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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...
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.
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!!!
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.
After being referd to this restaurant by my father (who was a frequent visitor SEVERAL years ago while on business in the Chicago area). So with my boyfriend currently on business in the Chicago area, I told him we HAD to go. I obviously expected great food but left with so much more! The food was AMAZING!!!!! We shared a full slab rib dinner. And chose coleslaw & their self proclaimed "famous" AuGratin potatoes as our sides. EVERYTHING was DELIGHTFUL!!!! The potatoes were perfect, the coleslaw was the best I've ever had, the ribs were SO flavorful, & the sauce was SO SAVORY!!! And the service, the service was some of THE BEST I've EVER had!!!!!!!! Our waitress was THE BEST WAITRESS I've EVER had!!! I actually wrote the restaurant & thanked them! She wasn't there so much she annoyed you but she just seemed to be there whenever you "needed" her!! I would DEFINETLY recommend this place!!!!!! I will return EVERY time I get a chance!
Just had an office party. Aurelios dropped the ball on this one. Was quoted one price when we placed the order and at time of pick up we were given a more expensive price. Cashier said it was due to the extra toppings on the pizzas. How this happened is a mystery to me because the girl who took the order repeated it back to me verbatim. Part of our order was for three cheese and sausage pizzas. We were given three cheese only pizzas. When we complained, we were told the best they (Aurelio's) could do was make three new cheese and sausage pizzas and pick up the three cheese pizzas. Kind of hard to do when you have some forty people lined up to eat. I was never directed to the manager even though I asked at the beginning to talk to one..... I guess they were too busy to take my call. Customer service skills are lacking and for the next office party we will be looking for a new place. Anyone have any suggestions....
My review is a without a shadow of a doubt one. I used to eat this pizza when I was a little boy growing up whether it be at Grammar school, High school or a sleep over. I grew up on North ave. and Long and either it was Victors, Guys, or Congress and Congress reign supreme over all so I know what it tastes like I just found out that they deliver to my new neighborhood in the Austin area so I'm about to introduce them to some pie lovers that haven't tried them yet. They really need to work on their website so can be easier to place and order especially when you don't have a menu handy. I'll have to wait to rate them once I order I havent eaten from here in over ten years and their still bangin out pizzas I here just like they used to so I cant wait click back in on their rating tomorrow when I rate the Austin areas number one pizzaria. Home of the original Football Pizza!!!
I've ordered from Botellos quite a few times, and their food is very good. The Rigatoni Tuscani is my favorite. It has a little kick to it, but just enough. I don't like spicy foods, but it's mild enough for me. Their eggplant parmesan and pizza are also really good, as well as the delivery service and friendliness of the employees. I used to get their chicken salad but stopped because the price went up and the amount of salad went down. Big mistake. How much does lettuce cost anyway?! No need to skimp on lettuce when you're now charging $8.50. Sorry, but unless you're giving me 2 heads of lettuce and 2 chicken breasts you can keep your salad. I give this place 4 stars. It would have been 5 if not for the $8.50 salad...wow that's a lot of dough for some lettuce and chicken.