I almost don't want to review this place for fear that more people will come and sooner or later it'll turn into a Filter or Wormhole (yes, I'm still a Wicker Park brat at heart). But this place is so nice! From the chalkboard to the wonderful-looking pastries to the comfy sofas, this is now one of my favorite places in Lakeview. Only two issues: 1) the tables are a mite small, so if you and a friend both have laptops it gets a little precarious, 2) it seems like the baristas are constantly being trained on something, so service can be a bit slow.
Tango Sur makes me glad to be an carnivore.
I've come here twice now, and both times have been fantastic. If it's summer time, I would recommend getting there early and snagging a seat outside for some great people watching. Winter time, this is a lovely place to take your significant other. The restaurant is split into two parts connected by a small hallway, and is lit only by a soft chandelier and candles. Add some bottles of wine (no corkage!) and soft music, and you've got yourself an oxymoron -- a romantic steakhouse.
I highly recommend the chicken empanada and the Parrillada (do Para Dos if you can!). The meat is always flavorful and well-cooked, and we always end up taking half of it home (and we can eat A LOT OF MEAT). The only thing I would advise against the Ensalada Paesana because it contains, literally, three huge balls of mozzarella, a small handful of cooked spinach and a few slices of red peppers. Uh... not exactly the plate of veggies I expected.
Server was helpful and friendly but never hovered, and best of all, he never tried to push a particular dish or dessert.
This has got to be one of my favorite places in Lakeview!
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Was almost a 5 star except for the fact that they couldn't seat us for 45 minutes, despite the fact that we made a reservation a week ahead of time. And while I don't mind waiting in most restaurants, waiting in a restaurant that can only seat six tables is kind of "should I be within spitting distance of your food?" awkward.
Other awkward thing: the door to the kitchen is very close to most of the tables, so even though the restaurant is romantically (read: dimly) lit, every 2 minutes there'll be a flash of light. After about five minutes of facing the door, I switched so that my back was to it. That made it a lot better.
Food was wonderful; I ordered the spinach soup and the lobster ravioli. Soup was slightly less impressive, but the ravioli was SO GOOD. Seriously rich and wonderful. And at those price points, you know what other restaurants give away free soup or salad with an entree? None.
Oh, and we had an awesome server.
Not really a BYOB, although I thought it may have been at first. Turns out they do offer alcohol and will charge a $10 corkage fee if you want to bring your own.
Parking is more than ample thanks to the strip mall location.
I've been to both Second City and iO multiple times, but I have to say that I like iO a lot better. First of all, I feel that there's a lot more to do near iO, so if you get there early, you can just grab a drink nearby and catch a few minutes of a game. Second of all, I like the atmosphere at the iO a lot better... it feels a little more cozy because all the chairs wrap around a low stage (in the Cabaret, at least). Third and most important of all, I don't think I've ever really thought that any Second City show was particularly funny. The combination of all of these make iO my designated "improv spot" for all my out-of-town guests.
I caught the Deltones on Saturday with Laila C. and thought that they were fine, but not as good as Whirled News Tonight. And hey, if the management are listening, next time you do a Groupon please mention what shows have "limited openings" for Groupon customers!!
I used to think that Myopic Books was the craziest kook of a used book store I've ever been to... until I met Bookman's Corner. It was, admittedly, not exactly love at first sight. Loads of books are arranged helter-skelter on shelves, and many are just piled up on the floor. There are small ladders and step-stools everywhere. But once you can get past the strange organization system ("Occult" next to "Russian History", paperback fiction all the way in the back on eight shelving units), you will really grow to love browsing all the different sections. It also doesn't hurt that all the books are very reasonably priced, half-off for books that are older than a certain date. I walked out with two chick lit novels, a Dilbert book and a nonfiction book for $8.
I came here for a friend's birthday and it was probably the first time in a long, long time that I found a bar "charming." But that's exactly what it was... it was small but not really crowded, there were tons of board games to choose from, the server was friendly, getting all of our orders promptly, and the drinks were inexpensive. The pizza looked just blah but the mozzarella sticks were gobbled up within a minute. Can't wait to come back here again!
Amazing! I got the mango ice in a child's size cup, which turned out to be perfect because it was so full of flavor that I really couldn't have ate any more than that. Also, I love the fact that they serve in styrofoam cups... not the most environmentally friendly thing to do but it sure keeps the ice from melting too fast. Sure, the place itself could use a little decor, but there's really no reason to stay when you have such a great neighborhood to walk around in.
Came with Laila C. on a Friday night for dinner, and definitely a five-star experience. Half off food? I'm in We had waffle fries nachos to start (umm, fries as chips? what can go wrong?) and then I had the short rib sandwich with French bread. Let's just say that that was DEFINITELY too much food for someone like me, but it was all really good. The drink specials weren't anything to write home about, but given that the bar was sparkling clean, the waitress was appropriately attentive, and there wasn't one stray piece of toilet paper in the bathroom, and I think we got ourselves a winner.
Very cute restaurant, but I thought that the food was only 3 stars. I did Yelp this one way ahead of time so I ordered the sweet & savory crepes while my friend had the bread pudding pancakes.
The food was fine (on the burritometer, worth the 2 burritos) but I wouldn't consider it a great "value" per se. But the things that bumped it up to four stars are:
1) Very cute atmosphere; not pretentious or uber-hip like some of the other brunch places I've been to. There was a woman with two toddlers at the table to the left of me and another woman just reading a book at my right.
2) Instead of coming around every 5 minutes to refill my coffee, I just got one big jug in the beginning. Fabulous.
3) Didn't feel rushed at all even after we finished our food; they did not swoop in immediately with the check like some places do. Instead, we took our time and went to the register when we were ready to go (probably not a good thing for the people standing in line, though...)
4) Server was very nice but didn't hover... that by itself is worth the extra star.
First of all, I've tried two other restaurants in the Francesca's chain already -- Forno and Campagna -- but this is the first time I've been on a crowded night. I really enjoyed the homemade dumplings with pesto and chicken, and it was really reasonably priced compared to some of the other Italian places I've gone to in the city. Portions, as usual, were more than generous... the friend that I went with eats like there's no tomorrow and there was still a full lunch's worth of food left over on the plate.
Only things that kept this from being a five star experience:
1) Do NOT go for any kind of romantic experience, unless you're on a first date. Tables were very close together and it was very loud; more than a few times the person sitting behind me knocked into my chair. Also, lots and lots of children around. I guess it would help you to think about not making any bad decisions that night?
2) What's up with the musical selection? I'm usually not one to notice, but why were they playing the entire "That's What I Call Music" album from 2009 on loop?
3) My server was REALLY rushed! If you ever order a beer during a busy time, tell them you'll pour it yourself...
I swear to God, every time I come to this restaurant, I think to myself, "Wow, this would be an amazing place to take a significant other." Let's just say that if Phantom of the Opera ever melded with the kitchen from Beauty & the Beast, the result would be HB. The food is really good, especially for the prix fixe. The BYOB aspect is certainly a plus as well. The only thing I was disappointed with was the pate, which was the appetizer I got the last time around.
|Vintage finds||Places I come to over and over again when I have out-of-town guests! This list starts from the South Loop, works itself up to Michigan Avenue, makes a slight detour to Bucktown/Wicker Park, and ends in Wrigleyville.|
|Rotating list of restaurants that I want to go to again. And again. And again.||
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