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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/19 16:41:18 (permalink)
Man, clearly we asked these questions too late. We passed Moline, Newton, and Des Moines yesterday. We passed up the Maytag farms for a stop in Pella, IA. (We really enjoyed Pella, though, so I wouldn't call it a loss.)

Thank you very much for the suggestions.
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/19 18:40:36 (permalink)
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/20 05:22:01 (permalink)
I'm going to be calling Ilija's this weekend. I need a final count, both so I can make the reservations and figure out how many bureks to order. I also need a time. Is 6 or 6.30 too early? Are the Meltons going to be in the area already, exploring Milwaukee?
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/20 09:40:08 (permalink)
We should be able to make 6:30, as long as all the semis stay right side up.
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/20 15:40:13 (permalink)
Just talked with abe_froeman and confirmed there will be four from the Roadhouse clan for dinner at Ilija's.  However, given work schedules and rush hour traffic added to the normal amount of time it takes to get up to Milwaukee, 6:30 is more than optimistic for us.  7:00-7:30 is more realistic if that's not too late for others.
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/21 09:52:11 (permalink)
Does it count as being travelin-manned if we discovered that Archie's Waeside was on vacation when we were an hour away from Le Mars?
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/21 10:30:51 (permalink)
I saw the sign for that when I was there - and I still wouldn't have remembered.

You wouldn't have liked it anyway. But, I will defer to the arbiters of such things for a final ruling. 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/21 10:38:24 (permalink)
I am so sorry that Archie's Waeside was closed, since I was the one that told you about it.  The last time I was there I had a fabulous meal.....one of the best steaks I've ever eaten.  I hope you got some Blue Bunny ice cream while in LeMars!
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/21 11:28:32 (permalink)
Lleechef told me abvout Archies several years ago.  I was traveling Iowa and Nebraska on business and enroute to Omaha and other stops, I stopped at Archies.  Who would ever believe that a remote place like this would serve such a delicious steak?  I did not but I was proved wrong.  Lisa was very very correct.
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 01:24:36 (permalink)
We ended up skipping over LeMars (I pouted) and rerouting to Tea for the Tea Steakhouse. My filet was pretty good!

Buddy: 7 or so works for us!

I am going to go collapse in bed after another good, but hot and sticky, day on the prairie! Details of what we did and ate to follow someday.
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 02:30:20 (permalink)
If you are wondering how to do time lapse with an iPhone in your car this is how I do it. I bought a Bell brand iPhone holder at Target in their automotive department (not electronics) for about $8. I mounted it on the dash and attached my ear buds. The + button on the ear bud volume control is also a shutter release. As I drive down the highway I can easily snap a photo of anything interesting. At first I thought I might snap a photo every 10 miles on the Alaska Highway but I abandoned the idea for just more interesting shots like these bison blocking the road.


As you can see I am also using my iPad with the TomTom app for GPS navigation. It works perfectly with just satellite since we have no cellular coverage in Canada and very little in Alaska.
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 10:32:44 (permalink)
OK, I will make it for 7, but I'm guessing we probably won't actually sit down to eat until about 7.30, because hanging out at the bar with Ilija and Nevin (Ilija's son) is just too much fun. 
I'll probably be there a bit earlier, hanging out at the bar, and perhaps ordering a couple apps at the bar to share, if anyone wants to be there earlier, as well. 
 
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 11:39:58 (permalink)
Very interesting, Davydd. I've been doing it with OSnap! To take a picture every 20 seconds and stitch them into a video. Posting results here will probably have to wait until we're not on the road.

How are you mounting the iPad?
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 14:26:06 (permalink)
It's a slip in leather iPad case that I velcroed to the dash. I can flip it up on top of the dash to get at the radio controls underneath.

We were stopped on the road by the bison so I grabbed out my point and shoot digital camera to take this setup photo. This was at Muncho Lake NP on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia. I had to brake for a moose that jumped out in front of us and decided to be prepared to capture the event next time. I have a lot of wildlife shots ths trip and some food shots too.
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 15:40:52 (permalink)
X1OK, I will make it for 7, but I'm guessing we probably won't actually sit down to eat until about 7.30, because hanging out at the bar with Ilija and Nevin (Ilija's son) is just too much fun. 
I'll probably be there a bit earlier, hanging out at the bar, and perhaps ordering a couple apps at the bar to share, if anyone wants to be there earlier, as well.

Sounds good.  We'll get there as close to 7:00-7:30 as possible.
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 17:28:20 (permalink)
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I'm going to be calling Ilija's this weekend. I need a final count, both so I can make the reservations and figure out how many bureks to order. I also need a time. Is 6 or 6.30 too early? Are the Meltons going to be in the area already, exploring Milwaukee?


 
Is there a menu online somewhere so I can tell you what I want? If the time is moved back, my burek can be waiting for me.
 
 
edited to add: nvm: http://www.urbanspoon.com/cities/43-milwaukee/restaurants/470993-ilija-s-place/menu
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 17:37:42 (permalink)
The time is now 7/7.30.
 
You better tell me if you want a Burek and what kind, because they need to be ordered 24 hrs in advance. I was already planning on ordering 1 cheese and 1 spinach for an appetizer, and 1 of each for myself to take home. If you want something additional, let me know now.
 
There is no online menu, although there are several online reviews, if that helps at all.
 
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/22 18:31:22 (permalink)
I tomato salad + 1 spinach burek, please.
 
DO NOT (!!!) wait for me to eat. I work til 7:02pm, but if I get a long winded customer I can't just say, 'Listen, lady, I got Serbian salad & burek waiting for me, can we wrap this up?' no matter how much I want to.
 
If I can get out of there early, I will text you to let you know, X1. Work on Neven for me about that menu.

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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 13:43:57 (permalink)
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 17:08:54 (permalink)
EMERGENCY!
I just called Ilija's and they are only open Thurs - Sunday!
Travlin' Manned!

Any other suggestions??
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 19:30:36 (permalink)
If we want to stick with Bureks, how about Fritz's?  Just a pub but the food is good.
 
*Edit  Never mind.  Looks like it closes at 7pm on Tuesdays.
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 19:42:14 (permalink)
Olde Town Serbian Gourmet.  According to the interwebs, they're open Tuesday.
 
Or Polonez.
Or Crocus.
Or Three Brothers.
Or ask MilwFoodlovers for a recommendation.
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 20:18:09 (permalink)
I'm all for Polonez. Crocus would be awesome, but they're closed on Tuesdays, too. My next choice would be Three Brothers.
Don't care for Old Town at all. 
 
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 21:40:00 (permalink)
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Travlin' Manned!

 
LOL. I will not be able to join you guys after all. :( Have fun wherever decide!!  

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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 22:27:56 (permalink)
OK, I'm making an Executive Decision.
Polonez is open tomorrow, so I am making the reservations tomorrow around noon for 7/7.30 PM. Polonez is Polish food, straight from Polish immigrant's kitchen.
 
JUST SAYIN'...Three Brothers is also open, and if the Meltons have their heart set on Serbian, I can make the reservations tomorrow there, BUT, I will have to know by tomorrow AM. I am not guaranteeing Burek, because I don't know if they're like Ilija's, in that we have to order them a day ahead of time. 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 22:55:38 (permalink)
Might be tough getting a reservation at Three Brothers on short notice, even for a Tuesday.  I've got my own "reservations" about Three Brothers after our last meal there, but it is a Roadfood classic spot and worth a visit for anyone who's never been (Meltons).  Plus, they've got the most beautiful view of the summer setting sun.
 
Meltons, you must speak!  Do you want the sure bet of excellent Polish food at either Polonez or Crocus?  Or, do you want to stick with Serbian that may be a bit uneven, but is served in a historic building with fantastic ambiance?
 
We need to hear from you soon!
 
Buddy
 
P.S. Three Brothers' Bureks are almost like a stuffed pizza: phyllo crust on the bottom, ingredients inside, more phyllo crust on top.  Stands about 2 1/2-3" thick.
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/23 23:04:32 (permalink)
Crocus is closed on Tuesdays, otherwise, I would have chosen to go there. 
 
I agree about the uneveness and not-the-best (but not terrible) Bureks at Three Brothers. I have no idea if it'll be hard to get in there, but I can call and see. If not, Polonez WILL be our go-to. They will have room for 8 or 9, no problem. And Aleksandra loves me, so it won't be a problem. :)
 
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/24 00:25:09 (permalink)
I'm still in, regardless of where we go.  I haven't been to any of these places so I have no opinion, I defer to you guys.  I can find something I'll like on just about any menu   That Polonez menu looked awesome.  Looking forward to meeting the Meltons!
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/24 09:59:12 (permalink)
We are happy to trust the expertise of the locals. We are not committed to Serbian food. It sounds like both BuddyRoadhouse and X1 would favor Polonez over Three Brothers, so let's go with Polonez.
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Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/24 10:30:26 (permalink)
http://www.polonezrestaurant.com/
Someone needs to print out the coupon for the pierogi's.
There are directions on the page.
I'm afraid the dining time is too late for me but I hope to join you for some conversation.
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