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  • 5.0 Sterne
    10.10.2014 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Another great stay at the Indigo.  We stayed 3 nights 4days and had a great time.
    This place is laid back casual, not super luxurious in 'all' aspects, but clean and
    definitely adequate in what really counts!  --and location x 3
     
    I don't know about some of the complaints but we had no problems w/them---
    No bad smell in lobby & I have an extremely strong sense of smell. (sewer or cigs)
      I don't refute other reviewers, we just haven't experienced this.
    I didn't book with 3rd party/maybe you should book directly with Indigo & as we did
     and still got a great deal
    I called the hotel directly 2 times before we came to make sure of our requests.
      They said they appreciated it.  
    I do my research w/their specials & we always stay during a great offer on parking
       They don't own the garage, so $$ isn't totally up to Indigo
    The bedspreads 'are' heavy but we peel them off/don't use 'any' hotel spreads!
    Do your research! -don't like the arty décor' means you didn't look @ pic's, duh
    The hotel a li'l older?  Yes, Are you paying $300 or $400 a night in Chicago? no

    All the rooms are different so this is the review for this visit.  See 1st review too!
    New pros:
    New flat screens not out dated old ones
    Spacious room with good view.
    Still--clean room, hot water, fluffy towels, comfy beds, free Wi-Fi--fast enough
    Sweet little housekeeper that met all our requests, was happy to tip her each day!
    OK service at the front desk (one snafu, see below)

    New Cons:
    Water pressure was very low-but nice hot water & we got clean
    The doors still slammed loud, especially if your neighbor was insensitive about it.
      It would be a great idea for the doors to have signs reminding people.

    The last night the front desk rented our room to someone and gave them a card
     key.  They started to walk in and quickly backed out w/lots of sorrys.  I guess it
     didn't bother us because the people were so polite, and we were dressed & just
     watching TV before dinner.  We could have been in a compromising situation.
     The guy that made the error at the front desk didn't really apologize or offer
     anything.  I thought it was a major error.  He didn't seem like front desk
     material.  (Tues Oct, 7 2014--for management info)  In the morning I asked
     the gal we checked out with, if they figured out what happened.  It was my way
     of letting someone know about it.  She of course said she didn't know about it
     but immediately offered us extra points for his error.

     --still love this place and will stay here in the future!

    5.0 Sterne
    30.4.2013 Vorheriger Beitrag
    We loved this place!  - and the 'park for a penny a day' deal is what brought on the 5 stars!  The… Weiterlesen
  • 2160-A S Archer Ave
    Chicago, IL 60616
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    15.10.2014

    I love this place!  We came to Chicago for our annual fix of the big city.  We've enjoyed Tank, Sun Wah, Gogi, and a couple other Asian places before.  We wanted to choose something new and thought we'd stop in Chinatown for a casual lunch or dim sum on the way out of town.
    What we liked:
    After seeing Chi Cafe's pictures, & reviews on-line, we thought it looked bright and clean w/a vast array of choices.  Their website was clear, informative and I think that speaks a lot for a business.  It was a café & we wanted casual & fairly quick so we could head on our 4hr trek home.

    Since it was a weekday, we were able to find parking without much trouble.

    We saw many locals having late lunch (good sign) so we went ahead in.  It owned up to the pictures/was bright new & clean.  

    We were delighted that our server spoke excellent English too.  He waited on us right away bringing the menus & hot tea.  The menu had great pictures (I love visuals)and was written in English and Asian.

    We ordered:
    For appetizers, we split an egg roll & deep fried jumbo shrimp in thousand sauce which is listed as an entrée.  It was extremely incredible.  Crunchy shrimp coated with this great sauce that I'm glad was different from what I know as thousand island dressing.
    I was torn between the Soy black pepper beef with rice noodles (I'm a sap for excellent noodles & they looked like tender homemade egg noodles) and the sizzling beef w/sweet saki sauce.  He suggested to get the beef on noodles w/sweet saki sauce.  I loved that he suggested that & the restaurant catered to what I really wanted.  --and OMG!  It was the best Chinese dish I've ever had.  It had sprouts & onion slices which I love and the noodles were superior, tender & just the right size.  It was huge and I ate leftovers at home twice loving every minute of it.  --going to be withdrawals on this one!
    Hubster had orange chicken (which is his fav & he's sampled many!) served with lots of fresh steamed broccoli & it was very good too.
    He had some kind of bubble tea and I had hot tea.

    Meal highlights:  Everything came fresh & very very hot!  It was very affordable for the quality of food.  
    We had lots of leftovers like we wanted and although it might not be the most reviewed place to get one, we bought a whole roasted duck to take home too.

    I don't agree that this is a typical cheap Hong Kong café.  It's definitely a little gem notches above.  Can't wait to get back!

  • 667 W Diversey Pkwy
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    22.4.2013

    We visited Chicago last week & stopped in to pick up a few things when we were in the area.  Trader Joe's is one of my weekly stops here in Indy.  I can't believe how big this one is!  -with a full parking garage!  Hat's off to you TJ for such a great store.  Fellow Yelpers, realize what you have there!

  • 5.0 Sterne
    22.4.2013

    What can I say that over 800 other people haven't already said.  -nothing
    We came to Chicago for a 4 day visit and tried Tank for our first lunch.  We enjoyed it very much.  The place is bright with plenty of seating and all the staff were attentive and helpful.  The crowds kept coming and going with all seeming to enjoy.  I love the fact that there are clear explanations of each dish & all the photos on their internet site take it a step further to make your choices.
    We had:  Spring Rolls in rice paper
                  Fried Egg Rolls
                  #90 Rice Noodles w/Veggies, Shrimp Cake on sugar cane stick & pork patties
                  #67 Chicken Pho w/rice noodles, 10 veggies & I added chicken and shrimp
    Bill really enjoyed #90.  I tasted the Shrimp lolipop (great usual spongy texture) and pork pattys which weren't my fav.  #67 was my dish--the broth was light & clear but still flavorful.  It was a great way to get my veggies in for the day!  It was definitly 2 meals in a bowl.  Everything was very affordable.  I'm sure there are other great Pho places in the city, but we will go back to Tank so we can try many other great looking entrees!

  • 4.0 Sterne
    22.4.2013

    Well, 3rd day in the great Windy City.  We decided to hit this place.  It's a great little hole in the wall w/all the greasy fried delights you can stomach.  I mean that literally-you have to have a tolerant stomach to eat these grease-buster treats.  The bread is your savior to sop it up when it gets down there!  Now this might sound negative, but it's not.  -- just facts you must know.

    We tried soft shell crab, fish & chips & fried pork belly.  They were all delish.  The fish was outstandingly moist, mild & flaky.  The crisp pork was boiled then fried long enough to melt most the fat.  The crab was hubsters fav!

    The saving grace was the mixed greens salad.  It was really healthy & fresh.  It will help you to not bury your face in your hands while running out screaming, "What have I done?"

  • 676 W Diversey Pkwy
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    13.10.2014 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Well, everyone says about the same.  1. It has a great assortment of very good seafood at decent prices.  2. This is a casual dive bar, hole in the wall located in the basement with the service being hit or miss.
    We came here last year and enjoyed it so we thought we'd try it again. As mentioned in my previous review, we picked our table & I now know we were totally unaware how rare & special it was to have an opportunity to do that.  

    Our experience here last week when we came to Chicago for some vacation/anniversary  time:

    Cons:  minus 2*
    We walked in and the bartender & waiter were in a loud conversation.  They looked up at me but didn't say a word & went back to their conversation.  -definitely not welcoming!  After a little while, I thought maybe it's seat yourself, so I walked over to an empty table that had been cleaned and started to sit down.  The older bartender gruffly yelled, 'no you can't sit there'.  He pointed to a very tiny table nestled in the middle of other filled tables and said we had to sit there.  It was half hanging out in the middle of the main walkway & positioned so that the server would brush against you when serving others all around!  So I walked over to them and politely said,  we just arrived from Indianapolis, don't you think an anniversary week in town deserves a better table than sitting in the aisle?  The bartender again said no & started 'going off' about he had a party of 4 coming in. (OK the place is small, but there were 4 or 5 empty ones & c'mon it's Sunday night)  So the waiter kinda took my shoulders & turned me around heading towards my requested table.  He said never mind, just go ahead and sit here, it's all right.  Maybe he saw all the cash in my pocket or knew I was about ready to walk out.  The bartender scowled at us the rest of the night, & my cocktail was soooo disgusting I only took one sip.

    --rudeness is not part of the ambience of Dive bars.  Do people really want to drop $100+ when they feel unwelcome or like the restaurant thinks they're doing them a huge favor by serving them?  Ditch or train the unwelcoming, table-obsessed bartender working on Sunday Oct 5th.  -and let him know that the dress code is not wearing grubby white slept-in T-shirts too.  (along with sleeveless shirts, swimwear & not wearing hats inside that is currently stated)

    Pros:  plus 5*
    We ordered 3 appetizers, salad & entrée--all very delish!
    fried clams-very flavorful & tender
    wood fired cherry stone clams-good but plain, no wood grill flavor like last  time
    fried shrimp-huge with breading 'so light' it was hardly there, very good!
    salad- crisp w/great dressing but they didn't drain the lettuce well enough-watery
    The special-a platter of snow crab and King crab--very good!
    Service:  the waiter was very busy so no time to be friendly but did a great job!  -and the girl helping him was accommodating & did show a smile or two!

    We might give Half Shell another try for redemption next time we're in town.  We had a much better time the first time we were here.  --or we might try one of the other great seafood places in Chicago that were mentioned by Yelpers w/the same opinions.

    4.0 Sterne
    22.4.2013 Vorheriger Beitrag
    We were on a 4 day vaca coming up from Indy to see an incredible blues show at Rosa's.  First night… Weiterlesen
  • 5041 N Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    22.4.2013

    We were heading out of town after a wonderful 4-day stay in the great Windy City.  -and it was 40mph windy the first day!  -oh & pelting sleet!  -still loved it all.

    We had made reservations and ordered our duck for Sunday dinner out.  It was hard finding a parking space, but we arrived early and circled til we snagged one.  The place is big and that's good with all the people that were there!  Since there were only 2 of us, they asked if we wanted to be seated right away with others, at a big round table.  We agreed and it was a good choice because I met a new friend/yelper that was really sweet.  We had a great conversation.

    We loaded the cooler w/ice for our trip back because we intentionally wanted left-overs.
    We ordered:  Peking Duck feast, w/duck fried rice and duck soup.  -the duck was great and I loved to watch them carve it at our table.  (now I will try a simple vrs @home)  The rice and soup were a nice addition but the intensity of flavor was nothing to write home about.  (with such a lrg clientelle, bones only go so far)  We also ordered broc.w/oyster sauce, (really good), a small order of roasted pork, (fatty but the crisp pig skin was '10'), and extra sticky buns to take home w/all our left-overs!

    The amazing show at Rosa's, Hotel Indigo, and all the restaurants that my fellow Yelpers directed us to were totally awesome.  All in all, we had such a wonderful trip to the Big City that I can't wait to save my pennies and come again!

  • 3420 W Armitage Ave
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    24.4.2013

    We came up from Indy specifically for the night of fantastic Blues featuring Billy Branch, Guy Davis, Corey Harris and Sugar Blues.  It was great!
    The Show:
    Billy shared some great stories and a little of his unlimited history of his blues journey.  Guy Davis was really good and his snappy personality brought the party to life.  I love his voice.  Corey Harris gave a great acoustic performance w/a strong voice singing what I would call the 'old' bues style.   (-not an expert, just my opinion)  I really like his song Station Blues. Then last but definitely not least, Sugar Blues did some accoustic and his band joined to fire up the house with electricity!  What a great harp player Sugar is, Rico- plays fantastic guitar effortlessly, Pooky Styx-my hubster has seen before & knew he'd be all over those drums, and Sugar's bass player (his wife) was right on and brought a perky personality to the stage. (not to mention, she brought a pretty good size baby about to come into this world)  What a beautiful name 'Llaria'.  Good show!
    The Club:
    This is a small club with limited seating, so it was up close and personal.  I called ahead from Indy w/a few questions since the 4day Windy City & these tickets were a birthday present for hubster.  Tony was very helpful.  He also helped us when we arrived there after the doors were open and all the good seats were taken.  The hubster was disappointed, but Tony knew about his B-day and moved a couple chairs up front for us!  -Thanks Tony, it was a great night.
    Other Stuff:
    --next time I think we'll drive our car there from the hotel, it was a little difficult getting a cab back to the hotel.  One review mentioned stiff drinks, but we didn't think so.  This place is definitely casual & unpretentious so don't be scared of the black plywood entry.
    All in all, we'll be back!


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Mai 2011

Dinge, die ich mag

I luv Asian food, trying Int'l dishes, all seafood, an occasional great steak, cooking & hosting, good blues & jazz, playing flute & sax, 2nd hand furniture stores, doing interior design, landscaping & beautiful flowers, babies & baby animals, my 4lb pup, my hubster, sons, 4 grandkids

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Changes nightly.  Tonight:  Anthony Bourdain

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