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J3s Owes me $3.95

G Wiv | Apr 16, 200309:59 AM


While I hope the day finds you in fine flora, fauna and fettle, bottom line is you owe me $3.95. Why, you may ask, do you owe me $3.95? Why for a Francheezie, of course. I found myself at Papa Chris's Place, a not bad at all Chicago style hot dog joint on W Touhy, saw Francheezies on the menu, thought of your Francheezie Quest and ordered, without conscious thought, a Francheezie.

Admittedly I have not have many Francheezies in my life, best being from the prepared foods counter at Andy's Deli on Milwaukee Ave, a plump/juicy/spicy Polish sausage, thick bacon wrapped, brimming with cheese with a surprise layer of minced sauteed mushrooms hidden beneath the good quality cheese, all the way to a horrid flaccid mess of rancid bacon, over the hill cheese product and dry as dust hot dog in the Bay area one drunken evening. Papa Chris is nowhere near the wurst, but, since there was no alcohol involved at lunch time, went mostly uneaten.

It is possible that I simply do not understand the joy of a properly made Francheezie as Papa Chris's was not lacking in any specific regard, with the exception of liquid process cheese for the cheese component, the bacon was salty but good, the hot dog a 7 to the pound Vienna all served hot on a Mary Ann bun. Either way, you still owe me $3.95. {smile}

J3s please do not feel I am singling you out, Evil Ronnie owes me $7.95 for an abortion of a fried Monte Christo at Bennigan's, David Hammond $3.95 for a sub-par Monte Christo at Sally's on Harlem and I don't even want to start with the people who recommended Les Nomades. {smile}

Hummm, who else, Da Mayor owes me for gas money as well as a dozen mediocre donuts at Dat, and whomever recommended Philly Cheese steak at Clark and Halsted should be summarily shot.

I'm sure I will think of many more as soon as I post, but I will send those bills in private email. By the way, JeffB, your Ed's Potsticker reimbursement check must have gotten lost in the mail.

Note to ReneG, who I am sure owes me a few bucks as well, less than most as his picks are typically spot-on, but there must have been a stinker here and there. Ahh, yes, chili, specifically Hormel canned chili, Papa Chris's Place's chili tasted exactly like Ramova Grill's chili, which tastes exactly like Hormel. I would guess they both buy their chili from the same food service distributor. Don't get me wrong, Papa C's chili has a certain appeal, as does Ramova's, just that it tastes like Hormel.

One thing Papa C's chili did have going for it, when I asked for onions and hot peppers they gave me a half of a paper hot dog boat filled with onions and a large cup of Giardiniera. Giardiniera in chili is an excellent combination.


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