A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 18:10:34 (permalink)
I have a GPS unit in the car & 3 open seats for anyone who wishes to ride along.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 19:04:28 (permalink)
Between abe_froeman and myself, we've got 2 GPS units.  We'll probably be going in one car, but haven't made definite plans just yet.

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 20:21:11 (permalink)
I've got my phone. It has Google Maps.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 21:44:59 (permalink)
I don't have a GPS, but I've printed off directions from Google Maps, and I will put trust in my road atlas and Illinois State map.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 21:58:26 (permalink)
More bad news, folks. Due to an urgent personal matter that just came up, I'm not going to be able to attend my own RF tour. Sorry about that, but you all go ahead and have a good time, and think of me when you're eating all of that great food.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 21:59:43 (permalink)
Ummm....

Hmm.

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 23:14:48 (permalink)
I'm still in!

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 23:25:23 (permalink)
????

I guess I'm still in then....?

See you, Buddy, at Schoops at noon.... Anyone else?
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 23:38:09 (permalink)
Just to keep the thing simmering...the following people have said they would go:

Buddy Roadhouse (and Mrs Roadhouse?)
Abe Froeman and Mr. Maki
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The following are maybes:

stricken_detective
cjucoder

Any revisions to this list? Did I forget anyone?
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 00:55:39 (permalink)
Between me and Mr. Maki and the Roadhouses, we have two GPS's, and we'll probably go in one car, so if someone wants to borrow our GPS, that's fine- I'll pre-program all of our stops in it.

Stricken says it's looking like she won't be making it on Saturday :(
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 00:57:43 (permalink)
Oops, didn't realize I wasn't on the last page.  We're still in if everyone else is!
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:11:51 (permalink)
Hey, quick thought- if we don't want to "cross the Hoosier curtain", instead doing the whole tour, why not just a meetup at Schoop's, then Cunis for ice cream?  They're only about 15 minutes from each other and then the majority of the tour can be saved for when Bob and others are available.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:13:30 (permalink)
The Roadhouse Group is accounted for, Gyp says he's still in, and I presume X1 is, too. And Hello Driver lives around there and has been planning to go.... so throw myself into the fray and anyone else who wants to attend, and we've got a date on Saturday!

Sorry to hear stricken can't make it, but still hoping cjucoder can.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:23:01 (permalink)
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Hey, quick thought- if we don't want to "cross the Hoosier curtain", instead doing the whole tour, why not just a meetup at Schoop's, then Cunis for ice cream?  They're only about 15 minutes from each other and then the majority of the tour can be saved for when Bob and others are available.


I took the night off from Burt's to do this tour and by golly I'm gonna have a Roadfood Tour of NW Indiana, dadgummit!  If you want to wimp out and just do Schoop's and Cunis you better drive your own car or be prepared to walk home.

Love,

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:27:55 (permalink)
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Here's the itinerary for Saturday the 31st, starting with a meet-up at Schoop's at 12:00 noon:

1. Schoop's ( hamburgers )
   700 W. Lincoln Highway
   Chicago Heights IL

2. BuffaLouie's ( wings )
   2126 45th Street
   Highland IN

3. Zel's ( roast beef sandwiches )
   210 US 41
   Schererville IN

4. Jalapeno's ( Mexican )
  right next door to Zel's

5. Cunis ( ice cream )
   1030 E. 162nd St.
   South Holland IL



Bob,

Schoop's BuffaLouie's, Zel's, and Cunis are no brainers, but do you have any specific recommendations at Jalapeno's or should we just order what we think looks good?  Also, got an address for Cabela's?

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 11:10:51 (permalink)
I'm still in!
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 12:44:35 (permalink)
X1 and I are in, still planning on the 12PM Schoop's meet up. 
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 17:07:23 (permalink)
I'm in and I'll get a definite answer from Mrs MFL.
I'm not one for arroz y frijoles so maybe I'll just have cocktails at Jalapeno.
Like a true Roadfooder, I'll keep an open mind.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 20:34:30 (permalink)
She's out, I'm still in.
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 21:08:51 (permalink)
Looking forward to seeing you all, and looking forward to meeting HelloDriver!
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/30 12:00:07 (permalink)
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Stricken says it's looking like she won't be making it on Saturday :(


I know. I am not happy. I love blueberries. I love ice cream. Why not combine them?   I was looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun after the month I have just had. I even set aside money for tomorrow awhile back, and made an eating plan.    (I would have tried to comandeer the group to Popolano's again, too.)
 
However, my mother is getting a divorce & will need to sell her home. She is having an Open House on Sunday. We are selling some of her furniture on Craigslist and I do not feel comfortable being 3 hours away while strangers are coming to her home to pick things up. The date was chosen by the attorneys, so I had no say.
 
I am looking forward to seeing pictures, and hope everyone has a great time. Bob you had some great choices last time, I expect this time to be no different! 
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 08:51:19 (permalink)
Had a great time yesterday. 
It was nice seeing everyone, and meeting our newest Contingent Member, HelloDriver.
Gyp, Foodlover and I stopped at Kaufman's Deli on the way and picked up great bagels, bread, Rugelach, blintzes and dill pickle green tomatoes.

The food at each stop was very good...good burgers and wings, excellent roast beef, a very tasty Chili Relleno, and the ice cream...oh, my! Fresh Peach and Fresh Blueberry with a wonderful caramel sauce. A perfect ending to a great day.

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 08:52:58 (permalink)
Oh, and thanks to the thoughtful Pete and Lucy for bringing us all a taste of Olive Oil ice cream!
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 11:56:33 (permalink)
Three cheers for Carolina Bob! Besides his fascinating pictures of food and the settings they are found in, besides being a raconteur par excellence of his travels, you can adding trip planning master to his bag of tricks. Bob planned out a wonderful assortment of great food stops from his SE Chicago/NW Indiana stomping grounds. I'll leave it others to supply some pictures from this trip. I'd also like to welcome Tinley Park's own Eric aka HelloDriver. Meeting a bunch of Roadfooders for the first time, Eric jumped right in and chaffered us around and gave us some valuable tips for the next time we visit the area.
Some of the Wisconsin Contingent car pooled and we made a stop in Skokie's Kaufman's Deli before we hit Chicago proper. Bagels, rugalleh, rye breads, pumpernickles, beef sticks, fresh half sour pickles and more started our day off well. We then found thousands of drivers all picking the same time using the Edens and Dan Ryan expressways. Gyp stayed calm and we got through it only losing perhaps forty five minutes from our plan. Things picked up at Schoops. A survivor from the depression, Schoops specialized in thin crispy edged burgers. Now your first thought might be, I like my beef mooing but this style worked and worked well for me. The crunchiness added taste notes I hadn't had since sitting in the Corner Cafe eating burgers during my high school years. I loved them and can't wait to have them again some time. Next was BuffaLouie's, a stop I had my doubts about. Again I was mistaken. BuffaLouie's had a nice assortment of wings. My volcano wings stopped while still well on the tasty side of heat but with plenty for me. Others tried boneless wings and Buffalo Shrimp. I was very surprised to see their hot dogs were all from Nathans, which is pretty far from home. Zels was next and while I expected Chicago style Italian Beef, I was surprised it was tender roast beef, something not found anywhere in Milwaukee. It was a real treat and kept me from trying anything but a Michelada from Jalapeno's. Others will have to describe what they had. Our last stop proved to be my personal favorite, Cunis. Cunis is an old fashioned ice cream and confectionary business. It was not heaped in nostalgia like Beernstens, Whitey's and Lagomarcino's Confectionary. This was an old working store in a tired neighborhood where everything is made in house. The caramel and hot fudge and all the ice creams. Buddy Roadhouse mentioned the peach ice cream and a peach sundae is what I got. Perhaps Roadfooders from Georgia have had better peach ice cream but I have not. The sundae had fresh peaches adorning it instead of the usual syrups and I've never had a sundae anywhere I've enjoyed more. I hope the others add some pictures and thanks again Carolina Bob for putting together!
You sir epitomize what Roadfood.com is all about. 
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 15:01:38 (permalink)
Here's our pictures from the tour- you shouldn't need to be a Facebook member to view it.

It was another great trip organized by Carolina Bob!  Can't wait for the next one!  And another welcome to our newest victim Contingent Member, HelloDriver!


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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 15:48:03 (permalink)
it was tender roast beef, something not found anywhere in Milwaukee.
MilwFoodlovers

This is where you're wrong. I have been trying for over a year to get you and the others to stop in at On The Right Track Roadhouse Cafe on KK in Bay View for their Roast Beef sandwich. I haven't had better in Milwaukee, and only a couple places in New Orleans compare. Zel's was on par with Roadhouse Cafe. 





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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 15:50:44 (permalink)
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Here's our pictures from the tour- you shouldn't need to be a Facebook member to view it.

It was another great trip organized by Carolina Bob!  Can't wait for the next one!  And another welcome to our newest victim Contingent Member, HelloDriver!



Great pics, Lucy!
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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 20:42:31 (permalink)
Looks like I missed some good food.  I would've liked to have been there but at 12pm I was on I-39 somewhere between Wausau and Stevens Point...far, far from Indiana!

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Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 23:53:16 (permalink)
I'll chime in with a "me too" follow-up post.... It was indeed a great pick of places, though I could only stay for the first three (Schoops, Buffalouies, and Zels). The burger was great (I loved the crispy edges), the wings were tasty (the sauces mixed hear with flavor well), and I loved the roast beef sandwich (it was even a tad "wet" on the bun, though not so much to make the whole thing dissolve). After those stops, I hit the road for Bloomington/Normal. Hello Driver and Bob oriented me well, and the drive was perfectly scenic. It was great seeing so many of my Contingent friends on Saturday, marvellous to meet Hello Driver, and special thanks to Bob for putting it all together!
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