Stephen Rushmore Jr.
If you’ll be passing through Cleveland, make sure you do it on a weekday between 11am and 3pm, or on a Friday or Saturday night between 5 and 9pm. Those are the hours when Sokolowski’s University Inn is serving food. Sokolowski’s is a Polish oriented cafeteria that, with the passing of Stroud’s in Kansas City, is my current favorite Roadfood restaurant in the whole wide world. They are located at 1201 University Road in Cleveland, just south and across the river from downtown. Their website, http://www.sokolowskis.com has complete directions and a sample of the menu.
You can find a full review of Sokolowski’s in the Roadhouse Bar-B-Que Sauce Summer Tour 2006 thread: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12433&whichpage=5
As for Chicago, if you want good deep dish pizza, avoid the obvious downtown choices, what we locals call "tourist pizza". Uno’, Due’s, and Gino’s East all turnout an edible product, but their PR is much better than their food. If you want the best representatives of the definitive Chicago foods, be prepared to get in your car and explore a little bit.
For deep dish pizza, my choice, as has been made clear in a number of threads here, is Burt s Place up at 8541 N. Ferris, Morton Grove, (847) 965-7997, north of the city. It s an easy ride up I-94 to the Dempster street westbound exit, go about a mile to Ferris and then south about a block and a half. You ll be in a residential area-don t be worried, you re in the right place. Burt s is the only business among all the houses and condos.
As for Hot Dogs, I don t know where you got the idea that we do chili dogs in this town. Maybe you were referring to when you would pass through Ohio. You might find a place that serves chili dogs around here, but that ain t a Chicago Hot Dog. For an excellent version of the true Chicago Hot Dog with mustard, onions, fluorescent green relish, tomato, pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt, you can stay near downtown by heading over to Fast Tracks at the corner of Lake Street and Des Plaines Avenue (not to be confused with the city of Des Plaines up near O Hare Airport). Fast Tracks delivers not just an outstanding Dog, but they do it in an atmosphere that celebrates Chicago s mass transit history, including photos of old street cars and busses, a large scale model train that runs overhead around the inside perimeter of the building, and an outdoor seating area made up of welded together old subway parts.
There are many other Hot Dog choices all over town. The best known and coincidentally best versions can be found at Hot Doug’s (Northwest side, California and Roscoe), Superdawg (Far northwest side, Milwaukee Ave. and Nagle), Gene and Jude s (Far west, River Road just north of Grand Avenue), and Wolfy s (North side, Peterson Avenue just east of Lincoln Ave.)
Also, if you re looking for good barbecue, it embarrasses me to say so, but Chicago isn t your town. We ve got a few good options, but we are not over run with Que the way Kansas City is. Down on the Southside you have a couple of good options in Leon s and Lem s. I don t know what your background is, but if you re uncomfortable in urban neighborhoods, skip these two. There s actually nothing wrong with either area, they look scarier than they are. Keep in mind that Lem s has no indoor seating; strictly carry-out or eat on the hood of your car in the parking lot.
Other Que options include Uncle Bub s in the western suburb of Westmont and The Texan Bar-B-Q and Chile House in Algonquin at the corner of Rt. 31 and Rt. 62 (Way out northwest-this one is a daytrip from downtown). There are lots of other places that say they serve Barbecue and plenty more that serve ribs . Just remember there are lots of ways to cook ribs, but not all of them are barbecue. Be wary. If you don t smell smoke within a half block of the joint, they aren t serving ,20,224989.003,1,23309,220.127.116.11
224991,224989,224989,2006-08-07 21:26:26,RE: New Jersey to Chicago and Sandusky on the way!”
Got a proposed route? It’ll be easier to recommend travel spots if we know where you’ll be.
I’ll post some Chicago recs with my road recs.
Hey everyone! My boyfriend and I are taking a roadtrip to Chicago from Northern New Jersey and we are looking for some really good food to eat while we’re there! I definitely figured this would be the place to ask!
We’ll be there for about 2 days and definitely want some deep dish pizza, a great chili dog. I read a bit on Uncle John’s BBQ, mostly b/c it’s in this edition of Time Out, anyone been there and know how it is?
Any suggestions would be great! Any ideas of where to stop are more than welcome too!
New Jersey to Chicago and Sandusky on the way!
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