Hosting Hell: 10 Things That Will Go Wrong - And How to Prevent Them »
If you want to avoid entering the hosting hell dimension, here are 10 potential entertaining glitches, and how to avoid them.
1200 E Higgins RdSchaumburg, IL 60173
From Business: Welcome to Benihana. Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp b…
1829 W Chicago AveChicago, IL 60622
From Business: With a focus on freshness and quality, Arami's cuisine is a product of traditional ingredients and forward thinking technique. Representing the culture and care t…
If you want to avoid entering the hosting hell dimension, here are 10 potential entertaining glitches, and how to avoid them.
If you're a guest at the season's events, make sure that you're part of the celebration, not part of the problem
We want your holiday parties to be the talk of the season, so we've rounded up our top tips on how to pull off hosting without a h…
The Kamehachi on Wells, in Old Town, is supposed to be a Chicago institution, and bills itself as Chicago's original sushi bar since 1967. I don't understand why it doesn't carry itself better, because if it did the place would be packed all the time. The sushi here is great, the service not so much and I have experienced a lot of bad service over the years. While some of the other locations do require waiting, I have never had to wait at this location. The first floor is generally filled with casual diners, but there is a dining room upstairs that is a little more comfy and traditional. The first couple of dining experiences I had I dined downstairs and the service was great, with very good sushi. The two times I dined upstairs I had to be getting up to get refills, retrieve dishes and find out where our waitress went. Drinks we ordered never came and even had I wanted to get something else after dinner, we were never given the option. As for the food, it is definitely not the best sushi I have had, but its very good. Everything always tastes and looks fresh, the options are good and everything is pretty traditional so you know what you are getting. I love sushi and the location is convenient when I am in the area. I do wish the service was better though because bad service just ruins the meal. Because of the casual atmosphere it is a great place to take someone that you want to get to know better, both upstairs and down. Its also a great place to just pop in with a friend when you haven't made reservations anywhere or need a break from shopping. Oh, bonus at this location, they sometimes will have a guy there to valet your car.
We arrived an hour after opening on a Saturday and the line was already there. We were hoping that this was a sign that the food was that good. Unfortunately it was a sign that the payment systems were down, so cash only, the cooks were running late and the servers had no idea about the restaurant. 1)Sat by hostess and given menus, water and coffee. 2)Server comes with menus water and asks if we want coffee. 3)We are ready to order and the server has no clue about the menu. We even thought about ordering by number and she just could not get it. 4) They have whole wheat pancakes so I asked if I could have whole wheat waffles – the server looked at me as if I were speaking Greek. But said she would see. 5)Finally after painfully writing down every item, she submitted our order. 6)No coffee of water refills and 30 min later, the food arrives, but only half and the server behaves as if the missing portion is our fault. 7)A trip back to the kitchen and one plate of the remaining food 8)Another trip to the kitchen and the other plate of food. 9)Eating the meal was a lesson: thinking that just because the name Rosscoe’s is on the front does not mean it tastes anything like Roscoe’s in Cali. The waffles were undercooked and tasted like water and the chicken was overcooked – order plenty of gravy – but you may not get it until you leave. 10)Server brings the bill and tells us the cost will be 50% less since we had to wait so long, but wait, she comes back and says she is wrong – we have to have a coupon for that.
I hail from the Isles of the South Seas and had my 1st taste of jerk chicken/turkey/ribs at JAMAICAN ME HUNGRY on my very 1st visit to Chicago just in December. What an WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!!! Simply amazing and delicious!!! The meats were soft and soo full of flavor!! The candied yams were just so tasty and ripened plantain on side was a really nice touch (reminded me of home, made the way I like). The staff and owner, Eddie, were very welcoming and friendly. I absolutely loved the reggae music playing in background! I totally LOVED IT!!! #MeLove #JamaicanMeHungry It truly is THEEE #BestJamaicanFoodInTown Trust this island girl, you will LOVE IT!!! That's right folks! Try this spot and taste the BEST JAMAICAN FOOD in town!! MENU: Jerk Chicken/Rib Tips/Shrimp/Catfish/Tilapia... Curry Chicken/Shrimp/Goat... Escovitch Red Snapper, Salmon, Turkey Tail, Oxtail, Brown Stewed Chicken, Candied yams, Plantains... **Sides: Red Beans & Rice, Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens, White Rice, Cabbage and Carrots... They have just added Jerk Tacos, Jerk Chicken Salad, Jerk Shrimp and a whole lot more. Stop in to see their latest additions. I recommend you call ahead and place your orders. Ohhhh and mention my review/name to get $2 off on a whole jerk chicken! Their hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 10am -10pm Sunday 11am - 7pm Phone (773)952-2121. Catering is available...
We were so excited when Richie opened this bistro in Mt. Greenwood - we had been long-time customers of his Blue Island Pizza joint, Giuseppe's, and anticipated a more adult place to dine. Our first two or three meals here were delightful, an elegant departure from the typical casual offerings of the neighborhood. Business must have been good, because an expansion soon followed, but the quality of the cuisine began to slip. Were we becoming jaded? We found more to complain about - the menu seldom changed, and the ingredients seemed less fresh. The service suffered at times, and the overall experience simply not what it had been in those first heady months after opening. Richie recently renovated Giuseppe's, now called Richie's Too (see review) and quite frankly, we'd rather go there now. The homemade Italian dishes and sauces done so well at Richie's Too are almost absent here, and the bistro-style fare seems tired. Now that his little family place has grown into an elegant swan, the big sister seems tatty. After all, it is all about the food. We will continue to visit Richie's, in the hopes that improvements will come, and because there are simply so few choices in the area. But we are getting a little tired of settling.
If you like Prime Rib, this is the place. Although they have expanded their menu over the years to now include Salmon, and even a fish of the day, the Specialty of the house is Prime Rib, and it lives up to its billing. When the waiter or waitress comes to take your order, unless you want one of the fish dishes, the only questions you will be asked are whether you would like a drink, an appetizer, and whether you want the spinning bowl salad. After you finish your salad, and any appetizer you may have ordered, they will come around with a cart holding the Prime Rib, along with the mashed potatos and optional sides. It is then you will be asked whether you want the English Cut, the Lawry's cut, or the "Diamond Jim Brady" cut. If you chooose the latter, you better have brought your appetite! When you ask for a particular temperature, you can be sure you will get what you want. You will also be given mashed potatoes and gravy, and Yorkshire pudding, and you may order options such as creamed spinach, peas, corn, or mushrooms. If you like Prime Rib, you cannot go wrong at Lawry's, if you don't like Prime Rib, you are at the wrong place!
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.
Katakana Sushi Bar is the best place to pick up Sushi to go. They have great raw fish and the selecton is great. The prices are also really good and you get ,Now check The Patio is the best place Heard of Katakana on web, decided to give it a try, was not disappointed. The food is delish and the music is good and it's BYOB. Loved the high ceilings and huge TV screen projected on the wall, candles on the windows and all around the place in general, and multiple switching lights. Note: if someone gets annoyed by neon light, or a street light, or a candle light or any light at all-sit next to the wall, because in this place there is A LOT of light of different nature, which is awesome. The starter, the salad and the noodle dish I had were all consistent, fresh and absolutely satisfied my hunger. Also had couple sushi pieces beautifully presented on a plate. Can't complain either. And the last one: you have to try Katakana Special desert. Ask a waiter before being served. Overall, it was a fun night. Thanx , Thanx Katakana!!! Pros: the best sushi
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!
My family of four went here for dinner last night. My husband called ahead to ask if it was a family-friendly kinda place. They assured us that our kiddos were absolutely welcome, but unfortunately they didn't have highchairs or boosters. (He asked if we could bring our own travel booster- or if that would be obnoxious. Regardless of what they *thought,* they said it'd be a-ok.) They had reserved a nice table for us and proceeded to make us feel extremely welcome. (Not always the case while dining out with a pre-schooler and an infant in tow!) The gals split the veggie tempura, edamame, and gyozas. (Not one bite was left.) My husband and I ordered a bunch of their special makis; the spider, the honey (sweetened tempura around super white tuna), and the sakura- a glorious mix of tuna, mango, pink rice paper, and magic. The portions were generous (we agreed that the sakura especially ate like a meal) and the food was prompt. I officially love this place.