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Double Rainbow, Wrigleyville

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Double Rainbow, Wrigleyville

Paul Mollica | Dec 28, 2003 06:13 PM

We made a rare excursion to this neighborhood for a Music Box matinee. Afterwards, looking for a quick bite, we spotted the Double Rainbow across the street, advertising soup and hot dogs, along with their signature ice cream. We entered with fond memories of our family's last visit to a DR location in Albequerque, NM (along historic Route 66). The memories dissipated at once as we opened the door.

Bad sign number one: the kids said the place smelled funny (true enough, we were overwhelmed by cleaning solvent odors). Bad sign number two: no soup. We went with the hot dogs for the kids ($2.50 a pop). Okay, so I don't expect a ice cream place to dish up stellar hot dogs, but how about comestible, at least?

After my oldest son refused another bite, I tried a nibble. The hot dogs were like no "food" I've ever consumed -- plumped up with what appeared to be extra water, gray in color, barely cooked. A day later and I still can't get the taste and texture off my palate! No low-rent, yellow-clad "Maxwell Street" clone could do worse than this.

The ice cream was perfectly okay, though not entirely fresh. It did not redeem the rest of the visit.

The staff was very friendly, on the plus side.

I lament the missed opportunity here. Other DR locations out west do food, sometimes very well indeed, like the aforementioned NM location. The food here was advertised out front, but clearly an add-on, yet it wouldn't take very much to make this a decent soup and sandwich place. Or dump the food altogether (the Village Creamery does fine with just ice cream). They shouldn't try to have it both ways.

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