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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/27 11:31:04 (permalink)
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My sister Professor/Doctor Patty,

You left off "former WKOW news anchor"!
 
The Brewers and White Sox play at 1:10pm on the South Side.  Can we totally revamp the event with completely different venues and times so I can go to the game?
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/28 02:50:18 (permalink)
Based on the overwhelming response we got from today's crowd at the Smoke/Pie Day event hosted by JRPfeff and Pie Diva, we're going to have a whopping group at this event.
 
Here's my estimate for attendance:
 
Final Tally

quijote & sancho panza = 2
JRPfeff & Pie Diva+Jackie = 3
MilwFoodlovers = 1
Gyp = 1
ChiBears15 = 1
LAmuse Bouche = 1
CNW = 1
irisarbor & Frank = 2
chicagostyledog & Nina + Cousin Dee = 3
abe_froeman & Mr. Maki+guests = 4
BuddyRoadhouse & Mrs. = 2
Davidsanders = 1
ProfessorPatty = 1
Total = 23
 
If everyone shows up, at some point, we'll have a larger group than the Nashville Crawl attendance!  Very exciting.  Plus, we'll be welcoming two new Contingencies, guests of JRPfeff & Pie Diva.
 
See you all soon!
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/28 12:10:34 (permalink)
Add ProfessorPatty and TVDavid to the Tentative, or only doing part of the tour list.
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/30 21:22:40 (permalink)
Nina and I are in along with Cousin Dee.
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/30 23:11:05 (permalink)
Not sure if Frank is joining and we are also down a car (still) so I am wondering if there is anyone I can catch a ride with...
just exploring options if Frank doesn’t come and it’s me alone
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 08:37:29 (permalink)
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Yep, 11:00am on June 2nd at Bang Bang!

Now that the starting point and time have been nailed down, has the rest of the schedule been finalized?
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 15:28:29 (permalink)
I think you can count on this lineup for the final schedule:

Bang Bang Pie Shop- 2051 N California Ave (the Logan Square location)
I'm making this our first stop, and I think we should focus on their biscuits, which are as equally regarded as their pie.  I'm not preventing anyone from getting pie, just encouraging something new!
 
Red Hot Ranch- 2072 N Western Ave
Awesome fried shrimp, smooshed burgers, and Depression dogs!
 
Pizza y Pan Pa’ Ya- 3125 W Montrose
There was an ice cream place under construction across the street- not sure if they'll be ready in 3 1/2 weeks, but fingers crossed!
 
El Potosi- 3710 N Elston
THEY ARE CASH ONLY!!!  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

Honey Butter Fried Chicken- 3361 N Elston
 
I'll try to do a brief write up for each of these places so everyone will know what to expect when ordering.
 
chicagostyledog reminded me today that the newly opened Vienna Beef Museum is not too far from the center of our activities.  He's checking to make sure they'll be open on Saturday if we want to add them as a non-eating stop.  I'll leave that decision up to abe_froeman, as this is her tour.
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 15:57:43 (permalink)
Isn’t Margie’s Candies close by???
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 16:13:37 (permalink)
We don't talk about Margie's Candies in our family, David.
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 16:14:36 (permalink)
David,
If you're still hungry after all this, you can make a Margie's run for the group.  Just bring a sack of chocolates to wherever our bloated bodies are lying and pour it on top of us.
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 16:36:09 (permalink)
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We don't talk about Margie's Candies in our family, David.

Is there a story here?
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 16:38:39 (permalink)
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David,
If you're still hungry after all this, you can make a Margie's run for the group.  Just bring a sack of chocolates to wherever our bloated bodies are lying and pour it on top of us.
 
Buddy

I probably won’t be hungry after Bang Bang.
It’s all but certain you can remove my guest from the list. I’ve also been reconsidering the last two stops. It will depend on how miserable I feel after the pizza.
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 19:04:23 (permalink)
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I think you can count on this lineup for the final schedule:

Bang Bang Pie Shop- 2051 N California Ave (the Logan Square location)
Red Hot Ranch- 2072 N Western Ave
Pizza y Pan Pa’ Ya- 3125 W Montrose
El Potosi- 3710 N Elston
Honey Butter Fried Chicken- 3361 N Elston

A schedule usually includes a time component.  Those who might not be joining the group at the starting line might appreciate approximate times for the subsequent stops...
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/05/31 20:13:27 (permalink)
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abe_froeman
We don't talk about Margie's Candies in our family, David.

Is there a story here?

Yes.
 
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A schedule usually includes a time component.  Those who might not be joining the group at the starting line might appreciate approximate times for the subsequent stops...



Between abe and I, we'll be releasing shortly a full schedule with destination times and descriptions of all the places we're visiting.  Patience grasshopper.
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 01:14:26 (permalink)
As promised, here's the itinerary for this Saturday's tour.  Feel free to print it out.  I'll also have a few copies to hand out.
 
Welcome to The Contingent’sHoney Butter Fried Chicken/Northwest Chicago Tour!  Our biggest challenge today will be avoiding collapse before we get to the grand finale.  All these stops have a long list of “must try” items.  As you all know, pacing is the key, so choose well and partner up with a few others for sharing and optimizing menu choices.
 
11-11:50am
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits; 2051 N. California, (773) 276-8888
Most Contingent members have been to Bang Bang on prior trips (The Great ChicagoStyleHotDog & ItalianBeef Crawl of 2015) and know what to expect.  For the newcomers, here’s a quick rundown.  You shouldn’t be surprised that we’re starting with a dessert stop.  As the old saying goes, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!”  Also, BBP&B has a solid breakfast menu featuring Biscuits with a variety of toppings, Pot Pies, Grits, and Sides.  Best course of action may be to grab the Pie to go for later and focus on the breakfast selections while we’re here.
 
Noon-12:45pm
Red Hot Ranch; 2072 N. Western Ave., (773) 772-6020
RHR serves one of the best examples of the Minimalist CSD (mustard, relish, onions, sport peppers; NO tomato, pickle or celery salt), but the focus today should be on their recent menu addition, the RHR CheeseBurger.  This smashdown burger starts out as two wads of beef (definitely order the double, especially since you’ll likely be splitting), mashed to almost paper thinness on a searing hot griddle.  The resulting caramelization creates one of the meatiest tasting Burgers in all of Chicago.  You can order it with RHR’s Special Sauce, or my favorite, the classic ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion (raw or grilled) combination of my misspent youth at McDonald’s.  All sandwiches come with Fries.
 
If you must order something besides a Burger, go with the Deep-Fried Shrimp.  They’re served “tails off” for easy popping and are among the best in town.
 
1-2:30pm
Pizza y Pan Pa' Ya; 3125 W Montrose, (773) 463-2619
This could be our toughest stop.  Everything on the menu looks so inviting you’ll have a hard time limiting yourself.  And they’ve got a full range of finger food choices from savory to sweet; all of it looking like just tiny little bites, but after a while it adds up.
 
Standouts on our test run were the Empanadas and the Pizza.  The Empanadas feature a thick, crunchy shell giving way to abundant fillings.  Our group of five ordered the 12” thin crust Pizza with chicken and mushrooms and walked away with leftovers.  For our group of 23 I’ll guess four pizzas and a handful of appetizers will more than satisfy our needs.
 
2:45-4pm
El Potosi Taqueria, 3710 N Elston Ave., (773) 463-2517
You need to appreciate El Potosi for the total experience.  The food here is NOT life changing, but it is very good.  Accept it for what it is and you’ll love this wonderful, quirky example of an urban Taqueria.  You’ll feel like you’re in a tiny joint in rural Mexico instead of one of the busiest neighborhoods on the northwest side of Chicago.
 
They serve a full Mexican Street Food Menu, including Burritos, Tostadas, and Tortas.  We found it easiest to split a plate of Tacos.  Added Bonus: If you’re a lover of Al Pastor (spit-grilled pork), El Potosi serves a dandy version!  You can also get full dinners and a whole separate menu of Shrimp choices. 
 
This will be our tightest squeeze of the tour.  I guarantee some of the group will be eating al trunko.  El Potosi’s inside is about the size of a small home kitchen and dining area with maybe four seats.  Most of the eating space is outdoors overlooking beautiful(?) Elston Avenue.  Off the top of my head I’d say there is total seating for about 18 people (who knew we’d get such an overwhelming response for this trip?).
 
4:15-6pm
Honey Butter Fried Chicken, 3361 N Elston Ave., (773) 478-4000
We’re here for everything the name implies: Beautifully Fried Chicken, smothered in Honey Butter (served on the side).  Looking at the menu, you might think it’s a bit pricey, but keep in mind, all the bird served here is boneless (except the drumsticks, duh) so you’re getting maximum value.  The sandwiches are fried thighs, instead of breasts.  IMHO, thighs are the best part of the bird and make a better sandwich.
 
They have a unique selection of sides including Schmaltz Smashed Potatoes (Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Fat Gravy), Roasted Garlic Grits, Pimento Mac & Cheese, and Creamed Corn.  For anyone who wants to fool themselves into believing they can make this a healthier meal, there’s a Kale & Cabbage Slaw option.
 
After Honey Butter we can break out the pies we bought earlier in the day at Bang Bang.  That is unless Pie Diva brings her own creations for us.
 
See you all Saturday at 11am!
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 08:21:03 (permalink)
Buddy,

We will be dividing the remaining Pie Day pies for distribution tomorrow. Bring a cooler or an appetite.

Jim
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 08:51:49 (permalink)
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Honey Butter Fried Chicken, 3361 N Elston Ave., (773) 478-4000
...all the bird served here is boneless (except the drumsticks, duh)...

I'm a little disappointed that the wings are boneless and that drumsticks can't be purchased individually, but if I'm there I guess I'll make do.
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 13:06:37 (permalink)
I was in error when I said all chicken except the drumsticks were served boneless.  To my knowledge the wings still have bones.  I didn't mention them because they are not served as part of a regular chicken dinner, only as a separate item.
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 15:30:54 (permalink)
How ironic that one of the names for this thread was “thinking of warmer days ahead”. It might actually hit 60 tomorrow.

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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 16:22:42 (permalink)
That's still warmer than when the thread was started.  IMO, we'll have perfect weather tomorrow; cool but not cold enough that you need a coat, with partly cloudy skies so we get an occasional break from direct sunlight.  Almost a zero percent chance of rain, and the Cubs are playing out of town so a little less traffic in the neighborhood.  It should be a glorious day!
 
Buddy
 
P.S. Just a quick note to remind everyone, parking is going to be a challenge at most of the places we're visiting.  So bring your Valium and a lot of patience and we'll all get through this thing.  Hint: Don't forget to pay the meters.  You will get a ticket if you don't display the little receipt on the passenger side of your front window.
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 18:17:56 (permalink)
 I was going to recommend a visit to the newly opened Vienna Beef Museum, but it's closed on Saturday's.
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/01 19:03:11 (permalink)
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 I was going to recommend a visit to the newly opened Vienna Beef Museum, but it's closed on Saturday's.
 
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Use your Master Key to get us in.
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/02 22:30:12 (permalink)
Another awesome abe_froeman organized event.
 
Thanks Lucy.
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/02 23:37:31 (permalink)
Thank you abe_froeman for such a great afternoon. We did it, we really, really did it. Any pie pics?
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/03 00:02:58 (permalink)
Yes, thanks Lucy. It was nice to meet you and all the others I met for the first time.

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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/03 10:07:31 (permalink)
Dee, Nina, and I had a great time.
Thanks, Lucy!
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/03 10:49:34 (permalink)
Did anyone keep CSD from throwing rocks at the Eisenberg building on Elston?
 
Since I missed the Water Taxi outing last year as well I hope Abe doesn't start thinking it's something personal.
 
I'm glad the trip was a success and that everyone had a good time, but I must admit that the shallow, petty, vindictive side of me wanted you all to get food poisoning.
 
Now...who's up for pizza at Luisa's this afternoon?
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/03 11:15:06 (permalink)
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………….Now...who's up for pizza at Luisa's this afternoon?




Do they had a tropicale pizza?
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/04 23:32:09 (permalink)
 
Another outstanding Chicago food tour. Thanks, Lucy!
 
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Re: Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered 2018/06/05 14:46:04 (permalink)
Thanks everyone!  Those brutal Chicago winters do inspire great trips!  Thanks to Buddy for his help in planning and logistics!


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