Food Bills

Everybody has to eat, and more often than not, we like to eat out. Most of us aren't foodies or culinary experts, We just like good food at a decent price.

This blog is all about eating out in Chicago, generally not at the trendy places, the hoi polloi fancy spots or the big chains.

I'm definitely not a foodie, just a hard working guy that likes good food and I'm going to share my dining experiences with you. Hopefully it will give you the food layperson's view on Chicago spots. To keep your food bills in check.

I will also Include some “food news” about places located in my “hood” up on the Far North Side of Chicago and Evanston.

I do travel a lot as well, so I will also include a little page with some food notes from my travels!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Plymouth Bar and Grill

Great Location and Rooftop

It was a beautiful day in Chicago, which made going to a rooftop for lunch a perfect option.  The whole crew from work went out to lunch and I have to say, the Plymouth really accommodated us, right down to 20 separate checks.  The service was really very good! 

Everyone enjoyed their lunches, I personally got their wings, 10 for $8.99.  They were meaty and perfectly cooked, though their sauce lacked zing.  But I didn't mind because the chicken was quite good.  

I will definitely go back for lunch, maybe an after dinner drink or two as well!  

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

R Public House

Good Neighborhood Place

R Public House is a great neighborhood spot, that I haven't been to in a while.  I thought that I would pop in for a quick bite and a beer or two rather than sitting home. The beer prices were really good, with $3 Stellas.

I started with the Cheddar Bacon Soup, which was great.  Usually I get this kind of soup and it is killer salty, but this was done just right, with a hint of bacon and a soft cheddar taste.  Unfortunately the wings were not so good.  I ordered the Jerk wings, which were small, not meaty at all, They were very dry, salty and over cooked.  I would not recommend the wings, 

Overall, I recommend R Public House, great drinks and overall a really good menu.  

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Cajun King - Oklahoma City

Dat Dere be Goooood! 

I was skeptical, mainly because this place really did not look all that special from the outside, but it came highly recommended by my friends in OKC. 

Walking in, you pay at the door, and I will say....the food bill was awesome!  $14 for dinner and a beer.  

This is a buffet, a dream buffet of some SERIOUS home cooked cajun food.  I am highly disappointed that I did not have enough room in my stomach to try every single thing in the buffet.  

You are started off by getting a basket of catfish strips put on the table with honey mustard.  This was the first key indicator that the buffet was going to ROCK!  The strips were DAMM good!  

Everything I tried was great, the gumbo kicked butt, I wont go into details, but overall, it is worth the trip!  Everything was loaded with goodness and you leave there, not wanting more.  VERY authentic and not your typical strip mall joint.  

I can not recommend this place enough.  Just go there and experience it for yourself!  

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Chicago Style!

River Valley Farmer's Table - Lincoln Square Chicago

Brunch in Lincoln Square

First Impressions are important and this place didn't start well.  I took a seat, after asking if it was okay, and it took a little more than 15 minutes for anyone to bring us a menu.  Once we did order, service was a tad slow, and the place was not all that busy.

To start, I ordered a Bloody Mary.  They make their Mary's with fresh tomato and you can tell that they do.  It was quite good, but at $10, it severely lacked vodka.  If there was some, I could not taste it.  Which is sad, because the base was really good.

I followed this up with their wild mushroom and egg taco.  You get two really big tacos, which are too big to eat like a taco, but that is okay.  They are stuffed with black beans, a healthy helping of a mushroom remoulade of sorts and a bit of egg on top.  I did enjoy them quite a bit, so there was no disappointment with the food.  The items were all fresh, so it tool a little longer than usual to get the food from the kitchen, but that was no problem for me.

Overall, service was good, very friendly albeit a tad slow.  The food was really good, the endless mimosas that my friends got seemed to hit the spot.  The Bloodies, if you don't like them strong, you are in for a treat!  The coffee is also pretty darn good!

Would I go back?  Yes, I would.  Ill pass on the drinks, but the food is well worth the trip.  A word to the wise, if you sit outside, you are under the Brown Line Tracks, so it can get pretty noisy. If you don't mind that, you are good to go!

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