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Des Plaines Chow Notes

steve drucker | Sep 5, 2003 08:34 AM

A Chow Search on Des Plaines yielded an earlier post about:

L & L Snack Shop
456 E Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: (847) 803-6767

Paradise Pup
1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 699-85

L&L was neighborhood locals-only ham and egg ecstasy. Moist, good quality ham cut off the bone, eggs over easy were two double yolk eggs, hash browns made with real potatoes--not a prepared food service product of pre-prepped potatoes. Orange juice was frozen. Super lifetime professional proprietor-grill man with an immaculate grill and two burner range for the eggs, and a single waitress servicing the dozen counter seats and eight or ten tables.

Paradise Pup. Recommended for its hamaburgers and shakes. When I got up to counter, I saw that the hamburgers were cooked to order over a char-grill. But it just wasn't a hamburger day for me. So instead of a burger, I popped my cherry with regards to a 'real' Chicago hot dog. I never thought I'd want a hot dog any other way than New York style--boiled with mustard & kraut. But I've got to admit, I enjoyed the hell out of my 'Char Pup', a boiled dog, char-grilled with 'Everything'--onions, celery salt, tomato, cucumber, mustard, relish and sport peppers. Old hat to Chicago folks, but quite a novelty for me. An excellent chocolate shake. Bottom line--I'll be back.

Last morning, grabbed breakfast at the dependable diner Tiffany's at the corner of River Road and Touhy--right by the entrance to the Tollway South. Not in the same league as L&L, but good enough in a time crunch.

Thank you to the collective Chicago 'Chow Mind' for these two recommendations, both winners.

Other: a very refined, very expensive business dinner at Woo Lae Oak (Korean) in Arlington Heights. Chow wise--nothing notable, but nothing bad either. Grills were teflon coated over gas flame. As a result--not as much flavor imparted to grilled items as with hard wood charcoal and iron grills or grates. Side dishes: the usual kim chee items etc. Service absolutely superb. Also, Lavazza (one of the best quality coffee packers, from Italy) espresso. I was the only gringo present, and when I asked for a particular cold noodle dish, the waitress was very reticent--worried that the it would not be to my taste. Excellent soju (sweet potato vodka, 40 proof) selection. Watch out--this stuff is lethal.


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