Saturday, June 23, 2012

Depot American Diner **CLOSED**

February 23, 2012
5840 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60644
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A Quick Word:
If anyone is looking for a great "dive" and an amazing meal, this is definitely the place to come.  It is a bit far from the city, but this diner is where the locals come for delicious blue plate specials and the pot roast sandwich... considered one of the "best sandwiches" in Chicago.  I gave it the 5 mile walk because of the great atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food, and also because I would literally have to walk the 4 miles to come to this must try "dive."

What I ate:

Chicken Noodle Soup

Just like mom's chicken noodle soup. Pulled chicken, egg noodles, carrots, and in a piping hot broth. This is part of the blue plate special.  But if you choose to order off the menu I would still recommend the soup.  It would be amazing on a gloomy day!

Pot Roast Sandwich

Extremely tender beef pot roast piled high on a hamburger bun and topped with deep fried onion strings. It was smothered in homemade gravy and served with fries covered in gravy and coleslaw. Easily the best part of dinner and something everyone should try. No wonder it was voted as one of Chicago's top 30 sandwiches!  I have heard good reviews about their other sandwiches too, so I can't wait to come back to try the turkey open face sandwich!

Country Fried Steak (Blue Plate Special)

Today's blue plate special! Its such a great deal. The beef was pounded tender and lightly fried and served with that amazing gravy. The mashed potatoes were chunky and buttery and the carrots had a nice sweetness to it. The carrots were more mushy rather than having the nice textural component of crisp, but the fried steak took care of the texture contrast.  This plate was amazing!!  Can't wait to come back and try the other specials!


This dessert will turn a frown upside down!  It is a cross between a doughnut and a beignet is made-to-order and is served with a cup of melted chocolate and whipped cream. You could definitely tell they went the deep frier to the table! Crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle! Be careful though... they are served piping hot and will burn the tongue!

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- Just come on in and grab a seat... no need to wait for a waitress or waiter.  Menus are on the table!
- Make sure to ask for what the Blue Plate Special is... It is very reasonably priced and the food is just delicious!  (special rotates daily.)
- You have to drive to this restaurant, but no worries, free parking on the side of the restaurant and lots of metered parking!

- Don't come during a popular eating time... We came around 5pm, I believe, and it wasn't packed.  But once 6pm hit... there was a wait since the place is small.

How far would I walk for this food?

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