Erik’s is probably one of the most popular lunch spots in Oak Park. Stopping in on a Monday (usually a slow day for restaurants), I was surprised to see many people enjoying a quick sandwich.
I had a Reuben on the brain all day. That’s why I stopped in.
It was fine, though I prefer my corned beef a little fattier. I’m sure that many Oak Parkers prefer their corned beef as lean as possible, but I feel that there’s so much flavor in the fat, that it’s worth the calories to have a little marbling in the muscle, a lot more flavor on the palate.
What I really liked was that Erik’s is still, despite the change in ownership, making their own potato chips.
I have never met a person who doesn’t like potato chips. Some folks may be cutting back because they feel these snacks are too fattening, they may be limiting their intake, but people love chips, and fresh-made chips are the best.
I remember years ago, Erik’s used to have a basket of free chips in front of the serving station. They do not feature those baskets of complimentary chips anymore, and I can understand why: I’d seen random folks come in, load up on free chips and walk out, buying nothing. That kind of freebie is always a fine gesture, but in these economic times, I understand how it might be tough to give away anything for free.
The chips I had the afternoon I was at Erik’s were fantastic. Crunchy, with just enough seasoned salt to perk the palate while still allowing the fresh taste of the spud to come through.
Next time I go to Erik’s, I’m getting a salad…and a big platter of these most excellent potato chips.
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