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What's Next - Allnightathon/River Forest Grill

Vital Information | Mar 19, 200312:33 PM

Well, the Westernathon has come and gone, leaving mostly happy fressers. Our BIG event is still world's away, what comes in between?

Let me digress. Like many kids growing up in the 70's, I learned my art appreciation (and ability to catch a fogery) from that popular game, Masterpiece. Those 4x6 cards introduced us to the full range of paintings. From thick goey Rembrant's to thick gooey Pollack's, we saw a painting could be of something or of nothing. I especially liked those stunner's of American realism like Grant Wood's American Gothic (the cornflakes picture we called it). But mostly, I loved Hopper's Nighthawk's.

And I suppose it is from too many games of Masterpiece that I am also in love with the all night diner. I propose then, for our next adventure, we move from dusk to dawn, say 6 PM to 6 AM at exclusively all-night eateries (or at most a place that serves until at least 1 AM). It does not have to be just burger joints. In fact the more variations of late night eating we can bring in, the better.

I, obviously, have a few ideas already. First, the great wrapped sandwiches at Al Ameer (or the nearby Al Mataan). Second, Hat Hammond's "Bate's Motel" of eating, the River Forest Grill.

Of late, I have grown especially fond of the River Forest Grill. In fact during the day, they can be downright nice to you too. Their menu extends the full range from burgers to eggs, but I have yet to stray from the burger side.

It might not be Smith and Wollensky, but there is a certain beef-iness to this burger that deifies its cheap price. Yet what I really like is not the burger as so much as the way the whole thing comes together. There is the squishy roll crisped up on the grill, the greasy burgers (I alway get a double for full effect), and some extra-Velvetta type of cheese that melts to a perfect goey texture (with the drizzles of mustard and ketchup it really is rather Pollackesque, no?), a real sum is greater than the parts kind of meal.

Ask for some of the homemade hot sauce which perks up the pre-fab freedom fries.

Give me more suggestions for the Allnightathon. Details will follow.



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