T Spot Sushi & Tea Bar

Interesting experience…we were the only two people in the restaurant, perhaps just a slow night.  However, it was quaint, relaxing, and a bit romantic in decor.  I thought the sushi was good.  It is BYOB, which who doesn’t love that.  The waiter was pleasant.  The prices were pretty standard.  I wish I would have tried their tea selection because it looked quite extensive.  Having experienced other sushi restaurants in Chicago, I would not recommend T Spot just because I feel as if you can get more for your money at other establishments (Sushi Para II, for example).  Although, if you find yourself in the Northcenter neighborhood and are looking for a sushi restaurant, stop by and give them a try.   

3925 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613-2428
(773) 549-4500

Tommy Gun’s Garage

Everytime I think back to my experience at Tommy Gun’s all I can do is shake my head and laugh.  In all honesty, I had no idea what to expect.  The website mentions something about the roaring twenties, gangsters, and flappers.  With that said, here is how it started…we get out of the cab, look around and start to wonder, umm are we at the right place?  There isn’t any signage, so make sure you have access to the address number.  We walked up to the door (which we hoped was right), knocked, and were asked the secret password.  Thank god we remembered (“Little Jake Sent Us”)…Well that is how it started.  Once inside, the atmosphere was great.  You can’t get any better than an outgoing wait staff who offers non stop entertainment.  They were always willing to go that extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed.  It was really impressive was that while they served us, the waiters and waitresses were also the actual performers….hats off to them.  As far as the food, well, I hate being harsh, but I have to honest, it wasn’t that great.  I wasn’t terrible by any means, but it wasn’t worth the bill of over $100.00 we paid at the end of the night.  For the after dinner performance, it was quite comical.  The host was awesome.  I would not recommend this for actual Chicagoans, but for tourists looking for a good laugh and something fun and different to do, swing on by.  

www.tommygunsgarage.com

2114 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-0273

Silver Spoon

This little Thai restaurant is located in the River North neighborhood.  It is possible to walk past this place several times and not even realize to walk in because it is located in basement of the building…which i’ll admit, does seem alittle shady.  However, to pass on the Silver Spoon would be a shame.  My friends and I had frequented this restaurant many times because they have a great lunch special.  The food is light, tasty, and fresh.  The atmosphere is casual.  It is always hard to find great affordable restaurants in the River North area, but this place fits the bill.  Overall, I give Silver Spoon two thumbs up! 

710 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2504
(312) 944-7100

Vivere

If you are not receiving medicare, steer clear of this place…seriously.  Vivere is an italian restaurant located in the heart of the theater district of Chicago.  Vivere is one of three restaurants located inside the Italian Village.  It is also the most expensive of the three as well. The decor was traditional and romantic.  The wine list was exceptional however unless you wanted to have minor debt issues, most of the wines were untouchable.  The wait staff was a bit pretentious.  Although, I have to admit the food was great.  We chose this place because it was right down the block from the Bank of America theater where we were seeing Jersey Boys. (Alittle plug for the Boys, I would most certainly encourage anyone and everyone to see them.  I was humming the songs for days.)  Had I known the theater district alittle better, I would have avoided Vivere at all costs.       

 

www.vivere-chicago.com

71 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603-4910
(312) 332-4040

Orange Garden

This chinese restaurant is located in the neighborhood of Northcenter.  It is definitely not what you would consider heart healthy chinese food.  However, I thought it was quite yummy and delicious.  The food was ordered as pick-up and when I walked in I didn’t get the feeling that it was one of those dirty, greasy, not exactly sure what kind of meat they used chinese places.  The decor was vintage, but charming.  Orange Garden isn’t pricey, you definitely get your moneys worth. The average entre is under $10.00. The service was fast.  I believe they told us that the food would be ready in 15 minutes.  If you find yourself willing to try this place, which I believe you should, I would recommend the sweet and sour chicken and the vegetable fried rice.   

1942 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613-2408
(773) 525-7479

Chicago’s Pizza

Get this…hot pizza, pastas, sandwiches, soups, and desserts that can be delivered to you til 5am, yeah, thats right 5:00 in the morning!  Ok, so yes, Chicago has a million great pizza places covering the city.  However, I have ordered from Chicago’s Pizza multiple times, because it is just so delicious.  I have never ordered the traditional Chicago deep dish from here, because the thin crust has won over my heart.  If you go online to their website, which I have listed below, they offer great coupons.  (Take advantage of them, a number of great deals!)  The prices are comparable to any other pizza joint here in Chicago.  So lets talk food… the pizza is excellent.  They don’t skimp on the toppings or cheese.  The crust isn’t buttery or doughy, but it compliments the pizza well.  I have ordered several salads and they have all come back fresh and delicious.  Overall, I give this place two thumbs up. So go ahead, next time you are craving pizza or pasta give them a call!  

http://www.chicagos-pizza.com/

Chicago’s Pizza has several locations in Chicagoland

3413 N. Clark                                                                                                                                                                                        773.327.0600

3006 N. Sheffield
 773-755-4030 

1919 W. Montrose
 773-348-1700

4520 W. Irving Pk. Rd.
 773-427-0100

3114 N. Lincoln
 773-477-2777

Tank Noodle – Pho Xe Tang

For anyone looking to try something new to step outside of your food comfort zone, try this place.  The food is authentic Vietnamese.  Tank Noodle is located in North Chicago in the Uptown/Edgewater neighborhood at the corner of Broadway and Argyle.  

I’m not going to lie, the menu is a bit overwhelming, especially seeing all the different choices that I wouldn’t normally expect to see on a menu.  I would suggest taking your time and read over the menu or else you might get something like cow intestines, oh yes that is a possibility.   The table turnover is relatively quick so wait time is minimal.  The prices are all typically under $10.00.  The atmosphere is very informal, nothing fancy.  There were alot of children present, so very family friendly.  The wait staff was always incredibly prompt, sometimes maybe a little annoying.  So overall, give this place a try.  I don’t think you will regret it.  Go in with an open mind and the willingness to try something new, you just might be surprised.  I know I was!

4953 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-2253

Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Palette Bistro – I wanna go!

I was walking past this restaurant a few days ago and I thought that this might just be my next venture.  When, well I couldn’t tell ya. You are just going to have to check back with me to see how it goes…

www.paletteonsouthport.com

2834 N Southport Ave. (Diversey and Southport)
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-2565

CornerStone Cafe

The CornerStone Cafe is so cute.  I believe it is locally owned therefore the atmosphere was calm, casual, and innocent.  The fresh flowers on each table made for a sweet touch.  The cafe is only opened for breakfast and lunch.  If you are in a hurry or dining alone, this place is great.  The seating arrangement compliments this idea well.  As for the food, well it was typical.  I didn’t think it was anything great.  However, I would put the breakfast above anything you would find at a chain restaurant such as an IHOP or Bob Evans.  The wait staff was attentive and polite.  CornerStone isn’t crazy expensive, it is actually quite inexpensive.  An individual could walk away full for under $10.00.  As for a recommendation, I would say give it a try only if you are in the neighborhood and looking for a quick bite to eat. 

Open Daily: 7:00am – 3:00pm

2753 North Western Avenue (Intersection of Western, Diversey, and Elston)
Chicago, IL 60647-2015
(773) 235-1155

Sushi Para II

Fish anyone? All you can eat? BYOB? Easy on the wallet? Really…is there such place? Why yes there is and it is called Sushi Para II.  It is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.  I have ventured to this place quite a few times to par take in the all you eat lunch and dinner special.  The dinner special runs roughly $20.00, which isn’t bad, especially for all you can eat.  I know what you must be thinking, the quality of fish can not be that great. Well honestly I would have to say you are wrong!  The fish quality is well above par.  The roll selection given in the special is excellent.  The atmosphere is great.  The wait staff is helpful, however, there has been the occasional mix up with forgetting to bring out my beloved edamame.  But since I was already stuffed from all the other great food, I didn’t mind.  Oh and yes I can’t forget to mention my favorite…it is BYOB.  On another positive note, the restaurant finally just opened up the basement portion of the establishment thus making the wait on a Friday night not as unbearable.  As I am discovering here in Chi-town, they to do not take reservations for parties of 2, which I think is just unfortunate.  So if you are in the area or even if you aren’t I would recommend giving this Chi-town eatery a try!

2256 N. Clark Street
(between Grant Pl & Sedgwick St)
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-3219

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