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    Post #1 - October 9th, 2019, 10:34 am
    Post #1 - October 9th, 2019, 10:34 am Post #1 - October 9th, 2019, 10:34 am
    I can't believe I missed this! Apparently, the new Patel Brothers store in Niles opened last week and from Louisa Chu's article in today's Tribune Food section, it was just the kind of crazy crowded scene that I love getting mixed up in.

    Louisa Chu wrote the Trib article, saying, "the excitement drew thousands, some of whom waited two hours in the rain."

    "Having shopped the store on opening day, my top pro tip is to bring your own shopping cart or trolley if you can.... Fellow shoppers tried to take my green store cart a few times, while it was filled, with me holding on." @@!!

    The Trib article is filled with the history of the family starting back in 'Little India' in West Rogers Park. "When we opened the first shop, it was 800 square feet on Devon," said one of the brothers. The new store is 28,000 square feet with a 12,000-square-foot storage space on the second floor.

    Now they are 45 years in business and have 56 stores. The new store is where Toys-R-Us used to be on the corner of Golf Rd. and Milwaukee.

    Apparently, at the opening there was a Hindu priest giving a blessing and Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo helping to cut the ribbon. What a diverse area to live in.

    Chu gives the following advice: "Prepare to wait a few times: Once to park, another to enter the store and finally to check out. There are parking lots and entrances in the front and back of the building, with three [no longer] secret registers next to the bakery."

    This store is just down the block from Fresh Farms and across the street from a relatively decently-sized WalMart, not to mention Jerry's a few blocks south on Milwaukee Ave. Can this neighborhood support another giant fresh fruit and veggie and ethnic food place?

    See you there!

    Patel Brothers
    9555 N. Milwaukee Ave
    Niles IL
    847-983-4485
    patelbros.com Be sure to type "bros" and not "brothers" or you will find the site for the largest coal supplier in all of India ha ha ha

    This link leads to the Trib article from Oct. 4 which is essentially the same as today's, I think:
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-craving-indian-food-patel-brothers-viz-20191004-l5ssjgigmbeyfju2iq2o55atoi-story.html
  • Post #2 - October 9th, 2019, 11:18 am
    Post #2 - October 9th, 2019, 11:18 am Post #2 - October 9th, 2019, 11:18 am
    Joy wrote:I can't believe I missed this! Apparently, the new Patel Brothers store in Niles opened last week . . .

    Yes, it was mentioned in the Openings and Closings thread where, unfortunately, good, salient content often gets overlooked. :(

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  • Post #3 - October 9th, 2019, 11:36 am
    Post #3 - October 9th, 2019, 11:36 am Post #3 - October 9th, 2019, 11:36 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Joy wrote:I can't believe I missed this! Apparently, the new Patel Brothers store in Niles opened last week . . .

    Yes, it was mentioned in the Openings and Closings thread where, unfortunately, good, salient content often gets overlooked. :(

    =R=


    Since Openings and Closings is in the Eating Out section, the Patel Brothers info would be unlikely to be seen by those such as Joy who are here primarily for cooking and shopping rather than dining.
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  • Post #4 - October 9th, 2019, 11:38 am
    Post #4 - October 9th, 2019, 11:38 am Post #4 - October 9th, 2019, 11:38 am
    scottsol wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Joy wrote:I can't believe I missed this! Apparently, the new Patel Brothers store in Niles opened last week . . .

    Yes, it was mentioned in the Openings and Closings thread where, unfortunately, good, salient content often gets overlooked. :(

    =R=


    Since Openings and Closings is in the Eating Out section, the Patel Brothers info would be unlikely to be seen by those who are here primarily for cooking and shopping rather than dining.

    Quite true but it's a junk drawer, nonetheless. :(

    =R=
    There are many things that are legal that are not a great idea --Nick Shabazz

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #5 - October 9th, 2019, 1:44 pm
    Post #5 - October 9th, 2019, 1:44 pm Post #5 - October 9th, 2019, 1:44 pm
    No reviews from our knowledgeable LTH-ers?
  • Post #6 - October 9th, 2019, 8:58 pm
    Post #6 - October 9th, 2019, 8:58 pm Post #6 - October 9th, 2019, 8:58 pm
    Yeah, I have to admit it never occurred to me to look for a supermarket opening in the "Eating Out in Chicagoland" forum. I always thought the Openings and Closings thread on that forum was for places that you ate out at in Chicagoland.

    I even searched the site for 'Patel Brothers' and did not find any comments. So I posted.

    But now that Patel Bros. is open, do we still go to the Eating in Chicagoland forum other thread for further commentary or does it join the rest of the food stores on Shopping and Cooking? :-D
  • Post #7 - October 9th, 2019, 9:11 pm
    Post #7 - October 9th, 2019, 9:11 pm Post #7 - October 9th, 2019, 9:11 pm
    Joy wrote:But now that Patel Bros. is open, do we still go to the Eating in Chicagoland forum other thread for further commentary or does it join the rest of the food stores on Shopping and Cooking? :-D

    LOL, here please. :)

    =R=
    There are many things that are legal that are not a great idea --Nick Shabazz

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #8 - November 19th, 2019, 2:36 pm
    Post #8 - November 19th, 2019, 2:36 pm Post #8 - November 19th, 2019, 2:36 pm
    Finally got back to Patel Brothers. There are still some good bargains in produce (5/$1 for small ears of sweet corn; $.49/lb for orange bell peppers, but they look less than pristine. Use them in a day or so and they're fine, but don't keep them in the fridge for long). The dry goods are a little overwhelming -- I will need to come back with a meal plan or two, I can't just grab random bags and boxes for use later.

    The biggest change is that the bakery now has two cases of ready-to-eat stuff, which will make a great lunch: several kathi rolls, three varieties of samosa (today they had chili paneer, paneer masala and szechuan), several varieties of vada, big chili pakora (5"-long whole mild jalapeno battered and fried), and a few other things I didn't recognize.
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    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #9 - November 19th, 2019, 5:42 pm
    Post #9 - November 19th, 2019, 5:42 pm Post #9 - November 19th, 2019, 5:42 pm
    JoelF wrote:The biggest change is that the bakery now has two cases of ready-to-eat stuff, which will make a great lunch: several kathi rolls, three varieties of samosa (today they had chili paneer, paneer masala and szechuan), several varieties of vada, big chili pakora (5"-long whole mild jalapeno battered and fried), and a few other things I didn't recognize.


    I tried several items, samosas, pakora and a couple different potato patties. They were just "meh." Either too well-done or an unpleasant proportion of crust/filling. As for the rest of the store, it's like the Devon store on steroids. Not sure what I was expecting but it's just a bigger store, doesn't really feel like a bigger selection.
  • Post #10 - November 19th, 2019, 5:54 pm
    Post #10 - November 19th, 2019, 5:54 pm Post #10 - November 19th, 2019, 5:54 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:I tried several items, samosas, pakora and a couple different potato patties. They were just "meh." Either too well-done or an unpleasant proportion of crust/filling.


    My experience with the baked goods was the same [altho there were no potato patties the day I was there].

    Nice-ish selection of frozen foods, tho. I like a nice frozen veg/pulse/rice dinner to have handy for work.

    I'm watching the neighboring Fresh Farms with interest to see if they diminish the size of their South Asian section and, if so, what they use the footage for instead.

    Giovanna
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  • Post #11 - November 20th, 2019, 2:35 am
    Post #11 - November 20th, 2019, 2:35 am Post #11 - November 20th, 2019, 2:35 am
    I stopped in last Saturday morning.
    For those of used to the congestion and parking problems on Devon, this space is heaven.
    The fruit and vegetables all looked excellent and the Indian Eggplant I purchased were some of the best ever.
    The thepla were very good and fresh.
    A chutney with Mint in a red squeeze bottle proved an excellent accompaniment with Lamb from Fresh Farms, loin chops on sale for $6.99/#.
    Yogurt was used for a Raita and was not as thick as a Greek Yogurt perfectly matching what I have been used to in Indian Restaurants.
    The Swad Mustard Oil Blend is what I have been using for decades instead of the traditional, “For External Use Only”.
    Please no comments from the Food Police about Mustard Oil.
    The selection of rice types and brands was overwhelming.
    I need at least an hour next visit time peruse the aisles of rice, dal and other stuffs.
    Purchased another jar of the addictive ‘Kurda’ pickle.
    -Richard
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  • Post #12 - November 20th, 2019, 10:57 am
    Post #12 - November 20th, 2019, 10:57 am Post #12 - November 20th, 2019, 10:57 am
    budrichard wrote:I stopped in last Saturday morning.

    A chutney with Mint in a red squeeze bottle proved an excellent accompaniment with Lamb from Fresh Farms, loin chops on sale for $6.99/#.

    The Swad Mustard Oil Blend is what I have been using for decades instead of the traditional, “For External Use Only”.

    -Richard


    The name BADNAAM always cracks me up. It's Urdu for when your 'name' gets besmirched publicly. Weird name for a Chutney brand. But like you, I like it too. Really tasty.

    I use the "For External use only" style of Mustard oil, but I don't cook with it. I use it like expensive, fragrant EVOO; for flavoring. Especially for Sarson Da Saag. Is this milder variety better for cooking, or do you also use it for flavoring?

    Looks like the second generation of the Patel Brothers family is expanding the empire nationwide. I went to their store in NJ and it was massive. I did not expect that.
    The art of living well and art of dying well are one. ---Epicurus
  • Post #13 - November 20th, 2019, 11:04 am
    Post #13 - November 20th, 2019, 11:04 am Post #13 - November 20th, 2019, 11:04 am
    spinynorman99 wrote: Not sure what I was expecting but it's just a bigger store, doesn't really feel like a bigger selection.


    I feel the same about the Devon Ave. Store too. A lot of the dry goods selection is the House Brand SWAD stuff. Which is why when I go to Devon, I also hit up Kamdar Plaza and the Fresh Farms along with the Patel brothers store. I feel the produce at Fresh Farms is better/fresher. Plus they have a lot of middle eastern stuff.
    The art of living well and art of dying well are one. ---Epicurus
  • Post #14 - November 27th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    Post #14 - November 27th, 2019, 5:51 pm Post #14 - November 27th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    In the last week or two, I passed by the new Patel Bros. on Golf and Milwaukee several times and there were very few cars in the parking lot, this was during the week around 4 pm.
  • Post #15 - November 27th, 2019, 6:06 pm
    Post #15 - November 27th, 2019, 6:06 pm Post #15 - November 27th, 2019, 6:06 pm
    Brushman4 wrote:In the last week or two, I passed by the new Patel Bros. on Golf and Milwaukee several times and there were very few cars in the parking lot, this was during the week around 4 pm.


    There was a lovely Indian grocery store on Dundee Rd. in Wheeling called Sunrise. The city is doing an upgrade/gentrification thing, so the whole strip mall is being torn down, which closed Sunrise. But when I started shopping there, I was often concerned to not see cars in the afternoon. When I said something to the manager about hoping business picked up, he said simply that Indians shop after 5pm. He pointed out that much of the local Indian population is here for training for a year or two, so just come in after work. Hope that's the case with Patel Bros. in Niles -- because while it may be imperfect, it's a lot closer than Devon Ave. if you live in Palatine. I mostly shop for ingredients, and it's quite useful for that.
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  • Post #16 - November 28th, 2019, 3:14 am
    Post #16 - November 28th, 2019, 3:14 am Post #16 - November 28th, 2019, 3:14 am
    Brushman4 wrote:In the last week or two, I passed by the new Patel Bros. on Golf and Milwaukee several times and there were very few cars in the parking lot, this was during the week around 4 pm.


    Reads like a ‘Drive By Shooting’!
    Surely any comment would involve stopping and perusing the actual store!
    Hopping busy and fully stocked on Saturday morning at 11am!
    -Richard
  • Post #17 - December 2nd, 2019, 5:18 am
    Post #17 - December 2nd, 2019, 5:18 am Post #17 - December 2nd, 2019, 5:18 am
    Fresh produce at Patel's in Niles.
    Aisle of rice!
    Parking lot, Saturday.
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