, 4:58 pm Post #608 - July 18th, 2019, 4:58 pm
    New!

    Flourish
    193 N Marion St, Oak Park
    new self-serve bar concept

    wine, spirits and beer
    charcuterie, snacks, cheeses and shareable plates
    roasted coffee, kombucha and sodas

    Limited to two drinks dispensed in an hour

    https://www.oakparkeats.com/food-news/c ... -by-night/
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #609 - July 30th, 2019, 2:45 pm
    Post #609 - July 30th, 2019, 2:45 pm Post #609 - July 30th, 2019, 2:45 pm
    mhl wrote:
    Vitesse98 wrote:Small Batch Barbecue in Forest Park opened today. By the time my family hit it, they were out of everything but the pulled pork (including all sides!). The pulled pork sandwich was fortunately pretty good, but I look forward to going back and getting to the, well, meat of the menu.

    Small Batch Barbecue
    7441 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130
    smallbatchq.com
    (708) 689-8075

    Did a sampling of their wares, yesterday: Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, hot link, fried okra, cole slaw, and baked beans (sorry--no photos.) I learned that in addition to using hickory, cherry, and maybe apple wood in their Southern Pride, they use pecan when it's available...but never mesquite because it would overpower the other flavors.

    Overall I'd give them a grade of A-minus; everything was solid, with one quibble: labmom53 and I found the rub on the brisket and ribs, as well as the breading on the fried okra, to be rather salty. It was quite good otherwise, but the salt level was high enough that I felt it to be a noticeable distraction from the harmony of the whole. Slaw & beans each were fine, the hot link had a nice casing and internal texture, including a bit of jalapeño. Everything was freshly sliced, prep'd, and packaged for take out in full view while I waited.

    The husband/wife proprietors were working the front counter and were personable (and they got extra points for agreeing that "sauce on the side" was their preferred way to go.)

    To be fair about the salt level, I'll say that this was only a one-time sample, and it definitely would not prevent me from returning. That said, I would make an effort to give them some feedback about our initial salt experience when I do return.

    In sum, I'd recommend giving Small Batch a visit (and then please post your take on the salt level, too.)

    --mhl

    We did give it a try a week ago Wednesday around 9:00 pm and even though they still had two hours to go to closing time the only meat left was brisket which was fine as that was our primary plan. I was considering getting a hot link maybe...

    The brisket was very good! Sandwich a little small for the price (we were planning to split it) and wished I had gotten two. Slaw was great. A hot link would of rounded out nicely. :(

    All in all one of the better area BBQ places! I haven’t been able to have a meal at Basehit yet so...
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #610 - August 8th, 2019, 11:52 am
    Post #610 - August 8th, 2019, 11:52 am Post #610 - August 8th, 2019, 11:52 am
    Vital Information wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Just heard about this...

    Lexington Betty Smoke House
    6954 W North Ave, Chicago

    Had been a series of Chinese food places. I visited a few.

    Not far from The Onion Roll.

    Anybody been?


    Lexington Betty is a caterer too, with a pop-up about once a month. I tried it a while back and have no need to return.

    My understanding is like LB, there will be occasional pop-ups.

    Open as a restaurant soon...

    C3E1D01C-8FA1-4B1F-AC68-AB2CF2ABB9D8.jpeg


    Oh, Boy!

    More BBQ! :)
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #611 - August 11th, 2019, 12:49 pm
    Post #611 - August 11th, 2019, 12:49 pm Post #611 - August 11th, 2019, 12:49 pm
    Cajun Boil & Bar open. Boom.
  • Post #612 - August 12th, 2019, 6:05 pm
    Post #612 - August 12th, 2019, 6:05 pm Post #612 - August 12th, 2019, 6:05 pm
    This could go in another rubric here on LTHF, but I'll insert it here now as well. :wink:
    This Saturday is Seven Generations Ahead's Oak Park Micro Brew Review. I bought my ticket back in June. If you click through back there, you can obtain an 'Iron Brewer' ticket for $50.00. The Iron Brewer session begins at 1:30 pm.
    This is a zero-waste craft beer festival. Regular trash cans will be occluded. The accoutrements will be served in recyclable containers.
    Another element of this craft beer festival is it is one of the very few (to be honest, I cannot recall any other beer festival that does this) in which non-attendees are mixed in with the customers. The people with the wrist bands are in the festival, and all those other people, especially those orbiting the water display, are not. :roll:
    It is a really good one, folks. If you are unfamiliar with craft beer festivals, for this above facet, this is one to test.
    I am still contemplating how encumbered I will be. At the least, I will have a small camera {formerly dad's [R.I.P.]}. Whether I have my satchel, with or without my laptop computer, is still in abeyance. But that should not stop you from greeting me if you're there. :D
    The links you can use, without the fluff, or sales pitch: http://208.84.112.25/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #613 - August 12th, 2019, 10:12 pm
    Post #613 - August 12th, 2019, 10:12 pm Post #613 - August 12th, 2019, 10:12 pm
    OPFoodie wrote:Cajun Boil & Bar open. Boom.

    I had noticed the paper was off the windows and they were washed.

    It was still dark a few days ago

    I don’t know, I’ve still been enjoying...

    Seafood Junction
    132 Madison St, Oak Park

    The perch was great two weeks ago.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #614 - August 20th, 2019, 9:25 am
    Post #614 - August 20th, 2019, 9:25 am Post #614 - August 20th, 2019, 9:25 am
    Best raw brats in The Kingdom?

    Grocery? Butcher shop?

    Got some at...

    Living Fresh Market
    7520 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park

    ... last time and they weren’t too bad.

    94CB7055-1802-4FCD-A199-D2FC582CCDA4.jpeg
    Last edited by Panther in the Den on August 20th, 2019, 8:13 pm, edited 3 times in total.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #615 - August 20th, 2019, 2:52 pm
    Post #615 - August 20th, 2019, 2:52 pm Post #615 - August 20th, 2019, 2:52 pm
    Coming Soon’ in The Kingdom...

    Butter and Brown Bistro
    420 N Austin, Oak Park

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Brunch

    Dine In
    Carry Out


    DBEDAED6-FD06-4486-AFD4-2D3366FFDB42.jpeg

    We’ll see how it goes. I came by a few weeks ago, not much progress.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #616 - August 20th, 2019, 2:58 pm
    Post #616 - August 20th, 2019, 2:58 pm Post #616 - August 20th, 2019, 2:58 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Taco Bros
    2 Chicago Ave, Oak Park

    Opened quietly.

    https://www.oakparkeats.com/blogs/quick ... taco-bros/

    Torta looks good!
    Pretty much average.

    When it came out in less than a minute I figured it was ‘bucket-o-grease’.

    Minced fairly fine, not much browning, tender though.

    7EC8A6BA-9A9C-405F-B69F-51AC346BB7E7.jpeg
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #617 - August 20th, 2019, 8:14 pm
    Post #617 - August 20th, 2019, 8:14 pm Post #617 - August 20th, 2019, 8:14 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Best raw brats in The Kingdom?

    Grocery? Butcher shop?

    Got some at...

    Living Fresh Market
    7520 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park

    ... last time and they weren’t too bad.

    The attachment 94CB7055-1802-4FCD-A199-D2FC582CCDA4.jpeg is no longer available

    Pete's Fresh Market
    259 Lake St, Oak Park

    DF2DAC0B-2F4C-4103-AD2F-452474C2EC9F.jpeg Not bad at all
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat

Contact

About

Team

Advertize

Close

Chat

Articles

Guide

Events

more