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Not having been to Giordano's in many years on Rush Street, I thought I'd play the game to get there on my visit in August 2009. Luckily, like you, I read a lot on the web about the restaurant in this day, parking, coupons and anything else I could find about "the experience." I found a site that has 3 useful coupons, one of which I used, when ordering my Giordano's pizza on Rush Street. (You may find the coupons here: http://www.hotcoupons.com/cgi-shl/cook/display?rn=2610144&mkt=US%28IL%28CHI%2814%29CSW%2800%29%29%29&fgs=1Abcdefghl&id=IO478B254072943&pid=HC&pfst=N) Here's how I played the game to get the experience, and this may help you too: I rode around on a Saturday afternoon near the restaurant until I found a park and pay spot right in front of Giordano's. My friend sat in the car and waited while I put our name on the list for dine in. I was advised it would be about 1 hour and 15 mins for two people. I took a menu out to the car, we decided on our meal, and 25 minutes later (as the restaurant staff advised), I went in to order our meal at the pre-order counter. You do not pay at this time, only order, and you have to wait 25 min to make the order. I then went back to the car and waited. I had not paid for parking yet, as there is a 2 hour parking limit. The pre-order was a smart move I learned from someone on another web site and it proved extremely helpful. If you put yourself on a waiting list for dine in and do not pre-order, you are certain to wait, on a busy day, 1 hour for your pizza after being seated. When our name was called (the announcements could be heard outside), my friend then paid 1 hour for our parking. We got seated and ordered beverages. I found it nice that if you were called and did not hear the first time, you'll be called again and you'll get a "last call" as a final measure to get you in. We gave the pre-order slip to the waitress and it actually took around 15 min to get the pizza, although we had pre-ordered it much earlier. So, even though you'd think the pizza should have been immediately ready after all of the wait and pre-order, it was not. But, 15 mins of waiting was not bad given that it would have been an hour without doing the pre-order. The waitress was not miss personality, but hey, we were more there for the food. The pizza, as expected, was delicious and hot! The coupon gave us a few dollars off which made it a decently priced meal for two. Thanks for reading my review.
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...
People seem to either hate Pizzeria Uno, or love it, depending on their love of pizza and their background. This review is geared toward tourists, as downtown locals more than likely have been here already and have formed their opinons. Things tourists might dislike: The wait times can be pretty long (45 mins to over an hour when it's busy) and the place is small and cramped. Noise levels can also get pretty loud. Things tourists might like: Even though the wait times can be long, you can at least place your order when you put your name down so at least you may not have to wait much longer after you sit down for your deep dish pizza (which traditionally takes longer to make than a regular or thin crust). Things tourists might like or dislike: The deep dish pizza itself! I've had friends from the west coast come out and absolutely love the pie-like crust and how the toppings are placed under the cheese. At the same time, I've heard complaints about the tomato chunks in the sauce. Friends from the east coast have just plainly said that nothing is better than New York pizza. I have not had the chance to judge, though I hope to do so this summer. So there it is. I hope this helps people that have never been to Pizzeria Uno. If you're from out of town and are in downtown, I recommend a go at this place.
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.
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 was referred to this salon by a friend who stated that her grammar school nieces "natural and course"hair was washed, blow dryed and curled very well. Howvever, she felt that when she went in for her own service, the blow drying person was too extreme with pulling her "permed" hair. I went in this past Saturday, I told the husky fellow that he was burning my ear. He left the curlers on it. I had to scream and affront him about that he was burning my ear. I was out done because I only had about 4 curls left until my hair was complete. Nevertheless, before I could jump out of my seat out of irritation. He began to put some cream on my brows. I asked him what was he doing. He stated he was going to arch them. I was steaming by then, when I responded, "I am not going to let you touch my brows when you hurt my feelings when you burned my ear nonchalantly!" The women whom I met there (at least 4) stated that they have had bad experiences before and only Maxi does their hair. Why have a shop when you staff are nincompoops! Train you staff to be as cordial and accommodating has you!!!
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.
4.25 Stars. This was our second visit picking up and bringing the pizza home. Nancy and I ordered the "Michael's Special" which is cheese, sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onion. An important point worthy of note is that it was as consistently good this time as it was last time. This being the case we felt a review appropriate. We ordered a medium (14 in?) thin crust and there was enough left for another person had one been present to join us. Everything was fresh and the pizza sauce was especially good with a characteristic signature of sweet properly proportioned. Though the title states Pizzeria before Tavern if you didn't know better you would mistake it for a sports bar, with a long bar and over 20 large screen television sets positioned all over the premises. For me to rate 4 stars - particularly with all the pizza places that abound in Chicago is unusual, if the drinks are as good as the pizza I can see myself hanging out here on the less than frequent occasions I have some free time.
Every time I have dined at Sapori I have enjoyed it. The last time I was there I had a reservation for 8:30 and it was completly full and they realized they weren't going to be able to seat us right on time so they took my entire party to the bar and gave us a round on the house. I love that their menu changes and that the owner/chef will come out to see how you are enjoying your food. I gave honest feedback that the meal was not as I expected and had a more hearty flavor than I was looking for and he replaced my entire meal with something else that he thought I would love in under 10min. That's what I call service! I've had everything from the calamari to the lasagna and I really enjoy the rustic flavors that are brought to the entree's. The atmosphere is quaint and conservative, it's a great place for a first date or a casual dinner amongst friends. I really enjoy the sharp crowd and the great people watching. I think they also have seatting in the back of the house for larger parties.