Archive for March, 2010

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

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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

new place anyone?

I know Chicago Restaurant Week 2010 has passed, but I thought offering a list of the participating restaurants would be nice…go try them out.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/dining/ct-play-0218-inside-restaurant-week-20100218,0,961037.column

Pizano’s Pizza

I think I have found a little gem.  For all you tourists, locals as well (which you probably already know about this place) who enjoy spending a day of shopping up and down the mag mile and are looking for some great pizza, I would definitely recommend Pizano’s Pizza found at the cross streets of State and Chestnut.   I will say that I didn’t get the typical Chicago style deep dish, which I must say isn’t really pizza, it is more like lasagna.  The buttery thin crust, toppings, and cheese are awesome.  The atmosphere was great.  The prices are typical for pizza.  The waitress was really nice. 

As a side note, I had ordered from Pizano’s prior but only as delivery.  There was an issue with the delivery and I didn’t get the pizza til almost 2 hours after I ordered it.  So as a way to say, sorry, the restaurant gave me my pizza for free and with the option for another free pizza.  I thought it was a nice touch.  I think it speaks well for the eatery.

http://www.pizanoschicago.com/

Tango Sur

Alright, so I have a few things I need to get off my chest about this place.  After many weeks of just trying to get a table at this little Argentinian Steakhouse, I thought the wait was worth it.  The food was great, the atmosphere was very intimate (great place for a date), the wait staff was prompt and very helpful, and lastly the fact that it is BYOB was PERFECT.  However, the biggest issue I had with this joint is the fact that they don’t take reservation for 2 people…seriously, come on now!  Ok, so granted it was Friday night but we had to stop by (physically go in because you can’t call and make the reservation) around senior citizens hour which was roughly 5 o’clock to put our names on the list.  Then finally around 8 o’clock we finally sat down.  To me, that just seems like a lot of hoop jumping for a darn table.  So overall, I would definitely recommend this place but beware that you might have some waiting to do when you arrive…..

3763 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60613-3718

 (773) 477-5466
Open Mon-Thu 5pm-10:30pm; Fri 5pm-11:30pm; Sat 3pm-11:30pm; Sun 12pm-11pm

What’s the point?

You know that age-old question of, “where are we going to eat?”  Well….to settle this question, I have decided to start reviewing the restaurants I or my friends dine at here in the great city of Chicago. 
 
Perhaps I can finally narrow down the best chicago places.  My decisions are based on the actual food (duh), price, service, location, and atmosphere.  Well good luck Chicago eateries…