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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/12 19:52:47 (permalink)
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Here is the itinerary so far. I haven't decided the hours yet, but I was thinking an 11:00 AM start.  Let me know what you think.
 
Dog N Suds Drive-In
 
Depot Restaurant (We can go straight here after Dog N Suds if we eat light).

FYI, it looks like Depot closes at noon on Sundays.  Just something to keep in mind...
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/12 20:00:36 (permalink)
Maybe they're our first stop.  Nice hot cuppa joe, might be just the thing after the long drive up.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/12 20:05:27 (permalink)
Sounds good, and then a D&S root beer and coney dog for dessert.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/12 21:42:40 (permalink)
Breakfast of champions.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/12 21:51:23 (permalink)
Ok if there aren't any objections here is the plan:
 
The Depot Restaurant 11:00 AM (Breakfast and Coffee)
 
Dog N Suds Drive-In
 
Anderson's Candy Shop (We can audible this one and move it to the spot after the orchards, but keep in mind they close at 6:00 PM on Sundays).
 
Harvest Time Orchards (They also have food here).
 
Reds Steak and BBQ
 
At this point, we should probably skip Fitzgerald's.  However, we can go there if we are still hungry.
 
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ChiTownDiner?!?!?!  (He may be a late addition.)
 
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/12 22:22:26 (permalink)
Sounds good.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/14 08:11:44 (permalink)
Depending on how early I get going I might stop in Twin Lakes for a light pre-breakfast at Mad Dan's.  This was one of my grandparents' favorite places for many years but the only time I can remember being there was the summer of 1970 (I think).  Another place that looks interesting is Manny's Snack Shack.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/14 09:18:35 (permalink)
SC,

We are up for a breakfast stop.

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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/14 10:46:57 (permalink)
I have a new Magic Portable Telephone capable of transmitting written words; I'll send you some tomorrow morning.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/14 11:35:18 (permalink)
Like a wireless telegraph? Can it be used while in your carriage?
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/14 13:34:57 (permalink)
Only if the horse's tail is flapping against the breeze.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/14 13:50:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2016/10/14 14:49:31
Especially if it's good old Rusty! 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/16 19:53:15 (permalink)
Hopefully everyone made it home OK!
 
There were only 6 of us but we had some pretty good food and visited some interesting places.  Depot Restaurant was a hit and Dog n Suds was everything I expected it to be, although the early dinner at Red's garnered mixed reviews.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/16 22:17:24 (permalink)
The Flatlanders have landed safely. Our assessment of the day matches the ChickenDude's.  Depot Restaurant was the highlight of the day.  I almost wish we'd been able to focus on it, rather than moving on.  We ordered Biscuits and Gravy, HashBrowns with Onions and Cheese, Corned Beef Hash, and an omelet that included a pile of Home Fries.  Everything was really tasty, but I'd like to see what they can do with a stack of Pancakes, Waffles, or French Toast.
 
All three Spud based items were especially good, prompting Pie Diva to say, "Man, the people in Richmond really know how to prepare Potatoes!"  The Home Fries consisted of Russets, shaved razor thin, then griddled to get a fantastic crust on the surface.  They had a rich buttery flavor different from the other two dishes.  The Hash Browns were a classic version; a crispy outer crust surrounding a light, fluffy/creamy interior.  The Onions and the Cheese just made it that much better.  The Corned Beef Hash had a similar texture profile and had the added benefit of Corned Beef (duh).
 
One of the biggest motivators for adding The Depot to the list was what we assumed would be its charming diner ambiance.  They didn't disappoint.  This is an old school Diner in every way.  From the long counter with stool seating to the cozy booths along the front, to the slightly exposed kitchen area worked by a master Grillman; it was all spot on.  Got some nice action photos of the short order chef slinging hash and other morning fare.  If the site ever makes it easier to post pictures, I'll be sure to share.
 
Dog & Suds was a pleasant throwback.  The Chicago Style Hot Dogs were very good in spite of the use of pickle chips instead of spears.  The "Char-co Burger" was okay.  Better than its McDonald's equivalent but not by much.  The house brand Root Beer, served in a real frosty glass mug was exceptional.
 
We made a couple of quick stops at a honey shop and a high end candy store before heading up north to a  Wisconsin apple orchard.  When we got there we learned they'd been cleaned out of field apples the weekend before and only had pre-picked remnants left.  No matter.  A gallon jug of Apple Cider and some outstanding Doughnuts made us feel better about the whole thing.  Contrary to what you might expect, these were not Apple Cider Doughnuts, but rather some of the lightest, fluffiest Cake Doughnuts we'd ever tasted.  The Sugar & Cinnamon version was the favorite, the vanilla iced with coconut was a close second.
 
Also fun; watching the Algerian Goats and the huge tom turkey as they teased a young German Shepard from the safe side of a wire fence.
 
The only weakish link of the day was our last official stop, Red's Steak & BBQ.  The food was good but not great and lacked the wow factor of the other places we visited.  Two filets were ordered medium rare.  Both were overcooked by a far distance.  The had a nice crust and good flavor (IMO), but were tougher than they should have been.
 
We also ordered a couple of Pulled Pork Sandwiches which were allegedly "smoked in-house".  I'm not sayin' they weren't smoked, I'm just sayin' the house they were smoked in must have been very far away because we couldn't smell any smoke in the restaurant, or find any discernible smoke flavor in the Pork.  Still, not a bad sandwich with some decent bark and decent Pork flavor, but I would have a tough time classifying it as "Barbecue".
 
The ChickenChomper ordered his name sake dish, half a smoked rotisserie Chicken.  It looked good from where I sat, and he didn't make any faces indicating disgust, so I'll assume it was at least "Okay" if not "Pretty Good".
 
We parted ways after that, with the Cheeseheads going home and the FIBS making one last unscheduled stop at The Texan BBQ in Algonquin, IL.  We'd passed by the joint two weeks ago in the course of the Fox Valley Taqueria Tour.  We used to patronize The Texan fairly regularly some years back, but hadn't there in a long while.  ChiBears15 had never heard of the place so, as long as it was more or less on our way home, we decided to stop in.
 
Admittedly, we were starting to feel the effects of a full day of grazing so a Three Meat Sampler (Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Sausage), shared between the three of us, was just right.  There was considerably more smoke flavor present in these meats as compared to what we had at Red's.  We also tucked into some very nice BBQ Beans, a good tangy cole slaw, some fine Mashed Potatoes (they were supposed to be Garlic Mashed Potatoes, but we couldn't taste any Garlic therein).  ChiBears15 also went after a cup of Brunswick Stew and ruled it "very good".
 
We had a few Fall Color Photo Ops along the way, officially making this a  Darned Good Tour.  Thanks to ChiBears 15 and ScreamingChicken for their efforts in putting this day together.  We all had a great time and appreciate your work.
 
See you all at the next Supper Club/Friday Fish Fry/Steakhouse gathering on Friday November 11th, wherever it may be.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/17 05:43:42 (permalink)
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The ChickenChomper ordered his name sake dish, half a smoked rotisserie Chicken.  It looked good from where I sat, and he didn't make any faces indicating disgust, so I'll assume it was at least "Okay" if not "Pretty Good".

I'll give it a "Pretty Good".  There were 1 or 2 slightly dry spots but overall it was decently moist, and I could taste a little bit of smoke (the menu describes wood chips as part of the cooking process).  My favorite part of the plate, though, was the side of green beans.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/17 06:42:52 (permalink)
Those were some tasty Green Beans.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/17 16:47:01 (permalink)
I'm not a barbecue purist by any measure, I enjoy my pulled pork with either Eastern or Piedmont style sauce. But I draw the line at KC-style sauce on my barbecue sandwich. Red let me down here.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/17 18:09:33 (permalink)
Calling Red's a "KC-style sauce" is a bit of a misnomer.  True, it tasted like a certain namesake sauce sold in grocery stores across the land, but I'm hard pressed to name any actual BBQ Joint in Kansas City that is serving anything even remotely similar to that product.  Most BBQ sauces found in KC Greasehouses don't have that artificial sticky thickness and tend to be less sweet.  They also lack the heavy molasses flavor of that commercial product; instead featuring a flavor profile with distinct spice notes, including cinnamon, clove, and celery seed, among others.  Some might even be considered closer to the Piedmont style sauce you referred to.
 
Lucky you, you'll get the chance to try them first hand at next spring's KC Crawl!
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/29 16:34:43 (permalink)

 
Check out the cool old Sprite sign, and the less cool but even older customer.

 
Great atmosphere.

 
Ignore their appearance; the biscuits and gravy were fine.  However, the individually wrapped slice of American cheese for the hash browns needs to be upgraded.

 
My plate.  The sausage patties look done but they were quite red inside; my guess is that they were still partially frozen when they went on the griddle.  Pie Diva made me send them back for additional cooking.

 
Omelet and home fries.

 
Stop #2.

 
The Flannel Kid has been around much longer than 1963.

 
If you can't find something you like it's your own fault.

 
Dog.

 
Suds.

 
Some people would rather have a burger than a dog.

 
After visiting the candy store, the honey store, and the orchard we headed back toward town for our final meal.  Gotta love the classy gambling signs that so many Illinois restaurants feature now...

 
We ate in the atrium-style area.

 

 
The bar and secondary dining area.  The main room was to the rear and left of the bar and on Sundays it's home to a blues jam.

 

 
Clam chowder.  It didn't have a lot of clams but I liked the flavor.

 

 

 
Hash browns.

 

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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/29 16:49:30 (permalink)
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The Flannel Kid has been around much longer than 1963.

 



Just five years longer, thank you very much, and still looking way better than I deserve.
 
Thanks goodness you caught my good side; turned away from the camera, and from afar.
 
Nice job of recording the day!
 
Thanks,
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/29 17:50:06 (permalink)
It would have been nice to get a shot of the group at dinner.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/29 17:55:01 (permalink)
My sim card was full.
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/29 18:00:59 (permalink)
Hmmm...I seem to recall seeing a group picture somewhere.  Maybe in a recent PM, or am I wrong.  Okay, who's holding out.  Do I need to do a cut and paste to settle this?
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/29 18:11:46 (permalink)
If you do you might want to be sure that the owner of said group picture isn't the vindictive sort.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/29 23:23:00 (permalink)
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/30 00:55:38 (permalink)
My intent was to delete this post, but that option no longer seems to be available on a regular basis.  If anyone can explain it to me, I'd be grateful.
 
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Re: Contingent Gathering in Richmond, IL - October 9th, 16th, or 23rd? 2016/10/30 08:31:52 (permalink)
Take it down. We signed no release.
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