A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010

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carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/11 02:36:07
Actually, Lucy, it'll be four, since buffetbuster is planning on joining us. With so few people responding, I briefly considered pulling the plug on the whole deal, but then I realized that even a mere four Roadfooders together still constitutes a "meet n' eat". Therefore, the show must ( and will ) go on.
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/11 18:22:05
Hey, four people, particularly these four people, still constitutes a party to me! 

Don't start worrying yet- summer gets busy for people and they can't make a commitment more than a week in advance.
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/12 12:48:41
We fall in the categaory of can't committ more than a week in advance...
it's on between weekend for our son's camp, and we're still undecided as to whether we're going to Family weekend or not.
If we don't go we (or at least I will join you.
If we do go, we'll be in Northern WI....
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/16 07:28:07
I'm pretty sure I can go, but a final answer depends on a couple of factors outside my control.... I should know in a few days for sure.
HelloDriver
Junior Burger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/17 13:04:16
I would love to join in on this!  Is there a scheduled time and place for the meet-up?
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/17 16:02:46
HelloDriver

I would love to join in on this!  Is there a scheduled time and place for the meet-up?


Welcome to Roadfood, HelloDriver. We'll be glad to have you join us on our little culinary escapade. The meet-up place will be the Schoop's in Chicago Heights ( US 30 just east of Western Ave. ) at noontime on Saturday the 31st.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/17 20:10:09
Sorry Carolina Bobbo...we leave on the family vacation on the Friday before. 
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/18 02:56:35
The entire Roadhouse Clan is in for the tour!   I managed to do some schedule flip-floppin' at Burt's and freed myself up for the day.   Buddy, Mrs., abe_froeman, and newly minted son-in-law, Mr. Maki will all be joining this invasion of the Hoosier State (you're sure it's safe, right?  The only feud worse than that between the Flatlanders and the Cheeseheads, is the one between the evil Big City Chicagoans and those Lost-In-The-Backwoods Hoosiers). 

Sure would be nice if some Contingent members from north of Russell Road would come on down and keep an eye on things.  You guys are separated from the Hoosiers by a whole state, so they got nuthin' against you guys.  Plus, it sounds like there could be some good grub involved.

Buddy
HelloDriver
Junior Burger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/18 11:13:51
I look forward to meet you there!  I will have 3 extra seats open in my car, should anyone wish to ride along!
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/25 22:44:01
Since we're going to have an hour or two to kill between our meals at Zel's and Jalapeno's, here's what I have in mind:
                                                    www.cabelas.com

For those who've never been in a Cabela's store before, they are just incredible. The Hammond IN location, which is only ten minutes or so north of Jalapeno's on US 41, is big enough to house a museum; in fact a wildlife museum of sorts is contained within the store. The one time that I visited the place, I spent over an hour looking at all the great stuff, and still didn't cover the entire store. Sort of the outdoorsman's equivalent of Cincinnati's famed Jungle Jim.
post edited by Carolina Bob - 2010/07/25 22:58:28
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/25 22:53:02
Looking through Cabela's website, I just discovered that the store contains a restaurant which features deli sandwiches made from elk, wild boar, bison and ostrich. What, no musk ox?
post edited by Carolina Bob - 2010/07/25 22:57:07
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/25 23:17:00
I'm pretty sure I can go, but things are still kind of in the air. However, I'm much more certain now than I was last week that I can go. If you'd like, I can confirm as we approach the date, or I can just show up (if all works out) at Schoop's at noon....

Not sure what other Wisconsinites are planning to do....
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/25 23:21:32
John, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know as soon as you do. Right now I still have no idea how many people to expect on Saturday.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 03:55:25
I've been meaning to check out Cabella's for quite some time.  Saturday's visit is perfect timing for me.

Good plan.

Buddy
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 06:48:07
I am still waiting for my family to tell me if there is a gathering going on or not.
They do this to me every time. They don't decide 'til the last minute, then seem upset when I tell them I already have plans...like a single person should just be WAITING for a chance to do something with the family, otherwise they'd just be sitting around doing nothing....
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 10:37:06
Count X1 and I in.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 15:05:52
Looks like we got us a good group forming.  Anybody else?

Buddy
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 15:21:57
I'll double check with cjucoder & the foodlovers. I think quijote was going to make this part of a bigger trip if he was indeed going to join. Did strickendetective have that same plan? Anyone else from SE Wisconsin want to join us? I've got room for a couple more in the car as of now.
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 18:11:44
Anyone know of a cheap but good hotel/motel close by? I could google it, I know, don't yell at me. I'm trying to decide if I can swing this financially.

I really do need my own car, since I might (likely will) peter out before everyone else, and I don't want to drive all the way there and home all on Saturday.

Not looking good right now. I'm really disappointed. This visit is in a new area for me and I love exploring new places. Plus I love hanging with the Contingent.
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 18:19:09
Oh, Bob, I know you want a final count. I'll let you know for sure by Thursday in this thread if I'll be joining you.
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 18:24:25
Pam, there's a Motel 6 in Merrillville-- I took a look and you can get a room for $40 plus tax. And there's always Priceline--there may be places in the Schererville area at bargain prices.
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 18:35:16
Thanks Q! I'll check out you're suggestions. Never did Priceline before, too afraid I'd end up in a crappy spot, but maybe in this dire circumstance it may be worth it, especially for just a couple nights.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 19:27:45
Pam, I've been using Priceline quite a bit lately and I highly recommend it. There are past customers' comments in each motel's listing that will give you a good idea if this is a place you'd want to stay at or not. It's worked pretty well for me so far.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/26 20:43:25
cjucoder

...Never did Priceline before, too afraid I'd end up in a crappy spot...


Send me a PM with your phone number and I'll walk you through the "Name Your Own Price" function on Priceline.  It will enable you to stay in 3 star hotels and above for practically dirt cheap.  2 Star hotels for less than dirt cheap!

Buddy
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/27 10:23:44
Hi- I just want to confirm that we are for sure no shows  
We will be wandering the wilds of Wisconsin this weekend,
visitng our boys in camp (near Wausau),
and then going where the winds take us after...
Have a great time, we'll likely see you all at the Brat thing.
(even though it's on our Anniversary)
post edited by irisarbor - 2010/07/27 10:25:56
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/27 12:08:55
Hey Bob, can you post (or re-post) the itinerary for Saturday?  Plan is to meet at Schoop's at 12, right?
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 00:27:57
Stricken will let us know by Thursday if she's gracing us with her presence.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 00:38:13
Lucy, I'll repost the itinerary tomorrow. I'd do it now, but I'm about to fall asleep.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 16:46:00
I'm afraid buffetbuster won't be joining us on Saturday after all, due to the same work-related problems that caused him to cancel his Maine trip this past weekend. Here's the itinerary for Saturday the 31st, starting with a meet-up at Schoop's at 12:00 noon:

1. Schoop's ( hamburgers )
    700 W. Lincoln Highway
    Chicago Heights IL

2. BuffaLouie's ( wings )
    2126 45th Street
    Highland IN

3. Zel's ( roast beef sandwiches )
    210 US 41
    Schererville IN

4. Jalapeno's ( Mexican )
    right next door to Zel's

5. Cunis ( ice cream )
    1030 E. 162nd St.
    South Holland IL

I was wondering if everyone who's planning to attend has a GPS in their car. If so, I won't bother with printing out directions, but if you don't, let me know and I'll throw something together.
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 17:21:39
Bob, it looks virtually certain now that I can attend--but with a catch: I'll probably have to leave after Zel's.

I've been trying to make this trip coincide with a visit to Urbana/Champaign and Springfield--kind of challenging when taking into consideration the schedule of colleague-friends at the U of Illinois. But if I leave NW Indiana around mid-afternoon, I'll get to U/C in good time.

If things fall apart at the last minute I'll let you know, but this should work.
HelloDriver
Junior Burger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 18:10:34
I have a GPS unit in the car & 3 open seats for anyone who wishes to ride along.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 19:04:28
Between abe_froeman and myself, we've got 2 GPS units.  We'll probably be going in one car, but haven't made definite plans just yet.

Buddy
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 20:21:11
I've got my phone. It has Google Maps.
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 21:44:59
I don't have a GPS, but I've printed off directions from Google Maps, and I will put trust in my road atlas and Illinois State map.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 21:58:26
More bad news, folks. Due to an urgent personal matter that just came up, I'm not going to be able to attend my own RF tour. Sorry about that, but you all go ahead and have a good time, and think of me when you're eating all of that great food.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 21:59:43
Ummm....

Hmm.

BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 23:14:48
I'm still in!

Buddy
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 23:25:23
????

I guess I'm still in then....?

See you, Buddy, at Schoops at noon.... Anyone else?
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/28 23:38:09
Just to keep the thing simmering...the following people have said they would go:

Buddy Roadhouse (and Mrs Roadhouse?)
Abe Froeman and Mr. Maki
X1
Gyp
Hello Driver
Quijote

The following are maybes:

stricken_detective
cjucoder

Any revisions to this list? Did I forget anyone?
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 00:55:39
Between me and Mr. Maki and the Roadhouses, we have two GPS's, and we'll probably go in one car, so if someone wants to borrow our GPS, that's fine- I'll pre-program all of our stops in it.

Stricken says it's looking like she won't be making it on Saturday :(
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 00:57:43
Oops, didn't realize I wasn't on the last page.  We're still in if everyone else is!
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:11:51
Hey, quick thought- if we don't want to "cross the Hoosier curtain", instead doing the whole tour, why not just a meetup at Schoop's, then Cunis for ice cream?  They're only about 15 minutes from each other and then the majority of the tour can be saved for when Bob and others are available.
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:13:30
The Roadhouse Group is accounted for, Gyp says he's still in, and I presume X1 is, too. And Hello Driver lives around there and has been planning to go.... so throw myself into the fray and anyone else who wants to attend, and we've got a date on Saturday!

Sorry to hear stricken can't make it, but still hoping cjucoder can.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:23:01
abe_froeman

Hey, quick thought- if we don't want to "cross the Hoosier curtain", instead doing the whole tour, why not just a meetup at Schoop's, then Cunis for ice cream?  They're only about 15 minutes from each other and then the majority of the tour can be saved for when Bob and others are available.


I took the night off from Burt's to do this tour and by golly I'm gonna have a Roadfood Tour of NW Indiana, dadgummit!  If you want to wimp out and just do Schoop's and Cunis you better drive your own car or be prepared to walk home.

Love,

Dad (Buddy)
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 01:27:55
Carolina Bob
Here's the itinerary for Saturday the 31st, starting with a meet-up at Schoop's at 12:00 noon:

1. Schoop's ( hamburgers )
   700 W. Lincoln Highway
   Chicago Heights IL

2. BuffaLouie's ( wings )
   2126 45th Street
   Highland IN

3. Zel's ( roast beef sandwiches )
   210 US 41
   Schererville IN

4. Jalapeno's ( Mexican )
  right next door to Zel's

5. Cunis ( ice cream )
   1030 E. 162nd St.
   South Holland IL



Bob,

Schoop's BuffaLouie's, Zel's, and Cunis are no brainers, but do you have any specific recommendations at Jalapeno's or should we just order what we think looks good?  Also, got an address for Cabela's?

Buddy
6star
Filet Mignon
HelloDriver
Junior Burger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 11:10:51
I'm still in!
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 12:44:35
X1 and I are in, still planning on the 12PM Schoop's meet up. 
chuck
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 17:07:23
I'm in and I'll get a definite answer from Mrs MFL.
I'm not one for arroz y frijoles so maybe I'll just have cocktails at Jalapeno.
Like a true Roadfooder, I'll keep an open mind.
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 20:34:30
She's out, I'm still in.
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/29 21:08:51
Looking forward to seeing you all, and looking forward to meeting HelloDriver!
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/07/30 12:00:07
abe_froeman
Stricken says it's looking like she won't be making it on Saturday :(


I know. I am not happy. I love blueberries. I love ice cream. Why not combine them?   I was looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun after the month I have just had. I even set aside money for tomorrow awhile back, and made an eating plan.    (I would have tried to comandeer the group to Popolano's again, too.)
 
However, my mother is getting a divorce & will need to sell her home. She is having an Open House on Sunday. We are selling some of her furniture on Craigslist and I do not feel comfortable being 3 hours away while strangers are coming to her home to pick things up. The date was chosen by the attorneys, so I had no say.
 
I am looking forward to seeing pictures, and hope everyone has a great time. Bob you had some great choices last time, I expect this time to be no different! 
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 08:51:19
Had a great time yesterday. 
It was nice seeing everyone, and meeting our newest Contingent Member, HelloDriver.
Gyp, Foodlover and I stopped at Kaufman's Deli on the way and picked up great bagels, bread, Rugelach, blintzes and dill pickle green tomatoes.

The food at each stop was very good...good burgers and wings, excellent roast beef, a very tasty Chili Relleno, and the ice cream...oh, my! Fresh Peach and Fresh Blueberry with a wonderful caramel sauce. A perfect ending to a great day.

X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 08:52:58
Oh, and thanks to the thoughtful Pete and Lucy for bringing us all a taste of Olive Oil ice cream!
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 11:56:33
Three cheers for Carolina Bob! Besides his fascinating pictures of food and the settings they are found in, besides being a raconteur par excellence of his travels, you can adding trip planning master to his bag of tricks. Bob planned out a wonderful assortment of great food stops from his SE Chicago/NW Indiana stomping grounds. I'll leave it others to supply some pictures from this trip. I'd also like to welcome Tinley Park's own Eric aka HelloDriver. Meeting a bunch of Roadfooders for the first time, Eric jumped right in and chaffered us around and gave us some valuable tips for the next time we visit the area.
Some of the Wisconsin Contingent car pooled and we made a stop in Skokie's Kaufman's Deli before we hit Chicago proper. Bagels, rugalleh, rye breads, pumpernickles, beef sticks, fresh half sour pickles and more started our day off well. We then found thousands of drivers all picking the same time using the Edens and Dan Ryan expressways. Gyp stayed calm and we got through it only losing perhaps forty five minutes from our plan. Things picked up at Schoops. A survivor from the depression, Schoops specialized in thin crispy edged burgers. Now your first thought might be, I like my beef mooing but this style worked and worked well for me. The crunchiness added taste notes I hadn't had since sitting in the Corner Cafe eating burgers during my high school years. I loved them and can't wait to have them again some time. Next was BuffaLouie's, a stop I had my doubts about. Again I was mistaken. BuffaLouie's had a nice assortment of wings. My volcano wings stopped while still well on the tasty side of heat but with plenty for me. Others tried boneless wings and Buffalo Shrimp. I was very surprised to see their hot dogs were all from Nathans, which is pretty far from home. Zels was next and while I expected Chicago style Italian Beef, I was surprised it was tender roast beef, something not found anywhere in Milwaukee. It was a real treat and kept me from trying anything but a Michelada from Jalapeno's. Others will have to describe what they had. Our last stop proved to be my personal favorite, Cunis. Cunis is an old fashioned ice cream and confectionary business. It was not heaped in nostalgia like Beernstens, Whitey's and Lagomarcino's Confectionary. This was an old working store in a tired neighborhood where everything is made in house. The caramel and hot fudge and all the ice creams. Buddy Roadhouse mentioned the peach ice cream and a peach sundae is what I got. Perhaps Roadfooders from Georgia have had better peach ice cream but I have not. The sundae had fresh peaches adorning it instead of the usual syrups and I've never had a sundae anywhere I've enjoyed more. I hope the others add some pictures and thanks again Carolina Bob for putting together!
You sir epitomize what Roadfood.com is all about. 
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 15:01:38
Here's our pictures from the tour- you shouldn't need to be a Facebook member to view it.

It was another great trip organized by Carolina Bob!  Can't wait for the next one!  And another welcome to our newest victim Contingent Member, HelloDriver!


X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 15:48:03
it was tender roast beef, something not found anywhere in Milwaukee.
MilwFoodlovers

This is where you're wrong. I have been trying for over a year to get you and the others to stop in at On The Right Track Roadhouse Cafe on KK in Bay View for their Roast Beef sandwich. I haven't had better in Milwaukee, and only a couple places in New Orleans compare. Zel's was on par with Roadhouse Cafe. 





X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 15:50:44
abe_froeman

Here's our pictures from the tour- you shouldn't need to be a Facebook member to view it.

It was another great trip organized by Carolina Bob!  Can't wait for the next one!  And another welcome to our newest victim Contingent Member, HelloDriver!



Great pics, Lucy!
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 20:42:31
Looks like I missed some good food.  I would've liked to have been there but at 12pm I was on I-39 somewhere between Wausau and Stevens Point...far, far from Indiana!

Brad
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:A roadfood tour of northwest Indiana, July 2010 2010/08/01 23:53:16
I'll chime in with a "me too" follow-up post.... It was indeed a great pick of places, though I could only stay for the first three (Schoops, Buffalouies, and Zels). The burger was great (I loved the crispy edges), the wings were tasty (the sauces mixed hear with flavor well), and I loved the roast beef sandwich (it was even a tad "wet" on the bun, though not so much to make the whole thing dissolve). After those stops, I hit the road for Bloomington/Normal. Hello Driver and Bob oriented me well, and the drive was perfectly scenic. It was great seeing so many of my Contingent friends on Saturday, marvellous to meet Hello Driver, and special thanks to Bob for putting it all together!
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