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    Post #1 - June 6th, 2021, 9:54 pm
    Post #1 - June 6th, 2021, 9:54 pm Post #1 - June 6th, 2021, 9:54 pm
    Lots of us are vaccinated. The weather’s getting warmer. And the views from the outdoor rooftop at Five & Dime are impressive. So why not get the Evanston Lunch Group™ back together?

    The menu is a “Best of” pick from the menus of sister restaurants Lulu’s (Asian) and Taco Diablo (Mexican), both somewhat Americanized — neither best in class, but pretty good, and combined with the rooftop views, it’s a more-than-decent venue. (Hopefully, no overselling here.) There are covered spaces still open to the outdoors, in case of inclement weather.

    So let’s assemble the old gang and all newcomers at 12:30 pm Tuesday June 22 at Five & Dime.

    (I’m just trying to get things going again. If others have different suggestions re: date or venue, let’s talk about it.)

    Five & Dime
    2nd Floor
    1026 Davis St
    Evanston, IL 60201
    (847) 869-4343
  • Post #2 - June 6th, 2021, 10:43 pm
    Post #2 - June 6th, 2021, 10:43 pm Post #2 - June 6th, 2021, 10:43 pm
    Great to see you all convening again! :)

    In case anyone's interested, the last official in-person meet-up will have been 470 days ago, on March 9, 2020.

    Enjoy!

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #3 - June 7th, 2021, 12:18 pm
    Post #3 - June 7th, 2021, 12:18 pm Post #3 - June 7th, 2021, 12:18 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:In case anyone's interested, the last official in-person meet-up will have been 470 days ago, on March 9, 2020.
    Actually, the group last got together (I couldn't make it) 8/24 for the 4th Annual Taste Tatin Memorial Picnic, so that's about 287 days.
  • Post #4 - June 7th, 2021, 12:36 pm
    Post #4 - June 7th, 2021, 12:36 pm Post #4 - June 7th, 2021, 12:36 pm
    nr706 wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:In case anyone's interested, the last official in-person meet-up will have been 470 days ago, on March 9, 2020.
    Actually, the group last got together (I couldn't make it) 8/24 for the 4th Annual Taste Tatin Memorial Picnic, so that's about 287 days.

    I saw that but didn't really count it because it wasn't billed as an ELG meet-up, per se.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #5 - June 7th, 2021, 5:34 pm
    Post #5 - June 7th, 2021, 5:34 pm Post #5 - June 7th, 2021, 5:34 pm
    I WILL BE THERE !!!!!!!!
  • Post #6 - June 7th, 2021, 7:50 pm
    Post #6 - June 7th, 2021, 7:50 pm Post #6 - June 7th, 2021, 7:50 pm
    in.
  • Post #7 - June 8th, 2021, 8:02 am
    Post #7 - June 8th, 2021, 8:02 am Post #7 - June 8th, 2021, 8:02 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    nr706 wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:In case anyone's interested, the last official in-person meet-up will have been 470 days ago, on March 9, 2020.
    Actually, the group last got together (I couldn't make it) 8/24 for the 4th Annual Taste Tatin Memorial Picnic, so that's about 287 days.

    I saw that but didn't really count it because it wasn't billed as an ELG meet-up, per se.

    =R=


    Was that count of days up to the North group meeting at Pita Inn last month?
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #8 - June 8th, 2021, 9:10 am
    Post #8 - June 8th, 2021, 9:10 am Post #8 - June 8th, 2021, 9:10 am
    diversedancer wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    nr706 wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:In case anyone's interested, the last official in-person meet-up will have been 470 days ago, on March 9, 2020.
    Actually, the group last got together (I couldn't make it) 8/24 for the 4th Annual Taste Tatin Memorial Picnic, so that's about 287 days.

    I saw that but didn't really count it because it wasn't billed as an ELG meet-up, per se.

    =R=


    Was that count of days up to the North group meeting at Pita Inn last month?

    Well, obviously not. That was North. This is Evanston.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #9 - June 8th, 2021, 9:40 am
    Post #9 - June 8th, 2021, 9:40 am Post #9 - June 8th, 2021, 9:40 am
    One group is favored over the other? :D

    North met for pizza last Fall, Pita Inn recently and will meet this month for another.

    I think it was easier to follow Evanston, than the North.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #10 - June 8th, 2021, 10:09 am
    Post #10 - June 8th, 2021, 10:09 am Post #10 - June 8th, 2021, 10:09 am
    Cathy2 wrote:One group is favored over the other? :D

    North met for pizza last Fall, Pita Inn recently and will meet this month for another.

    I think it was easier to follow Evanston, than the North.

    LOL, no! :lol: But Dave was great about keeping the North group meeting online so, the absence of in-person meetings wasn't quite as noticeable. Evanston pretty much went dormant, which is why this newly scheduled in-person meeting prompted me to see how long it had been since the last one.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #11 - June 8th, 2021, 10:15 am
    Post #11 - June 8th, 2021, 10:15 am Post #11 - June 8th, 2021, 10:15 am
    And of course, we're all friends here, with some of us regularly attending events/lunches of both groups.
  • Post #12 - June 8th, 2021, 1:14 pm
    Post #12 - June 8th, 2021, 1:14 pm Post #12 - June 8th, 2021, 1:14 pm
    Cabbagehead and I will be there. Looking forward to seeing you all!!!
  • Post #13 - June 8th, 2021, 4:48 pm
    Post #13 - June 8th, 2021, 4:48 pm Post #13 - June 8th, 2021, 4:48 pm
    I’ll be there.
  • Post #14 - June 9th, 2021, 8:02 am
    Post #14 - June 9th, 2021, 8:02 am Post #14 - June 9th, 2021, 8:02 am
    I'd be tempted to join you as I've heard the cocktails are lovely at Five & Dime. Unfortunately, I have a conflict at the same time.
    -Mary
  • Post #15 - June 9th, 2021, 10:05 am
    Post #15 - June 9th, 2021, 10:05 am Post #15 - June 9th, 2021, 10:05 am
    Glad to be able to be there.
    Last edited by B2B on June 9th, 2021, 10:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #16 - June 9th, 2021, 10:37 am
    Post #16 - June 9th, 2021, 10:37 am Post #16 - June 9th, 2021, 10:37 am
    B2B wrote:Glad to be able to be be there.

    Glad to be able to see be to be there. :lol:
  • Post #17 - June 17th, 2021, 11:20 am
    Post #17 - June 17th, 2021, 11:20 am Post #17 - June 17th, 2021, 11:20 am
    We will both be there too!
    Chapulin and rgl201
  • Post #18 - June 22nd, 2021, 10:19 am
    Post #18 - June 22nd, 2021, 10:19 am Post #18 - June 22nd, 2021, 10:19 am
    They don’t take reservations, so I will get there early to get the table.
  • Post #19 - June 22nd, 2021, 1:54 pm
    Post #19 - June 22nd, 2021, 1:54 pm Post #19 - June 22nd, 2021, 1:54 pm
    It was simply wonderful to share our first Evanston Lunch Group™ lunch in fifteen months! The weather was perfect for an outdoor lunch, sunny and not too hot, not too cold. The food was very good indeed. A great experience for all who were there. (Get well, Tom!)

    Five & Dime is the upstairs restaurant, with Lulu's downstairs. Most of the upstairs space is outdoors; the patio is lovely, looking out over the city without the hustle and bustle of the streetscape:
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    Here's what we had:

    GUACAMOLE & CHIPS - fresh avocado, tomato & onion, cilantro, warm tortilla chips (not pictured, sorry)

    QUESADILLA - chihuahua & jack cheeses, charred tomato salsa
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    LULUS GINGER SALAD - romaine hearts, vegetables, crispy wontons, Lulus ginger dressing choose teriyaki chicken or soft tofu
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    TUNA POKE - Sashimi tuna w/ cucumber & seaweed salad, pickled ginger, spicy chili aioli & yuzu ponzu sauce over steamed rice & topped w/ a jumbo fried shrimp
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    THE GENUINE BURGER - DBL Black Angus patties, American cheese & classic sauce, homemade dill pickles, brioche bun, french fries & slaw
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    ROAST BEEF DIP - shaved beef, gruyere cheese, caramelized red pepper & onions, au jus, potato salad, slaw & pickled jalapenos
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    MIXED GRILL - bacon & ale sausage w/ applewood, brown sugar smoked pork loin chop, dijon mustard sauce, green beans & steamed yukon gold potatoes
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    LEMON CREAM CAKE - yellow genoise cake, creamy lemom & orange spiked mascarpone, mango compote & whipped cream (not pictured, sorry)

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