This is one of my all time favorite places to eat! Berta and her son, the owners, are so sweet and generous. It feels like they are welcoming you into their home. The food is a combination of mexican and Cuban and is AMAZING!! I like to start with a very dry Sapphire martini, straight up with blue-cheese olives. Their soups make a great appetizer, richly flavorful and delicious. For dinner, I love the grilled Salmon drizzled with a chipotle cream sauce on top of garlic polenta with perfectly cooked asparagus on the side. Oh, and did I mention the fresh bread, soft on the inside, light crust on the outside!! A great place to go by yourself and have dinner at the bar while you watch the people go by, or with friends at a table. I love it!!!
The Chicago Diner is my new favorite restaurant!! I went yesterday for dinner and i am still not over it! It is pretty busy so I had a 10-15 minute wait, but once I got in it was the most amazing vegetarian place ever! It is very homey, the waitstaff is very nice, and the atmosphere in general is just great. I could smell the yummy vegan baking.MMM. I had the california Reuben and it was so fresh, delicious and warm. I was so impressed. The side salad with sprouts was also super good. My dad loved his karma burger and he is an ardent meat eater. There is definitely something for everyone. If I could, I would live there. No joke. You need to go here if you are visiting Chicago, even if you are a meat eater.
We made the mistake of getting in the Drive-Thru line late one Friday night. We didn't realize that it was a mistake until 10 minutes later when the line had not moved. Unfortunately for us - we were blocked in; With the building on one side and parked cars on the other, a car in front of us and a car in back we had no escape. 45 minutes later as we finally neared the window we commented to the cashier about the long wait - her answer? "We make each order fresh as you get to the window" a reasonable answer in theory, but FORTY-FIVE MINUTES for 3 shakes and 3 hot dogs!!!! Food was good but not worth even half the wait. Shake was a little thin but 50 flavors makes up for that.