Archive for the ‘Argyle’ Category

Just for once I managed to get a half decent photograph on my phone as I was about to munch onto some food. Even better the pizza place had plates with their name and logos nicely displayed, they must have seen me coming. I don’t usually bother writing about eating in any of the bigger chains, but I did quite like this pizza slice. I got a pepperoni slice which was quite large, not NYC large, but big enough to only need one slice per sitting I expect. It had plenty of meat on it and the cheese and tomato topping was quite flavourful. I am not sure if you can quite see it from the photo, but the cheese had a good amount of tasty herbs melted into it, probably oregano. The topping did fall off as you bit into and pulled the bite away from the slice on each bite and I managed to get some juicy grease onto the chin each time.  That needed more than just the one napkin to wipe it off.  The base is good, but the one critiscm was that my outer crust was just a thick piece of dough, it was big enough that it could have housed a nice hot dog into its deep fold. 

As I was leaving I was warned by my friend that sometimes you get heartburn from the rich red tomato sauce, sure enough 5 minutes later I got psychosomatic heartburn. Damn brain stop listening to idle gossip, and why does my chin feel all greasy and covered in tomato sauce? I must have used half a box of napkins to clean it.

I understand, from my friend Mr Wikipedia,  that Rosati’s is the second largest local chain of restaurants in the Chicago Metropolitan Area and that there are about 150 locations nationwide. I wonder if I could just place one next to each El station, if I really tried and then lazily close down my food hunting project. Ok that would never happen, but I could close out with sticking the locations of Starbucks and McDonald in there too but who wants to read about that. Maybe no-one want to read about generic pizza either, but I did eat it so I am still writing, and anyway the delete key is telling me that it is too tired to be bothered dealing with my request,  and the rest of the keyboard says that it wants to write about something more exciting next time out, damn computers, you take them on a road trip down route 66 to St Louis and they get all fussy.

Rosati’s on Broadway is at 4863 N. Broadway Avenue equidistant between the Argyle and the Lawrence CTA stations on the Red El Line route.

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It was a cold night out there tonight and being really sensible instead of staying in the warm I decided to head out into the dark and over to Argyle via the red line to get something spicy to warm me up. Initially I was a bit deflated as I was really aiming for Pho Xe Tang (Tank Noodles) to get some vietnamese pho, but sadly it was closed on wednesday night, so my loss was “Thai Avenue’s” gain as it was right next door and it was too cold to worry about searching around for the next best option.


The place was empty except for a happy smiling waitress, I perused the menu offerings and went for some steamed pot stickers filled with chicken and vegetables as a starter. The menu said that they were made with thin pastry and that was true, my chopsticks struggled to not tear them apart with each grab. They were a bit soggy and the dipping soy was a bit thick, they were OK but not great.

I then went a bit random and picked Kao Moo Daeng, Barbecue pork over rice topped with sweet homemade sauce, served with sweet soy sauce and jalapeno. It also came with three pointless chunks of cucumber. The pork was nice but a bit bland and the sauce was also a bit tasteless, mixing the jalapeno side sauce livened it up a bit, but not much.

Overall it was not too bad for a second choice selection, perhaps with a bit more patience I could have found somewhere better or if I had checked out the menu better got something tastier, but heh ho we live and learn, and I least I got some food to warm me up.

Thai Avenue is at 4949 N. Broadway St, around the corner from the Argyle Red El Station and next door to Tank Noodles

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