El Tapatio Cafe
3400 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
So the margaritas were fine. But not fine enough to overcome the bad food.\r
We ordered the poblano soup which came out to the table at the same time as our entrees. Even the server couldn't figure out what to do with it all. We sent back the entrees, where I am sure they sat under heat lights for the next 20 minutes. The soup wasn't bad tasting, but it was had ""cold spots"" in it. It was either heated up in a microwave or it was frozen and not fully defrosted before it was served. \r
My husband's skirt steak tasted heavily tenderized instead of properly marinated, and the short ribs left me with indigestion. \r
All I could think of is how Gordon Ramsey would have reacted on Kitchen Nightmares if he had been brought in to help this ""favorite"" Mexican restaurant and tasted what we did.\r
Chicago has some really excellent Mexican food. This was not one of the places that serve it. Suffice it to say, we won't be back.
3231 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
After hearing about Orange from several pepole, we had to try it. We waited the requisite 40 minutes (in the rain) and were really hungry. The menu (""menuzine"") is very clever and there are lots of interesting items (""green eggs and ham""; jellyroll pancakes"", etc.). But you can't eat the menu.
The freshly juiced juice combos were awesome. Coffee was rather weak. Service was unbelievably poor: it may have just been our waitnress, but it was very slow, things were forgotten and late.
The food was good (not fabulous) and the check really very high (>$30 for two) for breakfast. I'll continue to go to Toast and the Bongo Room.