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CNW

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Chicago/Milwaukee trip Mon, 05/21/12 11:00 PM (permalink)
I'm going to be in the Chicago and Milwaukee area over the Memorial Day Weekend. I'm looking for food that I can't get in Kansas City. One food that I can't get in Kansas City is Hungarian. Is there a Hungarian restaurant in either Chicago or Milwaukee?
 
CNW
 
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    JRPfeff

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    Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Mon, 05/21/12 11:07 PM (permalink)
    CNW,
     
    I think Serbian may be close.  Ilija's Place in Milwaukee is a favorite of the Contingent.
     
    Pie Diva and I are holding our annual Pie Fest/Smoke Day on May 26.  We'd be happy to have you join us and meet several Roadfooders, but beware, the menu is mostly centered on barbecue and pie.  I'm pretty sure those are available in the K.C. area.
     
    Jim
     
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      BuddyRoadhouse

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      Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 3:13 AM (permalink)
      CNW,
      What are the specific dates you'll be in town, and do you already have plans?  If you have a spare moment or two, I'd like to show my appreciation for all your volunteer work at the American Royal Barbecue Sauce Store.  I'm free on Friday the 25th if you're around.  We can even do a mini tour of some great Chicago food stops.
       
      If you're available on the 26th, I highly recommend taking JRPfeff up on his offer and joining us for Smoke Day/Pie Fest.  Not only will you experience some great 'Que and eat more amazing pies than you ever thought possible, you can also earn an honorary membership in The Contingent.  If you're staying in Chicago and need a ride up north, we can probably accommodate you.
       
      As for a Hungarian restaurant, I haven't been to any I can remember, but this turned up in a Google search:
      The Epicurean Hungarian Restaurant
      4431 W. Roosevelt Road
      Hillside IL, (southwest suburb)
      (708) 449-1000


      You're probably better off not limiting yourself to Hungarian, and instead looking for the more general Eastern European.  As JRPfeff indicates, between our two towns we've got a plethora of Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, and of course, Polish restaurants.  Ilja's in Milwaukee would be an excellent choice.  Here in Chicago, one of my favorites is:
      Smak-Tak Restaurant
      5961 N Elston Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60646
      (773) 763-1123

      Smak-Tak (Polish for "Delicious, Yes!") is a small, cozy place on the city's northwest side.  Wonderful food served in large portions for a very reasonable price.  On our last visit I had the Hungarian Style Pancake, an enormous potato pancake, folded over like a crepe, stuffed with goulash, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and peppers, then adorned with copious dollops of sour cream.  Mrs. Roadhouse and I shared the dish and still couldn't finish it!

      Let us know what your plans are and maybe we can do something together.

      Buddy
      <message edited by BuddyRoadhouse on Tue, 05/22/12 3:14 AM>
       
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        ChiTownDiner

        Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 7:00 AM (permalink)
        Last time I drove by, Epicurian was closed.  Been a few months...could have re-opened.
         
         
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          BuddyRoadhouse

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          Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 12:59 PM (permalink)
          CTD, like I said, I've never been to Epicurean, so know little about it, including whether or not it is still in business.  I'm glad you're familiar with it.  You may have saved CNW a wasted trip.
           
          CNW, try Smak-Tak, you won't be disappointed.  Or if you want to go up north, check out Ilja's.
           
          Buddy
           
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            phatphil

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            Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 1:30 PM (permalink)
            or head to morton grove for a great pizza
             
             
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              BuddyRoadhouse

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              Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 1:55 PM (permalink)
              That is another thing lacking in KC; a great pizza.  Since meeting my future wife, from Kansas City, some 34 years ago, I must have visited KC more than a hundred times.  I've had amazing Barbecue, incredible Fried Chicken, top notch Mexican, excellent Asian, outstanding Italian, fantastic Burgers, and a lot of other really good food that has become lost in the folds of my brain.  But I have yet to eat a really good pizza in my adopted hometown.
               
              CNW, if you're thinking about coming to Burt's, as I assume phatphil is suggesting, don't do it without a reservation, which includes your full food order.  If that's of interest to you, I will be happy to help you set up the reservation.  But keep in mind, I won't be there to serve you.  This Saturday I'll be in Milwaukee chowing down on Barbecue and Pie provided by JRPfeff and the Pie Diva.  And as stated above, you are welcome to join us for that event.
               
              Buddy
               
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                rumaki

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                Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 3:00 PM (permalink)
                I don't know whether Russian food appeals, but I've enjoyed my meals at Russian Tea Time, which is near the Art Institute of Chicago.  I haven't been there for a while, but the Chicago Tribune just had a review of it a few days ago.  Not cheap, but good.
                http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-17/features/ct-dining-0517-veg-russian-20120517_1_veggie-cook-vegetable-potato
                 
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                  MilwFoodlovers

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                  Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 4:27 PM (permalink)
                  ilwaukee's only Hungarian restaurant closed several years ago. I concur with Ilija's Place in Cudahy. I can't find his webage but the menu can be found here: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/43/470993/restaurant/Milwaukee/Ilijas-Place-Cudahy I haven't had Polish food in Chicago but you can't go wrong with either Polonez or Crocus here in Milwaukee. I find the food at Crocus more to my tastes with the added bonus of more reasonable prices. http://www.crocusrestaurant.com/ I would have been happy to join you but I'm going with The Contingent enjoying Smoke Day. I hope you can join us. If store front Malaysian or unusual hard to find Chinese sounds good, I can give you 2 suggestions.
                  http://www.allmenus.com/wi/waukesha/114466-mr-wok/menu/
                  http://www.pekinghousepewaukee.com/ (ask for the owner to help pick out your meal using the two authentic Chinese menus)
                   
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                    CNW

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                    Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 5:46 PM (permalink)
                    I was already planning to go to Smoke Day. Emailed JRPfeff a few weeks ago. Will be in Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday; Chicago Sunday and Monday with family friends. Don't know about food plans for Sunday and Monday. Looking for Dinner Friday night. I understand that Smoke (er Pie) Day gets underway around 2pm.
                     
                    CNW
                     
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                      BuddyRoadhouse

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                      Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 8:01 PM (permalink)
                      Of the Milwaukee places mentioned, do you have a preference?  Or is there someplace else you've found in your own research?  We could probably put together a last minute Contingent gathering to welcome you to the upper Midwest.
                       
                      If the general theme of Eastern European appeals to you, speaking strictly for myself, I've been to Polonez and Ilja's.  Love them both, but haven't been to Crocus yet, so that would be my first choice.  I would happily defer to you as an out of town guest or the will of the group if we get that far.
                       
                      Anyone else up for a Friday night dinner welcoming a Kansas City Roadfooder to our neck of the woods?  I know it means we'll have to see each other twice in less than 24 hours, but sometimes sacrifices must be made.
                       
                      Buddy
                       
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                        JRPfeff

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                        Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 8:21 PM (permalink)
                        CNW,
                         
                        Did I reply with my address?  I received a couple inquiries and think I confused them.
                         
                        Jim
                         
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                          CNW

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                          Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Tue, 05/22/12 11:26 PM (permalink)
                          Jim, you did send me the address. Jeff, thanks for the invite but I'm driving from KC straight thru to Milwaukee on Friday where I already have a hotel paid for. I look forward to meeting everyone on Saturday. The big decision that I have to make before I leave is Wilton or Crown Candy on the way.
                           
                          Chris
                           
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                            BuddyRoadhouse

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                            Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Wed, 05/23/12 2:23 PM (permalink)
                            So, you'll be arriving late, after dinner on Friday?
                             
                            Buddy
                             
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                              CNW

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                              Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Wed, 05/23/12 5:16 PM (permalink)
                              I plan to leave Overland Park around 7am. I am going 35/80 in order to pick up some Templeton Rye Whiskey in Iowa. Going to stop in Wilton for Ice Cream and somewhere else for a BPT. Not sure where yet. I anticipate arrival in the Milwaukee area between 7 and 8pm. I am loathe to make plans for Friday night in case I get delayed. Ilija's looks great but they close early, not sure if I will make it. Where's the best BPT east of Des Moines on I80?
                               
                              Chris
                              <message edited by CNW on Wed, 05/23/12 5:25 PM>
                               
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                                BuddyRoadhouse

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                                Re:Chicago/Milwaukee trip Thu, 05/24/12 1:52 AM (permalink)
                                BPTs are Davydd's territory.  If he doesn't reply in this thread, I would send him a PM, or check out the extensive BPT threads over in the sandwich forum.
                                 
                                Buddy
                                 
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