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  • Post #721 - February 9th, 2020, 2:20 pm
    Post #721 - February 9th, 2020, 2:20 pm Post #721 - February 9th, 2020, 2:20 pm
    TSmitty wrote:Obsessed Kitchen (in the former Kinderhook space) has closed.
    Vitesse98 wrote:There was a story in the Wednesday Journal the other week about them looking for a buyer, or maybe even having a buyer.

    That didn’t take long...

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    Opening next month.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #722 - February 13th, 2020, 11:03 am
    Post #722 - February 13th, 2020, 11:03 am Post #722 - February 13th, 2020, 11:03 am
    Just a note to say the Yelp listings for Cajun boil Bar and for Wild Onion Tied House on South Boulevard in Oak Park have incorrect hours open listing. If you go there, check the hours. They don't open at 11:00 for lunch.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #723 - February 13th, 2020, 2:18 pm
    Post #723 - February 13th, 2020, 2:18 pm Post #723 - February 13th, 2020, 2:18 pm
    toria wrote:Just a note to say the Yelp listings for Cajun boil Bar and for Wild Onion Tied House on South Boulevard in Oak Park have incorrect hours open listing. If you go there, check the hours. They don't open at 11:00 for lunch.

    Correct information...

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    Yelp?
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #724 - February 18th, 2020, 12:58 pm
    Post #724 - February 18th, 2020, 12:58 pm Post #724 - February 18th, 2020, 12:58 pm
    Losses in The Kingdom :(
    Gone but not forgotten

    Geppetto’s
    Klas
    Riverside Family Restaurant
    Al’s Pizza
    Tonini’s Deli (formerly D’Andrea’s)
    Winberie’s (formerly Cheese Cellar)
    Little Bohemia
    Erik’s Danish Delicatessen (before remodel) (then Altiro)

    ... and not so vintage but still missed...

    Obsessed Kitchen (formerly Kinderhook)

    Disclaimer: By no means a comprehensive list but just a few of my favorites.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #725 - February 20th, 2020, 12:42 pm
    Post #725 - February 20th, 2020, 12:42 pm Post #725 - February 20th, 2020, 12:42 pm
    Another pending loss (last day Saturday, February 22, 2020)

    Fair Share Finer Foods
    6226 Roosevelt Rd, Oak Park

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    Was it that outstanding that it is a terrible loss and will be sorely missed? No. I just hate to see another privately owned business go under.

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    I used to live in the neighborhood, would walk over for milk or bread. Perhaps the one thing that stood out was having a butcher on premises, their prepared foods... I would often get their housemade Italian Beef as I did yesterday (for one last time).

    Also in the hot food case they had a potato filled deep fried taco...

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    Oh well. :(
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #726 - February 20th, 2020, 1:20 pm
    Post #726 - February 20th, 2020, 1:20 pm Post #726 - February 20th, 2020, 1:20 pm
    Seems like not too long ago, I would hit Fair Share for outer skirt steak for 2.69/lb on the regular for Cinco De Mayo sale price, and buy it ALL.

    I also used to love what would be in the bargain bin in the pkgd meat section. My fondest memory was Oscar Mayer bacon for 99 c/lb. There were like 20 pkgs of it, and all of the dates were strangely smudged beyond recognition.

    Also - I keep meaning to post that there appears to be another Tacabron location forming on Ogden, east of 1st avenue. It might be the town of Lyons*? The sign is up, and it is identical to the Forest Park sign.

    *website confirmed it.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #727 - February 20th, 2020, 4:21 pm
    Post #727 - February 20th, 2020, 4:21 pm Post #727 - February 20th, 2020, 4:21 pm
    seebee wrote:Also - I keep meaning to post that there appears to be another Tacabron location forming on Ogden, east of 1st avenue. It might be the town of Lyons*? The sign is up, and it is identical to the Forest Park sign.

    *website confirmed it.

    Must be in the strip mall that contains Jimmy John’s and Starbucks...

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    I really wanted to like the Forest Park location but never could warm up to it.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #728 - February 20th, 2020, 5:24 pm
    Post #728 - February 20th, 2020, 5:24 pm Post #728 - February 20th, 2020, 5:24 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:(New Tacabron) Must be in the strip mall that contains Jimmy John’s and Starbucks...


    It's not in that one.

    It's just east of there, and the door doesn't face Ogden, but the sign does. There's a kids' park, and it's on the west end of that kids' park. If I'm seeing it in my mind's eye, it's also JUST west of the Culvers. Blink, and you'll miss the sign. South side of Ogden, west of Culver's, it's a very small non-descript brick building that could maybe house 3 storefronts. The storefronts do not face Ogden tho. Just a sign that says "Tacabron" in black and green on a blank brick wall faces Ogden
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #729 - February 24th, 2020, 2:46 am
    Post #729 - February 24th, 2020, 2:46 am Post #729 - February 24th, 2020, 2:46 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    TSmitty wrote:Obsessed Kitchen (in the former Kinderhook space) has closed.
    Vitesse98 wrote:There was a story in the Wednesday Journal the other week about them looking for a buyer, or maybe even having a buyer.

    That didn’t take long...

    Opening next month.

    Update. Mid March

    https://www.oakparkeats.com/food-news/k ... ening-day/
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #730 - February 24th, 2020, 5:09 pm
    Post #730 - February 24th, 2020, 5:09 pm Post #730 - February 24th, 2020, 5:09 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:From another thread...

    The Grill Stop
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    bobbywal wrote:
    Grill Stop
    6623 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn

    In...

    Berwyn Towne Sq
    6623 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn

    I didn’t even know the...

    SUBWAY® Restaurant
    Permanently Closed
    6623 Roosevelt Rd, A, Berwyn

    ... had closed!

    Must be recent?

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    Menu

    http://grillstoponline.com/GrillStop.pdf

    Stopped by today to give the new (3 months) kid on the block a try.

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    Par with the other area hot dog stands (Mickey’s, Micheal’s,).

    2 grilled (could of used more crust) patties and a glop of hotdog fixins on top. Not over cooked but missed medium rare as asked. Juicy!

    Bun not up to double duty but would be fine on a single.

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    Both chicken and beef. Regular toppings. Big, double sandwich!
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    There is a tradition to give a squirt of water and cover to steam and there was a little too much left. Maybe cook longer but more likely a higher heat.

    Sounded like it was prepared the traditional way with a pair of spatulas on the grill.

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    A big order and a generous pour of toppings. Not just on top but layered.

    Supposed to be Nacho but no heat or flavor other than canned cheese.

    Skin on fries, single cooked. Will ask for well done next time.

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    With bread and butter

    Big chunks of chicken, not much Chipotle flavor or heat. Broth was fine and hearty.

    While I was the only one when I arrived it fill up to capacity by the time I left at mid afternoon.

    They still have the Subway toppings counter in place so I might hope you can have your sandwich your way.

    Vienna hotdog, Kronos gyros.

    A good addition to the neighborhood!

    Dang, didn’t last long. Just over a year.

    My visit was good. :(

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #731 - February 29th, 2020, 7:42 am
    Post #731 - February 29th, 2020, 7:42 am Post #731 - February 29th, 2020, 7:42 am
    Greetings, gastronomes!

    I've been keeping a list of Oak Park/Forest Park restaurants and bars that have opened and closed since 2007.
    There is some missing and incorrect info, I am sure.
    Maybe we can maintain a crowd-sourced update.

    Here is the Google Sheet: OPen Close!
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1O4EqHfiJ_ldfLO_dZxo3kVIc9N7SmeCi0Al5ChR-MQs/edit?usp=sharing
  • Post #732 - February 29th, 2020, 8:57 am
    Post #732 - February 29th, 2020, 8:57 am Post #732 - February 29th, 2020, 8:57 am
    Thanks for your work!
    OPFoodie wrote:Greetings, gastronomes!

    I've been keeping a list of Oak Park/Forest Park restaurants and bars that have opened and closed since 2007.
    There is some missing and incorrect info, I am sure.
    Maybe we can maintain a crowd-sourced update.

    Here is the Google Sheet: OPen Close!
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1O4EqHfiJ_ldfLO_dZxo3kVIc9N7SmeCi0Al5ChR-MQs/edit?usp=sharing

    Here’s one omission that I spotted...
    Panther in the Den wrote:Meanwhile in the old Felony Franks location...

    6427 W North Ave

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    Surfs Up Fried Lobster, Fish, Shrimp, Wings
    http://surfsuprestaurant.com/index.html

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/o ... story.html

    For a while they had designs to move into a storefront on Madison just east of KFC but that never materialized.

    I seem to remember it was Kenny’s Ribs before Felony Franks.

    I’ll PM on other updates as I run across them.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #733 - March 3rd, 2020, 5:42 pm
    Post #733 - March 3rd, 2020, 5:42 pm Post #733 - March 3rd, 2020, 5:42 pm
    Maybe an update to the menu down the road at the thread title restaurant?

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    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #734 - March 11th, 2020, 11:31 am
    Post #734 - March 11th, 2020, 11:31 am Post #734 - March 11th, 2020, 11:31 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    TSmitty wrote:Obsessed Kitchen (in the former Kinderhook space) has closed.
    Vitesse98 wrote:There was a story in the Wednesday Journal the other week about them looking for a buyer, or maybe even having a buyer.

    That didn’t take long...

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    Opening next month.

    Opening this weekend. You’ll probably have to wait for a review as I’m out of town.

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    800 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park

    Menu is up...

    https://kettlestringstavern.com/menu

    Oh Boy! Another burger place although it’s great to see they still have the Roasted Brussel Sprouts on the menu! I wonder if it will still have that Korean flair? :)

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #735 - March 11th, 2020, 11:53 am
    Post #735 - March 11th, 2020, 11:53 am Post #735 - March 11th, 2020, 11:53 am
    I drive right past it on the way home from work - hopefully this will be a nice spot to stop for a quick beer at the end of the workday
  • Post #736 - March 11th, 2020, 12:57 pm
    Post #736 - March 11th, 2020, 12:57 pm Post #736 - March 11th, 2020, 12:57 pm
    Photos look good. I'm encouraged. Remarkable how similar the concept/menu is to the last couple of iterations, right down to the fried cheese curds, chilaquiles, and $7 kids meals (come on). The fact that they aren't serving something called "The Oak Pork" from day one is a shonda.
  • Post #737 - March 26th, 2020, 6:29 pm
    Post #737 - March 26th, 2020, 6:29 pm Post #737 - March 26th, 2020, 6:29 pm
    I just picked up a burger from Mickey's for my son - it's his favorite. They are really struggling, losing money every day with the lockdown. The place is usually hopping and I'd guess does OK in normal times, but I imagine their clientele is suffering more than the average Oak Parker. Tonight, they are still running with a full staff and 3 cars in the parking lot at 7pm. We tried to tip, but they said that isn't their thing. Is it a GNR? Maybe not, but it is far better than average fast food and a real local shop. If anyone needs a burger or shake, please...help.
  • Post #738 - March 27th, 2020, 1:40 pm
    Post #738 - March 27th, 2020, 1:40 pm Post #738 - March 27th, 2020, 1:40 pm
    tazerowe wrote:I just picked up a burger from Mickey's for my son - it's his favorite. They are really struggling, losing money every day with the lockdown. The place is usually hopping and I'd guess does OK in normal times, but I imagine their clientele is suffering more than the average Oak Parker. Tonight, they are still running with a full staff and 3 cars in the parking lot at 7pm. We tried to tip, but they said that isn't their thing. Is it a GNR? Maybe not, but it is far better than average fast food and a real local shop. If anyone needs a burger or shake, please...help.

    I just made dinner plans based on this post
  • Post #739 - March 27th, 2020, 3:16 pm
    Post #739 - March 27th, 2020, 3:16 pm Post #739 - March 27th, 2020, 3:16 pm
    I’m also planning on having a burger for dinner. I’ve had plenty of burgers at Mickey’s and they’re good.

    9399986D-ED3B-44D1-B7A6-6EA7DCD65780.jpeg Big Mickey

    Something a little better there is what they call The Poor Boy which might be called a chop steak sandwich at other places.

    5BC9D598-0F69-4FD9-B291-4E697C9C5D58.jpeg Poor Boy

    But for date night I’m just thinking of something a little better than the standard burger stand.

    Several years ago Berwyn had a Best Burger competition. The Backyard Burger from Cigars and Stripes came in first, Big Guys was near the top but one of my favorites was...

    The Ape Hanger from Paisans in Cicero
    Grilled jalapeño and onions, Pepper Jack Cheese, Chorizo, Guacamole, Pretzel bun

    Sounds like overload but it actually works very well. Besides that, their Wings with Dragon Sauce rates very high in my book as well.

    Paisans Pizzeria & Bar
    6226 Ogden Ave, Berwyn

    All restaurants are suffering. :(
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #740 - March 27th, 2020, 4:48 pm
    Post #740 - March 27th, 2020, 4:48 pm Post #740 - March 27th, 2020, 4:48 pm
    zoid wrote:
    tazerowe wrote:I just picked up a burger from Mickey's for my son - it's his favorite. They are really struggling, losing money every day with the lockdown. The place is usually hopping and I'd guess does OK in normal times, but I imagine their clientele is suffering more than the average Oak Parker. Tonight, they are still running with a full staff and 3 cars in the parking lot at 7pm. We tried to tip, but they said that isn't their thing. Is it a GNR? Maybe not, but it is far better than average fast food and a real local shop. If anyone needs a burger or shake, please...help.

    I just made dinner plans based on this post

    Hotdog & fries with everything and a Big Mickey hit the spot!
  • Post #741 - March 28th, 2020, 12:00 am
    Post #741 - March 28th, 2020, 12:00 am Post #741 - March 28th, 2020, 12:00 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:I’m also planning on having a burger for dinner.
    ...
    Several years ago Berwyn had a Best Burger competition. The Backyard Burger from Cigars and Stripes came in first, Big Guys was near the top but one of my favorites was...

    The Ape Hanger from Paisans in Cicero
    Grilled jalapeño and onions, Pepper Jack Cheese, Chorizo, Guacamole, Pretzel bun

    Sounds like overload but it actually works very well.

    Paisans Pizzeria & Bar
    6226 Ogden Ave, Berwyn

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    Panther in the Den wrote:Wings with Dragon Sauce rates very high in my book as well.

    FADA03C8-DD94-470F-9314-295A22AB223D.jpeg Huge Wings!

    Interesting story behind the Dragon Sauce. An employee accidentally mixed sweet sour sauce with hot sauce. Not ‘blow the back of your head off’ but left my lips tingling.

    Very efficient curbside. They have an outside host receiving names at your car and bringing out orders. 5 seconds with the door open.

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #742 - March 30th, 2020, 11:26 am
    Post #742 - March 30th, 2020, 11:26 am Post #742 - March 30th, 2020, 11:26 am
    zoid wrote:
    zoid wrote:
    tazerowe wrote:I just picked up a burger from Mickey's for my son - it's his favorite. They are really struggling, losing money every day with the lockdown. The place is usually hopping and I'd guess does OK in normal times, but I imagine their clientele is suffering more than the average Oak Parker. Tonight, they are still running with a full staff and 3 cars in the parking lot at 7pm. We tried to tip, but they said that isn't their thing. Is it a GNR? Maybe not, but it is far better than average fast food and a real local shop. If anyone needs a burger or shake, please...help.

    I just made dinner plans based on this post

    Hotdog & fries with everything and a Big Mickey hit the spot!

    Too little too late. :(
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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #743 - March 30th, 2020, 3:24 pm
    Post #743 - March 30th, 2020, 3:24 pm Post #743 - March 30th, 2020, 3:24 pm
    Burger Moovement on North in Elmwood Park is open for carryout. I also believe they are on Grubhub. I really think their griddled burgers are in the top tier for the whole six county area for their style, and you can load up the toppings too. Excellent fries too too.
    Think Yiddish, Dress British - Advice of Evil Ronnie to me.
  • Post #744 - April 2nd, 2020, 1:58 pm
    Post #744 - April 2nd, 2020, 1:58 pm Post #744 - April 2nd, 2020, 1:58 pm
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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #745 - Yesterday, 6:40 am
    Post #745 - Yesterday, 6:40 am Post #745 - Yesterday, 6:40 am
    Had a pretty good double cheeseburger from...

    Parky's Hot Dogs
    329 S Harlem Ave, Forest Park

    Nice grill flavor, messy because of a heavy hand with the mayo. Very tasty! I might prefer it over the Big Mickey.

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    Since they are cash only presented a minor hiccup for ‘parking lot pickup’ but not too bad. I told her the amount I was paying with and she brought out change with the order.

    Recently looking at the McDonald’s app I noticed you can add mayo to any sandwich and besides shredded lettuce you can also add leaf. Their Daily Double was pretty tasty! Leaf lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, pickle.

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #746 - Yesterday, 7:04 am
    Post #746 - Yesterday, 7:04 am Post #746 - Yesterday, 7:04 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Recently looking at the McDonald’s app I noticed you can add mayo to any sandwich and besides shredded lettuce you can also add leaf. Their Daily Double was pretty tasty! Leaf lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, pickle.

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    Correction! I went to the app and Roma tomatoes and leaf lettuce is only available on selected sandwiches.

    Also the Daily Double has also been removed. :(
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat

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