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A Joliet Chow Corner: Hickory and Ruby

Mugs | Feb 10, 200507:27 PM

Tonight I had a pizza for the first time from Stone City Pizza, which is actually on the NE corner of Hickory and Granite about fifty feet north of Ruby and has been open six months. I learned of the place from a menu I picked up on the counter of Mancuso Cheese on Mills Rd. last week. My wife and I found the sausage and onion thin-crust pizza (thin is their standard but they'll make a "double crust" on request) good but too clean, i.e., lacking in flavor. We'll try to make it good and dirty next time by ordering raw garlic and black olives on it.

Behind La Esquina grocery on the NW corner of Hickory and Ruby is a white taco van, Taqueria Don Cruz. Full from the pizza, I went for one taco de pollo, but they were out of chicken. I settled on a carne asada. By far the best part of the taco was the salsa rojo, even more smoky and arbol-tasting than Amanecer Tapatio's. The sign offers tacos and tortas with adovada, a meat I'd never heard of before. The Mexican fellow helping me order said it's like pastor. Is adovada from any particular state in Mexico?

A few doors east of Hickory and Ruby is the well-regarded Taste of Polonia. Several blocks west is Hey Hot Dog, which brews its own root beer from the old A&W recipe. Several blocks west of that is Thayer Bros. Deli, home of good soup.

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