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Jun 14, 2007 07:32 AM

Food for Ravinia (fried chicken?)

Headed to Ravinia Saturday night. Food will be sitting for an hour or so before it is eaten, so it must travel well and cannot be re-heated. I am thinking about fried chicken. Any suggestions in the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood.

I am looking for something a step or two above Popeye's (my usual favorite). And good mac & cheese and roasted corn on the cob or other good sides are plus too.

Some thoughts were Stanley's Grille on Elston, but don't know about their sides; also heard negative reviews of the Wicker Park outpost of Harold's chicken shack; and nicer places that have carry out?

Any recommendations are appreciated.

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  1. I know that a lot of folks will disagree, but I think that the foodsafety recommendations are to be taken seriously. If you do not wish to bring a cooler or take steps to keep hot food hot, I would not bring along anything that is not on this list:

    If you have a hankering for fried chicken I would make it home, fully chill it and then work to keep it cool until eating.I think that carrying out food in Chicago's heat is asking for trouble. I am sure many folks in olden times toted fried chicken around for days before they ate it, but why risk it?

    1. Stanley's sides are fine. Their chicken is really meaty and tasty. And they have a really nice fruit-flavored butter for the bread. As far as food safety goes, you won't have any problem in an hour or two, as long as the food is well-wrapped. Pathogens won't start forming until the food has cooled appreciably; the ones in and on the chicken will be long dead from cooking. It takes a few hours for other pathogens to find your food and start reproducing.

      But the chilling idea is a good one. It tastes better than luke-warm, IMO. It's supposed to be really hot this weekend, so cool food will probably hit the spot.

      1. The food at Ravinia itself is good, but expensive. Buying food at the park definitely takes away the worry about the food sitting out too long, though.

        1. prariegrass has a curbside menu

          1. If you're driving to Ravinia, you might try FoodStuffs on Central in Evanston. They have divine fried chicken, and they make box meals for Ravinia.
            P.S. I had Harolds Fried chix in Wicker Park. I wasn't impressed.

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            1. re: chihound

              There's another Foodstuffs in Glencoe, closer to the park. Pretty much everything they make is good.