It was arctic-cold last night but irritation heated me up quickly on seeing yet another parking valet sign. I didn't see anyone around, so I parked myself. Then I literally bumped into the valet on my way into the restaurant. I said, "I parked myself." He said...nothing. Not that I gave him the chance.
The parking lot there may well not be large enough if business gets as good as it is on the Westside, but I want the option to park myself if the lot is half-empty, as it was last night. This new epidemic of parking valets in dubious locations is really bizarre. I suppose it helps reduce muggings.
Despite the half-empty parking lot, the restaurant was virtually full and I ate at the bar. The Real Chow Baby is a build-it-yourself noodle and rice shop with countless ingredients available for stir-frying. I reported here that some local chefs had designed signature noodle bowls at its opening event. When I asked several employees behind the stir-fry bar where I could find descriptions of those bowls, I got a series of blank looks. Finally, I bothered to look up and found them described on the wall.
"You're the first to order one of these," an employee told me.
I ordered Shaun Doty's Beltline bowl and, while it didn't have all the ingredients listed, it was quite good — and hot as hell, owing to an overabundance of jalapenos, half of which I threw aside. The sign says it also includes lo mein noodles, beef, peanuts, mint, garlic, mushrooms, cabbage, lime, sambal and Thai cilantro. I didn't come across any mushrooms and, if there was cabbage, it was grilled beyond recognition.
Give it a try.
Big Als = Grocery store beef on a grocery store bun.
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Your mom loves them, so there's that.
Yeah Big Al judging by your online reviews, your Buttermade burgers SUCK.
I won fair and square. Don't be jealous, my burger is simply THE BEST.