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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/11/17 09:00:54 (permalink)
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What's Brad planning this weekend?

At the moment, nothing outside of a strip roast on the Weber rotisserie tonight.  But that doesn't rule out a last-minute decision to head out this afternoon or tomorrow.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/11/17 12:46:38 (permalink)
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FYI, The Meltons are making an impromptu visit to Chicago this weekend through Monday evening.  We're unavailable on Saturday, but Sunday is wide open.  Ralph & Lori have theater tix Sunday afternoon, but are available for breakfast and/or dinner.  We're also up for anything on Monday before they leave town.
 
Can we show the Yinzers a little Contingent love?
 
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See post #178.


I'll put you down as a "maybe".


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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/02 16:28:51 (permalink)
The Contingent's unofficial advance scouting team ran a successful mission yesterday.  The Roadhouses and ScreamingChicken converged on North Aurora, IL to check out Harner's Bakery & Restaurant.  They popped up on my radar thanks to a recent episode of Chicago's Best.  They were singled out for their Fried Chicken, but they've got a full "country menu" including Prime Rib and all day breakfast.
 
We took advantage of all of the above and are pleased to report Harner's could be a strong anchor stop for a future Contingent tour of the Fox River Valley.  Everything we had was solid and well above average with a few pleasant highlights. 
 
We started out sharing an "appetizer" of Biscuits & Gravy.  We got the full order, without eggs, which included four biscuits (or maybe two biscuits cut in half, depending on how thick they were to begin with) covered in a thick milk gravy, heavy with flavorful sage sausage.  We all liked it very much, although ChickenDude thought the gravy might have been a little too thick.  My personal tastes run that direction, so it was just perfect for me.
 
Our resident FriedChickenFanatic gave the Fried Chicken Dinner a big thumbs up, citing the delicious dark meat, real Mashed Potatoes, and flavorful Green Beans.  It was a full half bird, so everyone got the piece they wanted without any wrestling matches.
 
We agreed the Prime Rib was cooked to order (as rare as possible), although some in our extended group may have other ideas about what that means.  Bottom line, the beef was beautifully pink and tender with a nice herb crust.  it had great flavor and was very satisfying.  A generous sized mound of Hash Browns came on the side.  They were beautifully brown and crispy on the outside and nicely tender within.
 
Mrs. Roadhouse went off on her own, ordering Eggs Benedict with Sausage from the specials menu.  Not my thing, but it looked very appetizing and she liked it a lot.
 
After lunch we headed over to the Bakery side of the store and picked up a few items for later.  The highlight was the Cider Donuts with a toothsome crunch on the outside and good spiced cider flavor.  The Bear Claw was good, but unspectacular.  Mrs. Roadhouse's insistence on grabbing a few of the Turtle confections turned out to be a good thing.  The combination of chocolate, pecans, and buttery caramel was just right.
 
It was a blustery day, so ScreamingChicken headed for home before worse weather set in.  We made one more stop at Juquilita Tacos.  It reminded me of El Potosi, except it's all indoors, with a little less timeworn clutter.  Even though we were pretty full from Harner's, we thought the food was excellent.  We enjoyed a few forkfuls of Pork in Green Sauce there in the store, wrapped up the rest for home, and grabbed a few Tamales for later.  Still haven't tried them, but based on the deliciousness of the Pork dish, we're expecting good things.
 
UPDATE: Had the Tamales for dinner, one chicken, one pork.  They were extraordinarily well stuffed with copious amounts of meat.  A little dry, but that may have been due to the reheating process.  I'll bet if we'd eaten them fresh at the restaurant they would have been amazing.  Still, very good, more than 24 hours later, out of the microwave.
 
Two other stops, Bruno's Cheesesteaks and Betty Jean's Soul Food in Syacamore look promising, but we'll need to check them out at a later date and report back.
 
There might even be pictures of this excursion once HowlingYardBird gets his Daguerreotype plates developed.  I've even got a couple of snaps from the Taco Joint if I can figure out how to get them from my I-Pod to the internet.
 
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/02 22:13:16 (permalink)
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There might even be pictures of this excursion once HowlingYardBird gets his Daguerreotype plates developed.

They're headed to Kansas on tomorrow's Pony Express.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/03 12:53:16 (permalink)
I'm feeling the love.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/03 13:44:32 (permalink)
Tamale love conquers all.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/04 11:44:18 (permalink)
Aurora. Tough spot I’ve found for food. Lived next door in Naperville for 35 years and have worked back in AUrora now for 2 years. Harners - is what it is- decent in my visits. Bruno’s is decent. Taco wise the best, most consistent has been Jalisco Taco Aurhentio. On Lake street. Tacos Dorados and I have found their flautas good as well. Consider Pie Boss in the area for meat pies. . Other than that mostly chain hell in this area. Pretty good fried chicken spot in dekalb. Lothsans. I’ll also toss out Cemitas Poblanas in Au. When they are on they are as good as the cemita joint in Chicago.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/04 13:44:51 (permalink)
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Pretty good fried chicken spot in dekalb. Lothsans.

According to their Facebook page they've been around for nearly 70 years, but those 4:30p-7:30p hours are a small window of opportunity!
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/04 14:30:03 (permalink)
I bet you can make it happen you seem to get around sir.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/04 16:58:48 (permalink)
There was a super nice lady in  a wheelchair that passed away that was our expert for Aurora and the surrounding area. She gave me more places than I could visit when I came down years ago for the Aurora Blues Festival they used to have in June on the downtown bridges.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/04 19:52:32 (permalink)
That was Karen Land, aka kland01s.  She had an excellent knowledge of Illinois' Fox River Valley region and was a real asset here.
 
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I bet you can make it happen you seem to get around sir.

From town to town, no less.
 
IL-23 runs south contiguously from Genoa through Sycamore to DeKalb, and could possibly have the makings of a Saturday afternoon sometime.  The only problem is that years ago I had friends who attended NIU and I visited them on occasion, so whenever I get near DeKalb I get a pounding headache and jumpy stomach.  No idea why.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/05 06:18:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/12/05 10:56:37
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That was Karen Land, aka kland01s.  She had an excellent knowledge of Illinois' Fox River Valley region and was a real asset here.


I believe I knew Karen, she and her friend were quite active on a Chicago food forum. They not only knew the Fox River Valley, but pretty much any cool butcher or roadhouse from St. Charles to Peoria, always enjoyed comparing notes. Broke bread with them a few times - Rips and a annual May bbq I used to host for that other food forum.

Sad to hear she had passed.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/05 10:58:10 (permalink)
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Broke bread with them a few times - Rips and a annual May bbq I used to host for that other food forum.

Sad to hear she had passed.

No need to use the past tense. The Contingent is here to partake.
 
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/08 09:44:51 (permalink)
Pizza & $1 movie & free popcorn & dinner tomorrow.
 
We start with pizza at Zaffiro's at the Marcus Ridge Cinema at Noon.
 
Be there or be like Buddy.
 
A pre-pizza meet up at McBob's at 10:00 is planned for the early risers.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/08 09:53:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/12/08 10:08:31
Apparently White Castles are available in the theater lobby, so why bother with pizza beforehand?
 
If we're there we're there, if we're not we're not.  The to-do list is pretty long this weekend and 5-6 hours in the middle of Sunday is tough to spare.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/08 10:15:37 (permalink)
Brad,
 
If you can't make the movie, consider joining the Contingent for Sunday Night Fried Chicken at the Cotton Exchange.
 
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/08 10:55:38 (permalink)
I called the Cotton Exchange. The Sunday Night Fried Chicken includes:
  • Choice of Baked Potato, Red Smashed Potato, Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, French Fries, or Garlic Green Beans.
  • Soup or Salad
  • Fresh baked Paesano Bread
  • And a four-piece serving of fried chicken.
All for only $11.99.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/08 13:08:18 (permalink)
Wish we could be there for Pizza, Movie, and Sunday Night Fried Chicken, but duty calls.
 
Working for a living sucks.  Next time around I think I'll opt for inherited wealth.  As long as I avoid all that Kardashian crap, I think I'll be okay.
 
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/08 13:26:15 (permalink)
We will miss you & your Kardashian-like booty tomorrow Buddy. We will do this again in the Spring if everyone behaves.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/08 17:23:03 (permalink)
Unfortunately our late afternoon plans will rule out the Cotton Exchange dinner as well, but if reports are favorable we'll go another time.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/10 09:04:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/12/10 09:34:34
Well, we all missed the fried chicken at Cotton Exchange because they were out of it by the time we got there.  The waitress was very apologetic, but said they had a lot of big parties and banquets this week (probably holiday parties...the place is a huge barn and I think the ground floor is a banquet hall) that wiped out their supply, so what they had left yesterday was gone by the time we got there, less than two hours after they start selling it on Sundays.
 
Mr. Maki and I each got duck (I got the duck special with plum sauce, he got the duck off the menu with a red wine/cherry sauce) and we both liked them.  We'll have to go back when fried chicken is less in-demand, whenever that is.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/10 09:37:37 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby abe_froeman 2018/12/11 08:55:50
I will second abe_froeman's opinion, they serve good food at the Cotton Exchange. Definitely worth a 1:45 arrival there some Sunday to queue up for fried chicken.
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/11 10:51:34 (permalink)
What's the dining room atmosphere like?  Is it all tables?  Or are there booths and/or a counter?
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Re: Contingent casual/unthemed events 2018/12/11 12:18:09 (permalink)
All of the above. We sat in the bar area where they had table, booth & bar service. Also several dining rooms and  banquet hall(s). I really liked the bar, lively with lots of TV's.
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