Anybody Remember these Chicago Places?

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BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/02/25 20:38:40
Steven, it sounds like you are just a smidge older than me, and from a different part of town, but that's okay. Welcome to Roadfood. I look forward to hearing more of your recommendations and reminiscences of Chicago and suburban dining.

Many of the northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin Roadfooders get together occasionally for fun and games. Keep your eyes on the site for upcoming announcements about meet-ups.

Buddy
muffy27299
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/03/01 22:08:19
Oh Boy have I ever enjoyed this thread! Stirred up a lot of memories. My Dad was a chef in Chicago all his life, he worked at so many hotels, restaurants and country clubs. I grew up in those kitchens.

My Grandmother was a food checker in the kitchen at the Union Stock Yards. At one time my Dad was chef there, my Mom worked in the pantry, and Gram sat in that ...they called it'the Cage" in the middle of the kitchen. Its where the food checkers rang up the checks. I ran around the Sirloin Room as a kid. With its cowhide chairs and dark lighting and black boothes. I still have a copy of the original menu. They had a huge table in the middle of the room and it had a high mound of ice on it where the steaks were put....you then walked up and selected your steak. My other favorite room was "the Matador Room", it was a smaller more intimate dining room.

Also wanted to mention The Playboy Club. I worked there with my Aunt, she was there for 10yrs.. It was probably the wildest adventure of my life. See I was under age and attended a catholic school during the day! We worked in the catering dept. in the hotel but sometimes worked parties in the Club and it was mostly Bunnies joining us in the Hotel for parties..they served drinks & we served food. I could write a book on my experiences with that.

Us kids all grew up being members of the Chicago Waitor & Waitress Union which sent workers to functions all over the city. My experience in food and what I was exposed to was just really out of this world. All these places had exquisite chefs and the food and the presentation of it was really something.

I also been to Gerties on 59th & Kedzie next to the Colony Theater and Home Run Inn Pizza has always been my favorite. When I go home to visit (I'm in NC now) all we do in my family is go from one place to another to eat! We have truly been people that apreciate and want to try all kinds of food!

I'm happy I found Jane & Michael.....I travel with their books and at each location I stop to check out...I have the owner of the establishment give me his autograph next to their listing....its great fun!!

Muffy
kensandyeggo
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/03/02 00:57:33
Muffy, the Sirloin Room was a little out of our class, money-wise when I was a kid, but for some event, I was finally going there with my mom and dad (maybe a big anniversary). It was the middle of winter, and as my dad was opening the door, he slipped on a patch of ice, fell down and broke a couple of ribs. He was hauled off to the hospital and that's as close as I got to eating there. I do remember my dad taking me for a tour of the stockyards and watching them slaughter cattle and dress it. They'd whack the cows in the head with a sledge-hammer to stun them. Yuck! I believe we watched them do pigs too. I was about 5 or 6 at the time. I lived at 32nd and Racine, and when the wind was blowing right, we felt like we were in the stockyards. Peee-yooo. It was some operation.

My aunt married an Italian guy when I was a kid and they lived at 31st and Princeton, so we went to the original Home Run Inn quite often. I can get their frozen pies here in Charlotte and I think they are the best of all the frozen ones. As I recall, it was just a neighborhood tavern with a small pizza-making operation at the back end of the bar. I'm going back to the late 40s, early 50s. Yikes!
cwujd1
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/03/02 01:37:40
I have fond memories of deep dish pizza from a long gone place on the near north side called Dino's Grotto. You had to walk downstairs from the street to get in. I'm probably idealizing the memory but it was the best Chicago pizza I ever had. And I've had quite a few since then.
jfitz
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/03/02 07:03:54
quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Many folk acts played at Mr. Kelley's. Same with The Gate of Horn. The Kingston Trio, Limelighters, along with Bob Gibson and Bob Camp, who just might have been the two you are referring to.


quote:
Originally posted by jfitz

In December a friend and myself went to lunch at Gibson's.[Tom Dreisen was at door ;had nice conversation] During lunch I said to waitress,"I remember coming to Wells St. to a restaurant/night club called Mr. Kelly's in the early '60's. She said,"Well you're sitting in it"! Mr. Kelly's was the spot back then. Entertainment that night was two guys with guitars singing their only hit a folk song something about "strawberries".I think I wore a suit. Later went to Playboy Club.Very crowded and intimdating for college guys.

I think the groups name was Bud and Travis.
kensandyeggo
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/03/02 10:15:30
Anyone remember "Lambert, Hendricks and Ross?" They did jazz singing and were very popular around the Chicago area. When we were in our late teens, we'd go see them at the Sutherland Lounge in the Sutherland Hotel on the south side. No one checked I.D.s there. It was in a totally black neighborhood that a white person would probably not want to walk around in any other time, but on Friday and Saturday night, everyone was welcome and it was a very safe atmosphere. Saw Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie and a host of others there. We were soooooo cooool back then.

I may have posted this earlier in the thread, but can't remember. Guys over 65 get cut a little more slack...O.K.?
art341
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/16 21:14:53

It's been great tripping over this site. It brings back my childhood and young adult years in some detail.

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the great hamburgers at Hackney's on Harms. I just checked with Google and Hackney's is still there. The place was an old stage stop (I'm pretty sure) across from the Harms woods forest preserve near East Lake Avenue in Glenview. They have a burger that goes about a half pound with swiss cheese, grilled onions on dark rye bread. The key to the burger was the addition of 15% bacon fat. Also they have the best deep fried onion loaf I've ever had.

Off of 95th near Cicero, or Harlem (can't recall) was a place called The Barn. It was in a huge refurbished horse barn. Despite the building's size it was quite intimate inside broken into many rooms. It had a room with booths they called "the stalls". They had a superb waitstaff and food. Their specialty was an hors dourves tray featuring fried chicken liver balls, smoked sturgeon and huge shrimp (how's that for an oxymoron) with cocktail sauce that cured your sinus trouble for years to come.

I thought the best pizza was had at a place called The Spot in Evanston on Foster Street east of the el station, across and a couple of doors down from the original location of the No Exit. Another good pizza joint was Pete and Jenny's Welcome Inn on Western a couple blocks south of Howard.

On the night of my seventeenth birthday my folks took my girlfriend and I to dinner at a great place called Allgauer's Fireside Restaurant. It was on the corner of Lincoln and Peterson. Had a great dinner. Woke up the next morning to discover that during the night a couple of thugs had overpowered the cleanup crew and set the place on fire because the owner had been cooperating with the Senate's McClellan labor-management investigating committee . Burned it flat. It's quite possible that we were the last people to eat in that great place. I see there is now a chain by the same name, I don't know if they're connected to the old place or not. The fire I mentioned happened in 1958. This link tells the story.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,936894,00.html?promoid=googlep
kensandyeggo
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/17 19:25:04
I remember going to the Barn when I was a kid for some family gathering. Everyone showed up in suits and ties, but I wore a short-sleeved shirt because after all, it was called "The Barn," but as I recall it was rather fancy.

I worked as a cop in Evanston in the mid-60s to to mid-70s and ate at the Spot often. Met the owner again, Jerry, when I moved to San Diego and discovered that he re-opened the Spot in LaJolla (section of San Diego). Don't remember the exact details, but he got in a fight with his wife (probably ex, now) and bashed her in the head with a metal pipe or some such other means of aggression expression. I know he got arrested, but don't know if he did any time. He was the last guy you'd picture doing that. He was real mellow and laid back. She must have really ticked him off somehow." />

Steak house may be "Johnny's." I think you got all that for $1.99. DAMMIT! Yes! I know that was a long time ago!
Jim2903
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 10:20:18
Do you mean The Old Barn?

http://theoldbarn.biz/

I grew up in Oak Lawn ... had my grandparents' 50th anniversary party at the Old Barn, also my 10th HS reunion.

quote:
Originally posted by art341



Off of 95th near Cicero, or Harlem (can't recall) was a place called The Barn. It was in a huge refurbished horse barn. Despite the building's size it was quite intimate inside broken into many rooms. It had a room with booths they called "the stalls". They had a superb waitstaff and food. Their specialty was an hors dourves tray featuring fried chicken liver balls, smoked sturgeon and huge shrimp (how's that for an oxymoron) with cocktail sauce that cured your sinus trouble for years to come.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 14:22:19
There is also The Barn of Barrington.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 14:30:40
I was a student at Northwestern in the mid-1970s. I never much cared for the Spot's pizza -- I thought it was too greasy. My favorite was thick crust pizza (with mushrooms) from Dante's Inferno -- which no one in my dorm besides me seemed to like.

We also got pizza from a place in Wilmette (I think) called "Il Forno" (which we always referred to, inevitably, as "Il Porno"), which later changed its name to "The Royal Chessman." They had a unique pizza with a flaky crust, almost like puff pastry.n
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 15:37:27
Where was the Inferno in Evanston? Is it where the Las Palmas Mexican restaurant is now on Simpson near Northwestern? Or was that place something else? I remember going there in the '60 for pizza.

One place in the area that is still there for pizza is Gulliver's on Howard St. I was back there recently and it brought back memories of when the place was packed with Skokie high schoolers and NU students. The pizza is still the same and just as good.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 15:44:51
My vague recollection is that the Inferno was on Central, near the El station. I think it catered primarily to what were then the men's dorms on the north part of the campus. I never went to the Inferno to get my pizza, however. I always had it delivered.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 16:19:37
Speaking of Howard Street, as an automobile-less undergrad, taking the "El" to Howard was one way to dip a toe into Chicago restaurants when I was a student. Two of my faves, long gone, both on Paulina (I think): Villa Girgenti and La Choza. Villa Girgenti was a great "red sauce" Italian place with wonderful eggplant parmigiana and good Italian bread. On one occasion I ate five loaves (OK, they weren't that big in diameter) all by myself. The jukebox was great -- among other things, it had Mario Lanza singing the Drinking Song from "The Student Prince." And they had a wonderful "Hamm's Beer" sign with illuminated "sky-blue waters."

"La Choza" (no relation to the one that's in Chicago now, I don't think) was my first taste of Mexican food. They had a "Mexican pizza" that they called "camoosh" (or something like that), and some of the best chicken flautas I've ever had.
kensandyeggo
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 16:50:12
I think that the Inferno had 2 places. One was on Asbury, not too far from Howard street. I kind of remember one of the owners, a chubby guy with curly hair and glasses. Can't remember his name though.
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 16:52:15
That's right about Inferno, it was on Central. The place I'm thinking about where Las Palmas is I think was called The Dill Pickle. It was definately a teen hangout.

I would like to see if anyone here remembers a great rib/BBQ place in Logan Square called Eddie's Real BBQ. I remember absolutely fabulous hickory smoked ribs there. You know, I think that real gourmet BBQ ribs are the kind that you have to gnaw off the bone, which is the way hickory pit style is. My opinion is that these are far superior to the "fall off the bone" variety, which I believe is from boiling prior to their cooking. You have to work those bones!

Eddie's had a second location for a while at Cicero near Foster. I have found very few that compare since.

anyone rememer Eddie's?
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 18:40:50
I don't remember a place called the Dill Pickle, but I do remember a place that opened around 1973-4 called the Big Pickle, which I think was on Sherman, maybe at the intersection of Emerson or thereabouts. Typical decor of the time -- wooden booths, Tiffany-style lamps. Pretty good individual pan pizzas; even better roast beef (not Italian beef) sandwiches. Beverages served in glass mugs.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 20:36:49
quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Where was the Inferno in Evanston? Is it where the Las Palmas Mexican restaurant is now on Simpson near Northwestern? Or was that place something else? I remember going there in the '60 for pizza.

One place in the area that is still there for pizza is Gulliver's on Howard St. I was back there recently and it brought back memories of when the place was packed with Skokie high schoolers and NU students. The pizza is still the same and just as good.
Steven, The Inferno, Gulliver's, and later, in the early 70s, Pequod's were all started by Burt Katz of Burt's Place fame.

The Inferno was at the corner of Central and Green Bay Road. Burt left The Inferno in the early 60s in order to open Gulliver's. There is now a bank where The Inferno once stood. Gulliver's and Pequod's are still operating in their original locations, albeit under different ownership.

You can still taste pizza made by the master at his current establishment in Morton Grove. I would make a point of getting there soon as the restaurant will be featured on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain sometime early next year. Once that episode hits the airwaves you won't be able to get into Burt's for love nor money.

Buddy
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 21:00:48
quote:
Originally posted by KimChee43
I like to sit and reminisce sometimes on a cool autumn day...my thoughts often revolve around food and drink. I'm thinking about these Chicago places that I remember from my youth...anybody else remember these places and want to share their memories?
MATH IGLER'S.


KimChee; Dearfolk,
My parents lived in Chicago on two occasions between 1935 and 1944 (when my dad went to work making orange juice concentrate for the overseas troops). His favorites were Math Igler's Casino and a Chinese place named Ho Sai Gai (spelling optional).
In 1965, we were riding into Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Highway 94 when we passed a sign for Math Igler's Groves. Yes, it was the same Math Igler!
I have nothing personal to add here because I've only been to one block of Chicago, just passing through, and didn't have time to eat there. Alas.
Unwindily, Ort. Carlton in Mellowbreezy Athens, Georgia.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 22:54:37
quote:
Originally posted by kensandyeggo
I saw... Lambert, Hendrick and Ross there among others. Anyone remember L, H and R?


Dearfolk,
Off the Chicago topic or not, I sure do... fact is, I've got every Columbia album they ever made on vinyl... "Twisted" has to rank as one of the greatest songs of all time!
Now -- remember when Annie Ross left and was replaced by Yolanda Bevan? They weren't as famous, but still were well worth your time and trouble.
Sadly, Dave Lambert was killed in an accident in 1966 or so. Jon Hendricks was soldiering on, last I heard. And I guess Annie Ross is still acting, which was her real forte. But whatever happened to Yolanda Bevan? Did she return to Sri Lanka, which I think was her home?
Analytically, Ort. Carlton in Jazzophonic Athens, Georgia.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/18 23:03:11
quote:
Originally posted by Akavar
Was that the "Der Weinerschnitzel"?


Dearfolk,
That might just be right, because I seem to remember one (or more) of those in Atlanta.
Ach du lieder!
Sourly Krauttingly, Ort. Carlton in Oompahing Athens, Georgia.
Akavar
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/19 07:29:39
The Dill Pickle - I remember my father taking my brothers and meo a place with that name. We usually went on Saturday for lunch. It was in the south loop right under the el. I remember getting corned beef or pastrami sandwiches with a big dill pickle. They only served Royal Crown cola. No Coke - RC!

I want to say that this place was on Jackson, but I am not sure. At any rate, the Blues Brothers lived upstairs. If you watch the first Blues Brothers movie you will see this place. It gets destroyed when Carrie Fisher blows the boys up while they are having their white toast.

Does anybody else remember this place?
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/27 15:00:21
quote:
Originally posted by BuddyRoadhouse

quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Where was the Inferno in Evanston? Is it where the Las Palmas Mexican restaurant is now on Simpson near Northwestern? Or was that place something else? I remember going there in the '60 for pizza.

One place in the area that is still there for pizza is Gulliver's on Howard St. I was back there recently and it brought back memories of when the place was packed with Skokie high schoolers and NU students. The pizza is still the same and just as good.
Steven, The Inferno, Gulliver's, and later, in the early 70s, Pequod's were all started by Burt Katz of Burt's Place fame.

The Inferno was at the corner of Central and Green Bay Road. Burt left The Inferno in the early 60s in order to open Gulliver's. There is now a bank where The Inferno once stood. Gulliver's and Pequod's are still operating in their original locations, albeit under different ownership.

You can still taste pizza made by the master at his current establishment in Morton Grove. I would make a point of getting there soon as the restaurant will be featured on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain sometime early next year. Once that episode hits the airwaves you won't be able to get into Burt's for love nor money.

Buddy


Gulliver's has been owned not by this Burt but by the late Jerry Freidman and his family for over 30 years. I believe Jerry passed away a few years ago and his wife runs it now. If Burt started it, he left sometime in the 1970s. I am not sure if Burt ever was involved at Gulliver's as I knew Jerry Freidman and a long time ago used to do some work for him in the restaurant on Howard.

I was never that fond of Pequod's in Morton grove, to be honest with you, and in this day and age when I'm not supposed to be eating to much pizza anyway, will settle for good old Malnati's.
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/27 15:06:24
quote:
Originally posted by rumaki

I don't remember a place called the Dill Pickle, but I do remember a place that opened around 1973-4 called the Big Pickle, which I think was on Sherman, maybe at the intersection of Emerson or thereabouts. Typical decor of the time -- wooden booths, Tiffany-style lamps. Pretty good individual pan pizzas; even better roast beef (not Italian beef) sandwiches. Beverages served in glass mugs.


I believe I remember this place, and if it was north of Emerson I remember it being called Yesterday's. Definately remeber the Tiffany Lamp thing there, but remember superb burgers.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/27 15:13:00
Steven67, I believe you are correct that it was called Yesterday's. I think I am conflating two different places in my memory. The Big Pickle did exist, but the place I was describing was, indeed, Yesterday's. Thanks.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/27 16:04:11
quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Gulliver's has been owned not by this Burt but by the late Jerry Freidman and his family for over 30 years. I believe Jerry passed away a few years ago and his wife runs it now. If Burt started it, he left sometime in the 1970s. I am not sure if Burt ever was involved at Gulliver's as I knew Jerry Freidman and a long time ago used to do some work for him in the restaurant on Howard.
Trust me Steve, Burt started Gulliver's in the early/mid 60s with Jerry being a silent partner at the time. Burt left within a couple of years as Jerry's involvement grew, and it became apparent that their chemistry as partners wasn't going to work. Rather than harming the business he worked so hard to grow, Burt left of his own accord; laid low for a few years before starting Pequod's in 1971. He sold Pequod's to the current owners in '86.

He started Burt's Place in '89 where he has been ever since. In the last two years the restaurant has received a tremendous amount of attention, both for the pizza and the man. After being named a Great Neighborhood Restaurant by the LTHForum, the premier website for discussing Chicago's best restaurants, the store was written up twice by Time Out Chicago, and featured in the all Chicago issue of Saveur magazine, even making the cover with an extreme close up of a tantalizing slice of spinach and mushroom pizza.

Earlier this month Anthony Bourdain taped a segment for No Reservations at Burt's. The Chicago installment of No Reservations, which will also feature Hot Doug's, L20, Calumet Fisheries, and other culinary destinations in Our Town, will air some time early next year.

Buddy
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/27 16:38:59
quote:
Originally posted by BuddyRoadhouse

quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Gulliver's has been owned not by this Burt but by the late Jerry Freidman and his family for over 30 years. I believe Jerry passed away a few years ago and his wife runs it now. If Burt started it, he left sometime in the 1970s. I am not sure if Burt ever was involved at Gulliver's as I knew Jerry Freidman and a long time ago used to do some work for him in the restaurant on Howard.
Trust me Steve, Burt started Gulliver's in the early/mid 60s with Jerry being a silent partner at the time. Burt left within a couple of years as Jerry's involvement grew, and it became apparent that their chemistry as partners wasn't going to work. Rather than harming the business he worked so hard to grow, Burt left of his own accord; laid low for a few years before starting Pequod's in 1971. He sold Pequod's to the current owners in '86.

He started Burt's Place in '89 where he has been ever since. In the last two years the restaurant has received a tremendous amount of attention, both for the pizza and the man. After being named a Great Neighborhood Restaurant by the LTHForum, the premier website for discussing Chicago's best restaurants, the store was written up twice by Time Out Chicago, and featured in the all Chicago issue of Saveur magazine, even making the cover with an extreme close up of a tantalizing slice of spinach and mushroom pizza.

Earlier this month Anthony Bourdain taped a segment for No Reservations at Burt's. The Chicago installment of No Reservations, which will also feature Hot Doug's, L20, Calumet Fisheries, and other culinary destinations in Our Town, will air some time early next year.

Buddy


Buddy, sounds right, but just by starting a restaurant and then bailing on it doesn't compare to Jerry Friedman's decades of consistancy and ownership in Gulliver's. I really don't care about guys who get written up in magazines, I care about the place and the food. Spinach pizza is not for me. Yecchhhhh!

Waiter, make mine a deep dish sausage and pepperoni, please!
Capybara91
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/31 14:56:00
Fritz That's It-great Sunday brunch for starving NU students
Scampy's on Noyes-great Italian beef
Dave's Italian Kitchen-still there, I heard
Dr Jazz-best peanut butter shakes ever
The Hut
Poochie's Too on Dempster
B&G-aka Barf and Gag
The Corinthian Column
chicago-
The Port Side on Montrose
Harris Restaurant-24/7 way out on Irving Park
Capybara91
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/08/31 15:02:06
The Heartland Cafe-healthy food before it was so chic
My Pi-Loyola area, frosted mugs, good pizza
Jazz-Colette's on the near North, great jukebox
Ratso's-saw Stanley Turrentine there in 76
Joe Danno's Bucket O'Suds-prohibition era whiskeys
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/09/02 14:38:53
Poochie's Too is really just Poochie's. On Dempster east of Crawford. Been there since about 1967-68. Still one of the best cheddarburgers to be found. A place that rivals theirs' is the Paradise Pup on River just south of Oakton. Forget $10 burgers. Both of these places are cheddarburgers from heaven.
Jim2903
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/08 10:32:32
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/08 21:50:48
quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Poochie's Too is really just Poochie's. On Dempster east of Crawford. Been there since about 1967-68. Still one of the best cheddarburgers to be found. A place that rivals theirs' is the Paradise Pup on River just south of Oakton. Forget $10 burgers. Both of these places are cheddarburgers from heaven.


Don't forget the Char Salami with carmelized onions and Merkt's cheddar...

At the Pup, I'm loving the the Very Raspberry shakes with the fries three way - bacon, sour cream and Merkt's cheddar.

Of course, burgers at both are fantastic!
ajp1111
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/09 22:28:19
Akavar

The place you are thinking about was The Dill Pickle on Van Buren Street. Fabulous deli that was torn down when the new market building went up. You can see it in the Blues Brothers movie, as it was right down the street from all the sleazy hotels and cafeterias that used to be on Van Buren. I spent many a lunch hour at the Pickle, fabulous corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. Also, wanted to mention the gone but not forgotten Glass Dome Hickory Pit on Halsted. For my money, the best ribs ever in Chicago. We would drive over from the Loop several times a month for lunch.
Akavar
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/11 08:42:47
AJP -

Thanks for the correction. When I was a kid lunch on Saturday frequently was corned beef or pastrami at either Dill Pickle or Braverman's.

Is Braverman's still open?
trainutlen
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/11 09:19:25
Cohasset Punch was on Madison Street, west of Wells I believe, and that was the name. I remember the Lighthouse-say anyone remember Mayflower Donuts where they were made on a conveyor belt?
waderu
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/12 21:47:52
What a fun site! I grew up in Chgo in the 70s.. Devon Ave. All Indian restaurants now (some quite good). Wolfy's and Fluky's were our fave hot dog places. Barnabys was a big hangout for pizza in high school. We liked Gullivers and Lou Malnatis too. Kow Kow on Devon Ave for Chinese. The Fondue Stube for a fancy dinner on Peterson across from mather high school. Anyone read "Crossing California?" He's a total name dropper of Chicago restaurants and hangouts in the 70s/80s.
Capybara91
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/12 22:29:48
quote:
Originally posted by waderu

What a fun site! I grew up in Chgo in the 70s.. Devon Ave. All Indian restaurants now (some quite good). Wolfy's and Fluky's were our fave hot dog places. Barnabys was a big hangout for pizza in high school. We liked Gullivers and Lou Malnatis too. Kow Kow on Devon Ave for Chinese. The Fondue Stube for a fancy dinner on Peterson across from mather high school. Anyone read "Crossing California?" He's a total name dropper of Chicago restaurants and hangouts in the 70s/80s.


Thank you for the book tip. I used to drive a school bus on West Devon and was a part-time reporter for the Lerner Newspapers. I remember The Bagel at 3000 W Devon, a great deli, and Natraj, an Indian place at 2240 Devon.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/13 09:10:34
quote:
Originally posted by waderu

We liked Gullivers and Lou Malnatis too.


Gulliver's is still around and still pretty good.
Capybara91
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/13 09:33:07
You can order Malnati's pizzas on line. Don't know how good they are.

I remember St Patricks Days at Connelly's Pub on Devon. I'd sit at the bar and look at photos of JFK with Da Mayor and a sign that said An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold on to a blade of grass and not fall of the edge of the earth. I told myself that as I drank shots of Jamesons with Guinness chasers.
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/14 16:26:48
quote:
Originally posted by Akavar

AJP -

Thanks for the correction. When I was a kid lunch on Saturday frequently was corned beef or pastrami at either Dill Pickle or Braverman's.

Is Braverman's still open?


No, Braverman's is gone. I think they tried a downtown location some years ago, but in name only. It was no where like that old steam table slice of deli heaven I remember at Chicago and Ashland.

At least there is still Manny's at Jefferson and Roosevelt. Corned beef sandwiches piled to the moon. Just thinking about it is driving me wild.
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/14 16:28:03
quote:
Originally posted by ChiTownDiner

quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Poochie's Too is really just Poochie's. On Dempster east of Crawford. Been there since about 1967-68. Still one of the best cheddarburgers to be found. A place that rivals theirs' is the Paradise Pup on River just south of Oakton. Forget $10 burgers. Both of these places are cheddarburgers from heaven.


Don't forget the Char Salami with carmelized onions and Merkt's cheddar...

At the Pup, I'm loving the the Very Raspberry shakes with the fries three way - bacon, sour cream and Merkt's cheddar.

Of course, burgers at both are fantastic!


You my friend, like myself know where the best can be found!
Steven67
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/14 16:30:46
quote:
Originally posted by ChiTownDiner

quote:
Originally posted by Steven67

Poochie's Too is really just Poochie's. On Dempster east of Crawford. Been there since about 1967-68. Still one of the best cheddarburgers to be found. A place that rivals theirs' is the Paradise Pup on River just south of Oakton. Forget $10 burgers. Both of these places are cheddarburgers from heaven.


Don't forget the Char Salami with carmelized onions and Merkt's cheddar...

At the Pup, I'm loving the the Very Raspberry shakes with the fries three way - bacon, sour cream and Merkt's cheddar.

Of course, burgers at both are fantastic!


You my friend, like myself know where the best can be found!
mefy2k
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/14 16:32:28
Steak place could have been Tad's. There was one on Wabash. It was very reasonable, therefore, it could have been the place to take kids. Also, I remember Sherlock's Home. It was a quasi English pub style restaurant maybe in Streeterville. I went there a couple of times. It was kind of a fun atmosphere and reminded you of a library.
Capybara91
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/14 23:51:16
quote:
Originally posted by mefy2k

Steak place could have been Tad's. There was one on Wabash. It was very reasonable, therefore, it could have been the place to take kids. Also, I remember Sherlock's Home. It was a quasi English pub style restaurant maybe in Streeterville. I went there a couple of times. It was kind of a fun atmosphere and reminded you of a library.


Tad's Steakhouse This was on Randolph, I believe, in the Loop. Wow, this is really going back to my early days when my mother took us shopping downtown. They served a Bonanza style steak with garlic bread and baked potato for some outrageously cheap price. As a treat later we would have a shake on the round stools at State Street Walgreens counter.
Akavar
Cheeseburger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/15 08:17:19
Was Tad's the place where the guy stood up front by the window cooking the steaks? You could see all the flame and smell the steaks cooking as you walked by. I remeber taking the Rock Island line from the far south side to La Salle Street Station and eating at a steak joint like that when I was a kid.
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2008/10/29 09:47:46
To All,

I am writing a book about Chicago's Famous Restaurants. I am looking for pictures, post cards etc and ideas for this book. I need to know why the pace was famous, who went there, what happened there, what was special etc etc

Please email ideas & suggestions to chicagosfamousrestaurants@gmail.com

Thanks
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2009/01/16 19:00:51
Boy, what memories for an old Chicagoan like me. The Fair dept. store - became Montgomery Ward's in the ' 60s ( now demolished ); the site of my first job after high school. Henry's Hamburgers - a good-size multi-state chain that was gone by the mid-' 70s. There's actually one Henry's left; it's in Michigan ( Benton Harbor, I think. ) You can Google it to find out exactly where it is. I sure remember Mr. Kelly's nightclub. It was mentioned in Irv Kupcinet's column almost every day. Richard's Drive-In Car-feterias had several locations in Chicago in the ' 60s - great triple-decker burgers served by carhops. Anybody remember Henrici's restaurants? All gone by the mid-' 70s. Memories, memories.....
rustykatz
Junior Burger
Re:Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2009/10/18 19:40:50
The steakhouse you're thinking of, I believe was "The Flame" on Touhy near Lincoln. The Kamoosh (Camuch) at La Choza's was a chip with a little refried beans covered by a little white cheese and topped with guacamole. Does anyone remember the garlic soup?
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2009/10/19 00:06:07
As a young lad residing in Lincolnwood, I remember the night of May 13, 1958, when Allgauer's Fireside Restaurant, on the corner of Touhy & Lincoln was torched. Two weeks later, May 27, 1958, Villa La Main, on the corner of Main & McKormick in Skokie was torched.  The owner lived across the street from my house on Kedvale. One day his car was bombed. Fortunately, no one was injured.

CSD
Born in Chicago
Raised in Lincolnwood
Escaped to Wisconsin
Working in Chicago
mikes812
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2009/12/02 21:52:53
I thought I was the only person who remembered that monorail train at the Fair Store. I'm 60 years old now, but I remember riding on that monorail when I was 6 or 7 years old. That monorail did suspend from the ceiling and took children on a 8-10 minute ride around the whole toyland department at Christmas time. The effect was like flying over the whole toy department....really a wonderful memory. I've never been able to find any information on this monorail, but it did exist.
dj6969
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/03/31 13:10:27
Akavar

AJP -

Thanks for the correction. When I was a kid lunch on Saturday frequently was corned beef or pastrami at either Dill Pickle or Braverman's.

Is Braverman's still open?


Braverman retired and closed the store many years ago.
dj6969
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/03/31 13:11:50
It could have been Tad's.  Tad's was right next door to the Forum Cafeteria in downtown Chicago.  The grill went all the way up to the front window.
dj6969
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/03/31 13:15:21
In Winston Park it was Holloway House Cafeteria.  I know there was another Holloway house on Harlem Avenue near the old Maurice Lenell Cookie Jar and just down the street from Mrs. Murphy's - Another good place that's long gone.
 
Holloway House used to have All-U-Can-Eat Fried Chicken nights where servers cruised the dining room with hot boxes filled with chicken so you didn't have to get up to get more.
TheMunchies
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/06/21 11:33:26
The Inferno was at the corner of Central and Green Bay Road. Burt left The Inferno in the early 60s in order to open Gulliver's. There is now a bank where The Inferno once stood.
BuddyRoadhouse

No, students would never have hiked out to Green Bay Rd., 1/4 mile west of the stadium, for 'za!
Dante's Inferno was indeed on Central but just west of Ridge, a doable walk from north campus. After it burned down, the lot was vacant for some time, then a medical office building/parking garage was put up there. If you drive down Central and look at the overhead walkway to Evanston Hospital, that's about exactly where the Inferno (or "Fern's" to some) was. I remember it fondly as having almost no lighting (candles in colored glass jars), Lowenbrau (regular or dark) on tap, pitchers $1 with NU ID, gobs of cheese and thick dough in the deep dish, and more Bob Dylan on the jukebox than any place I've seen since.
dharris
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/07/04 21:15:13
""La Choza" (no relation to the one that's in Chicago now, I don't think) was my first taste of Mexican food. They had a "Mexican pizza" that they called "camoosh" (or something like that), and some of the best chicken flautas I've ever had"

Thanks for the reminder...haven't thought of that place in years. And the 'camoosh' was fantastic!! Used to stop at the bar (almost next door) for a quick shot and a beer before heading back to Evanston via the 'EL".
dharris
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/07/04 21:22:06
Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant on Sherman and University Place in Evanston (right nearby Northwestern University). I used to work there as a waiter back in 1967 and 1968, but for the life of me can't remember the name of the place. It was a big hangout for the students.
post edited by dharris - 2010/07/04 21:24:37
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/07/05 00:22:32
Yesterday's?

Buddy
dharris
Junior Burger
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/07/05 00:25:55
Hi Buddy,

Thanks for the response, but that doesn't sound right. I'll have to give it some more thought.

-Dennis
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/07/05 09:34:19
Any further description of the place itself?  Menu?  Decor?  Exterior appearance?

Buddy
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2010/07/05 20:49:06
dj6969

In Winston Park it was Holloway House Cafeteria.  I know there was another Holloway house on Harlem Avenue near the old Maurice Lenell Cookie Jar and just down the street from Mrs. Murphy's - Another good place that's long gone.
 
Holloway House used to have All-U-Can-Eat Fried Chicken nights where servers cruised the dining room with hot boxes filled with chicken so you didn't have to get up to get more.

 
As a kid, we frequented the Holloway House often...perhaps every two months.  Had the turkey with the works on several ocasions!  Always enjoyed the dessert section...but what kid wouldn't!

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