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Blue Chalk Club

Update: Blue Chalk Club is closed.

In a word: A good place to sink your teeth while you sink some shots.

The specs: #0247
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; Madtown Lounge profile; official web site, MySpace profile; closing announcement in WiSJ.

JM ate the Philly cheese steak with coleslaw and fries and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Chicago-style dog with hot chips and applesauce.
The bill was $16, or $8/person, plus tip and pool.
JM and Nichole gave Blue Chalk Club a B+ (see our grading rubric).

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Blue Chalk Club

The Blue Chalk Club didn't look like it was going to be open when we headed there for lunch on a Sunday. But despite the empty parking lot and unmarked front door, the club was open and the hosts welcomed us warmly as we entered the cool dark interior.

Philly-style cheesesteak

We ordered our sandwiches, noting that it was nice to get a choice of chips or fries and something moderately more nutritious, like applesauce, baked beans or coleslaw. JM's cheesesteak was quite good - Nichole could see the yummy grease accumulate on the toasted bun.  The steak was diced to tiny bits, but the green peppers and onions balanced that out and left a satifying fullness without bursting. The fries were coated and just right, but the coleslaw turned out to be icky. Without enough vinegar, the cabbage seemed too raw.

Chicago-style hot dog

Nichole's Chicago dog came pretty close to authentic. It was a big, quarter-pound dog on a steamed bun with diced onions, traditional relish, tomatoes (chopped, not wedge), a dill pickle spear, and 4 small sport peppers. There was no mustard on it, though brown and yellow were available on the side, and the celery salt wasn't apparent. The hot chips were uneven - some were overdone, some greaselogged. But some were the perfect combo of crispy and chewy. They may be on track to be as good as Harmony's with a little bleu cheese dip.

We stayed for some 9-ball, at which Nichole beat JM 2 out of 3, but then JM won three in a row to win 3 out of 5, including one nine sunk on the break! Blue Chalk Club's pool rates seem competitive (see chart - when we were there, x=8).

Time Price per hour
M-F 11-4 x-2
M-F Happy Hour x/2
M-F 6-11 x-1
Sat-Sun 11-6 x+1
Sat-Sun 6-11 x+2

All in all, the Blue Chalk Club is a nice replacement for the recently-closed westside pool hall, the Green Room. The free wifi and friendly staff are big plusses, too.


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The Brass Ring on E Wash has nice tables. I'm not much of a pool player, but I enjoyed playing on their enormous Olympic sized tables. Laura has eaten there a couple times and thought the food was good, but I can't vouch for it myself.

Closed due to bat infestation. (heh)

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