Thinking of Warmer Days Ahead for The Contingent- Honey Butter Fried Chicken-centered trip
It's cold. It's snowy. It's gray.
It's time to dream about summer.
The only thing that could make that better is Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Looks good, right?
And their patio...
Don't you feel warmer just looking at that??
Let's plan a trip around it, shall we?
How does June or July sound to people? I've created a Doodle poll...PM me for the link.
Where else should we go? I've found some possibilities. I've limited the geographical area to this; the blue pin is HBFC:
Lawrence Ave at the north, Armitage Ave to the south, Cicero to the west, and Western to the east. It could get smaller than that, but here are the possibilities within that area, some of which I've been to, the rest I've compiled from LTH and Yelp: Marie's Pizza & Liquor
- This one I've been to. Old school Italian thin-crust pizza place, with the red vinyl booths and "wood" paneling. This picture is when they're in Christmas mode, but you get the idea: Gene's Sausage Shop
- I think this place was on a previous tour, but it's a good non-food stop. They have a rooftop beer garden that does serve food that we've never been to. Could be fun. I'll research other non-food stops in the area, too.Smoque
- If you were at my wedding, you had Smoque. One of the best BBQ places in Chicago. Excellent mac & cheese. Could be some logistical issues getting all of us seating, but if we hit it mid-afternoon between lunch & dinner, it probably won't be bad. Red Hot Ranch
- Another repeat from previous trips. Great Depression dogs, and CSD's favorite fried shrimp. What's new, though, is that this location now has burgers, which their second location has had since they opened. They're damn good.
And if we can still fit ourselves through standard size doorways, no Roadfood trip to this area would be complete without stopping at Bang Bang Pie
at some point in the day. Other places I haven't been to, but can research in the upcoming months:
Nhu Lan Banh Mi
- Well-regarded banh mi shop. I know MFL will be excited about this one.
Great Sea Chinese Restaurant
- Known for their "lollipop" chicken wings. They got new owners in the last year or so and it sounds like the quality has been maintained.
- We might want to pass on this one just because it looks SO AMAZING
, it would probably be worth its own trip, or at least a trip where it's the spotlight. Just reading the menu is making me drool right now. Apparently there's a region of China that was heavily influenced by Portuguese explorers 500 years ago and there's a really interesting fusion of cultures there. Also, any place that has printed rules like Burt's or Kuma's probably isn't conducive to our usual style of casual dining. But I definitely think we should go back here. Monti's
- This looks more our speed for food tours. Philly cheesesteak bar! People on LTH say it's comparable to the better cheesesteak places in Philly, not the touristy crap.
So, let's make some decisions on dates- again, PM me for the Doodle link. If anyone has strong opinions about any of the places I've suggested,
I don't really care
please let me know. I'm going to plan some fact-finding missions for the coming months on my own to help decide what's worth our valuable time and calorie intake!
post edited by abe_froeman - 2018/02/06 17:07:59