Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago

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abe_froeman
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2009/04/21 23:09:58
For anyone that missed it, on the way to one of our stops on the Chicago/Milwaukee Spring Fling, we passed by this place:



Even though we were in different cars, we simultaneously had the same thought- we. must. go. there.

After a little research, we discovered it's called La Palapa, located at 2000 W 34th St, in the McKinley Park neighborhood. 

So, I'm proposing a laid back, more relaxed food tour (e.g. fewer stops, more time at each) centered around Latino/Caribbean food.  I'm thinking late June/early July (not the holiday weekend, unless that really works for people- I have no plans at this time).  I'm thinking two, maybe three stops before we descend on La Palapa.

As I mentioned in the Spring Fling thread, a few years ago, Mr. Maki and another couple did a mini-tour where we hit a Jamaican restaurant (Jamaica Jerk), Puerto Rican (La Bruquena), Costa Rican (Irazu), and Cuban (Cafe Cubano).  Irazu is the only place I'm really attached to for this tour, so any other suggestions are welcome. 

La Palapa is BYOB, so who's bringing the blender?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/22 00:16:53
I'll second a stop at Irazu with maybe one more stop for Cuban sandwiches before La Palapa.

Let's keep this one light and simple; commensurate with the hot mid-summer temps.

More thoughts?

Buddy
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/22 08:21:02
You can always throw in a soda fountain, candy store, ice cream parlor, bakery, cupcake joint  or little grocery store type place to add a little color and still keep it light!
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/22 13:42:49
Some of those grocery stores are your best source for Cuban sandwiches, burritos, tacos, etc.  Just a matter of doing the research finding which one(s) to visit.

Buddy
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/22 23:23:06
It's a little far west, but how about Xni-Pec for the second stop, maybe with a quick stop at Freddy's before heading over to La Palapa?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/23 00:17:08
Getting complicated....

Buddy
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/23 01:32:45
Here is a thought: My birthday is June 18. Also, we just did Puerto Rican, so I'm thinking 4 stops max. We've gotta remember to leave time for those unexpected places like Brown Sugar Bakery. (still not over the brownie)

Is there any kind of thought either here or on LTH who has the best Cuban sandwich in all of Chicago proper?
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/23 11:24:52
Irazu-->Xni-Pec/Freddy's-->La Palapa doesn't seem too complicated to me, and I think there should be plenty of time in between for unexpected stuff.

How about June 20th?

I'll do a little research about Cuban sandwiches.....

abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/23 11:55:06
LTH doesn't seem to be of much help on Cubanos.  See for yourself.

Not that it's a surprise that the LTH'ers can't agree  The Cafecito seems to be the one most people respect, but there's some naysayers.  Did anyone else have a different interpretation?

BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/23 23:22:42
Just came across a menu for a relatively new place, Senor Pan Cuban Cafeteria, "The Place for Cuban Sandwiches"!  They're located on west Fullerton, much closer to the other proposed stops, Irazu and La Palapa than Xni-Pec or Freddy's (which I wouldn't mind visiting on another outing).  Anyway, I'm thinking..."Cuban Sandwiches"..."Cafeteria"...could this be a classic Roadfood place or what?  Besides, how can you beat that anthropomorphic Cuban sandwich mascot?

I'm just puttin' it out there.

Buddy

Senor Pan Cuban Cafeteria
4612 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago
(773) 227-1020
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/24 10:09:33
Mr I. and I are voting with Buddy for fewer stops..
we were stuffed after Ed's on this last tour...
although there was just a taste of Lems and Calumets,
we really might feel less guilty and more healthy with a few less stops...
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/24 18:27:56
I actually lost 3# this week.   Chicago eating agrees with me.
 
I think trying that new place would be fun. Does the shark place have margaritas?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/24 19:51:02
stricken_detectiveDoes the shark place have margaritas?
BYOB, hence abe's question at the top of the page; "who's bringing the blender?"

Buddy


abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/25 12:35:13
One person on LTH has replied that Senor Pan makes a respectable Cubano. 

So far I'm thinking Senor Pan --> Irazu --> La Palapa, which looks like this.

There's a lot of area between Irazu and La Palapa- maybe a stop in Pilsen for some bakeries or something?  Or a stroll through Humboldt Park for some street vendors and people can eat as much or as little as they want.
post edited by abe_froeman - 2009/04/25 12:36:29
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/25 14:29:42
BuddyRoadhouse

stricken_detectiveDoes the shark place have margaritas?
BYOB, hence abe's question at the top of the page; "who's bringing the blender?"

Buddy


I'm such a dork. In the Methodist church, this means bring your own Bible. I'm guessing it means Booze here? You don't have to bring your own limes or raspberries? I can bring the blender.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/26 01:32:48
stricken_detective
BuddyRoadhouse
stricken_detectiveDoes the shark place have margaritas?
BYOB, hence abe's question at the top of the page; "who's bringing the blender?"

Buddy
I'm such a dork. In the Methodist church, this means bring your own Bible. I'm guessing it means Booze here? You don't have to bring your own limes or raspberries? I can bring the blender.
No, it still means Bible.  So what are ya bringing? King James or Good News?

Buddy


JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/26 08:42:33
I kind of hate to post this, as it means even more Chi-town pride for Buddy.  But it does relate to this thread.



This month's Smithsonian Magazine has a feature article on Chicago's ethnic cuisine.  The article focuses in large part on Latino food (please forgive the BHO worship by the writer).  More food for thought.

Among the establishments I saw discussed are these (not all Latino or Hispanic).
  • La Condesa
  • Mataam al-Mataam
  • La Unica market
  • Zapp Thai Restaurant
  • Zabiha
  • Hashalom
  • Izola's
  • Podhalanka
Who can name this neighborhood (no cheating)?


post edited by JRPfeff - 2009/04/26 08:50:02
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/26 13:05:07
Jim,
Although I am a true born and bred Chicagoan, you know I share (almost) equal love for Milwaukee and its wonderful range of cuisine.  I mean who else would drive 75 miles for a Kopp's cheeseburger when Paradise Pup's exalted Char Burger is 30 seconds from my home?

Speaking of which, when are you guys coming down here for one of those?  Banana Cream Pie milkshakes, too!

Buddy

P.S. What a lovely article.  Thanks for sharing it.  Just a note; Izola's and Podhalanka  were both potential choices on the last tour.  Guess we'll need to do it again sometime...

B.

p.p.s. That photo looks like 18th Street, near where we had carnitas on last November's tour.

b.


MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/26 14:31:58
Guaranteed BHO free, this is an internet only addition to the Smithsonian print article.
 
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Searching-for-a-Mother-in-Law-Sandwich.html?c=y&page=1
 
The Mother-In-Law Sandwich and its home

 
 

 
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/26 15:55:06
Clearly I am some kind of dope.  What the heck is "BHO"?

Buddy
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/26 16:44:42
BuddyRoadhouse

Clearly I am some kind of dope.  What the heck is "BHO"?

Buddy

..........................Buddy!...................................
 
 
Buddy!
 
You don't know the successor to GWB?
 
Shame on you!
 
BHO is our POTUS and he's from Chicago too! 
 
Of all the people, I thought you'd know!   
 
Abe, fill your father in.  
Buddy, after you stop laughing and pounding your forehead, maybe you'd consider leading a pre-Presidential foodie haunts tour?
I've been where many other Presidents ate and slept; I've love to eat where our current President ate.

 
post edited by MilwFoodlovers - 2009/04/26 16:51:09
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/26 22:43:29
Some of The Prez's favorite places might be a little bit rich for our Roadfood wallets.  Especially if we tried to hit a bunch of them in one day.

I've actually had carryout from Italian Fiesta Pizzeria and was underwhelmed, despite assurances from friends who were loyal, regular customers of the place.  After that you've got Topolobampo and Spiaggia where you'll need to clean out your bank accounts just for cocktails and apps.

Of course, the soul food joints mentioned, Izola's and MacArthur's would be more in line with our budgets, although eating at both places in one day could bring on cardiac arrest.

As mentioned a few posts north of here, some of the places in the article were already candidates for our last tour.  We can certainly keep them under consideration for a future tour.  But for right now, I was hoping we could focus on the Latino tour proposed by abe.

I think the Senor Pan/Irazu/La Palapa rundown is solid.  We can keep our options open for additional stops at neighborhood bakeries and/or the Humboldt Park food trailers based on time and hunger level.  Has anyone offered any possible dates yet?  We know May 23rd is out as we will all be sitting in JRPfeff's backyard eating 'Que and (the dang liberals among us at any rate) worshipping an idol of BHO made out of pieces of the Chicago machine...

Buddy

P.S. Upon further reading toward the top of the page, it sounds like some in our group are pushing for the weekend of June 20th/21st.  How does that work for folks?  I'd prefer the Sunday, but I know that puts a time crimp in the day for the Milwaukee folks.  If it's an issue, I'll take Saturday off.

B.
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/28 21:06:27
As far as I know I think that's OK for me...
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/04/28 21:30:22
As far as I can tell, either day works for me.
Beginning of June is out, as I'll be in NOLA.
:)
May-anything is also bad. May is always a busy month.
So far this May, I have a friend's birthday, my niece's birthday, a dance recital, a Spring concert, a wedding, a memorial luncheon, Mother's Day and my mom's birthday. Whew!

quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/01 00:40:30

I wish I could tag along on this, but I'll be gone most of June (9th-29th or so). Part of that will be spent eating seafood in Florida, but another part will be spent eating Sodexho grub at a work assignment. Blech!
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/07 12:03:45
So, are we set on either the 20th or 21st?  Aimee, maybe I'll make you a Mexican chocolate cake for your birthday if I can find a way to keep it cold.  It kicks the crap outta Portillo's!
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/07 13:24:56
I'm selfishly pushing for Sunday the 21st, but I'll go along with the crowd.  Here are the questions we should be asking:

1. Are all of these places open on Sunday?

2. Is the majority of our group available on Sunday?

And maybe the most important-
3. If we do it on Sunday, will the Milwaukee folks need to leave unnecessarily early so they can get home at a decent hour for work on Monday?

I'm envisioning a lovely early summer evening, sitting outdoors, relaxing, cold drinks in hand at La Palapa while we linger over shrimp cocktails, ceviche, and the like.  If youse guys need to leave early, ruining that image, then I will make the sacrifice and cast a vote for Saturday.

Buddy
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/07 16:53:32
In an effort to build a little more excitement about this trip, allow me to provide this link to yelp! where you can see pictures of folks enjoying their meals at La Palapa, and more importantly, some delightful food porn.  If this doesn't generate some enthusiasm, ya'll are dead!

Buddy
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/08 08:34:35
OMG that picture of the Seafood Charolada got me wanting mussels for breakfast- NOT that there's anything wrong with that -LOL
I will try to be counted in, even tho it's week after the boy's Bar Mitzvah, and we may be draggin....
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/08 09:26:36
June 20th or 21st? Either way, I'll be there.
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/11 13:44:17
I'm making an executive decision and declaring June 20th the day of the trip!

When I get home tonight, I'm going to post some pictures of tasty stuff from the last time I was at Irazu!
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/12 23:04:17
As promised, here are pictures from the last time I was at Irazu!  These were before I was very good at taking pictures of food (also, it was so delicious, we were lucky to get pictures at all before it was all gone- as you can see, it almost didn't happen with the ceviche).
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/14 09:05:46
Story about Cuban sandwiches.  Needless to say, we won't be going to Goose Island or The Cheesecake Factory for ours.   Maybe we should consider Cafeteria Marianao or El Cubanito, though. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-0514-cuban-sandwichmay14,0,1392655.story

Eta:  Oo, there's pictures!
post edited by abe_froeman - 2009/05/14 09:08:30
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/31 04:29:32
So, the evening of the 20th also happens to be the championship game for the Windy City Rollers.  The match starts at 6:00 and La Palapa is about 10 minutes away from the UIC Pavillion.  Mr. Maki and I are leaning towards going, but will play it by ear....would anyone else be interested in going to the game?  Or people can stay at La Palapa...just throwing some ideas out there.
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 16:40:18
abe_froeman

So, are we set on either the 20th or 21st?  Aimee, maybe I'll make you a Mexican chocolate cake for your birthday if I can find a way to keep it cold.  It kicks the crap outta Portillo's!


OMFG. I am so there.
 
It's going to be me & my crazy friend Diane, and possibly another friend of ours who also loves Mexican food.
 
What time are we meeting & where? We are excited to have margaritas!!!! :)
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 18:14:38
Phew, I was worried people forgot about this!

Well, Irazu opens at 11:30.  They are a small place and very popular, so I think we should get there as close to 11:30 as possible.  I'm not opposed to eating al trunko, but I'd prefer not to be out in the sun mid-day. 

I'll talk to my dad about the logistics of where to meet and such in the next few days.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 19:07:00
Do you guys have a place like this in your area?

http://www.thegreenplantain.com/
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 19:29:37
I've never seen this place; is it new?  It looks like it's not far down the road from Jungle Jim's, which means I would have passed it if it had been there a while.  I was at JJ's just last August.  How long has The Green Plantain been in that location?

Buddy
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 19:44:21
BuddyRoadhouse

I've never seen this place; is it new?  It looks like it's not far down the road from Jungle Jim's, which means I would have passed it if it had been there a while.  I was at JJ's just last August.  How long has The Green Plantain been in that location?

Buddy

Yes it has been there just a couple of months - it is about a mile or two south of the Jungle - on the opposite side of the road - here is the sign to look for:



stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/09 17:47:01
abe_froeman

Phew, I was worried people forgot about this!

Well, Irazu opens at 11:30.  They are a small place and very popular, so I think we should get there as close to 11:30 as possible.  I'm not opposed to eating al trunko, but I'd prefer not to be out in the sun mid-day. 

I'll talk to my dad about the logistics of where to meet and such in the next few days.

 
The mid-day sun is a concern for me as well due to my meds. I promise to wear a hat & bring sunscreen to share!
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/12 01:06:33
Hey everyone, I sent out a private message to everyone who has posted in this thread so far, plus chicagostyledog, minus quijote, since he said he was busy.  If there's anyone else I left out, please forward my note (pasted below, too) or tell them to swing by this thread!

Hello!
I'm trying to work out the details for the Costa Rican/Cuban/Mexican Roadfood outing I'm planning for Saturday, June 20th.

Our plan is to go to Irazu for Costa Rican, Senor Pan for Cuban and end the day at La Palapa.  La Palapa has what looks like a great outdoor area; as long as summer does make an appearance here in Chicago, we can sit out there and relax, catch up with each other.  It is BYOB, so we'll have to make a stop for libations somewhere. 

Since we're only going to three places, and we'll probably be hanging out at the last place longer than our normal "get food, eat, and move to the next stop", I want to work out the best starting time to work for the most people.

Please post in the thread about whether or not you'll be there, how many will be in your party, and what time you'd like to start and when you think you'd want to end the night.  La Palapa is located at Damen Ave. and 34th Street, just south of 55, so it will be easy to get back home.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/MexicanCentral-AmericanCaribbean-Tour-in-Chicago-m505910.aspx

Hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!

~abe

X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/12 08:04:21
As far as I know, I'm still in.
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/12 14:17:07
Diane & I are still in, with a possible third. If this changes, I will let you know.


ETA   I never answered the questions.

What time would we like to start? Anytime after 10 is good, that gives us 2 hours to get down there if we leave here @ 8.

What time would we like to end? 7ish? I would have to defer to Diane, since she will be driving.
post edited by stricken_detective - 2009/06/14 10:06:05
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/13 19:25:02
I'll be there.
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/14 20:27:01
Any idea about what time you want to get started and/or end the night?  One affects the other, so I need some input, people!
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/14 21:53:46
Unfortunately, I have just learned that I cannot go, as my sis decided that the 20th would be the day for my niece's b-day party. Thanks for the advance notice. Grrr.



irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/15 10:11:52
It is too soon for me to committ as we are still recovering from Bar Mitzvah madness, although all went exceeding well.
If we do join in there is a possibility we would just join up at La Palapa, and skip the prelim stops...
feeling a little food overburdened at them moment.

stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/15 20:08:01
abe_froeman

Any idea about what time you want to get started and/or end the night?  One affects the other, so I need some input, people!


Diane & I have no other plans the next day that would impede us from a late night. Also we are night people. So the later in the AM the better. :)
 
If we were to plan to be done @ La Palapa by 9 at the latest, that should work? We can do a noon start time? I am just throwing ideas out there.
 
Do we have a headcount?
 
 
Me & Diane
Mr & Mrs Roadhouse
abe_froeman & mr maki, mmmk
nocarolina
chuckL
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/15 23:07:25
Sorry Abe, we won't be making this one.  We've got a wedding ...

Actually, we'll be in Madison visiting our son, strolling the Farmers Market, and eating some really good Mexican food.

One of these days, we'll make the same event.

Jim
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/16 01:08:14
Sorry you can't make it, Jim- I've heard how wonderful the Madison Farmer's Market is, so I'm sure it will be a good time.

So, stricken, if I'm interpreting your comment correctly, the later the start time, the better, and you're okay with staying out at until 9:00, or later?  I know you've got a longer drive than me going back.  I can out-night people you under the table!

Assuming that 9-ish is as late as you want to stay out, since we're only going to two places before La Palapa, I think we can start around 1:00- that gives us plenty of time to get through those two places (and any places we discover along the way) and shoot for getting to La Palapa by 6:00 at the latest, which would give us three leisurely hours. 

Sound good?  Let me know if anyone thinks this plan needs tweaking!  And of course, no one is obligated to stay at La Palapa any later than they're comfortable with.

ETA: Oh, yeah, and I found a little write-up and pictures on Metromix of La Palapa.
post edited by abe_froeman - 2009/06/16 01:19:01
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/16 11:43:49
So sadly, we are officially out-
Just got notice that some friends from AZ are in town for one nite only
and it's this Sat,
and as much as we love you all-
we haven't them in a dog's age....
So count us in for the next round of fun, and eat a spicy shrimp for us!
I'll be looking forward to all the great pix!
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/16 14:19:06
It's only a 2 hour drive, so that works perfectly.

Is there anyone who wants to car pool from Mke? We have room for 2 more.
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/18 21:52:28
Double whammy for us. An unexpected car repair to Mrs. MFL car has us cancelling Aurora's Blues On The Fox and skipping this meet n' greet. Hope to see some of you July 1st and the rest of you very soon. Have fun and take plenty of pictures.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/18 23:13:41
I'm confused! Where are we meeting up on Sat. and what time?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 00:52:36
MFL,
Why don't you catch a ride down with ChuckL50 ( I assume you're still coming Chuck, even though X1 has been unavoidably detoured), or stricken detective?  As enticement, I have a bottle of hand crafted tequila that I was hoping to share with the imbibers in our group once we got to La Palapa.

The bottle was provided by a guy who is trying to do in the tequila world what I'm trying to do in the Barbecue Sauce world; make an outstanding product that is better tasting and made with better ingredients than the norm.  We swapped sauce for booze a while back.  Needless to say I gave up more sauce than he did tequila, but it was still a good deal and everyone got what they wanted.  The bottle has been sitting on a shelf waiting to be shared and enjoyed by good friends.

nocarolina,
Our first stop will be Irazu, a Costa Rican diner on Milwaukee Avenue near Western.  This will be followed by Senor Pan, a Cuban cafeteria on west Fullerton Avenue.  Our final stop will be La Palapa, the Mexican seafood joint with the giant fiberglass shark on the roof, near Gertie's on Archer.

I'm sure our host and organizer for this excursion, abe froman, will be listing full addresses and an official start time (early reports indicate 1:00pm, but things are still evolving) well before we all need to leave our homes on Saturday.

See you all soon,

Buddy
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 16:43:00
Ok, here's the plan- we will meet at 1:00pm tomorrow at Irazu.  There's street parking available around there.  After that, we'll head over to Senor Pan (I figure we'll arrive between 2:00-2:30)  I don't think any of us have ever been there, but it looks like a typical fast food set-up- order at the counter, tables to eat at.

If we leave Senor Pan by 3:15 or so at the latest, we'll have a couple of hours to kill before we should be at La Palapa, our third stop.  There's some great neighborhoods in between that we can stop at, including Pilsen and Humboldt Park, so we'll play that middle part by ear. 

Also, I was thinking that on the way to La Palapa, we can stop at a liquor or grocery store for libations, since La Palapa is BYOB (I just confirmed that over the phone with them.)  They're expecting us around 7:00pm or so.  I don't know how they'd feel if we showed up with a blender, but what it's easy enough to throw one in the car.  There was a bit of a language barrier when I called, so I didn't want to get into too much detail with the woman on the phone; don't worry, the basic info was communicated, though.

As of right now, this is our list of definites:
Me & Diane
Mr & Mrs Roadhouse
abe_froeman & mr maki
nocarolina

I sent messages to ChuckL and MFL over Facebook; stricken, I asked them to contact you if they want to car pool.

Right now, Tom Skilling is saying this about the weather tomorrow: High of 85 degrees; Early clouds depart, then becoming mostly sunny, breezy from the west/northwest at 12-22 m.p.h.; continued warm but with lower humidity.

Any questions, I'm PM'ing all of you my cell phone number, and I'll check this thread before I leave tomorrow.

Irazu Costa Rican Restaurant
website
1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647-4464
(773) 252-5687
Link to Map

Senor Pan
website
4612 W Fullerton Ave
(773) 227-1020
Link to Map


La Palapa

2000 W 34th St
Chicago, IL 60608-6143
(773) 376-9620
Link to map

post edited by abe_froeman - 2009/06/19 16:48:35
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 16:49:35
Oh, and yes, I will have hard copies of this information for everyone tomorrow.
ChuckL50
Hamburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 20:34:52
I'm still in. Thanks for the later start time since I have an issue with alarm clocks on Saturday mornings.   See you all there!
ChuckL50
Hamburger
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/20 10:54:20
Just got called in to work. May or may not be able to make it now.  I'll have to play it by ear. Dammit.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/20 23:56:01
Before anyone from the group starts posting descriptions and photos, can I suggest that we start a fresh thread in the "Trip Report" forum?  After all, this thread took is through the planning stages, all new information qualifies as a report of our day.

Doesn't matter who starts it.  Whoever gets here first and has a yen to post their thoughts and pix.  Just pick a title and get it started.  As for me, I'm tired.  I'm going to bed.

Buddy

P.S. Just as a quick enticement to readers and interested parties; today was a huge success filled with pleasant surprises in all aspects of the tour, ranging from the food to the company we kept.

B.
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