I effing love this place.
This is the kind of place that makes Yelp worth all our trouble. It is tucked next to the Granville red line stop and looks like no one has any business going there. When you open the front door, however, you are greeted to long curvy bar wrapped around a central fountain/statue. The decor is dark, smoky, reminds me of a speakeasy (reminds?), but without the annoying jazz. Instead, they MAY have annoying dance music as this place is very gay-friendly, being a few doors down from the Anvil nightclub. That is great because everyone I've ever met here has been all-round friendly! And if I am there, I may be annoying the clientele myself with Johnny Cash or RATM or something completely inappropriate to the scene. Feel free to liven things up yourself with the internet-connected jukebox in the back.
As for the food, hands-down the best pizza I've ever had, Chicago or otherwise. I love both the "deep dish", which I would not call a Chicago-style: it is about 2/3 the depth of your standard Gino's East, etc; AND the thin-crust. I recommend the Gino's Special! Also, though I've only ever gone there for pizza, the pizza & garlic bread is also very good.
Drinks are cheap and they have $2 daily drink specials, yes, even on weekends. I've gone in a few times just to have a $2 beer after work and watch Wheel of Fortune or Law & Order or whatever they have playing on the two TVs.
I urge you to go here to try this place out, and complement the lovely Peggy on her jewelry!
Also, I urge you not to come here because I would hate it to become a hipster-packed Kuma's-esque mess.
I have never eaten in at Tedino's and I probably never will. It looks like a crappy Pizza Hut and based on other reviews, it probably feels like it too. I highly recommend it for delivery, though there is some kind of half-off Tuesdays thing (might be on Wednesdays... call ahead). The drivers are not mean or scripted; that is absurd. They are delivery drivers and they kept my fat ass out of the cold and wet, so I tip them well.
The deep dish is my favorite Chicago-style I've had so far in the city, as compared to Gino's East, Lou Malnati's, Giordano's, Chicago's, JB Alberto's. I love to get just a simple deep dish with cheese only because their crust is good, but doesn't get in the way, the cheese is an awesome salty half-gooey consistency, and the sauce is thick and isn't sweet. I think the Opa (greek) and "supreme" are awesome too.
I've liked most of the appetizers I've tried, but nothing amazing. MY girlfriend is a fan of the salads, but again, nothing special. Most things about Tedino's would get three or four stars but it is my number #1 for Chicago-style deep dish!
Really good new york style pizza. Not your standard large triangle of grease though, Jimmy's offers quality ingredients and eclectic options.
I love getting a pepperoni, mushroom, beef pizza and my wife really likes their "white" pizza with a ice cream scoop of ricotta in the middle of each slice. Personally, I cant stand that kind of pizza but it seems pretty quality.
Pepperoni calzone is great - very meaty/saucy/cheesy flavor without being too much unhealthy slop in a roll.
In the neighborhood, I'd say Jimmy's is a tie with Apart Pizza, but since Jimmy's is cheaper....
The wife and I live only a few blocks east of the unofficial Clark Street Mexican district (a few blocks north of the unofficial Swedish/LGBT district of Clark Street), but have never tried any of the taquerias. I saw this one in TIme Out, decided to skip on Taco Bell for lunch and it was great!
Quickly, the inside is much nicer than the average Mexican place, closer to a restaurant. The decor is fun, although they have a gigante flatscreen on one wall, so be aware if that's a plus or minus for you.
More importantly, the "patio" is f---ing amazing. There is a 15' x15' area you could describe as a backyard patio (suburban grill, unused high chair, hoses) with about seating for 7-1 and a round outdoor fireplace.
The remainder of the patio is AN ENGLISH GARDEN.
I mean, the gardening is not Botanical Garden standards, but this is way beyond patio. We ate on a nice, intimate, metal table along a pebble-strewn path. There are tall hedges, flowering plants, shady trees, a rose bush. I am not greatly exaggerating to say I would get married here. Anyway, check out the photos, pretty nice.
As for the food, I would say it was damn good overall. I'm not a Chicago Mexican-food scenester (if you are, go to Big Star = yum), but I was impressed. I liked the pre-entree chips, which were crunchy but not crumble-flakey, and not ground-corn gritty. They came with refried beans and two salsas which were really good. The tacos were good, though I would want more seasoning. The quesadilla and enchiladas were cheesy, spicy and great. I also had delicious shrimp empanadas. Tasty, not-too-crunchy, not-too soft breading and good mix of shrimp, vegs and spice inside. The only thing I could have written off was the guac. It was too bland for me, but I DO go salt and cilantro crazy when I make my own.
For drinks, we had tasty but pretty sweet margaritas, which were "upgraded" off-menu to be more fun. We had too many of them and drove up my bill, but otherwise, I'd say this was a $100 experience for $30-40:
Same inexpensive tasty taco/burrito fare you'd see at most taquerias, but with the ability to order delicious entrees including beans and rice you'd pay way more for at a restaurant, all while watching a bumblebee collect pollen from the flowers one foot away from you. (note: bees were not a problem).
Oh, and the waitress was very friendly and helpful!
Kim's is awesome!
A family-run (I think) Korean hardware with a good selection and the nicest service you could ask for. They give the Vietnamese auto-shop (Dac and Mike's Value Services, yelp.com/biz/value-servi…) a few doors down a run for their money in neighborhood friendliness and being easy to deal with!
They don't have the gigantic selection of the big box stores, but their selection is pretty comprehensive. Items range from economy line (careful, you get what you pay for with tools) to less-than-expensive. They also don't have the give-a-shit morons like the big box and their store isn't a square mile of orange eyesore. Be sure to ask advice since these guys are knowledgeable, helpful and speak perfect English.
Always go here first for what you need, if you live in the neighborhood!
Have never eaten in this place, but I had it delivered for the first time last night, trying to break the pizza cycle.
Great Greek food for the price! I don't know authentic Greek from Kraft Greek yogurt, and I don't really care. If you're a fan of the sidestreet gyro gutbuster, with tomato quarters, cups of tsaziki and 14lbs of somehow juicy-but-dry-and-kinda-crispy-in-parts lamb strips, you will not be disappointed!
The soup that came with my gyros combo was really, really good. Unfortunately, I didnt ask what it was, but ask for the delicious not-too-runny, not-too-chunky lentil-based (?) peppery green soup.
The kefta kabon (think lamb sausage that looks like a long dog turd) was too much money for what you get ($2.50 per turd), but pretty tasty and not corrupted by the delivery delay. Sadly, the spinach pie was and was not made with phyllo dough.
My favorite was the lahmim beajin, a greek pizza, but without cheese (I don't think) and heavy on the meat.
I'd recommend ordering a variety your first time like I did, especially if you are unfamiliar with the names. All in all, a really good bet and cheap!
Okay burger-pit burger.
Generous greek salad.
Homey, odds-and-ends decoration with crumbling furniture.
Where else can you get a gyro, play Pacman while you wait, and leave with a six-pack of Old Style?
Okay, maybe like 20 places in Chicago, but this one is closest to my house. If you crave gyro, you can't go wrong.
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