Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29

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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/27 21:03:36 (permalink)
Now this really hurts. The butter pecan from Kopp's may well be my favorite butter pecan thing of all the things that are things.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/27 21:13:22 (permalink)
You're just one month and a plane ticket away from having some of that Butter Pecan....
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/27 22:35:58 (permalink)
Help me with some planning for the Roadfood trip, please:
 
While I'm in the area, I want to visit The Safe House, a bar with a spy-themed atmosphere. I have no high expectations for the food, but the decor is amazing and it was a favorite hangout for GenCon attendees for many years. My questions:
- which evening would be most convenient for me to visit? (We'll be arriving at 8pm on Thursday.)
- what's a spy-themed cocktail I should drink? The only thing that comes to mind is James Bond's vodka martini, but that's not particularly to my taste.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/28 10:24:03 (permalink)
Ralph, have you been there before? Or will this be your first time? The Safe House can be a little tough to find.... Keep an eye out for the lines, or you may be looking for the Safe House for a while.
 
What airport are you arriving at? The best night to visit, I think, would be Thursday, as the SH is a bit less crowded than the weekend. There can be long waits to get in Thurs-Sat anyway, but the lines tend to form after 8:00 pm. If you're doing the RF food tour, Thursday may be your only option.
 
If you eat there first, you can avoid the lines, but consider making a res so you're not waiting in line at the restaurant part. From what I hear, the food is no great shakes, so you may want to eat elsewhere first and then go. I'm not sure what drinks to get there; I've been 2-3 times and just had a beer. I hear they have "fishbowl-sized" cocktails, though....
 
http://www.safe-house.com/hours.html
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/28 10:26:17 (permalink)
By the way, has the itinerary for the Chicago day (Saturday) been solidified? I'm not doing the tour, but am curious what places you all will visit in the Windy City. (The Milwaukee part of the trip seems pretty much set and publicized.)
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/28 11:39:20 (permalink)
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Ralph, have you been there before? Or will this be your first time? The Safe House can be a little tough to find.... Keep an eye out for the lines, or you may be looking for the Safe House for a while.

What airport are you arriving at? The best night to visit, I think, would be Thursday, as the SH is a bit less crowded than the weekend. There can be long waits to get in Thurs-Sat anyway, but the lines tend to form after 8:00 pm. If you're doing the RF food tour, Thursday may be your only option.
 
Thanks, quijote.
 
I've been there once before, but that was in 1997. On the other hand, they post their address on the website and we have map-enabled phones, so I'm not too worried. And I remember how discreet the exterior was and know the nondescript sign to look for.
 
We're flying in and out of Chicago O'Hare. (We'll be sorry to miss the Thursday evening fun Steven mentioned.) I think you're probably right about Thursday being the least-crowded evening available to us, but seeing the distance involved is giving me some second thoughts about doing it Thursday night.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/28 12:12:28 (permalink)
Ralph, when are you leaving the area?  If you're around on Sunday, the SH opens at 11:30 am. Maybe they make a good bloody Mary.
 
A Thursday trip to the SH does sound like a bit much: 90 minutes up and then 90 minutes or so back down to Chicago, just for a couple of hours at the Safe House.... Unless you're renting a car, transportation logistics won't help, either: the last MKE-bound train out of Chicago's Union Station leaves at 8:00 pm, and the last CHI-bound Amtrak train leaves daily at around 7:30 pm. You might have better luck with Megabus, but the trip is still a long haul back and forth. You could take the Airport Connection from O'Hare to downtown Milwaukee, but that's rather expensive, and then you'd probably have to stay overnight in Mke.
 
Another option would be to break away from the Milwaukee tour sometime Friday evening, but then you'd still have to deal with returning to Chicago for the tour for Saturday.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/29 10:49:20 (permalink)
quijote

You're just one month and a plane ticket away from having some of that Butter Pecan....

Magic 8 Ball says "outlook not so bright."  I have to be in San Antonio and then Austin.  It just doesn't look good....but, I wish.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/29 11:03:59 (permalink)
Can't say I'm too thrilled with those flavors, but all that means is that I will be stuck eating one of their fantastic sundaes, using the vanilla custard.  Anyone feel sorry for me?
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/29 11:47:54 (permalink)
I was also disappointed in the flavor choices...they have so many great ones, these seem less interesting!
 
Any Burt's Pizza lovers, check my new thread in the pizza category today...nice Trib write-up today!
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/30 01:03:13 (permalink)
What's the featured shake and sundae of October?  To make the butter pecan more interesting, you could order a side of bacon with it.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/30 09:06:59 (permalink)
Abe -
I like your thinking...bacon is always better!
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/30 09:33:00 (permalink)
Less than a month to go.  Like Bart Scott, I can't wait!
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/30 16:51:10 (permalink)
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Abe -
I like your thinking...bacon is always better!

 
And when it's Neuske's....
 
It's even better with the Maple Syrup & Pancakes, but Butter Pecan is in the same sort of flavor family, so I would expect it to be delish.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/09/30 22:36:18 (permalink)
I was hoping one of the flavors would be Maple Syrup and Pancakes--It's a delicious example of Kopps' custard creativity. I don't know what the October shake and sundae will be, but I'm guessing one or the other will feature pumpkin. The sundae for September is/was Black Forest Torte, and I'm kind of regretting not trying it. (But I do have a little less than 90 minutes left, I suppose.)
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/01 13:48:11 (permalink)
Nope, no pumpkin! The October shake for Kopp's is Butterfinger, and the sundae is Caramel Apple.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/02 01:04:07 (permalink)
Caramel Apple sounds like the best option.
 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/02 10:44:46 (permalink)
Unless there is a surprise "extra special flavor of the day" awaiting us...otherwise, agreed, caramel apple may be the way to go! 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/02 12:28:04 (permalink)
I may try the Caramel Apple Sundae ahead of time, just to make sure it's okay and suitable for RFers.
 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/02 17:53:10 (permalink)
Amy & I are in but unfortunately we arrive Friday evening, so we'll've missed the Milwaukee festivities. 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/02 18:05:53 (permalink)
There is more custard in Milwaukee than Kopp's.
The Custard List for October 28 is here.

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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/03 03:23:41 (permalink)
Interesting...I would have thought all the Culver's served the same flavor on the same day.  I guess there is some freedom within certain franchises.
 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/03 07:14:50 (permalink)
The Culvers in West Milwaukee which is in the shadow of Miller Park offers Peanut Butter Cup on the 28th and Butter Pecan on the 29th. Imho, Leons serves Milwaukee's finest Butter Pecan though.
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/05 13:01:40 (permalink)
Are there any Thurs night ideas?  
 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/06 08:28:47 (permalink)
Three weeks to go....
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/15 13:42:38 (permalink)
Wake up all you Contingent members who aren't signed up for this tour!
 
We've been talking about doing a follow-along tour so we can meet and greet our fellow Roadfooders.  Now is the time to commit.  The idea is to join them at the larger, public stops, and when they have smaller, private events, we'll go off and do our own thing.
 
The unofficial word is, the Thursday night gathering isn't going to happen, so if we want to welcome RFers from around the country, it will need to be on Friday and Saturday.  I've already set aside both days.  I'm planning on meeting the group at their kringle stop in Racine (assuming O&H, but awaiting confirmation), and will follow along for as many places as possible.  We already know that Solly's is a private event, and I believe there's at least one other private stop on the Milwaukee leg.  McBob's, Kopp's, Serb Hall, and The Elegant Farmer are open stops.
 
The Chicago tour is less specific at this point, but I'm hoping details will be made available.  Obviously, the Hot Doug's stop will be a private affair.  Beyond that we'll just need to wait and find out.  I'm guessing "piled high corned beef" is a reference to Manny's (that in itself is worth the trip down from Milwaukee).  The "deep-dish pizza" and "South Side soul barbecue" could be any number of possibilities.
 
So, who's in for one or both days?
 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/16 01:20:17 (permalink)
I'm in!
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/16 09:53:42 (permalink)
Friday looks pretty promising for Mrs. SC and myself, and since there's no school that day we might try to convince the younger pullet to tag along as well.  However, at this point I doubt it'd be for the entire day.
 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/16 10:21:11 (permalink)
We wouldn’t advise tagging behind/alongside the Roadfood eating tour.  If you can’t commit to the full weekend, or if the full-price is an issue, we would be happy to sell you a seat on the bus for the day.  Otherwise, you are welcome to join members on Thursday night, Saturday night or even all day Sunday for a gathering.  It would be great if the Contingent organized a get-together sometime that weekend.
 
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Re:Chicago-Milwaukee Roadfood Trip - October 28-29 2011/10/16 13:26:45 (permalink)
Is there a Thursday night event planned?
 
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