A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010

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A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010

               Hear ye, hear ye! Big announcement!...

... Actually, not so big. I'm just going to prove that some people can't quit while they're ahead by putting together another Chicagoland Roadfood tour, this time of places in northwest Indiana along the IL / IN state line. The date will be Saturday, July 31st, and this date is carved in stone as an out-of-town Roadfooder has already booked his flight to the Windy City. We'll be stuffing our faces at four places ( three of them local mini-chains ) that are favorites of mine and that I feel are Roadfood-worthy: Schoop's ( hamburgers ), BuffaLouie's ( wings ), Zel's ( roast beef sandwiches ) and the non-chain Jalapeno's ( Mexican ). The day will conclude with homemade ice cream at Cunis, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that was very popular with the attendees of last year's tour. Be there or be square somewhere else.

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    buffetbuster
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 08:28:02 (permalink)
    And I am that already flight booked out-of-towner.  Looking forward to it CB!
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 09:00:22 (permalink)
    What, no Gary, Indiana pizzerias?

    Unfortunately for me I already have plans for that day and won't be able to participate.

    Brad
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 09:29:13 (permalink)
    Funny how those plans popped up as soon as you heard I will be there!
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 09:33:33 (permalink)

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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 09:53:09 (permalink)
    I vote for adding on Miner Dunn.....
    those were wonderful burgers....


    In fact they were REAL Hamburgers...


    I even loved the fries, and I'm not much of a fry girl, but these were great! Fresh cut, and crispy!


    and they even came with a mini-dessert of kind of an orange-vanilla sherbet- like a creamsicle- really wonderful and refreshing!
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 10:29:49 (permalink)
    Elaine, I do like the burgers at Miner Dunn, although not near as much as Schoop's, but do you think folks could handle six stops in one day? Especially when two of them are burgers? I'm game if everyone else is, but it really seems like overkill. Feedback please... 
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 13:18:55 (permalink)
    Put Mr. Maki and I down as a tentative yes.  I'm totally unfamiliar with NW Indiana, so whatever other people choose, I'm good with.

    I'm also okay with two burger stops, as long as we're splitting them in half.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 14:00:32 (permalink)
    Bob,

    Unless I decide to take a Saturday night off from work, the Roadhouses will probably need to opt out on this one.  Sundays are always best for us, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    Besides, by the time this tour rolls around I will have seen buffetbuster twice three times (forgot he'll be a guest at Smoke Day this year) this summer and frankly, that's just about enough (see you at Sokolowski's in May, bb.  I already called ahead and spoke to Michael Sokolowski, so they're expecting us.).

    Buddy
    post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2010/04/30 23:20:19
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 15:02:07 (permalink)
    At this point, there is a possibility that I might be able to join the rest of you for this tour.  The family my son married into celebrates everyone's birthdays with Saturday get-togethers, and I am always included.  It is pretty much going to depend on whether the person whose birthday is July 25 (who just happens to be my daughter-in-law) wants to celebrate her birthday on July 24 or July 31.  One thing that complicates this a little bit right now is that they just (two days ago) had a 10 lb. baby boy.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 15:28:31 (permalink)
    6star -

    Bring the kid along...he won't eat much!
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 16:02:07 (permalink)
    ChiTownDiner:

    To do that, I am sure I would have to bring his parents along too, and my son is a pretty big eater.  (His wife doesn't do too bad herself, though she doesn't show it, or at least she didn't before she was pregnant.)

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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 16:48:21 (permalink)
    6star -

    Now you've plotted out the future excuse..."but I invited you!"  Bring 'em all...it'll force Carolina Bob to get a bus!
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 17:45:29 (permalink)
    Well, as I said originally, I am going to have to wait and see how this all plays out.   If it turns out to be the day my daughter-in-law wants to celebrate her birthday, there is no way I could bring Jami's whole family along (the ones that have the birthday get-togethers) because including them would make a total of 12 or 13 people, and I don't want to have to get a bus.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 18:30:55 (permalink)
    Bob,
     
    I would love to take part in this tour, both for the food and for the company, but won't be attending.  However, I will be making another weeklong business trip to NW Indiana the week of June 12 and hope that we can hit a few places in the evenings that week.  It's nice to have Portillo's across the street from the hotel in Merrillville, but I know there are some better Italian beef places that we have talked about.
     
    Rob
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 21:35:10 (permalink)
    Mrs. MFL and I found Schoop's by accident and it was love at first bite.
    Miner Dunn looks like my kind of hamburger too.
    We're pretty busy this summer but we'll see.
    There isn't someway to bypass that large city between there and Milwaukee is there?
    Hmm, didn't think so.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 21:48:00 (permalink)
    I-294.  It'll take you right into NW Indiana.

    If you're willing to pay the tolls you can circumvent the traffic.

    Buddy
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/04/30 21:49:06 (permalink)
    ChiTownDiner



     Bring 'em all...it'll force Carolina Bob to get a bus!


    Well Gregg, if you're paying, I'm chartering! 
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/03 21:05:56 (permalink)
    Bob, thanks for the "heads up." I travel a lot during the summer, but if I'm in the area, I'll definitely go. I've driven by a Schoops in NW Indiana, and thought I should try it someday.... And that Miner Dunn burger does look great. If I get to participate in this outing, I may also have to make a stop at the Calumet Fisheries for some fried oysters (while I'm in the "neighborhood"....).

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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/04 00:00:03 (permalink)
    ^^Agreed. Smoked Shramp = <3.

    Can't commit to this right now, put me in for a tentative yes. I may take an extra day & go back to Popolano's.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/04 09:50:13 (permalink)
    Oh yes, we'll definitely be stopping at Calumet for some smoked shrimp.  And then Gertie's? 
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/04 09:52:08 (permalink)
    A post so nice, I posted it twice!
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/04 10:01:36 (permalink)
    I'd sure like to make this. (cross-contamination alert) I love geocaching and I haven't found any caches in Indiana yet. Oh, I suppose seeing you guys and exploring new cities and eating lots of good food is OK too . I'll have to see how my moola stash is at that time since I'd probably want to stay the weekend.

    This sounds like a great tour.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/04 11:43:33 (permalink)
    I have to say the we are iffy on this one because of the date.
    The twins are definitely at Boy Scout camp Ma Ka Ja Wan this weekend.
    So we may do one of several things
    we might  GASP
    go on an actual vacation
    go to visit them at camp since it's an OA call out weekend and one of them might get called out
    or we could join you-
    so don't cout us in or out-for now....
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/05 01:22:42 (permalink)
    abe_froeman

    Oh yes, we'll definitely be stopping at Calumet for some smoked shrimp.  And then Gertie's? 


    It's like you know what I'm going to ask, before I ask it. At least I know not to wear any Cubbies gear on this trip.

    Remember that idea I had last year...ABE*...for a girls nite to check out that costume shop & etc? Maybe this year. I won't be training anyone (cross your fingers) at that time. If I ask off for it now I bet I could get it. SHRAMP. That way I can be in Chitown early enough to begin the day on time, not like last year.

    *I put your real name, had to go & change it.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/05 01:50:00 (permalink)
    Man, you guys are killin' me here.  Calumet Fisheries, Gertie's, Schoop's...I really want to make this one but I just don't think it will be in the cards.

    Oh well, at least two members of the Roadhouse clan will represent on this tour.  Who knows, maybe Mrs. Roadhouse will join her daughter and new son-in-law.

    Buddy
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/05 02:49:45 (permalink)
    I'm definitely up for this. And however many else from the Wisconsin part of The Contigent that can fit in my car. Three I guess that would be.
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/06 23:21:43 (permalink)
    While digging around for info I found this thread with pics of a Schoops Burger and Zel's Chili Cheese Fries. That could really hit the spot right about now!

    http://www.roadfood.com/F...W-Indiana-m488769.aspx

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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/07 00:30:50 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse

    Man, you guys are killin' me here.  Calumet Fisheries, Gertie's, Schoop's...I really want to make this one but I just don't think it will be in the cards.

    Oh well, at least two members of the Roadhouse clan will represent on this tour.  Who knows, maybe Mrs. Roadhouse will join her daughter and new son-in-law.

    Buddy


    You are married to a really nice lady. I bet if you set her up with a cooler, she will bring you back samples!!!
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    Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/05/20 15:46:33 (permalink)
    Since I have nothing better to do this afternoon, I thought I'd post pictures of the restaurants that we'll be visiting on this tour in July. Our first stop will be the Chicago Heights IL location of Schoop's Hamburgers. Schoop's is primarily a NW Indiana chain, but this particular one is somewhat larger than most and better suited for a group.






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