My lady and I walked into the Girl & the Goat at 7ish on a Friday night with no reservation and were eating within 45 minutes, sure we were at the bar but it wasn't long after that that the hostess called our name for a table. We decided to stay at the bar and let a friend I'd bumped into take the table but, like I said, 7 on a Friday night and less than an hour wait is not something that can be complained about. The only thing I didn't love about this place was the space itself. I felt like the decor was a bit disjointed, exposed brick, charred wooden planks, reclaimed wrought iron fire place dealies gives most of the restaurant a rustic feel that much of the menu shares but the bar area did not. That being said, this place is amazing. I'm a big fan of the smaller shareable plates style of eating so that was a winner for me. My date and I started with a loaf of fresh baked bread with a Wisconsin beer cheddar and a plate of oysters that were light and delicious. From there we ordered a few plates to share; pan fried shisheto peppers, sauteed skate, wood roasted pig face, and a goat belly served with lobster and crab meat that simply melted in your mouth. Everything was perfect from the cocktails to the food to the service. Get here soon.
The view and decor of this place make the dining experience highly memorable. For that alone, its worth trip. Take all that away though, and you have an very average Cheesecake Factory...minus cheesecake even being on the menu. I probably wouldn't dine here as my first choice but I would give a fair recommendation to anyone seeking to try it out. Drinks & Appetizers The drinks were highly over priced. I ordered one of their signature drinks and it tasted like sugar water. However, they happened to make a Lemon Drop Martini the exact way my wife likes it so they get a pass on this round. We also ordered crab cakes as an appetizer and I have to say that the Sam's Club brand of homemade crab cakes taste better. #KanyeShrug. Entrees I ordered the Shrimp Scampi and it was good. I'd order that again. The shrimp were seasoned to perfection and the pasta sauce was very flavorful. My wife ordered the Chicken Ravello and substituted the chicken for salmon. She was satisfied and enjoyed her meal, but not overly impressed. So if you take her drink and my entree, you have the perfect combination.
Went for lunch at Atwood for the total experience. Great location in a historically vital building. Charming interior. Ezcellant service. But the food was mediocre to just plain poor. The appetizer of calamity was passable. The trout salad was terrible including brown tinged apple slices. Microscopic cubes of smoked trout, over toasted corn nuts. Corn nuts? What are they thinking? Greens that were pale pieces of tired, which without a mix of greens is just plain bitter. The gelato had the texture and taste of cheap ice cream with frozen hard berries. Come on folks this is Chicago- prime time, not some suburban or small town hamlet venue trying to be " gourmet". Is it because you get so many tourists, you think you can get away with swill? Shame on you. Overall very limited choices, very uninspired. It is easy to source amazing food in the City. What is the problem? I am so sorry that the special luncheon with my daughter was such a flop.
I've been to this place a few times over the years and I really enjoy going there every time. The food is great and it has very nice, friendly staff. Not to mention great beer! The only slight grievance I would have concerning a most recent visit was that I ordered something that was "on special" for that night, but when we got the bill, the price was the same as it would ordinarily be. I called later and talked to a staff member to make sure we were not overcharged and she confirmed that was indeed the price and said the special of the night more refers to the featured dish of the night. However, she also stated that this dish was available all the time. I find this slightly misleading and suggested they perhaps say, "featured dish of the evening" or something, as "special" implies a lesser price for that day. Either way, I would return there again for sure and hope to in the near future!
Dapper's is an amazingly warm place that I love so much, I come each week with my business team. If you want the best service in town, ask for Esperanza, a wonderful woman who always welcomes you with a smile and she remembers your favorite drink which she has ready almost as quickly as you sit down. It's easy to get used to your 'normal table' and your 'favorite dish'. The owner is always at the front of the house, he and his wife are charming. If you support family run restaurants and really want to feel good from a delicious meal and delightful people, this is the place to go. It is amazingly affordable as well. Almost every dish comes with a free soup as well. Dappers East has grown to be 'our' place. I hope you have the opportunity to make it yours
Food is amazing but the wait can be long and the service unpredictable. This is a frequent stop for my family and I when we want to enjoy a nice sit down meal. We have enjoyed every dish we've ordered, which has included: fish and chips, chicken piccata, the BLT sandwich, and the chop house burger. The salads are also excellent, as are the selection of desserts, that is, if you have room. the portions are usually enough to share with 2-3 people. We tend to order three dishes and share them among 4 adults. The second floor location is also really nice, as some of the seating overlooks michigan ave. Be prepared to wait, but know that the food is worth the wait!
My husband and I ate here two days ago bc we really wanted to try a Chicago style hotdog. Out concierge told us about this place and it was walking distance from Hilton Chicago. We ate so much food but it was completely worth it. We ended up getting hotdogs, bag fries with Coney chili, cheese, Pico de gallo, and a fried egg on the side...I am glad we didn't get a bucket of fries (there is so much). Then we saved room for an amazing peanut butter and chocolate milk shake that is so thick they give you a huge straw to drink out of. :-) Now I don't eat gluten, dairy, or processed sugar but I did cheat for this vacation. I am glad I did!
Despite the proliferation of good sandwich places in Lincoln Park, this one takes the cake, or the brownie if you will. This company uses brownies as the ice breaker when marketing people in the neighborhood. And they are awesome! This led me to try the sandwiches which proved to be as good as the brownies. What really makes th sandwiches at uncle sammys different is the high quality meats "name brand" and the bread which had just been baked whn the girl made my sandwich. It should also be said that the staff were some of the nicest people that have ever served me especially in a fast food setting.
We went there for dinner after a trade show. The food was really good but the staff was terrible. I asked for a different knife because the one they gave me was old and looked like the tip was broke off. Lady staff argued with me that it was one of their new ones, lied right to my face. Our bill was over 700 and I have to argue to get different silverware. I mean really. Most restaurants would have just given me another knife but not this place, second server took it and brought me a new one. Didn't cost restaurant a thing, just another dirty dish. Did cost them a repeat customer.
This place has some of the best food. My all time favorite is the Tilipia white fish. I tried this place about 15 years ago and can stop talking about it. I have told other about it and everyone one feels that same way I do, great! It worth the drive from anywhere. I live in florida now, and this is the first place on my list to eat everytime I come home. There is nothing like it! I highly recomment it to anyone living in Chicago or visiting! Warning.....you won't be able to stop the cravings after you tried it! And if you don't like fish, you will love the Tilipia!!