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Food for Ravinia (fried chicken?)

JJ. Jun 14, 2007 07:32 AM

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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    renov8r RE: JJ. Jun 14, 2007 09:08 AM

    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: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/foodsci...

    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?

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      Pete Oldtown RE: JJ. Jun 14, 2007 11:23 AM

      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.

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        SuzMiCo RE: JJ. Jun 14, 2007 02:16 PM

        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.

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          foodbeast RE: JJ. Jun 15, 2007 11:31 AM

          prariegrass has a curbside menu

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            chihound RE: JJ. Jun 20, 2007 02:31 PM

            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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              SuzMiCo RE: chihound Jun 20, 2007 04:49 PM

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

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              jen0260 RE: JJ. Jun 20, 2007 06:52 PM

              You must, must, MUST go to Ravinia BBQ and Grill in Ravinia on Roger Williams Ave. I eat chicken like 6 nights a week and honestly they have the best fried barbecue chicken in the world!!! The hickory-style chicken is absolutely the best!

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