Frog vs. Gator

Jim and Nancy do not disclose the fact that they will review a restaurant before they attend, ensuring their reviews are unbiased and uninfluenced by their position with the Sun Day.

Jim’s arms were getting too short for him to read anything, and the adhesive tape wasn’t holding his broken glasses anymore, so off we went to Spring Hill Mall to remedy the situation. His vision was impaired with his old prescription eyeglasses, but isn’t it funny how he could spot a restaurant from a mile away??? The name piqued our interest, so we decided to try the Chubby Bullfrog Bar & Grill (next to Sears) in West Dundee.

Chubby Bullfrog Bar & Grill

1494 Spring Hill Mall
West Dundee 60118
(847) 428-7080

Directions: Take Rte. 47 South to Freeman Road, East to where you “hop” on to Galligan Road, South to Higgins Road, East to Spring Hill Mall and grab a “bite” before it bites you.

Estimated Travel Time: 20 minutes

It’s a typical bar and grill with an assortment of booths, high tops, and regular tables. One interesting feature is the brick wall complete with ivy and a few baseballs stuck in with the fencing that separates the bar from the dining area. It is a true sports themed bar, go Cubbies!!!

Since today was all about Jim, he spotted an appetizer containing a critter he hasn’t tried yet, so he ordered the Frog Legs (3) for $5.99. If they don’t “hop” off the plate, you’ll get all three of them. These were crispy fried frog legs served with a garlic cream sauce. They have even been featured on WGN’s “Chicago’s Best.” Jim said they tasted like fishy chicken and were “interesting”, but they will not be a featured item on “The Dining Duo’s Best,” no matter how much fun they are to play with. I’d “croak” before I’d put Kermit the Frog in my mouth, and especially after the moron had them “hopping” around all over the table! It was embarrassing.

Now on to the rest of his “swamp feast.” He saw the Gator Wrap ($10.99), which was hand-breaded alligator wrapped up with lettuce, tomato, chipotle ranch dressing, and served with house made chips. He got to choose a dipping sauce for the chips, so he chose the Chubby Butter (buffalo wing sauce). Believe it or not, the alligator also tasted like chicken with a consistency of steak. This wrap was huge and tasty. I don’t eat reptiles that can bite my hand off, so I didn’t try it. Aren’t there enough normal critters to eat?

Since someone has to be relatively normal in the “Duo”, Nancy ordered the Chubby Club ($10.99). This was a ginormous triple-decker sandwich piled high with turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and served on toasted white bread. This sandwich contained the most turkey and bacon she’s seen in a club sandwich. That’s probably why it’s called the “Chubby” Club. She chose the fries with the garlic Parmesan dipping sauce. That sauce was so garlicy that she’ll probably stink for a week. Oh, lucky me.

If you’re shopping at Spring Hill Mall give this place a try. Nancy actually got queasy when I was playing with the frog leg and some breading fell off. She saw the leg joint and muscle and freaked out. Frog legs $5.99, making Nancy nauseous, priceless. “Ribbit.”

FYI: This restaurant is handicap accessible.

The price for Jim’s trip to the zoo and my chubby sandwich was $34.14.

Jim’s take: My stomach started to rumble after lunch, because the gator may have been chasing after the frog!

Nancy’s take: My stomach’s rumbling while writing this. What he ate was just gross, but I noticed a “hop” in his step as we walked out of the restaurant.

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