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Chris and Rob's Chicago Taste Authority?

The Dairy Queen Aug 29, 2012 01:19 PM


I just notice they deliver. Delivery joints that aren't pizza or Chinese (or Green Mill or Jimmy Johns) are pretty rare, so I just wonder what people thought of the food at C&R. I've never been there.

(Lulu's delivers, by the way). http://mylulus.com/


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    Fudist Aug 29, 2012 02:09 PM

    The Chicago Dogs and Italian Beef Sandwiches are good, I would stay away from everything else on the menu though.

    1. John E. Aug 29, 2012 02:16 PM

      The Vienna hotdogs are of course good, the poppy seed buns are good, and while I am a fan of chili dogs in general, do not under any circumstances order a chili dog from Chris and Rob's. I don't know if it's a Chicago thing or not, but the chili they use is quite thin and has beens, that is not hotdog chili. The chili sauce at SA is better.

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        Fudist Aug 29, 2012 02:51 PM

        I agree John E. 1000% with the chili dogs. I can almost guarantee they use Hormel Chili.

      2. diesel Aug 29, 2012 07:47 PM

        Yeah, the dogs and Italian beef sandwiches are good (esp. with spicy peppers. yum!). It is hard to eat healthy there so keep that in mind if that's a concern of yours. I will say that their side salad is better than I expected, with nice, fresh Romaine. Certainly nothing to write home about, but - like I said - better than expected.

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          steve_in_stpaul Aug 30, 2012 05:19 AM

          I've eaten at the Minneapolis location once, but I'm practically next door to the St. Paul location. As other posters have mentioned, anything with a Vienna Beef sausage is good. The Italian Beef is good (though not as good as I remember from Chicago). The pizza is meh, but if the idea is to not order pizza for delivery, you wouldn't be ordering that anyway. :-) We've had the salads there; they're okay, too.

          Maybe not a Chow destination, but as a break from the usual delivery, it'll work.

          1. The Dairy Queen Aug 30, 2012 06:12 AM

            Thanks folks. Upon re-reading this thread, the idea of having hotdogs delivered seem ludicrous, but maybe those beef sandwiches might be worth a shot.


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              Michael Florey Aug 30, 2012 07:00 AM

              The Italian Beef with cheese and hot peppers is superb. The dogs are quite good. I think their pizza is pretty compotent. My kids like the cheese kurds.

              But forget delivery -- the reason to go there is because they broadcast all the BEARS games.

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              GutGrease Aug 30, 2012 12:26 PM

              I used to go to the old Joey D's in South Mpls. I loved their food. I recently just went to the Chris & Rob's on West 7th. My crew had a hankering for chili dogs after going on the Summit Brewery tour. The corndogs were pretty awesome. I got a chili dog, which I agree, was pretty blah and tasteless. The chili actually seemed more like Skyline chili out of Cincinnati - thin and meaty but without flavor on its own.

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              1. re: GutGrease
                John E. Aug 30, 2012 03:09 PM

                Did the chili have beans in it? It's been several years since I've had a Chris & Rob's chili dog and back then it had beans in it. Skyline style chili would be an improvement over the old stuff but I bet it did have any spice to it.

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                  Vrooman Aug 31, 2012 09:16 PM

                  If the chili was bland, it certainly wasn't Cincinatti chili. That stuff includes, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, chocolate, chili powder, and a large quantity of onion amongst other spicing.

                  "It's Chili Time" on the West Bank of Mpls used to serve Cincinatti Chili. That was many years ago though.

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                    Fudist Sep 9, 2012 06:20 PM

                    Oh no, make no mistake about it. It is Hormel Chili with beans.

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                  alpa chino Sep 7, 2012 02:18 PM

                  I used to go to Joey D's/ Chris& rob's on 42nd back in the day. It's alright--nothing too special. The dogs are alright, but everything else is meh. Nothing spectacular. It's really overpriced too. A mozzarella stick order and a hot dog could run you upwards of $9.

                  I think uncle franky's is better. There's really nothing at this place to go out of your way for.

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                    s4zando Sep 22, 2012 06:18 AM

                    two words: Overpriced dreck.

                    Uncle Franky's is less expensive and better.


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