Archive for April, 2010

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.viverechicago.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