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Monday, January 26, 2015

Good eating from the burbs to the city

Mannys
Located at1141 S. Jefferson
Chicago, IL 60607

Roosevelt and Jefferson 
If you pass Canal or White Palace you went to far.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Saturday
6:00am - 8:00pm
Closed Sundays
Holiday Closings

HOLIDAY HOURS
12/24 - 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
12/31 - 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM
CLOSED NEW YEARS DAY

In a rush?
Call or Fax your order
phone: (312) 939-2855
fax: (312) 939-2856

Ken Raskin, proprietor and son of the late Manny, works the rooms, greeting customers who have known him since he was a small boy. Ken feels that part of the secret to his success is being visible to his customers, making sure they are happy and satisfied. Ken’s sons Danny and Matt, fourth generation, have now joined full time and help in personally overseeing the daily work of the restaurant. Ken's wife Patti or one of his other 2 children, Jason and Stephanie, are often around making sure the customers have eaten to their hearts' content.

The family tradition is nothing new at Manny's. It can be traced back (along with some of the recipes) to more than 50 years ago. When Jack Raskin joined his brother Charlie in the first of the Raskin cafeterias located on Van Buren and Halsted streets. The Russian-born brothers specialized in Jewish cooking served up quickly and in large portions - the way Charlie had learned by watching his mother.

Jack, Manny & Charlie Raskin

Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli came into being shortly after World War II, when the Raskin brothers split up so that Jack could open his own restaurant on Roosevelt Road near the open-air market area known as Maxwell Street. The restaurant property Jack bought had been originally named Sunny's. So rather than tear down the old sign and get a whole new one, Jack named it after his teenage son, Emanuel (or Manny, to family and friends), saving money by simply buying two letters and replacing the "Su" in Sunny's with "Ma."

It was a shoestring operation at first, with Manny serving as the cook (he had learned by watching his uncle). The address changed a few times, and then in 1964 Manny's moved to its current spot on Jefferson Street. Ken remembers his father saying, "I know what the people around here want, and I'm the only one left who can do it."

Even when Manny's opened at this location more than 35 years ago it was among the last of the unique style of urban eatery - the home style, family run cafeteria bubbling with the spirit of its neighborhood and attracting patrons from all walks of life. In those early years, if you lived or worked anywhere in the vicinity you could hitch a ride on the Manny's van that circled around making deliveries and picking up customers for lunch.

Still, to get the full effect of the rich history surrounding Manny's you have to view the dining room walls decorated with news clippings, reviews, snapshots, and memorabilia demonstrating how deeply Chicagoans treasure this historic restaurant - as a place to eat and meet, and as a memento of downtown as it was a half century ago, a relic of the past.

Manny's opened it's second location on April 18,2002. It is located on A concourse in the New Midway Airport.

I enjoyed the food here it is set like a high school  cafeteria. The staff are warm and friendly. The food is gravey. The donuts are fresh and homemade  to the taste. The cornbeef on rye is out standing. The cheese cake might be from Eli's. I give Mannys 10 Sears Towers.

Below is the menu

Served
Monday-Friday 6:00am - 10:30AM
Saturday 6:00am - 11:30AM

Eggs

any style

1 Egg $3.95
with potatoes and toast or pancakes with bacon, turkey bacon or sausage $5.95
with our famous corned beef hash $5.95
with corned beef, pastrami, salami or turkey $7.50
with ham steak $8.50
with skirt steak $11.95

2 Eggs $4.95
with potatoes and toast or pancakes with bacon, turkey bacon or sausage $6.95
with our famous corned beef hash 6.95
with corned beef, pastrami, salami or turkey $8.50
with ham steak $9.50
with skirt steak $12.95

Breakfast Classics

3 Buttermilk Pancakes $4.95
with bacon, turkey bacon or sausage $6.95
with our famous corned beef hash $6.95
with corned beef, pastrami, salami or turkey $8.50
with ham steak $9.50 with skirt steak $12.95

Thick Challah French Toast $5.95
with bacon, turkey bacon or sausage $7.95
with our famous corned beef hash $7.95
with corned beef, pastrami, salami or turkey $9.50
with ham steak $10.50
with skirt steak $13.95

Matzo Brie - Scrambled or Pancake Style $7.95
our famous fried matzo
with onion $8.45
with salami or corned beef $9.95

3 Cheese Blintzes $6.95
Sides

Short Stack (2) Buttermilk Pancakes $4.50
Hashbrown Potatoes $2.95
Corned Beef Hash $3.95
Bacon $2.95 Sausage Links $2.95
Turkey Bacon $2.95
Thick Sliced Ham Steak $5.95
Skirt Steak $8.95
Bagel or Toast $1.50
bagel, bialy, roll, english muffin, or raisin toast
cream cheese add $1.25

Kellogg's Cereal $3.25
with sliced banana $3.95
with sliced strawberries $4.95

Hot Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat
cup $2.25
bowl $3.25
add raisins +$.50
brown sugar included
Three Egg Omelets

served with potatoes and toast or pancakes add cheese $1.00
beaters add $.50
egg whites add $1.00

Cheese $7.95
american, cheddar, swiss, provolone, jack, blue, or cream cheese

Ham & Cheese $8.95

Denver $8.95
onion, green pepper, and ham

Salami $8.95

Vegetable $8.95
choose any of the following: mushroom, green pepper, onion, broccoli, and tomato

Corned Beef $8.95

Lox and Onions $8.95

Create Your Own Omelet $9.95
choose 4 ingredients: bacon, sausage, ham, corned beef, pastrami, salami, turkey, turkey bacon, american, cheddar, swiss, provolone, jack, blue, cream cheese, avocado, broccoli, green pepper, mushroom, onion, spinach, tomato
extra ingredients +$.50
Sandwiches

Egg Sandwich $2.95
with your choice of meat $4.95
add cheese +$.50
make it 2 eggs +$1.00

Breakfast Reuben $8.95
corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut served with a potato pancake and 1000 island dressing served open on rye

Lox & Bagel $8.95
nova lox served with tomato, onion and cream cheese

Corned Beef or Pastrami Sandwich $10.95

Fruit

Grapefruit Sections $1.95
Melon Market Banana $.75
Stewed Prunes Market
Fresh Strawberries $3.25
Fresh Fruit Bowl $3.95

Bakery Sweets

Donut $1.50
Sweet Roll $2.25
Muffin $2.25
Cinnamon Roll $2.25
Cookie $1.50
Special Cookies $2.50

Beverages

Coffee $1.95
Decaf Coffee $1.95
Hot Tea $1.95
Decaf Hot Tea $1.95
Hot Chocolate $1.95
Milk 1/2 Pint $1.25
Orange $1.50/$2.95
Tomato $.95/$2.25
Cranberry $2.25
Grapefruit $.95/$2.25

Lunch Menu
Soups
Salads
Sandwiches
Entrees
Sides
Desserts
Soups
Bowl Regular $3.95 Combo $4.50 Mish-Mosh $4.95
Quart Regular $7.95 Combo $7.95 Mish-Mosh $8.50
Everyday
Chicken Broth with...
Matzo Ball · Kreplach · Noodle · Rice
Monday
Navy Bean
Tuesday
Split Pea
Wednesday
Mushroom Barley
Thursday
Cream of Broccoli
Sweet & Sour Cabbage
Friday
Vegetable
Saturday
Mushroom Barley
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Salads
The Julienne Salad $10.95
Iceberg Lettuce, Salami, Turkey, Corned Beef or Chicken, Mixed Cheeses, Hard Boiled Egg, Tomato, with Your Choice of Dressing
Manny’s Chopped Salad $10.95
Grilled Chicken Breast, Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Egg, Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, Balsamic Dressing
Garbage Salad $10.95
A Blend of Iceberg and Romaine Lettuces, with Sliced Roasted Turkey Breast, Salami, Chopped Hard Boiled Egg, Crumbled Bacon, Diced Red Onion, Diced Tomato and Crumbled Blue Cheese with homemade Thousand Island Dressing
Manny’s Chicken Caesar $10.95
Chopped Romaine Hearts with Grilled Chicken Breast, served with sliced Cherry Tomatoes and Shaved Red Onions, Shredded Parmesan Cheese with Homemade Croutons and our Special Caesar Dressing
Michigan Avenue $10.95
Spring Greens with Dried Michigan Cherries, Sliced Tart Apples, Toasted Walnuts and our homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad $10.95
A Blend of Fresh Arugula and Spring Greens with Sliced Roasted Beets, Dried Cranberries, Crumbled Goat Cheese and a Balsamic Vinaigrette
Strawberry & Almond Salad $10.95
Tossed Spring Greens with Baby Spinach, Shaved Almonds and Sliced Strawberries with Balsamic Dressing
Spinach Salad $10.95
Baby Spinach with Crumbled Bacon, Chopped Hard Boiled Egg, Shaved Onion, Sliced Mushrooms, Croutons with Balsamic Dressing
Reuben Salad $10.95
Iceberg Lettuce, Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing
Wedge Salad $10.95
Wedge of Iceberg Lettuce, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Blue Cheese Dressing
Dinner Salad $2.95 / $7.95
Tuna Salad Plate $13.95
Chicken Salad Plate $13.95
Salmon Salad Plate $13.95
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Sandwiches
Classic
TOP IT WITH
Cheese +75¢ · Sauerkraut +$1.25 · Chopped Liver +$2.00 · Cole Slaw +$1.25

Get A Potato Pancake
$1.00 with a sandwich or $2.50 each
Corned Beef $12.95
Pastrami $13.95
Corned Beef & Pastrami Combo $13.95
Roast Beef $12.95
Beef Brisket $12.95
Roasted Turkey $12.95
Turkey Pastrami $12.95
1/2 Sandwich Combo $11.95
Any half classic sandwich with Soup ·or· Salad ·or· Cole Slaw

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Signature
Get A Potato Pancake
$1.00 with a sandwich or $2.50 each
Corned Beef Reuben $14.95
Stuffed with corned beef, grilled with swiss and sauerkraut, with 1000 island on the side.
What am I, chopped liver? $14.95
Our original Corned Beef piled high topped with Chopped Liver.
The Chazzer $14.95
Corned Beef and Pastrami piled-high on rye with coleslaw and muenster cheese, and a side of 1000.
“Not So” Skinny Reuben $14.95
A healthier spin, turkey pastrami, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut with a side 1000.
My Four Kinder $14.95
Corned Beef - Pastrami - Brisket - Turkey Pastrami Four meats, one huge sandwich.
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Even More Sandwiches
TOP IT WITH
Cheese +75¢ · Sauerkraut +$1.25 · Chopped Liver +$2.00 · Cole Slaw +$1.25

Get A Potato Pancake
$1.00 with a sandwich or $2.50 each
Hot Sandwiches
Turkey Focaccia $11.95
Mozzarella Focaccia $11.95
Meatloaf $10.95
Liver & Onions $10.95
Jumbo Hot Dog & Potato Pancake $6.95
Veggie Burger (homemade) $8.95
Cold Sandwiches
Chopped Liver $8.95
Turkey $9.95
Salami $8.95
Lox & Cream Cheese $11.95
Tuna Salad $7.95
Chicken Salad $7.95
Egg Salad $6.95
Veggie Wheat $6.95
Grilled Chicken Breast (cold) $7.95
BLT $5.95
Sardines $9.95
Sockeye Salmon $9.95
Ham & Cheese $8.95
Cheese $4.95
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Hot Entrees
Everyday
Beef Stew $15.95
Corned Beef Dinner $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Roast Beef Dinner $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Beef Brisket Dinner $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Baked Half Chicken $9.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Liver & Onions $9.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Short Ribs $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Meatloaf $10.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Hot Turkey $14.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
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Monday
Corned Beef Hash $9.95
Served with a vegetable of choice.
Stuffed Green Pepper $11.95
Served with spaghetti or potato and vegetable.
Lamb Shank $14.95
Served with spaghetti or potato and vegetable.
Baked Whitefish $14.95
Served with spaghetti or potato and vegetable.
Spaghetti $5.50 / $9.95
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Tuesday
Stuffed Cabbage $11.95
Served with noodles & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Pepper Steak $15.95
Served with noodles & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Hot Turkey Dinner $14.95
Served with noodles & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Grilled Chicken & Linguine $10.95
Tongue & Mushrooms $15.95
Served with noodles & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Hot Grilled Chicken Sandwich $7.95
Noodles & Cheese $5.50 / $9.95
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Wednesday
Turkey Drumstick $12.95
Served with spaghetti or potato and vegetable.
Spaghetti & Meatballs $12.95
Baked Whitefish $14.95
Served with spaghetti or potato and vegetable.
Fried Alaskan Whitefish $13.95
Served with spaghetti or potato and vegetable.
Chicken Pot Pie $7.95
Spaghetti $5.50 / $9.95
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Thursday
Chop Suey $14.95
Served over white rice.
Oxtail Stew $16.95
Chicken Breast & Rice $11.95
Tongue & Mushrooms $15.95
Served with noodles & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Turkey Meatloaf $10.95
Served with kasha & noodles or potato and vegetable.
Kasha & Noodles $5.50 / $9.95
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Friday
Baked Whitefish $14.95
Served with macaroni & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Fried Alaskan Whitefish $13.95
Served with macaroni & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Fried Smelts (when available) $13.95
Served with macaroni & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Salisbury Steak $10.95
Served with macaroni & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Gefilte Fish $7.50
Salmon Patties $13.95
Served with macaroni & cheese or potato and vegetable.
Macaroni & Cheese $5.50 / $9.95
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Saturday
BBQ Beef Dinner $15.95
Served with macaroni & cheese or spaghetti or potato and vegetable.
BBQ Beef Sandwich $12.95
Turkey Chili $4.50
Macaroni & Cheese $5.50 / $9.95
Speghetti $5.50 / $9.95
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Sides
Potato Pancake $2.50
Knish $5.95
Beef on the inside, potato on the outside.
Kishke $4.50
Potato Salad $1.95
Cole Slaw $1.95
Beet Salad $1.95
Cucumber Salad $1.95
Pasta Salad $1.95
Herring (in wine sauce) $6.95
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Desserts
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Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie $2.25
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie $2.25
Decorated Cookies $2.49 - $3.99
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Cakes
Chocolate Cake $3.95
German Chocolate Cake $3.95
Red Velvet Cake $3.95
Caramel Cake $4.50
Eli’s Cheesecake $4.50
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Pies
Cherry Pie $3.95
Blueberry Pie $3.95
Pecan Pie $3.95
Sweet Potato Pie $3.95
Apple Pie $3.95
Apple Slice $3.50
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Puddings & More
Bread Pudding $2.50
Rice Pudding $2.50
Chocolate Pudding $2.50
Vanilla Pudding $2.50
Jello $2.50
Not responsible for errors or omissions. Prices subject to change.

Dinner Menu
Soups
Salads
Sandwiches
Entrees
Sides
Desserts
Soups
Bowl Regular $3.95 Combo $4.50 Mish-Mosh $4.95
Quart Regular $7.95 Combo $7.95 Mish-Mosh $8.50
Everyday
Chicken Broth with...
Matzo Ball · Kreplach · Noodle · Rice
Monday
Navy Bean
Tuesday
Split Pea
Wednesday
Mushroom Barley
Thursday
Cream of Broccoli
Sweet & Sour Cabbage
Friday
Vegetable
Saturday
Mushroom Barley
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Salads
The Julienne Salad $10.95
Iceberg Lettuce, Salami, Turkey, Corned Beef or Chicken, Mixed Cheeses, Hard Boiled Egg, Tomato, with Your Choice of Dressing
Manny’s Chopped Salad $10.95
Grilled Chicken Breast, Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Egg, Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, Balsamic Dressing
Garbage Salad $10.95
A Blend of Iceberg and Romaine Lettuces, with Sliced Roasted Turkey Breast, Salami, Chopped Hard Boiled Egg, Crumbled Bacon, Diced Red Onion, Diced Tomato and Crumbled Blue Cheese with homemade Thousand Island Dressing
Manny’s Chicken Caesar $10.95
Chopped Romaine Hearts with Grilled Chicken Breast, served with sliced Cherry Tomatoes and Shaved Red Onions, Shredded Parmesan Cheese with Homemade Croutons and our Special Caesar Dressing
Michigan Avenue $10.95
Spring Greens with Dried Michigan Cherries, Sliced Tart Apples, Toasted Walnuts and our homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad $10.95
A Blend of Fresh Arugula and Spring Greens with Sliced Roasted Beets, Dried Cranberries, Crumbled Goat Cheese and a Balsamic Vinaigrette
Strawberry & Almond Salad $10.95
Tossed Spring Greens with Baby Spinach, Shaved Almonds and Sliced Strawberries with Balsamic Dressing
Spinach Salad $10.95
Baby Spinach with Crumbled Bacon, Chopped Hard Boiled Egg, Shaved Onion, Sliced Mushrooms, Croutons with Balsamic Dressing
Reuben Salad $10.95
Iceberg Lettuce, Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing
Wedge Salad $10.95
Wedge of Iceberg Lettuce, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Blue Cheese Dressing
Dinner Salad $2.95 / $7.95
Tuna Salad Plate $13.95
Chicken Salad Plate $13.95
Salmon Salad Plate $13.95
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Sandwiches
Classic
TOP IT WITH
Cheese +75¢ · Sauerkraut +$1.25 · Chopped Liver +$2.00 · Cole Slaw +$1.25

Get A Potato Pancake
$1.00 with a sandwich or $2.50 each
Corned Beef $12.95
Pastrami $13.95
Corned Beef & Pastrami Combo $13.95
Roast Beef $12.95
Beef Brisket $12.95
Roasted Turkey $12.95
Turkey Pastrami $12.95
1/2 Sandwich Combo $11.95
Any half classic sandwich with Soup ·or· Salad ·or· Cole Slaw

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Signature
Get A Potato Pancake
$1.00 with a sandwich or $2.50 each
Corned Beef Reuben $14.95
Stuffed with corned beef, grilled with swiss and sauerkraut, with 1000 island on the side.
What am I, chopped liver? $14.95
Our original Corned Beef piled high topped with Chopped Liver.
The Chazzer $14.95
Corned Beef and Pastrami piled-high on rye with coleslaw and muenster cheese, and a side of 1000.
“Not So” Skinny Reuben $14.95
A healthier spin, turkey pastrami, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut with a side 1000.
My Four Kinder $14.95
Corned Beef - Pastrami - Brisket - Turkey Pastrami Four meats, one huge sandwich.
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Even More Sandwiches
TOP IT WITH
Cheese +75¢ · Sauerkraut +$1.25 · Chopped Liver +$2.00 · Cole Slaw +$1.25

Get A Potato Pancake
$1.00 with a sandwich or $2.50 each
Hot Sandwiches
Turkey Focaccia $11.95
Mozzarella Focaccia $11.95
Meatloaf $10.95
Liver & Onions $10.95
Jumbo Hot Dog & Potato Pancake $6.95
Veggie Burger (homemade) $8.95
Cold Sandwiches
Chopped Liver $8.95
Turkey $9.95
Salami $8.95
Lox & Cream Cheese $11.95
Tuna Salad $7.95
Chicken Salad $7.95
Egg Salad $6.95
Veggie Wheat $6.95
Grilled Chicken Breast (cold) $7.95
BLT $5.95
Sardines $9.95
Sockeye Salmon $9.95
Ham & Cheese $8.95
Cheese $4.95
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Hot Entrees
Beef Stew $15.95
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner $15.50
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Baked Salmon $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Baked Whitefish $14.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Corned Beef Dinner $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Roast Beef Dinner $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Beef Brisket Dinner $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Hot Turkey $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Baked Half Chicken $9.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Liver & Onions $9.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Short Ribs $15.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
Meatloaf $10.95
Served with pasta of the day or potato and vegetable.
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Sides
Potato Pancake $2.50
Knish $5.95
Beef on the inside, potato on the outside.
Kishke $4.50
Potato Salad $1.95
Cole Slaw $1.95
Beet Salad $1.95
Cucumber Salad $1.95
Pasta Salad $1.95
Herring (in wine sauce) $6.95
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Desserts
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Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie $2.25
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie $2.25
Decorated Cookies $2.49 - $3.99
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Cakes
Chocolate Cake $3.95
German Chocolate Cake $3.95
Red Velvet Cake $3.95
Caramel Cake $4.50
Eli’s Cheesecake $4.50
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Pies
Cherry Pie $3.95
Blueberry Pie $3.95
Pecan Pie $3.95
Sweet Potato Pie $3.95
Apple Pie $3.95
Apple Slice $3.50
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Puddings & More
Bread Pudding $2.50
Rice Pudding $2.50
Chocolate Pudding $2.50
Vanilla Pudding $2.50
Jello $2.50
Not responsible for errors or omissions. Prices subject to change.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

U.S. Marshals MOST WANTED

The United States Marshal's Service is asking for public help in finding an accused child molester.

Robert Seal is charged with seven counts of child molesting and incest. He is described as a white male, standing 5'6" tall and weighing 200 pounds. He is believed to be in central Indiana.

Anyone who has information about Seal or his whereabouts that may assist authorities is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. You can also text "INDYCS" plus your tip to 274637.

Uber being sued

It’s no secret that Uber’s disruptive on-demand car and taxi service is ruffling the feathers of the taxi industry. It seems that in every city in which Uber launches, there’s legal pushback from the industry that the startup is disrupting. We’ve seen this in D.C., San Francisco, New York and Boston. Today, Chicago joins the mix, with a new lawsuit filed by a group of taxi and livery companies in Chicago.

For background, in April, Uber expanded beyond just offering black cars in Chicago to including Taxis on its app. Via the app, riders can see which taxi cabs are close to them on the map of the Chicago area. Similar to the way you order a black car via Uber, you simply choose the taxi and waiting time that works for you, set your exact location and then you’ll receive a message when the taxi driver has arrived at the location. At the time, Uber was recruiting taxis directly on a driver-by-driver basis.

According to a release issued by the parties, Uber is being accused violating multiple Chicago and Illinois laws designed at protecting public safety, consumer protection and fair practices. The complaint also alleges that Uber is using deceptive business methods to confuse its customers.

The complaint charges that Uber is not inspecting taxi vehicles to make sure they comply with city and state regulations and does not ask potential taxi drivers if they are properly insured. The lawsuit also alleges that Uber claims it works with “fleet partners” when Uber actually works directly with drivers in its taxi service. The taxi and livery companies says that Uber is deliberately trying to confuse customers and “cash in on the taxi companies’ good name, trademarks and reputation.”

To be honest, Uber has always been open that they work with drivers, not the companies, so I’m not sure where the misrepresentation is taking place. Even within Uber’s app, the car service startup doesn’t specify which Taxi company each available taxi is hailing from.

Other claims in the lawsuit include that Uber charges a “20% gratuity” for all taxi rides, but only half of the “gratuity” goes to the driver, which the taxi companies say violate city ordinances by charging more than the statutory set rates displayed on the taxi meter. We’re told by Uber; however, that riders do pay 20% gratuity but this passes through to the driver. In turn, drivers pay Uber a service fee per ride for bringing the driver the additional business, which seems fair.

Additionally, the lawsuit contends that in Chicago, Uber mischaracterized its methods of operation in order to acquire a dispatch license and failed to disclose on its dispatch license application that it has no agreement with any taxi affiliations as required by Chicago ordinance.

Also, Chicago taxi drivers are prohibited by city and state law from using cellular telephones or other electronic devices, whether or not hands-free, while operating a cab and Uber requires drivers to use an iPhone and then call the customer using a cell phone to arrange the pickup.

It’s hard to tell how much weight these claims hold without knowing the intricacies of Chicago’s city and state laws regarding taxis. But as we’ve seen with the response from taxi companies and commissions in other cities, Uber is facing a battle because the company is disrupting an age-old sector. Taxi companies are seeing how competitive Uber is becoming in each city, and bringing out the knives to fight.


Uber drivers have filed a class action lawsuit claiming they have been misclassified as independent contractors and are entitled to be reimbursed for their expenses that Uber should have to pay, like for gas and vehicle maintenance. The lawsuit also challenges Uber’s practice of telling passengers that the gratuity is included and not to tip the drivers, even though you are not getting a tip!!

On December 5, 2013, the federal court issued a significant ruling denying Uber’s motion to dismiss this case. The ruling is a big victory for Uber drivers! It endorsed the plaintiffs’ legal theories and says that the drivers can pursue their claims for tips, as well as for misclassification and expense reimbursement, under California law.

In a later decision, issued September 4, 2014, the court narrowed the legal theories that the plaintiffs can pursue, but the statutory misclassification and tips claims are going forward.

In the first decision, the court agreed with our argument that California law would apply to drivers outside California so that this case may cover drivers nationwide. However, in the more recent decision, the judge changed his mind and ruled that the case could only cover drivers in California. We are seeking to appeal that decision.

The case is now in discovery, and the court will be hearing summary judgment argument later this year.

Last year, Uber began including an “arbitration clause” in its contracts with drivers in order to prevent them from being part of a class action case. The court has not yet ruled on whether this clause is enforceable. The court agreed with the plaintiffs’ argument that the arbitration clause could undermine drivers’ ability to participate in this class action and ordered that Uber provide “corrective notice” about the arbitration clause. Under the court’s order, new drivers were given another opportunity to “opt out” of the arbitration clause. Also, when new drivers start driving for Uber, they have 30 days from the date they agree to the licensing agreement to “opt out” of the arbitration clause.

Because the 30 days have now passed since Uber sent out the revised agreement with the arbitration clause, we are no longer submitting opt out forms to Uber, except for drivers who have recently started driving for Uber and are still within the 30 days of having agreed to Uber’s licensing agreement.  But if you are interested in this case and want to stay informed about what is happening, please fill out and send us this form, or e-mail your name and contact information to pacevedo@llrlaw.com.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the lawyer representing Uber drivers, Shannon Liss-Riordan, or her paralegal assistants Elizabeth Lopez and Phil Acevedo or associate attorneys Ben Weber and Adelaide Pagano. They can be reached at (617) 994-5800, or by e-mail atelopez@llrlaw.com and pacevedo@llrlaw.com. Attorney Liss-Riordan has represented thousands of tipped employees, and employees who have been misclassified as independent contractors, all around the country. See her firm’s website for more information:www.llrlaw.com.

Click here to read a copy of the lawsuit complaint.

Click here to read the court’s order denying Uber’s motion to dismiss.

Click here to read the court’s order that Uber must provide corrective notice to Uber drivers regarding the arbitration clause.

Click here to read the court’s order issued September 4, 2014.

If you have agreed to Uber’s licensing agreement within the last 30 days, please fill out this form and return it to us as soon as possible in order to opt out of Uber’s arbitration agreement.  You can also opt out by sending an e-mail to Uber at optout@uber.com and saying that you want to opt out of  the arbitration agreement.

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Portland sued Uber on Monday to stop the fast-growing ride-hailing service from operating in the Oregon city until it follows local regulations.

Uber operates in areas around Portland, but only started up in the city itself on Friday, without consent from authorities or any agreement over how it should be regulated.

“The city’s lawsuit is asking for a declaration by the court that Uber is subject to the city’s regulations,” the city said in a statement. “The lawsuit also asks the court to order Uber to stop operating in Portland until it is in compliance with the city’s safety, health and consumer protection rules.”

Local media reported that the service has been available in Portland for the past few days.

“Uber has received a tremendously warm welcome from riders and drivers in and around Portland. We appreciate the way residents have welcomed Uber into the Rose City, their support illustrates why it’s time to modernize Portland transportation regulation,” said Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend.

The online ride service was valued at $40 billion last week after its latest funding round ahead of an expected initial public offering.

However, it has been dogged by controversy surrounding its aggressive approach to local governments and traditional taxi services.

It has been banned from taking bookings in the Netherlands because authorities say it lacks a special license.

On Monday Uber was banned from operating in the Indian capital New Delhi after a female passenger accused one of its drivers 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Good eating in the burbs to the city

Firehouse  Hot dogs is located at 3825 147th Street, Midlothian, IL 60445.
This is a childhood favorite.  Window seating and two picnic tables outside.
Food is fast and fantastic. They also serve rainbow cones. The Sarge said he was going here personally because he wanted a blast from the past.

"As a 10 year old boy me and my friends would ride our bikes here eat then go play in the prairies at the end of our block and by our school. I ordered a Chicago Hotdog with chili and cheese on it omg good. I  enjoy going back every so often and when I reminisce on the old times I can count on my boy hood hang out to be there."

The Sarge rated this himself with 9.75 Sears Towers because he said nothing changed in 27 years not even the food or the customer service and hopes his children will be able to eat here in another 27 years.

Good eating in the burbs to the city

Santiagos in La Grange  has street side no meter parking. There are parking lots in the area within walking distance.
This is a Mexican style restaurant with excellent  food and service. Adequate  seating and a bar with seating. Great family oriented right in downtown LA Grange. Food is great and authentic. Customer service  is outstanding here.
We give it 8.5 Sears Towers. As we haven't had food like this out side the city.

It is located  at 24 Calendar Court, La Grange, IL 60525

Friday, January 16, 2015

Good eating in the burbs to the city

19 Paul  also a Chicago  Police  code that dispatchers receive when there is no criminal activity no offender or victim. The owner is definitely  a Chicago Police Officer. Who owns the small little  business. When you pull in to the drive way you have a drive up window and you are greated with a warm smile. Then you pull around  the back to a small parking area and around to the other drive up window to receive your order. Now we ordered  button # 10803 Paully's  bbq chicken sandwich.

The sandwich  is on a bakery bun with a chicken breast that is perfectly  dipped in bbq sauce  followed by mayo lettuce and a tomato.  A small fry and Pepsi products.  I give this place 8.5 Sears Towers because you can't get this type of food fast and on the go. If you are a messy eater like we are I suggest not eating this in the squad car or in your own car it can get a little messy because it is bbq. But I would definitely go back.

Below is a picture of how sloppy we eat.

But when your sloppy it is because it is good eating

This place is located  right next to the gas station  11155 S. Vincennes Chicago, Illinois 60643


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Good eating in the burbs to the city

Chicago Pita Kitchen is located at 13227 South Brainard Avenue

The place has decent parking and a small sit down as well as seating along the window that faces Brainard Ave. We had the heart attack or the Gottardo special.

You start with a bun then 1 lbs hamburger meat then 2 strips of bacon then 5 strips of gyros meat following up with another 1 lbs patty then mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and pickle. Then A1 sauce then the bun. Fries come with and order a big drink. First time we ate here but a good recommendation from the 4th district chicago police I give this place 7 Sears Towers.

Very good.