In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk"

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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/24 23:50:30 (permalink)
The Sonoran Dog I had in Tucson was forgettable.  I was told it wasn't one of the better ones.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/25 00:09:59 (permalink)
Can we go somewhere and get a Mother-In-Law?  Maybe Fat Johnnie's?
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/25 02:21:28 (permalink)
I'll make the effort to try a Sonoran Dog before the tour.  If it's not good we'll try something else.
 
As for the Mother-In-Law sandwich, personally, I think it's a waste of calories on a long tour.  But I'll let the group decide: Is it worth making a stop for a mass produced tamale stuck in a hot dog bun, then smothered in chili, onions, and mustard?
 
I'd still like to hear from more members of the group regarding interest level and availability in June.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/25 08:44:43 (permalink)
Zero interest in Kuma for me. Crawdaddy's had my ears hurting. If you went, I'd prolly be happy to take a break anyway.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/25 13:54:28 (permalink)
June is bustin' out all over.....   
June is fine w me- so far as know clear as a bird-
I would be OK w a M-I-L if we cut it up in pieces and had tasters of it....
I am flexible- whatever-
just happy to hang w my friends
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/25 14:37:15 (permalink)
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Zero interest in Kuma for me. Crawdaddy's had my ears hurting. If you went, I'd prolly be happy to take a break anyway.

Kuma's is not even on the table for this, or any Contingent get together.  While the burgers are excellent and creatively conceived, the place itself is not conducive to any group larger than four.  I went in there for the first (and only) time a couple years ago with eight people, not knowing the limited seating situation.  It was later in the evening, so getting seating was not a problem.  But getting two tables pushed together took more diplomacy and negotiation than bringing peace to the Middle East.  Even then, we still only got those tables within a foot of each other--the waitress insisted there be space so she could get through to serve us.
 
Kuma's is just not a good place for a big group.  Period.
 
Plus, they have more "rules" than Burt's Place and enforce them harder.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/26 12:05:02 (permalink)
Buddy,
What do tables have to do with anything?  We are dining ala trunk.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/26 14:12:45 (permalink)
JRP,
True, we would take the order to go.  I'm just not a big Kuma's proponent based on my past experience with them.  If the group really wants a burger included in the tour, I can think of several worthy candidates for consideration.  Right now we've got a fish stop, a banh mi stop, a Puerto Rican/Cuban street food stop, a Sonoran hot dog stop, and a wrap up dinner of Mexican seafood.  We can also consider a stop at Hoosier Mama Pie Company, ChiTownDiner's favorite place to get pie--aside from your front yard, of course.
 
Where you gonna put that burger, dude?
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/26 14:18:36 (permalink)
Mr. Roadhouse,
I am not saying we need a burger, just refuting your legal case for not getting one.
See you in court.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/26 17:06:28 (permalink)
The last two week ends in June won't work for us. If you choose the first two week ends, our vote for the best shrimp is still the Red Hot Ranch on Western Avenue. Hoosier Mama's is close by and we're still looking forward to going back to that Mexican restaurant on the south side with the bloody shark. Last Saturday, we drove to the Red Hot Ranch from Racine for a pound of the finest fried shrimp. I wanted to go to Johnnie's for an IB and II (Italian beef and Italian ice), but Nina was too stuffed.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/27 02:17:01 (permalink)
JRPfeff

Mr. Roadhouse,
I am not saying we need a burger, just refuting your legal case for not getting one.
See you in court.
Jim

The defense rests.  In fact, the defense is exhausted.  Case dismissed.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/27 02:19:01 (permalink)
CSD,
 
I think I would also push for sometime in the first two weekends of June.   Any votes yea or nay from the rest of The Contingent?
 
Also, I wasn't necessarily looking for a shrimp house so much as a fried fish sandwich, done in the manner of a Pittsburgh white fish sandwich.  I figure once we get to La Palapa, we'll get all the shrimp (and other seafood) we can possibly eat
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/27 10:03:43 (permalink)
BR - If we are looking at early June, two weeks after Smoke/Pie day would maximize my chances of attending.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/27 11:54:04 (permalink)
According to La Palapa's Facebook page, there's a worldwide langostino shortage and they've only secured their supply for the next 6 weeks!  Uh oh!
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/27 16:14:39 (permalink)
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BR - If we are looking at early June, two weeks after Smoke/Pie day would maximize my chances of attending.
jrp

Which would put us at the weekend of Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th, yes?
 
How does that sound to everybody?
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/27 17:15:24 (permalink)
It sounds quite nice...
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/27 20:26:28 (permalink)
Sounds good to me.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/28 10:40:05 (permalink)
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According to La Palapa's Facebook page, there's a worldwide langostino shortage and they've only secured their supply for the next 6 weeks!  Uh oh!

 
Worldwide shortage?  That's strange...I don't recall seeing any langostino-related posts from ChiTownDiner and Buffetbuster but I suppose I could've missed them.
 
So far June 11 and 12 look good for me.  Heck, the kid's college tuition is going to bankrupt me anyway so maybe I'll just make a weekend out of it.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/28 13:34:32 (permalink)
Sorry to bounce things around like this, but in going back over posts on page one of this thread to check on people's availability, it seems like the first Saturday in June, the 4th, accommodates the most folks.  I know there will always be someone left out no matter what date we pick, but that first Saturday appears to have the fewest objections.
 
Lemme hear from you gang.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/28 14:52:53 (permalink)
That's fine, as I was just about to post that ChuckL and I will be out, as we'll be in NOLA June 9 - 14. 
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/28 15:56:40 (permalink)
The 4th works for us!
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/28 17:52:41 (permalink)
The 4th works for us!
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/30 03:19:34 (permalink)
June 4th is good for me.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/03/30 13:27:44 (permalink)
Looks like June 4th is shaping up to be the day.
 
I'll start doing my due diligence in researching hours of operation for all the places I'm thinking about visiting.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/04/06 21:22:12 (permalink)
For the last three years, I've been living part time in the West Town neighborhood. There are some fantastic Roadfood eateries I would like to suggest for this year's tour:
1. http://www.terrystoffee.com For the sweet tooth lover in you.
2. http://bariitaliandeli.net Possibly the best sub on the planet.
3. D'Amato"s #1 Italian & French Bakery The smell alone in this place will immediately cripple you! The best chocolate cannoli in the city. Pizza on focaccia bread OMG! Bread sticks, you want to talk about bread sticks?
All three locations are on the 1100 block of west Grand.
 
Other nearby locations are: Hoosier Mama Pies & Red Hot Ranch on Western for Chicago's best fried shrimps.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/04/06 22:31:43 (permalink)
Another vote for Hoosier Mama.  Though, given the small size of the place (I don't think we could all fit in there to order!) and the uncertainty of the menu (in terms of how much they'll have left), I wonder if we should agree on a few pies ahead of time and reserve them?
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/04/06 22:58:41 (permalink)
CSD,
I'm familiar with both Bari and D'Amato's (less so with Terry's Toffee) and would be happy to include one or the other on a tour.  I  think both would be overkill.  We've all done tours where there are six or more stops and barely been able to walk after that last bite.  I want to hold it to five stops if possible.  Right now we've got five stops: Hagen's (or some other fish stop), Banh Mi, Sonoran Hot Dogs, the Puerto Rican snack trucks in Humboldt Park, and a full dinner at La Palapa.  Add in Bari, D'Amato's, Terry's Toffee, and Hoosier Mama and we're way over the top.
 
We've already done a Banh Mi stop in the past, so that can be replaced.  We've also done multiple fish stops, but I wanted our group to sample the fish sandwich at Hagen's.  If enough people want to skip the fish in favor of something else I'm ready to make a change.  I really want to keep the Sonoran Hot dogs and the carts in Humboldt Park because they offer great Roadfood character, and are different from anyplace else we've visited in the past.  Also, I think La Palapa was a great experience that many in our group missed out on last time.
 
The nice thing about Hoosier Mama is that we can pick up the pies earlier in the day and save them for dessert at La Palapa.
 
So whaddaya say Contingent?  How about a few of you weigh in on your preferences based on the places mentioned so far.
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/04/06 23:46:07 (permalink)
Buddy, no need for over kill. Let's combine two into one: a sub at Bari's is made with French bread from D'Amato's. This is a sandwich not to be missed and the smaller nine inch can be split two or three ways.  I'm not a fan of subs, but this joint has truly made me "see the light."
 
 
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/04/06 23:55:50 (permalink)
Nina and I have been to Hagen's and were not impressed. We'll gladly drive the 90+ minutes from Racine on any Saturday or Sunday for the shrimps at the Red Hot Ranch on Western. Has any one else ever has the Red hot Ranch shrimps? If so, chime in.
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Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/04/06 23:58:02 (permalink)
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So whaddaya say Contingent?  How about a few of you weigh in on your preferences based on the places mentioned so far.

 
They all sound good to me since I haven't been to any of them. I'll never tire of Banh Mi and I'm always up for fish. You've got an excellent variety of places listed.
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