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  • Post #121 - April 17th, 2021, 10:28 am
    Post #121 - April 17th, 2021, 10:28 am Post #121 - April 17th, 2021, 10:28 am
    Just a quick note on BB.Q Chicken; don't go in expecting BBQ Chicken, cuz that's not what they serve. The "BB.Q" actually stands for "Best of the Best Quality" and has nothing to do with smoked meats.

    They serve a pretty good version of Korean Fried Chicken. I've been to their Waukegan location and thought it was good, but not particularly noteworthy. This is not meant to put anyone off. You should check them out and decide for yourself. They already have several locations around the city and suburbs.

    Buddy
  • Post #122 - April 17th, 2021, 12:08 pm
    Post #122 - April 17th, 2021, 12:08 pm Post #122 - April 17th, 2021, 12:08 pm
    polster wrote:bb.q Chicken A Korean fried chicken franchise has opened in Niles on Golf Road in the Golf Glen Mart Plaza in the same strip mall as Omega Restaurant.

    bb.q chicken Niles
    9106 W Golf Rd,
    Niles, IL 60714
    https://www.bbqchickeneats.com/niles
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/bbq-chicken ... e_internal
    https://www.instagram.com/bbqchickenniles/


    Also opened a few months ago in that single story retail building on Clark and Archer in Chicago.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #123 - April 18th, 2021, 12:55 pm
    Post #123 - April 18th, 2021, 12:55 pm Post #123 - April 18th, 2021, 12:55 pm
    Flame On Peri Peri Grill has opened in the former location of Super Pitas on Milwaukee Ave in Niles.

    Flame On Peri Peri Grill
    7041 N Milwaukee Ave,
    Niles, IL 60714
    http://flameongril.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/flameongrill/
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/flame-on-peri- ... PERI+GRILL
  • Post #124 - April 18th, 2021, 8:22 pm
    Post #124 - April 18th, 2021, 8:22 pm Post #124 - April 18th, 2021, 8:22 pm
    Per their Facebook, The Crazy Greek is moving from 5051 W. Oakton in Skokie ( the curious location with no curb presence behind the Chase bank) to 6808 N. Sheridan in Rogers Park. Former spot of a long-time kabob restaurant, I believe.

    https://www.facebook.com/thecrazygreekskokie/posts/300059208251675
  • Post #125 - April 18th, 2021, 11:17 pm
    Post #125 - April 18th, 2021, 11:17 pm Post #125 - April 18th, 2021, 11:17 pm
    El Metro Café recently announced on its Facebook page that its last day is May 16. The sisters who owned Gaudi Café opened El Metro Sep. 2014 in the former Lorraine's Diner space at Chicago Avenue and Damen. The 12 years in the announcement refers to the 2009 opening of Gaudi at its original Erie/Ashland location. At its second location near Grand and Racine, Gaudi Café closed in May 2016.

    El Metro Café
    April 9 at 7:16 AM

    With our hearts filled with gratitude and satisfaction, we are ready to announce that after 12 years of memorable experiences, delicious food shared, and the wonderful people we met, El Metro Café is closing its doors to open ourselves to new adventures. May 16 will be our last day and we´d love seeing you in for breakfast, a refreshing margarita or a savory pozole soup! Stop by, cheer with us ADIOS to El Metro Café! We want to greet each one of you farewell after this beautiful long ride together. Before May the 16th, here we are!
  • Post #126 - April 19th, 2021, 1:09 pm
    Post #126 - April 19th, 2021, 1:09 pm Post #126 - April 19th, 2021, 1:09 pm
    Telegram Sam wrote:Per their Facebook, The Crazy Greek is moving from 5051 W. Oakton in Skokie ( the curious location with no curb presence behind the Chase bank) to 6808 N. Sheridan in Rogers Park. Former spot of a long-time kabob restaurant, I believe.

    https://www.facebook.com/thecrazygreekskokie/posts/300059208251675

    Per my contact at the Skokie Chamber of Commerce - a pizza place is taking over that spot.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #127 - April 20th, 2021, 12:10 pm
    Post #127 - April 20th, 2021, 12:10 pm Post #127 - April 20th, 2021, 12:10 pm
    New York-based chain Zeppola Italian Bakery plans to open its first Chicago outpost at 800 W. Fulton Market

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/3/16/223 ... ttractions
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #128 - April 20th, 2021, 3:55 pm
    Post #128 - April 20th, 2021, 3:55 pm Post #128 - April 20th, 2021, 3:55 pm
    Xi'an Cuisine opened up in the West Loop (Greektown) at the former home of another Chinese place Sizzling Pot King. I believe this is the 2nd location of the Chinatown restaurant with the same name.

    According to a delivery site I see, they also serve skewers, hand pulled noodles, milk tea, fruit tea, etc.

    Xi'an Cuisine
    769 W Jackson Blvd
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #129 - April 21st, 2021, 8:14 am
    Post #129 - April 21st, 2021, 8:14 am Post #129 - April 21st, 2021, 8:14 am
    New-ish to Oak Park:

    https://whirlwindcoffee.com
  • Post #130 - April 21st, 2021, 12:37 pm
    Post #130 - April 21st, 2021, 12:37 pm Post #130 - April 21st, 2021, 12:37 pm
    TSmitty wrote:New-ish to Oak Park:

    https://whirlwindcoffee.com


    Impressive to us so far, particularly the Shake a Leg. Kribi Coffee in Forest Park is also in our rotation but some of their blends are off my taste map.
  • Post #131 - April 23rd, 2021, 12:03 pm
    Post #131 - April 23rd, 2021, 12:03 pm Post #131 - April 23rd, 2021, 12:03 pm
    Big changes — shopping, dining, entertainment — coming to Chicago’s landmark Medinah Temple

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/ ... l#nws=true
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #132 - April 24th, 2021, 11:59 am
    Post #132 - April 24th, 2021, 11:59 am Post #132 - April 24th, 2021, 11:59 am
    It was a place where you could get rye toast, wheat toast, and even French toast. But now the Golden Olympic is toast itself.
    https://evanstonnow.com/one-long-standi ... r-reopens/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #133 - April 24th, 2021, 3:04 pm
    Post #133 - April 24th, 2021, 3:04 pm Post #133 - April 24th, 2021, 3:04 pm
    I've only been there a few times, but the Golden Olympic has been there forever. I have never been a fan of it, but this guy that I used to date years ago, really liked it.
  • Post #134 - April 24th, 2021, 6:35 pm
    Post #134 - April 24th, 2021, 6:35 pm Post #134 - April 24th, 2021, 6:35 pm
    My aunt, who lived at The Georgian, was a regular at Golden Olympic. She had celiac, but they knew her and were always able to prepare appropriate meals for her.
  • Post #135 - April 30th, 2021, 9:12 am
    Post #135 - April 30th, 2021, 9:12 am Post #135 - April 30th, 2021, 9:12 am
    Former Au Cheval Chef Opens En Passant In Logan Square, With ‘Old-World Comfort Food’ On The Menu
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/04/30 ... -the-menu/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #136 - May 1st, 2021, 11:31 am
    Post #136 - May 1st, 2021, 11:31 am Post #136 - May 1st, 2021, 11:31 am
    Moon Flower House opened in Chinatown. This is a Chinese style fried chicken place that serves that, chicken sandwiches, fried fish sandwiches, burgers, etc. As far as I know they have locations in Brooklyn and Flushing in NYC, and 1 in Boston.

    Menu:
    https://www.chowbus.com/delivery/menu/M ... 20(Chicago)/8842

    Moon Flower House
    2300 S Archer Ave #209B
    +1 312-624-9667

    Open daily from 11am to 10pm
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #137 - May 1st, 2021, 8:01 pm
    Post #137 - May 1st, 2021, 8:01 pm Post #137 - May 1st, 2021, 8:01 pm
    Manny's Pizza in downtown Skokie has opened in the same former space of The Crazy Greek restaurant. From looking at the menu it maybe from the same owner.

    Image

    Manny’s Pizza
    5051 Oakton Street
    Skokie, IL 60077
    https://www.mannyspizzaskokie.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/mannyspizzaskokie/posts/
  • Post #138 - May 1st, 2021, 8:16 pm
    Post #138 - May 1st, 2021, 8:16 pm Post #138 - May 1st, 2021, 8:16 pm
    polster wrote:Manny's Pizza in downtown Skokie has opened in the same former space of The Crazy Greek restaurant. From looking at the menu it maybe from the same owner.

    Image

    Manny’s Pizza
    5051 Oakton Street
    Skokie, IL 60077
    https://www.mannyspizzaskokie.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/mannyspizzaskokie/posts/

    There’s some common dna between Manny’s and the Crazy Greek.
    Crazy Greek moved near Loyola:
    6808 N Sheridan Rd.
    Chicago, IL 60626
    https://thecrazygreekchicago.com/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #139 - May 2nd, 2021, 8:15 am
    Post #139 - May 2nd, 2021, 8:15 am Post #139 - May 2nd, 2021, 8:15 am
    K-COOP, A Korean Style Fried Chicken restaurant is being built out in the former Marilyn's Restaurant and Pancake House space in Morton Grove. No opening date as of yet.

    K-COOP
    5900 Dempster St,
    Morton Grove, IL 60053
    (224) 534-7544
    http://thekcoop.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/K-COOP-108493318002658
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdsN0p9unBA
  • Post #140 - May 2nd, 2021, 3:46 pm
    Post #140 - May 2nd, 2021, 3:46 pm Post #140 - May 2nd, 2021, 3:46 pm
    Two new restaurants opened in Uptown right next door to each other. Halal Taco is a 100% zabiha halal Mexican restaurant. Kimchi Pop by Chef Son is a Korean restaurant featuring a classic assortment of dishes and is the second Chicago location.

    Halal Taco
    4431 N Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60640
    773-857-6003
    https://www.halaltacochicago.com/
    11am-11pm

    Kimchi Pop! by Chef Son
    4429 N Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60640
    773-654-3466
    https://www.kimchipopbychefson.com/
    5pm-9pm
  • Post #141 - May 3rd, 2021, 2:10 pm
    Post #141 - May 3rd, 2021, 2:10 pm Post #141 - May 3rd, 2021, 2:10 pm
    Boka Plans West Loop Italian Restaurant in Former Bellemore Space

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/5/3/2241 ... -bellemore
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #142 - May 4th, 2021, 2:17 pm
    Post #142 - May 4th, 2021, 2:17 pm Post #142 - May 4th, 2021, 2:17 pm
    That shell of a building on Maple in the Gold Coast, sitting unoccupied for years, is finally going to become something. Another Foxtrot store.

    Coming in a few months...
    Foxtrot
    23 W Maple St
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #143 - May 4th, 2021, 2:24 pm
    Post #143 - May 4th, 2021, 2:24 pm Post #143 - May 4th, 2021, 2:24 pm
    Leo's Coney Island, which used to be on Southport, has opened a location at 2807 N. Sheffield. A Detroit friend has been to this location and says it's good.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #144 - May 4th, 2021, 2:35 pm
    Post #144 - May 4th, 2021, 2:35 pm Post #144 - May 4th, 2021, 2:35 pm
    The long delayed Culver's on Montrose near the Brown Line stop will open later this month. It is the restaurant chain's first pedestrian only location and will feature seating for 100 (eventually) and a walk-up take-out window.
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/05/04 ... his-month/
  • Post #145 - May 5th, 2021, 5:51 am
    Post #145 - May 5th, 2021, 5:51 am Post #145 - May 5th, 2021, 5:51 am
    Leo's Coney Island, which used to be on Southport, has opened a location at 2807 N. Sheffield. A Detroit friend has been to this location and says it's good.


    The Southport location has been closed for ten years (https://chicago.eater.com/2011/9/28/664 ... tive-today).

    I wonder if the Sheffield location is owned by the same franchisees.
  • Post #146 - May 5th, 2021, 7:53 am
    Post #146 - May 5th, 2021, 7:53 am Post #146 - May 5th, 2021, 7:53 am
    Huettenbar’s New Owner Says Bar’s Old German Charm Will Remain When It Opens As Lincoln Square Taproom In July

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/05/05 ... m-in-july/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #147 - May 5th, 2021, 8:57 am
    Post #147 - May 5th, 2021, 8:57 am Post #147 - May 5th, 2021, 8:57 am
    A new mostly Korean spot with some sushi roll options is coming to Lakeview East. Actually not sure if they're open yet, but there is an active Grubhub profile. This takes the place of Shiawasse. Looks like they might be open for delivery and pick up at least.

    Kim's Korean Cuisine and Sushi
    3422 N Broadway

    Menu: https://www.grubhub.com/restaurant/kims ... go/2720825
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #148 - May 6th, 2021, 3:39 pm
    Post #148 - May 6th, 2021, 3:39 pm Post #148 - May 6th, 2021, 3:39 pm
    A Florida-based meat and fish market plans to open its first Midwest store in Greektown, bringing another newcomer to a Chicago neighborhood that has lost some of its oldest businesses — and a part of its identity — in recent years.

    Wild Fork Foods will open in July at 100 S. Halsted St. in a 4,536-square-foot space at Halsted and Monroe streets that formerly was a Fifth Third Bank branch.
    https://apple.news/AB7Kvced4RtSI_1XPXfgYKg
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #149 - May 6th, 2021, 7:26 pm
    Post #149 - May 6th, 2021, 7:26 pm Post #149 - May 6th, 2021, 7:26 pm
    Dave148 wrote:A Florida-based meat and fish market plans to open its first Midwest store in Greektown, bringing another newcomer to a Chicago neighborhood that has lost some of its oldest businesses — and a part of its identity — in recent years.

    Wild Fork Foods will open in July at 100 S. Halsted St. in a 4,536-square-foot space at Halsted and Monroe streets that formerly was a Fifth Third Bank branch.
    https://apple.news/AB7Kvced4RtSI_1XPXfgYKg


    Also opening up a 2nd location sometime after that at 1001 W North Ave.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing

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