It is so hard to find a restaurant that still serves the full relish tray, so impressive to the under-twelve crowd, that harsh criticism seems to stick in one's craw. Ken's is the kind of restaurant that our parents took us to, and made us wear a tie. It is the kind of place that served a "businessman's lunch", with Manhattans aplenty. The food is mostly old-style and hearty, and the portions suited to that fabled businessman. Certainly the recipes have been lovingly handed down since the Eisenhower Administration. There are no surprises, and the familiarity is nostalgia-inducing. They are tolerant of children diners, and the waitstaff seems to have collective eons of experience. Prima-donna diners stay away; new-fangled notions of cuisine and atmosphere will not be tolerated. Is the food good? Yes. Is it comfortable? Yes. Is the service acceptable? Yes. Could Ken's be described as "hip","trendy" or in any way "nouveau"? Never, ever. The place is a museum of mid-century fine dining; they'll be griping about the smoking ban for decades. Wear vintage clothing and Brylcreem and you might have a total time-travel experience.
I'd say that no more than half of Americans have had the sublime pleasure of partaking in a homemade tortilla. And, you can credit that number to the Mexicans that call America home. Made-from-scratch tortillas are a thing of beauty; they're far, far superior to their factory-created counterparts, and based on the number of ingredients they take, it's a wonder why more cooks don't make them. Ahh, such is the convenience of our economy, though. We opt for what is fast and cheap, shunning that which is from the root. Lucky for us, a few places in town, including Huaraches Restaurant, serve only homemade tortillas. In fact, Huaraches makes more than just tortillas. Via an old-school, well-worn Mexican tortilla press, it pops out crude but perfectly shaped sopas, gorditas and huaraches flecked with black beans, which are my favorite. A real huarache is a traditional Mexican sandal (you'd know it if you saw it) made from a leather weave or sometimes the soles of tires, and the food version sort of looks like the shoe.
I would highly recommend this delightful restaurant to anyone living or working in close proximity. I went there for lunch on the last Tuesday of last June only because I happened to be in the area. What a treat! The place was clean and attractive enough. All tables were covered with nice linen. A flat-screen blared a Polish soap opera. An ethnic Chicago atmosphere. A young, sweet waitress greeted me and I ordered the salmon. She offered a choice of salad. I selected some sort of ‘slaw plate’ which had 3 different Polish slaws, each as good as the other. When she served my filet of salmon, I could see that it was in fact a swordfish steak (gotta lose a star), but it looked good. It was delicious! As to sauces, they only had BBQ sauce, so I asked for butter. I was amazed at how something as simple as melted butter on parsley potatoes and fish could taste so good. It was about $15 with tax and tip for a delectable, authentic meal. Will definitely go back!
I was introduced to Tierra Caliente when I was a teenager now over 10 years later I still frequent the restaurant. The service is outstanding and they really make you feel at home. The food is some of the best Mexican food I have ever had in my life. Regardless if I'm in the neighborhood or not I make it a point to make a trip there for dinner or lunch to get my fill. One other great thing is they cater food which I have used for birthday parties and graduation and everyone at the party just raved at the food. I highly suggest stopping by you won't regret it.
Its like a diamond in the ruff! This place is amazing, they have a Huge fully stocked bar! The services was great, liked all the extra touches. The food was very good and it didn't take long at all. They also have an upstairs for Partys...the view is amazing and so relaxing! From the outside u wouldn't think it was so big on the inside...But it is! An the new waiter Joshua made our vist so much more fun and meaningful, we were very happy, well pleased. I'm so coming back to this place, I'm very impressed!
The burgers here are the best in the city. My favorite is the avacado burger. They are hugh, juicy, cooked just the way you want them. The only bad part is choosing between the frys, soup or salad which are all great. I mean I usually wind up paying for two sides and can never eat it all. The soups are real delicous and the salads have the greatest dressings. The delivery is so fast that it is piping hot. I am so glad to have them in the neighborhood.
Love this place!!! My dad use to bring us down there to eat or pick up to go when I was younger. The food is sooooo delicious. My favorite dish is the Tampiquena try it!! I don't live very close but when I get a chance I order ahead so it's ready when I get there and take it to go. It's a family favorite. The prices are great they have dinner specials 4-7 Monday- Friday and the deals are great. Highly recommend!!!!
The food was great. I really liked the pork chop and potatoes dinner. The wait to get a table was so long (over an hour). We went on a weekend so maybe this is why. I strongly recommend making reservations. The service was not bad but not the best ever. The prices are a bit high but I guess thats because it's downtown. Good place to eat if you have time and money to blow.
This restaurant is a little bit hidden on 79th street near Jeffery. The food is to die for, its a very small quiet restaurant which gives guests the pleasure of watching two flat screen TV's. The only problem is that you can't control the channels. The people are courteous, but the food takes a while to be ready. Overall its worth it though!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!! Their fried rice is so awesome along with their egg rolls. ever since i moved away, i've been trying to find another chinese restaurant with as good fried rice as this place, but absolutely no luck so far. i live 45 minutes away and i go all the way to chicago just to get some of their food