Buddyroadhouse works/worked at Burt's.
Still do on Saturday nights-assuming I'm not out on the road spreading the gospel of Roadhouse Bar-B-Que Sauce.
That installment of No Reservations was shot in August of 2008, originally aired in February of 2009, and has been re-airing on a regular basis ever since. Business has been insane ever since the first showing, with visitors coming in, literally, from around the world. Our guest book has been filled several times over with some fascinating locations.
The most interesting and perhaps amusing entry I've seen was from a family living here in America. The husband was a native born American who happened to be of Jewish descent. His wife was native Japanese who had moved here to live in the States. Their two daughters are being raised here in the Chicago area, attending a local, private Hebrew day school, and also spending their summers back in Japan with their mother's parents. They signed our guest book in English, Hebrew, and Japanese!
One of Bourdain's other stops, Calumet Fisheries, recently won a James Beard Award for their smoked fish and other delicacies. The Contingent
made a stop there on one of our tours back in 2009. Members are still talking about the smoked shrimp, smoked trout, and three different flavors of smoked salmon. What a day! We had traveled all over the city, sampling treats from places visited by Saveur Magazine in their all Chicago edition back in October, 2007.
Hot Doug's, Borinquen, and Ed's Potsickers started the journey. By the time we got to Lem's Barbecue on the southside we were nearly stuffed. In order to give ourselves a slight respite before resuming consumption, we ordered a sampling of Lem's 'Que to go and headed down to Calumet Fisheries. Because Calumet has no indoor eating area, we set up card tables on the sidewalk, laid out our feast of Barbecue and smoked fish, and dug in right there on the 95th Street Bridge, offering samples to anyone who walked by. By golly, we had more fun on that trip than I've had in a long time.