Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in)

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/16 11:04:05 (permalink)
Buddy -
You weren't kidding about the forecast!
Weather.com is now saying 70, mostly cloudy, no rain!

BTW - I count about 10, now - is that the count you have?
ChuckL might be able to sneak away and join us later in the afternoon, but don't count him in, officially.

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/16 14:07:08 (permalink)
JRPfeffIs the Sunday gathering at Burt's still going to happen?
Well, my plans have changed yet again--I will not be working at Burt's on Sunday!  So if anybody wants to make a second trip down (or up, as the case may be), I will be happy to lead the charge for dinner at Burt's.  We can decide at the end of the day on Saturday.

Point of order number two--our Saturday headcount.  So far, this is the (edited-again! 4/17, 2:05pm) list I've compiled:

stricken detective-1
JRPfeff & Bobbi-2 (I musta got under Jim's skin with all the tile guy teasing)
X1-1
MilwFoodlovers-1 (maybe 2 if Beth decides to jump in the car at the last minute)
quijote-1
nocarolina-1
irisarbor-2 (with a possibility of 1-2 more)
abe foeman-3
BuddyRoadhouse-2
Brad Olson-2 for the early part of the day

That gives us 14 16 for sure with the possibility of an additional 2-3 more.  In addition, ChuckL may join us later in the tour, depending on what time he wraps up work.  Also, we have the possibility of three surprise guests joining us along the way.  Don't ask, I won't tell.  I don't want to spoil the surprise if it happens, and I don't want to unnecessarily raise expectations if it doesn't.

As for the weather, it just keeps getting better.  If the trend continues through Saturday, we could be eating our Jibarito sandwiches overlooking the lagoon in Humboldt Park.  Trust me, that's a nice view.

I will issue the final schedule tomorrow, with approximate times for anyone who might be joining us in progress.  I'll also include directions to our first stop, Hot Doug's.  As I've indicated in earlier posts, we'll have an opportunity to condense the number of cars we're driving, so if anyone has a minivan or comparable vehicle that they are willing to drive, that could make life easier.  We'll have a secured lot near Hot Doug's where we can leave any unnecessary cars before venturing out for the rest of the day.

Buddy
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/16 21:45:50 (permalink)
I'm back in.  And Buddy get's all of the credit (whether he deserves it or not).

See you Saturday morning.
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/16 21:59:35 (permalink)
It looks like at least one of the twins is in, and maybe the hubby.
So I'm up to 2 for sure, maybe 3, definitely not 4.

And of course I'll have the minivan (mommyvan)
post edited by irisarbor - 2009/04/16 22:01:05
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/16 22:29:59 (permalink)
I was just looking at the pics of Lem's ribs and hot links on the LTHForum... man, they look soooo good! I'm really looking forward to Saturday.
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/16 23:19:32 (permalink)
JRPfeffI'm back in.  And Buddy get's all of the credit (whether he deserves it or not).See you Saturday morning.
Well now I'm feeling a little guilty...taking money right out of that tile guy's pocket.

But if I get to hang with my buddy Jim, I can live with that.

See ya Saturday.

Buddy

P.S. Just got an email reply from Doug Sohn, owner of Hot Doug's.  He advises that we're going about this just the right way; show up early and get in right when they open the doors.  He also expressed a tiny bit of jealousy and wished he could join us for the rest of the tour.  I told him if he wants to play hooky for the rest of the day, we'd find room for him in someone's car.

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 08:34:43 (permalink)
Okay, here’s what you need to know to get started on Saturday:

To get to Hot Doug’s:
From the north: Take I-94 south to the Addison Street exit.  Make a left (east) at the end of the exit ramp and head to California Street (2800 west).  Make a right (south).  Hot Doug’s is one full block south at the corner of Roscoe and California.  Park wherever you can find a space on the street.
From the south: Take I-94 north to the Addison Street exit.  Make a right (east) at the end of the exit ramp and head to California Street (2800 west).  Make a right (south).  Hot Doug’s is one full block south at the corner of Roscoe and California.  Park wherever you can find a space on the street.

After Hot Doug’s, if we need to, we can consolidate into fewer cars and leave the remaining vehicles at a nearby free parking lot that will be guarded all day.

Some tips for the day:
Bring some old newspaper.  We may be eating on the hood or trunk of someone’s car and the newspaper will make a fine makeshift tablecloth that we can roll up and dispose of when finished.

Might not be a bad idea if some folks bring some paper plates, plastic forks and knives, etc.  Mrs. Roadhouse and I will bring some sharp knives and cutting boards to better facilitate sharing.

As of right now the prediction is for 74 degrees and partly cloudy.  That’s during the day, of course.  They’re also predicting a drastic drop in temperature once the sun goes down.  Bring a jacket.

For those wondering, here is an approximate itinerary for the day.  A lot depends on how quickly we can get through Hot Doug’s.  I’ll have a handout with the full schedule for everyone when we meet at Doug’s, including directions to each location.

10:00am arrive at
Hot Doug’s
3324 North California Avenue
(773) 279-9550
Leave Doug’s 11:30-Noon

Noon-12:30pm arrive at
Borinquen Restaurant
1720 North California Avenue
(773) 227-6038
Leave Borinquen 1:30-2:00pm

2:00-2:30 arrive at
Ed’s Potsticker House
3139 South Halsted Street
(312) 326-6898
Leave Ed’s 3:30-4:00pm

4:00-4:30pm arrive at
Lem’s Bar-B-Q
311 East 75th Street
(773) 994-2428
Leave Lem’s 5:00-5:30pm

5:45-6:15 arrive at
Calumet Fisheries
3259 East 95th Street
(773) 933-9855
Leave Calumet Fisheries 6:30-7:00pm

7:15-7:45 arrive at
Lindy’s Chili & Gertie’s Ice Cream
3685 South Archer Avenue
(773) 927-7807
Leave Gertie’s whenever the heck we feel like it!

Keep in mind these times reflect what I hope will be worst case scenarios, time-wise.  We could make it through Hot Doug’s a lot quicker than expected.  Travel times could be considerably less.  Time spent at some of our stops could be lessened.  Better to plan for the long haul and, with any luck, get through it quicker.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  If something else occurs to me, I’ll post again.  If anyone else thinks of anything, put it out there.  Otherwise, see you all tomorrow morning; 10:00am out front of Hot Doug’s.  Bring an appetite and a sense of adventure!

Buddy
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 08:51:14 (permalink)
I'll bring a roll of paper toweling, hand sanitizer and hand wipes ("moist towellettes").

See y'all tomorrow!
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 09:34:26 (permalink)
And I'll bring the plastic knives and forks.
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 09:47:40 (permalink)
I'm bringing a cooler and cold packs for leftovers or on purpose overbuys (smoked shrimps mmmmmmmmmmmmmm)
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 09:54:04 (permalink)

I'll bring a fistful of paper plates. I'll also have dental floss with me, just in case.
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 10:02:18 (permalink)
Kathy and I are in for Hot Doug's and possibly Borinquen, but will have to head home after that.  Once the party moves southeast we're 3-3-1/2 hours from home and that makes for a long day, and with a road trip scheduled for next weekend we have things to take car of this weekend.

Doug's looks pretty easy to reach via I-90/94, Kedzie, and Roscoe but if anybody has any travel advisories I'd appreciate a heads-up.  Thanks!

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 10:15:41 (permalink)
Brad,

This sounds more like a fear of the Southside to me.  Another closet Cubbie fan?

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 10:27:45 (permalink)
JRPfeff

Brad,

This sounds more like a fear of the Southside to me.  Another closet Cubbie fan?

Jim


Since a Chicago-themed thread calls for a Chicago-themed reply:

You're gonna look pretty funny tryin' to eat corn on the cob with no f****n' teeth...

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 13:35:55 (permalink)
That's the stuff we like to see!  Yeah!!!
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 13:49:18 (permalink)
Now, Brad, was THAT nice??? Go to your room, young man...   :~)
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 13:55:58 (permalink)
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Take I-94 south to the Addison Street exit.  Make a left (east) at the end of the exit ramp and head to California Street (2800 west).  Make a right (south).  Hot Doug’s is one full block south at the corner of Roscoe and California.  Park wherever you can find a space on the street.


Buddy, is there any reason not to take Elston southeast from Addison to Roscoe, and then Roscoe east to California?
 
 
nocarolina

Now, Brad, was THAT nice??? Go to your room, young man...   :~)


Compared to what I really wanted to say, yes.

Brad
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 15:02:39 (permalink)
Brad, that route will get you there for sure.  I don't know that it will save you any time or significant distance taking Elston.  Everything in that area is packed pretty close.  I chose the simplest, most direct route for folks who may not be familiar with the area.

Be nice to Jim.  He canceled an afternoon with the tile guy to be with us!

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 19:14:22 (permalink)
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Be nice to Jim.  He canceled an afternoon with the tile guy to be with us!

Buddy

Be even nicer, the tile guy canceled on me


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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 20:38:06 (permalink)
Oooooh, that's gotta hurt.

We'll take better care of you anyway.  Who needs the tile guy?

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 20:54:00 (permalink)
Did anyone really truly want leftover Burts tomorrow morning?
I have some....

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 21:37:02 (permalink)
Wow, you got in.  I'm impressed.  How far in advance did you have to call?

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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 22:31:47 (permalink)
As of this writing, and barring any Windows inspired weirdness, I'm thinking that I should be able to link up with the group at Lem's.
I should be able to follow the Britekite/Twitter breadcrumbs left by X1.

See you all soon!
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 22:56:50 (permalink)
In the spirit of Buffetbuster, Bobbi and I went out for a pre-eating tour meal tonight. 

Amateur that I am, I did not bring my camera to dinner.  We also wimped out on consumption, I couldn't finish my American Waygu Ribeye and Bobbi only put a small dent in her shrimp scampi (that's 6 ounces of leftover shrimp there, folks).  But I think we are warmed up for Saturday.

 

Leftover Burts?  Yes, yes, yes ....
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/17 23:02:28 (permalink)
Oh Buddy,
you know my style,
I did take out....
besides my crew tonight numered 10, 2 of whom were my folks whose Karma I would NEVER wish on Burt and Sharon...

It's a long story....restaurant Karma....
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/18 02:03:07 (permalink)
Leftover Burts? Do dogs pee on brick walls?

I have everything packed, and can't sleep. Too excited, like a little kid waiting for Santa.
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/18 13:50:42 (permalink)
Well it is mid afternoon on Sat you should be at Borinquen and getting ready to head to Ed's.

I am jealous of the adventure you have before you.  Happy Travelling and Good Eats.  Can't wait to see the pictures
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/18 19:02:51 (permalink)
We only had time for the initial meal at Hot Doug's but I can say this about it:

Encased meats ROCK!!
 
Nocarolina arrived first followed by the JRPfeffs and Stricken_detective, and eventually MFL, Quijote, X1, and the Roadhouse and Irisarbor contingents showed up to give us about 17 total (my apologies if I forgot to mention anyone).  We were even joined by Peter, who's not a member here but very familiar with the Roadfood books and apparently checks the forum here.
 
Kathy and I had the rosemary chicken sausage with rosemary-garlic mustard and Caruchon cheese (the Celebrity Sausage of the day), brown ale buffalo sausage with bacon-garlic mayo and Serendipity cheese, and ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream sauce, vintage farmhouse cheese, and crispy fried onions, and all 3 were very good although I preferred the more robust flavors of the buffalo and steak sausages.  The buffalo sausage came had a little kick, so I don't know if "buffalo" refers to the meat (my first impression) or the seasonings.  Either way, it was good.
 
A basket of duck-fat fries is $3.50 and is well worth it in terms of both quantity and flavor.  They were hot, salty, crisp and more than enough for 2 or 3 people, but in hindsight we should've also ordered some regular fries for comparison.
 
No photos from me but there will be plenty from others...
 
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/18 23:07:57 (permalink)
Does anyone know what I did with the usb cord for my camera? lol

pics to follow. food coma commencing now.
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Re:Spring Fling for the Milwaukee/Chicago Contingent (and anyone else who want to join in) 2009/04/19 01:32:32 (permalink)
Sorry, didn't see your USB, stricken.

My pictures are up!

Everyone should be able to see this, Facebook member or not.

Let me know if you can't. 

Also, if anyone has the proper names of those dishes at Potsticker House, let me know here and I'll edit the caption on the picture.
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