The Restaurant Thread

Tue, Jul 17, 2018 10:06 PM

Reading the travel thread and figured we should have a thread on restaurants that we have visited while traveling. I know we’ve had some threads similar, but none dedicated to it.

Just ate what might’ve been the best burger in America last night at Au Cheval in Chicago. Holy fuck. 2.5 hour wait on a Monday...well worth it.

S&L, I assume you have tried it, but if not you gotta go.

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  • Tue, Jul 17, 2018 10:08 PM

    A great Chicago restaurant that I've only been to once, the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company.

     

    Tue, Jul 17, 2018 10:40 PM

    Repost!

    Tue, Jul 17, 2018 10:50 PM
    posted by Laley23

    Reading the travel thread and figured we should have a thread on restaurants that we have visited while traveling. I know we’ve had some threads similar, but none dedicated to it.

    Just ate what might’ve been the best burger in America last night at Au Cheval in Chicago. Holy fuck. 2.5 hour wait on a Monday...well worth it.

    S&L, I assume you have tried it, but if not you gotta go.

    I've been to Au Cheval 4-5 times. Their burgers fucking rule. Never waited less than 2 hours.

    Have you been to Small Cheval in Old Town? It's basically Au Cheval but you order at a counter and it's quick. It's great.

    Tue, Jul 17, 2018 10:57 PM
    posted by SportsAndLady

    I've been to Au Cheval 4-5 times. Their burgers fucking rule. Never waited less than 2 hours.

    Have you been to Small Cheval in Old Town? It's basically Au Cheval but you order at a counter and it's quick. It's great.

    Wife has, but I haven’t been. 

    Tue, Jul 17, 2018 11:55 PM
    posted by SportsAndLady

    I've been to Au Cheval 4-5 times. Their burgers fucking rule. Never waited less than 2 hours.

    Have you been to Small Cheval in Old Town? It's basically Au Cheval but you order at a counter and it's quick. It's great.

    Help me out on why it’s always over 2 hours. All parts of the day or just you eating at 6:30 pm each time?

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 1:47 AM
    posted by Ironman92

    Help me out on why it’s always over 2 hours. All parts of the day or just you eating at 6:30 pm each time?

    It’s been named the best burger in America a few times by various outlets. Always ranked in the top 20. So when you have a specialty in a city that big, you’re gonna be packed all hours of every day. It isn’t a small place, but prkbanly only seats about 50 at a time...It’s just damn good.

    The wait isn’t bad though, since it’s text based. So, they text you and you have 10 minutes to get back. We just went to a bar nearby while we waited.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.instyle.com/lifestyle/food-drink/review-au-cheval-chicago-burger?source=images

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 8:12 AM
    posted by Laley23

    It’s been named the best burger in America a few times by various outlets. Always ranked in the top 20. So when you have a specialty in a city that big, you’re gonna be packed all hours of every day. It isn’t a small place, but prkbanly only seats about 50 at a time...It’s just damn good.

    The wait isn’t bad though, since it’s text based. So, they text you and you have 10 minutes to get back. We just went to a bar nearby while we waited.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.instyle.com/lifestyle/food-drink/review-au-cheval-chicago-burger?source=images

    Did you go to haymarket brewery? Love that place

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 8:13 AM
    posted by Ironman92

    Help me out on why it’s always over 2 hours. All parts of the day or just you eating at 6:30 pm each time?

    Last time I went was on a Tuesday at 3:30pm for my birthday. Waited 3 hours. Lol

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 8:15 AM
    posted by Laley23

    It’s been named the best burger in America a few times by various outlets. Always ranked in the top 20. So when you have a specialty in a city that big, you’re gonna be packed all hours of every day. It isn’t a small place, but prkbanly only seats about 50 at a time...It’s just damn good.

    The wait isn’t bad though, since it’s text based. So, they text you and you have 10 minutes to get back. We just went to a bar nearby while we waited.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.instyle.com/lifestyle/food-drink/review-au-cheval-chicago-burger?source=images

    Now it makes more sense 

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 9:09 AM
    posted by SportsAndLady

    Did you go to haymarket brewery? Love that place

    We did little goat by the top chef winner, I think? And Bar Sienna. I didn’t wanna fill up on beer at a brewery, but that place looked awesome.

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 9:11 AM
    posted by Laley23

    We did little goat by the top chef winner, I think? And Bar Sienna. I didn’t wanna fill up on beer at a brewery, but that place looked awesome.

    Yeah, the top chef winner has all the girl/goat restaurants. I went to Girl and the Goat last year, and it was top 5 for me in Chicago.

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 9:36 AM

    I ate Taiwanese food last Friday for the first time. It was solid and I would go back.

    I can't quite describe it other than a combo of several Asian styles.

    http://winsonbrooklyn.com/#/

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:01 AM

    S&L.. is it true  the "true" Chicago pizza isn't deep dish but thin crust cut in squares? I keep hearing deep dish is for tourists. 

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:10 AM
    posted by kizer permanente

    S&L.. is it true  the "true" Chicago pizza isn't deep dish but thin crust cut in squares? I keep hearing deep dish is for tourists. 

    That’s Detroit I think. But Chicago also does squares for thin crust.

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:13 AM

    I think that's just "Midwest" style. There's a place here that call's theirs Detroit-style and it is bomb.

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:13 AM

    I know we have a few NC residents on here. Have any been to Bida Manda in Raleigh? Opened around a year before I left so I didn’t get to go too often. But the best fucking lettuce wraps I’ve ever had. It’s Laosian and delicious. Opened as a top 15 new restaurant in the country for the year 2016 (opened late in the year).

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:18 AM

    Small squares are huge in the south side of Chicago. I work in oak lawn/evergreen park burb and there’s like 5 bomb pizza places with small squares Pizza. Most Chicago pizza places thin crust pizza is square pizza. 

    I am not a fan of deep dish. 

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:44 AM

    My hometown pizza place has cut theirs in squares my entire life. I don't think it's a special thing...?

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:53 AM

    No one said it's a special thing..the point was a lot of Midwest cities do it. 

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018 11:54 AM
    posted by SportsAndLady

     

    I am not a fan of deep dish. 

    I'm a fan of deep dish as long as it is only occasionally. Brick over though is where it's at.

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