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Sweet Willie

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  1. For their pork shoulder BBQ try Speed Queen BBQ, see: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?act=ST...ndpost&p=346749 The finest thin crust I’ve had in the Midwest can be found at Zaffiro’s Pizza 1724 N Farwell Ave. Think saltine crisp crust. Someone posted that Jakes Deli serves a pastrami that rivals Katz's in NYC, I have not been myself. Jakes Deli, corner of W. North Ave and N. 17th St. Corned beef is supposed to be stellar as well. Does Kopp’s serve butter burgers? Solly’s does in Milwaukee. I think the butter flavor is a tad heavy, but then again you will be in Dairy country.
  2. Going tomorrow night to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. We don’t have the kitchen table either, but I will post under this thread as well.
  3. 1 coupon may not be used towards tax & gratuity 2 no Saturday use 3 one coupon per group 4 coupon applied to dine in only 5 write your frequent diner number on coupon 6 must be used by 5/31/04 7 only 1 coupon per frequent diner may be presented during this promotion 8 no other coupons/promotions may be used with this coupon 9 coupon can only be used at Marche edited to add I guess I should have increased the font size!
  4. just received a $50 certificate via email to Marche. Don't know why but I'll use it! Anyone else?
  5. Agreed, I believe I’m still disenfranchised with it compared to what it used to be hence my cutting it. FWIW, many places Ronnie mentioned have reviews here in eG, just do a search.
  6. Skip them all & Evanston, seriously, unless you are in Evanston for a reason. It is not that Evanston is bad, there is just better to be had. Go to the Rogers Park area of Chicago (just south of Evanston). More interesting shops AND restaurants.i.e. the Argyle Street Vietnam section (there is thread in the Heartland forum)
  7. just had Buona Beef last night. very mediocre. Pass on it as there is far better to be had.
  8. agreed, see: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=29991
  9. One night I ate at Ferdussi “Taste of Persia” in Santa Ana, but only a couple blocks from my Costa Mesa hotel. Started out with the appetizer of Stuffed Eggplant: beef, garlic, onion, herbs & tomato sauce. Very rich and very good with the flat house bread (kindof like pita). Entrée was a special of lamb loin chops w/spices and grilled vegetables, served with Adas Polo: basmati rice mixed with dates, raisins and lentils. Quite delicious as well. Ferdussi “Taste of Persia” 3605 S. Bristol Street @ Mac Arthur Santa Ana, CA 714.545.9096 http://www.ferdussi.com
  10. for those of us not from the LA area, who/what/where is Langer's? Inquiring minds want to know.
  11. This was a wandering trip during my personal time in LA for me this past week and as usual wandering pays off. I was looking for a hearty lunch, not chili or stew hearty, but sandwich or burrito hearty. I’m driving down Sepulveda from the LAX airport hotels where I normally stay when I spy Johnnie’s Pastrami. Definitely looked like it had been there a long time, turns out since 1952. There is a small outdoor seating area around a gas firepit, but it is packed, so being a single diner, I head into Johnnie’s and sit at one of the counter stools. Inside is not large either; I guess 6-8 booths and 6 counter stools. As soon as I sit down I’m greeted by “hey honey, can I get you something to drink?” Sure ice tea it is. The cook is going nuts stacking large tins of thinly sliced pastrami & corned beef over the steam vents to keep it warm and moist. When an order comes up, he would take the bun off the grill, and stuff tong full after tong full of pastrami or corned beef into a sliced 6” hoagie roll. Looked too good so I order the pastrami. A bowl of big chunks of pickles is served while you wait for your meal. Not bad, not overly sweet. My lunch plate comes with fries and the sandwich. Fries are ok, sandwich is very good and I say this after being at Katz’ in New York City the weekend before. Sure Katz’ is better, but Johnnie’s was a really good sandwich, very different from a New York City pastrami. My “hey honey” waitress is proceeding to make a young boy blush by pinching his cheek saying how cute he is, the husband and wife are laughing and ribbing their son. I lean over to the husband and say, “I wish I would get that kind of attention” he laughs and asks if I’m enjoying the sandwich. Sure I am. He states that this is a local icon and everytime his family is in town they eat at Johnnie’s. We chat some more about local BBQ joints. A nice way to end the meal. Johnnie’s Pastrami 4017 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City, CA 310.397.6654
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    Spice House was good, purchased two smoked paprikas, sweet and a hot. Also purchased "exquisite" paprika, the color was intense. I liked the sweet smoked the best. Served the organic chicken thighs & the heavenly onions with a naan like bread. My wife who usually picks around onions even asked the question, "The onions are good, what did you do to them?" This dish paired with this killer red: '01 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards - Cabernet Franc/Merlot (right bank Napa) made for a wonderful meal. Thanks Ronnie. One tip I would have is put more onions than you think you will need in the dish. I sliced a huge sweet onion and there was not enough to go around.
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    agreed, (clap clap clap clap) I'm on my way to the Spice House (I do admit I've never been before), the it is organic chicken thighs purchased from Mitsuwa (Ronnie where are U? ) mixed with Paprika. on a side note, not a real fan of Rosie O'Donnel(sp?) but after having attended a male/female bridal shower I can relate to a bit she did. Rosie claimed at a bridal shower she attended, a guest had given the bride a spice rack and each spice was wrapped individually. As each spice was unwrapped, the guests would exclaim "ooooooooooooo Paprika, ooooooooo garlic powder"
  14. heh heh heh, I thought the same thing
  15. total bill was $101, with my one $24 glass of wine. My wine was worth it for sure, but pissed me off on their alcohol margin when I just purchased it at my local wine store for $35 per bottle. Friend also had a glass of wine (not as pricey as mine). Back out the wine, we thought it was very reasonable.
  16. '01 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards - Cabernet Franc/Merlot (right bank Napa) simply amazing.
  17. Well thanks to jan_az for coming out and joining me for a dinner in the Phoenix area a couple weeks ago. WE PIGGED OUT! It was great fun. We had: The Stetson chopped salad: Rows of arugula, smoked salmon, Israeli cous cous, super sweet corn, marinated tomatoes, Ciao 'trail mix' (asiago, pepitas, black currants), with pesto ranch dressing on the side. This is a must do item. Exotic Mushroom Pan Fry Cremini, button and oyster mushrooms in ancho cream over double-cooked polenta with grilled portabellini, avocado, tomato and cotija cheese, their signature dish. If love mushrooms, again a must do dish, I could have done w/o the polenta though Hoppy Ahi Tuna seared rare with ground hops & chammomile, served with curried chow-chow, mango soy. Good Land and Sea seared filet and Ahi-tuna with yuzu grapefruit. Interesting/good. Miso fried squid with fresh pineapple salsa. Terrific, a must get. Bruschetta Tradizionale ok. Sweet Chile Prawns with pan-Asian slaw & spicy orange nage. OK. Had some wine by the glass, one of the finest I've had in a long, long time: '01 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards - Cabernet Franc/Merlot (right bank Napa) I think I’m missing something, so if you can remember Jan_AZ, please chime in. 7133 E Stetson Dr. SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85251 6th Avenue and Stetson Drive In Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona (480) WINE - 111 (480) 946-3111 http://www.cowboyciao.com
  18. I was staying at an LAX hotel and really did not want the very mediocre food that even though free, is just sustenance, not a pleasure to eat. So I got in my car and drove. Took about 15 minutes but my search paid off. I spied John O’ Groats. What caught my eye are two things: #1 it was packed, #2 it mentioned seafood on the sign and I’m a sucker for seafood in my breakfast. Being a lone diner I was happy to see a large 12-14 seat u-shaped counter area to sit at. Menu was promising with one item that uses biscuit dough for a base to put some yummy items on top of being listed in the menu as “one of the top 100 things to eat in LA” . That was going to be my choice when the waitress passed me the specials list. What immediately drew my attention: I’ll cut to the chase. One of the best breakfasts I’ve had, EASY! There were other items that caught my attention such as pumpkin spiced pancakes but I’m am SO GLAD I chose the above. I do hope to go back and try that “top 100 thing to eat in LA” item. Sorry I can’t remember more detail on the item. John O’ Groats 10516 Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 310.204.0692 Monday-Sat 7am-2pm Wed-Sat 6pm-8:30pm
  19. Tried a local Palm Springs area 4 location chain called Fisherman's Market & Grill http://www.fishermansmarketandgrill.com They have locations in La Quinta, Palm Springs, Palm Desert & Yorba Linda very fresh marlin ceviche, great fried oysters (they do have an oyster bar at the Palm Springs location), Had very good fish tacos (fried and grilled). Would certainly go back, reasonable $.
  20. I read that Jakes serves a pastrami that rivals Katz's in NYC. Tough to believe but any thoughts/feedback? Jakes Deli corner of W. North Ave and N. 17th St Milwaukee
  21. LOL the obligatory (for me anyways) coconut juice in the background of one of the photos. There are also BALE on the mainland US. Chicago mentioned here: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?act=ST...ndpost&p=319217 I believe some in LA area?
  22. for sure. Although it has been at least 3 years since I last had one as I no longer travel to the south where I've had most of my C-F-A's.
  23. good suggestion for sure, I've been going to Yoshi's since the "old days" when it used to be ultra fine dining. FYI, I undertand as there is no Kobe beef from Japan in the US due to import restrictions.
  24. Very good place, review here: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?act=ST...ndpost&p=357336
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