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  • Post #571 - May 31st, 2019, 2:16 pm
    Post #571 - May 31st, 2019, 2:16 pm Post #571 - May 31st, 2019, 2:16 pm
    Vitesse98 wrote:So ... One Lake is going to be sort of Oak Park's Exit Strategy? Do they have a beer menu? Is their beer any good? What gives their beers (per their website) a "Midwestern flare"(sic)? I wish them luck, but I suppose color me hesitant


    Or an eastside Wild Onion Tied House? I've been disappointed too many times to get too excited about this, but it's nice to see something happening on the Austin side of town.

    I don't think Petra Falafel in Forest Park has been mentioned in this thread. Went there for lunch on Monday. Food was standard, perfectly acceptable Middle Eastern food (nothing stood out). I recommend delivery or take-out; while the room is nice, the service was really aloof and generally uncomfortable.
  • Post #572 - May 31st, 2019, 2:32 pm
    Post #572 - May 31st, 2019, 2:32 pm Post #572 - May 31st, 2019, 2:32 pm
    ndgbucktown wrote:I don't think Petra Falafel in Forest Park has been mentioned in this thread. Went there for lunch on Monday. Food was standard, perfectly acceptable Middle Eastern food (nothing stood out). I recommend delivery or take-out; while the room is nice, the service was really aloof and generally uncomfortable.

    I had a good visit on January 3rd the day after it opened. Food was pretty good!

    The owner seemed friendly enough.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #573 - May 31st, 2019, 4:09 pm
    Post #573 - May 31st, 2019, 4:09 pm Post #573 - May 31st, 2019, 4:09 pm
    Vitesse98 wrote: So ... One Lake is going to be sort of Oak Park's Exit Strategy? Do they have a beer menu? Is their beer any good? What gives their beers (per their website) a "Midwestern flare"(sic)? I wish them luck, but I suppose color me hesitant.
    :|
    Well, if One Lake's food prices make you wince, you can opt for the el-cheapo :wink: Church's Chicken across Austin Blvd. in Chicago. :D
    The links you can use, without the fluff, or sales pitch: http://208.84.112.25/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #574 - May 31st, 2019, 4:12 pm
    Post #574 - May 31st, 2019, 4:12 pm Post #574 - May 31st, 2019, 4:12 pm
    pudgym29 wrote:
    Vitesse98 wrote: So ... One Lake is going to be sort of Oak Park's Exit Strategy? Do they have a beer menu? Is their beer any good? What gives their beers (per their website) a "Midwestern flare"(sic)? I wish them luck, but I suppose color me hesitant.
    :|
    Well, if One Lake's food prices make you wince, you can opt for the el-cheapo :wink: Church's Chicken across Austin Blvd. in Chicago. :D

    When they mentioned the kitchen was closed I strolled over to the railing and looked longingly kiddycorner. :)

    Ended up at Ino’s instead.

    Those prices match Carnivore’s prices when they visit Kinslager. That is known as top notch.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #575 - June 5th, 2019, 2:51 am
    Post #575 - June 5th, 2019, 2:51 am Post #575 - June 5th, 2019, 2:51 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Busy time in The Kingdom!

    Opening soon...

    Downtown
    currito

    What a great time to be alive. :)


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    Sign had been missing for about a week and the little door was open.

    Maybe not?

    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Forest Park
    Chirrion (The Forest Perk)

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    Ch, ch, ch. :)
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #576 - June 5th, 2019, 9:37 am
    Post #576 - June 5th, 2019, 9:37 am Post #576 - June 5th, 2019, 9:37 am
    Wait - Ino's is open?
  • Post #577 - June 5th, 2019, 9:49 am
    Post #577 - June 5th, 2019, 9:49 am Post #577 - June 5th, 2019, 9:49 am
    zoid wrote:Wait - Ino's is open?

    Yes

    1B21E775-2DCA-497E-A544-84D34EB0BF42.jpeg Cheese Quesadilla
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #578 - June 8th, 2019, 3:41 pm
    Post #578 - June 8th, 2019, 3:41 pm Post #578 - June 8th, 2019, 3:41 pm
    Another new ice cream shop in The Kingdom.

    Rolling Ice Cream
    (Not listed on Google Maps)
    Sharing the space with...

    Poke Burrito
    1025 Lake St, Oak Park

    Maybe they’ve always been there but they have subdivided the awning to include.

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    I’ve never seen the attraction for rolled ice cream as I feel you get less product for maybe more money.

    Just another gimmick. :)
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #579 - June 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm
    Post #579 - June 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm Post #579 - June 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Free chicken or beef taco to celebrate the grand opening of...

    Taco Frenzy! (formerly La Leyenda Taco)
    108 Madison St, Oak Park

    Free cupcake too.

    The restaurant was busy and the service slow. Food? Pretty good for what it was.

    I had visited the old restaurant, La Leyenda Taco and thought it was good as well. Same owners but since the old cook went back to Mexico they thought they would switch things up.

    Wide varieties of meats available but no pastor spit.

    I am not sure they will be able to replace Ino’s on Roosevelt.

    Well, that was a good run. Drove by a while ago and thought they were closed. Swung by today and confirmed. Banner down, lights off.

    I knew they couldn’t compete with Ino’s. :)
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #580 - June 9th, 2019, 6:02 pm
    Post #580 - June 9th, 2019, 6:02 pm Post #580 - June 9th, 2019, 6:02 pm
    Rolling ice cream place has been there since the opening of the poke place, I believe. So months.
  • Post #581 - June 12th, 2019, 7:58 am
    Post #581 - June 12th, 2019, 7:58 am Post #581 - June 12th, 2019, 7:58 am
    Tony's Breakfast Cafe
    8900 W Ogden Ave, Brookfield

    Has opened!(?) You know the place, the restaurant on Ogden that used to have the cow on the roof?

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    According to my source it is by the same owners as...

    Tony's Mexican Grill
    8699 Ogden Ave, Lyons

    I think I was at the grill once...
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #582 - June 12th, 2019, 1:57 pm
    Post #582 - June 12th, 2019, 1:57 pm Post #582 - June 12th, 2019, 1:57 pm
    New menu at...

    Wild Onion Tied House
    1111 South Blvd, Oak Park

    https://wildoniontiedhouse.com/tied-house-menu/

    A few things look interesting! My last peek didn’t do much for me.

    As reported the fries were good on our last visit.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #583 - June 12th, 2019, 6:26 pm
    Post #583 - June 12th, 2019, 6:26 pm Post #583 - June 12th, 2019, 6:26 pm
    Can you recall what's different? Nothing jumps out at me.
  • Post #584 - June 12th, 2019, 7:06 pm
    Post #584 - June 12th, 2019, 7:06 pm Post #584 - June 12th, 2019, 7:06 pm
    I have a faint memory of the old menu. I was only there twice. I think I had a panini or something...

    I’d probably go for the brisket sandwich (they claim to smoke meat in-house) and if they can succeed I’ll try the Philly.

    Maybe work through their smoked meat list? Mmmm... Pastrami.

    I unexpectedly excited.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #585 - June 15th, 2019, 4:49 pm
    Post #585 - June 15th, 2019, 4:49 pm Post #585 - June 15th, 2019, 4:49 pm
    Soft shell crab sandwich at Carnivore today absolutely rocked. They price it at the cost of crab +$3 for a sandwich and fries, so the 2-crab model was a bit of a splurge but well worth it and about the same price as the Boston Fish version, but maybe slightly better.
  • Post #586 - June 15th, 2019, 11:51 pm
    Post #586 - June 15th, 2019, 11:51 pm Post #586 - June 15th, 2019, 11:51 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Busy time in The Kingdom!

    Opening soon...

    Downtown
    Cajun Boil & Bar - May 15
    Kalamata Kitchen
    Peeked in the window, very little progress, a few partition wall framing.

    Don’t hold your breath.
    Panther in the Den wrote:South
    Sweet Monster
    Open!

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    More rolled ice cream.

    Was leaving Fitzgerald’s and looked inside. Nice and new.

    Soft opening today.

    I think...

    Hole In the Wall Custard & Yogurt Shoppe
    901 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park

    ... is safe. :)
    Last edited by Panther in the Den on June 16th, 2019, 9:58 am, edited 2 times in total.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #587 - June 16th, 2019, 9:46 am
    Post #587 - June 16th, 2019, 9:46 am Post #587 - June 16th, 2019, 9:46 am
    Posted on the Professional forum but not sure about its visibility...

    We were waiting for them to reopen for this summer.

    Not sure if that is still on?

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #588 - June 16th, 2019, 9:42 pm
    Post #588 - June 16th, 2019, 9:42 pm Post #588 - June 16th, 2019, 9:42 pm
    Reimagined...

    Mancini's Italian Bistro
    1111 Lake St, Oak Park

    ...?

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    Wonder if they’ll keep the same name?
    “Fit for.. Foodies”?
    “Are you talking to me?” :)

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #589 - June 18th, 2019, 9:34 pm
    Post #589 - June 18th, 2019, 9:34 pm Post #589 - June 18th, 2019, 9:34 pm
    Taco Bros
    2 Chicago Ave, Oak Park

    Opened quietly.

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

    Torta looks good!
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #590 - June 19th, 2019, 5:37 pm
    Post #590 - June 19th, 2019, 5:37 pm Post #590 - June 19th, 2019, 5:37 pm
    One Lake Brwg. complete with photographs. The last-ever photographs from the Canon SX-600 camera; as its lens expanding and contracting mechanism has broken down again (and shall not be repaired a second time). :cry:
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    Last edited by pudgym29 on June 29th, 2019, 4:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    The links you can use, without the fluff, or sales pitch: http://208.84.112.25/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #591 - June 21st, 2019, 4:41 pm
    Post #591 - June 21st, 2019, 4:41 pm Post #591 - June 21st, 2019, 4:41 pm
    Oh boy!

    More tacos! :)

    Replacing Cochina de los Lobos

    Taco Tu
    7341 Madison, Forest Park
    https://m.facebook.com/tacotuforestparkillinois/

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    Might not be open yet. A week ago they were mentioning grand opening soon.

    Update 6-22...

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #592 - June 22nd, 2019, 4:00 pm
    Post #592 - June 22nd, 2019, 4:00 pm Post #592 - June 22nd, 2019, 4:00 pm
    Wow! The openings keep on rolling. :)

    Rico Antojo
    6111 West Roosevelt Road, Cicero

    Mostly sweet treats with a few sandwiches. Paninis, tortas with stewed meats.

    I’ll bet they can make a Cuban sandwich

    As with many small places like this there is no kitchen but rather a panini press and a crockpot.

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #593 - June 22nd, 2019, 8:31 pm
    Post #593 - June 22nd, 2019, 8:31 pm Post #593 - June 22nd, 2019, 8:31 pm
    Rolling Ice Cream
    (Not listed on Google Maps)
    Sharing the space with... Poke Burrito
    1025 Lake St, Oak Park


    Popped in tonight to say 'hi' to a friend, and I guess (awning or no) they are no longer selling rolled ice cream.
  • Post #594 - June 23rd, 2019, 8:13 am
    Post #594 - June 23rd, 2019, 8:13 am Post #594 - June 23rd, 2019, 8:13 am
    Vitesse98 wrote:
    Rolling Ice Cream
    (Not listed on Google Maps)
    Sharing the space with... Poke Burrito
    1025 Lake St, Oak Park

    Popped in tonight to say 'hi' to a friend, and I guess (awning or no) they are no longer selling rolled ice cream.

    Don’t worry...
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:South
    Sweet Monster
    6604 Roosevelt Rd, Oak Park
    Open!

    More rolled ice cream.

    Was leaving Fitzgerald’s and looked inside. Nice and new.

    Soft opening today.

    I think...

    Hole In the Wall Custard & Yogurt Shoppe
    901 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park

    ... is safe. :)
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #595 - July 6th, 2019, 8:04 pm
    Post #595 - July 6th, 2019, 8:04 pm Post #595 - July 6th, 2019, 8:04 pm
    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
  • Post #596 - July 9th, 2019, 8:12 am
    Post #596 - July 9th, 2019, 8:12 am Post #596 - July 9th, 2019, 8:12 am
    Since there have been some changes I am bringing this post forward...
    Panther in the Den wrote:Busy time in The Kingdom!

    Opening soon...

    Downtown
    Cajun Boil & Bar - May 15
    Kalamata Kitchen - No progress
    currito - Sign down

    Further East
    Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea
    Daly Bagel - late summer

    Restaurant Row
    Gringo & Blondie Taqueria & Churreria - July September
    Pork and Mindy’s - Slow progress (if any)

    Forest Park
    Small Batch Barbeque - Open!
    Chirrion (The Forest Perk)

    South
    Sweet Monster - Open!

    I wonder what's happening in Berwyn??? :)

    What a great time to be alive. :)
    Last edited by Panther in the Den on July 9th, 2019, 9:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #597 - July 9th, 2019, 9:27 am
    Post #597 - July 9th, 2019, 9:27 am Post #597 - July 9th, 2019, 9:27 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Wow! The openings keep on rolling. :)

    Rico Antojo
    6111 West Roosevelt Road, Cicero

    Mostly sweet treats with a few sandwiches. Paninis, tortas with stewed meats.

    I’ll bet they can make a Cuban sandwich

    As with many small places like this there is no kitchen but rather a panini press and a crockpot.

    B6883B0E-2D8C-4B91-9D50-F02F5D650E01.jpeg

    After following their posts it appears they are focusing on primarily the sweets.

    Fresh fruit ice, smoothies.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #598 - July 10th, 2019, 11:40 am
    Post #598 - July 10th, 2019, 11:40 am Post #598 - July 10th, 2019, 11:40 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:Sergio's Place
    6966 W North Ave, Chicago

    ... has closed. I really wanted to go there. Going to be a caterer.

    Sounds like they might either have a popup or maybe run the kitchen at...

    Slainte Irish Pub
    7505 Madison St, Forest Park

    Sounds like I might be able to give them a try.

    0651C17A-90B6-47EE-8540-FCFB734F13B1.jpeg From Facebook

    Oh Boy! More tacos! :)

    Update:

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #599 - July 11th, 2019, 6:41 pm
    Post #599 - July 11th, 2019, 6:41 pm Post #599 - July 11th, 2019, 6:41 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Oh boy!

    More tacos! :)

    Replacing Cochina de los Lobos

    Taco Tu
    7341 Madison, Forest Park
    https://m.facebook.com/tacotuforestparkillinois/

    The attachment 750C6FB0-F984-41D3-A31A-39FBA4ED853A.jpeg is no longer available

    Might not be open yet. A week ago they were mentioning grand opening soon.

    Update 6-22...

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    Now open! $1 taco opening specials.

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #600 - July 14th, 2019, 9:02 am
    Post #600 - July 14th, 2019, 9:02 am Post #600 - July 14th, 2019, 9:02 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:Sergio's Place
    6966 W North Ave, Chicago

    ... has closed. I really wanted to go there. Going to be a caterer.

    Sounds like they might either have a popup or maybe run the kitchen at...

    Slainte Irish Pub
    7505 Madison St, Forest Park

    Sounds like I might be able to give them a try.

    0651C17A-90B6-47EE-8540-FCFB734F13B1.jpeg

    Oh Boy! More tacos! :)

    Update:

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    Never mind. :(

    3 Mexican items (taco, burrito, quesadilla) on the menu, no rice and beans.

    $16 burgers
    $3 taco (small tortilla not well filled)

    Decided to try the Super Jumbo Polish. Hotdog sized. $7

    The $12 mixed drinks didn’t help either.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat

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