This past weekend was pretty good, actually. I declared on Friday that, dammit, we were going out for dinner. After a year of driving past L. Woods Restaurant on Lincoln in Lincolnwood (right by the dreaded Purple Hotel), we agreed that it was time to check it out. Now, I’ll admit I had some trepidation – the place always seems packed, and it was a Friday night. A quick check on Metromix showed that the entrees were in the $8-15 range, and that it was a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant (a local chain of restaurants that are pretty much excellent in quality). Takaza phoned and we were told that they took call-ahead seating (i.e. put your name on the list before you get there) so we were off!
We were seated immediately, but the menu…well, $8-15 isn’t quite accurate. I’d say $15-30 is more like it. Not awful, but not what we were looking to spend, either. Fortunately, they had a small section (“The Lighter Menu”) that was essentially their lunch menu for dinner – $10 or so entrees. Hmm, that might work. Dan had the bacon cheeseburger, and I opted for the beef brisket sandwich. Both were OK, but the mashed potatoes that came with mine were excellent, and worth coming back for. The real draw that will bring us back are two things: Sprecher sodas on tap (root beer, cream soda, and orange cream soda), and cooked-to-order desserts. We got the large apple strudel ($12, serves 4) that was divine. I’d also like to try their “Ooey-Gooey Chocolate Cake”. I’m also intrigued by their “Supper Club” menu for six, which is $28 per person for a whole lot of food! (Granted, as Linnaeus points out, for $28 per person you could go to Sal e Carvao or Fogo de Chao, too…).
Saturday was pretty mellow; Dan had to work and I took care of some Midwest FurFest-related stuff, then attempted to take his car over to the nearest Currency Exchange to get new plates. I had the bright idea that I’d avoid the lines at the DMV by taking care of it there, but I didn’t account for the extra $45 they wanted to charge in service fees, on top of the $78 for new plates (they also expected to sell me a new title, but I’m not certain that’s necessary. More research needed on that). So that idea got aborted. That evening, Paul and I had the bright idea that socializing would be good so we went over to LAFF bowling (Dan was smart and stayed home). You know, there’s not much to say; we went, we bowled, we left. There may have been stuff that went on with the rest of the group, I have no clue. We pretty much just stuck to our lane and drank beer 🙂 My bowling was awful, though, and between knee and back problems I dropped out after two games.
On Sunday siriuswolfstar came over early and he and I drove the circuit around Woodfield Mall to collect the last of the information for the MFF Restaurant Guide. His help was very much appreciated! The MFF staff meeting went well and was quite productive. Dinner at Fuddruckers afterwards was quite tasty, and the conversation was quite entertaining and informative.
Not a lot happened yesterday – went to work, did laundry, and we watched the latest Monster House, which I swear is getting more and more stupid (“Let’s see how badly we can bitch up these poor saps’ house!”). Since Paul and I have read Anthony Bourdain‘s excellent book of the same title, we also decided to watch the premiere of Kitchen Confidential on Fox. We made it through about 18 minutes of it before we turned it off and deleted it from the TiVo. Yeah, it was that bad. Think all the stupid parts of “Hell’s Kitchen” meets “Sex and the City” with a dash of every stock sitcom character you’ve ever seen, with awful, self-conscious dialogue.
I’ll be coming in at 6 AM for the rest of the week to make up for the afternoon I’m taking off on Thursday (to be detailed in a later entry). And on Wednesday, Dan and I are going to an eye doctor that woodychitwn recommended so I can get both new glasses (my current ones are five years old and scratched all to hell) and finally get some prescription safety glasses. Hopefully the doctor will be as cute as advertised 🙂 And now, back to that aforementioned work!