Did a little exploring today, in the name of chow science. I've been wanting to try Top Notch Beefburgers (112th, east of Western) for a while now and what a treat it is. The burgers come in 1/4, 1/2/ and 3/4 lb. sizes. I tried the quarter pound and wasn't disappointed. But it's the fries...freshly cut, and fried twice. You can see the 50# bags of russets stacked up on a pallet in their kitchen. This is an outstanding french fry. The burger was really good as well. So good, that I didn't dress it with anything other than the sour pickle chips, fried onion, and raw onion. Pure beefy goodness.
Next stop...Old Fashioned Donuts at 112th and S. Michigan. The blueberry cake donut was good. The apple fritter is another story. I got fifteen blocks away and made a u-turn and went back in and bought three more of them. $1.50 each, and they must weigh a pound. Crisp, chewy, appley, sugary glazed fried dough, with plenty of syrupystuff layered inside. I felt so guilty that I gave those three away to my dry cleaner, doorman, and maintenance man when I got home. That remaining half is starting to talk to me though...
Last stop - Barbara Ann's Motel and Barbecue, about 76th and Cottage Grove. Strictly
for comparison purposes, I wasn't hungry. The hot link is really smokey like Lems, but more finely ground, with the same sage notes found in a typical breakfast link, and plenty of spice. I have to say that I prefer the coarser grind of Lem's link. The portion at BA's is huge and the finer grind probably more suitable to most hounds taste. The ribs had less char than Lems, but are more tender. I definately prefer Lem's sauce, a little lighter and more vinegary.
I wonder if Old Fashioned Donuts is still open...?