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Next Tapas Menu?

It looks interesting.

http://grosstravelchronicles.blogspot...

I can almost see Phil Vettel's rating when he reviews it: 4 stars!

about 8 hours ago
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Copenhagen recommendations

Fine Dining: Geranium and Noma
Awesome Restaurants: Amass, Relae
Smorrebrod: Aamanns(they have a deli and a restaurant), Ida Davidsen
Pastries/Bakeries: Laura's Bakery, Andersen Bakery in Tivoli, Meyers Bageri(multiple locations), Lillebror, Conditori La Glace

I know Kodbyens Fiskebar is also popular with the tourists and locals alike for dinner but I found the dishes to be hit or miss.

Lastly, visitcopenhagen.com has spot on recs for different needs and occasions, including places to eat and restaurants open on Sundays!

May 15, 2015
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Copenhagen

Just came back from Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago. Geranium as great and is totally different from Noma. Kodbyens Fiskebar was fun but nothing to write home about. If you have time, I would recommend that you try Amass, especially if you can't get into Noma. Their style of cooking and taste is very Nomaesque at a fraction of the cost. One other place I enjoyed was the Norreport Salushall, which is their food market. Also for breakfast or lunch, try Lillebror. I really enjoyed the pastries they made their.

May 03, 2015
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Is ATWOOD a good choice?

I've been to Green Street Smoked Meats a couple of times and consider it as one of my top 5 in the area. The meats are moist, tender with all the smoky goodness that I love. Having said that, I have not had Texan BBQ before so I have no comparison whatsoever to that one. Also, be prepared to wait 45 min to 2 hrs especially on weekends. The best days to go according to the people who work there would be on Tuesday nights when the crowds are substantially thinner.

Apr 11, 2015
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Recent Copenhagen visit

Thanks for the review. I'll be headed to Copenhagen in a few weeks and appreciate the feedback.

Mar 31, 2015
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Lone Chef/Food Addict Exploring Chicago

You can also try Oak Mill Bakery for some Polish pastries, including paczkis. There's a smaller branch in Wicker Park by North and Damen.

Mar 24, 2015
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Noma Website Sharing Table Reservation Issue

Looks like the shared table option is back up now. Good luck with finding a seat!

Mar 23, 2015
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Grad Student on a Budget Restaurant advice in Chicago

It looks like OP is craving food he can't get in Madison, hence the choices veer more towards Asian.

1.Korean BBQ: San Soo Gab San. It's not all you can eat but they serve a tremendous amount of banchan to fill you up.
2. Dim Sum: For cart service: Three Happiness. However, most restaurants are ditching the carts as they tend to overcook the dimsum while they're steaming in the carts, hence the trend towards a menu based option. For ones with a menu on them, Cai or Ming Hin.
3. Ramen joint: Ramen Misoya or High Five Ramen(assuming you're willing to wait an hour on Saturday for noodles)
4. pho: Tank Noodle
5. Banh mi: Banh Mi Express. There are several locations within the city, mostly in the Lakeview area. This place also serves Pho, FYI. If you're in Lincoln Park, try hitting Del Seoul as well. They have a Korean take on Banh Mi that's delicious and cheap.
7. Filipino food: Isla Pilipina for general Filipino food. They don't have sisig or roasted chicken in their menu. For sisig, try Ma Mon Luk in Niles if you're willing to travel that far. You can also buy it in the Filipino stores but call ahead. Here's a list of them: Chicago(northwest side): Tatay's on Belmont and Central, 3R on Montrose and California. Ian Mae and Lisa & Rose are both in Glenview close to Ma Mon Luk if ever you pass by it. Andok's style chicken is harder to get. To me, the closest I can probably get to taste like it is a Costco roast chicken with a side of pickled papaya.
8. Brunch: M Henry in Andersonville
9. Anniversary dinner: how much are you willing to pay? If it's in the sub 100, I would highly recommend Boka. If you're willing to move it to lunch, Blackbird, Naha and Topolobampo have prix fixe for less than 30 per person. Otherewise, La Creperie or El Nuevo Mexicano in Lakeview might fit your bill as well.

Mar 07, 2015
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Seeking Great Brunch in North Suburbs

You can also try Omega Restaurant in Niles. They have several Greek diner type dishes in their breakfast menus.

Mar 04, 2015
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Green Papaya: Where can I find this hidden gem

Golden Pacific Store by Broadway and Foster carries shredded green papaya. I believe they sell them whole as well seasonally.

Feb 24, 2015
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Stockholm Report

Thanks for the reply. I might consider Frantzen then if my itinerary doesn't change. I'm still considering either London or Berlin besides Stockholm on top of my Copenhagen trip. The airfare from CPH is ridiculously cheap to those cities.

I also think Schwa is one of the better places here in Chicago, definitely the best value of all the fine dining places. I'm sure you'll love Goosefoot as well, it's like a very sophisticated sister version of Shoto, minus the counter service, and it's BYOB:). Just be prepared for at least a 3 hr dinner service. Because of their small kitchen, the pacing of their dinners is something I find wanting.

Feb 21, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

Thanks for the report. It's always nice to see another restaurant that's not frequently mentioned in these boards getting reviewed. I'll add it to my ever lengthening "to try" list for the year.

Feb 20, 2015
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Stockholm Report

I reread your post a couple of times just to make sure I didn't miss out your review on Frantzen, but I can't seem to find it. I would be curious to your thoughts on Frantzen. I'm planning a short trip to Stockholm in April and have probably just one splurge night available for the trip. But from the looks of your report, would it be safe to conclude that Esperanto was tops for you?

Feb 20, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

I went to The Lobby over the weekend. Their restaurant week menu is totally different from their regular menu. Everything I had from the appetizer to dessert was monotonously sweet. I even ordered an item from their regular menu and it was also sweet. I kept taking a bite from the only thing that was great and perfectly salted: their bread. They served 2 types of it, ciabatta and bacon bread. Overall, I was disappointed that I came here but glad I didn't spend their usual expensive fare.

Feb 09, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

I went to Baffo for lunch on snowy Superbowl Sunday. Amazingly, the place was packed except for one or two tables. I had some trepidations initially about going to this place as I had a very meh experience with their sister restaurant in NYC a few years back. For the first course, I had the carne crudo which was raw beef drizzled in olive oil and parmesan. My main course was their Trota, which was a seared trout filet with a layer of mashed potatoes and a layer of sweet and sour peppers. For dessert, I had their Cioccolato, a chocolate sponge cake with hazelnut gelato served on the side. Both the first and main courses were also found in their ala carte menu. Overall, I thought the price point was cheap and the food delicious enough that I would certainly make it a point to go visit them again, hopefully some time in the summer.

Feb 04, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

I just saw Ada St's menu. It's an interesting if somewhat morbid concept. If ever you do get to try it, please let us know how it was.

Jan 26, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

The finer dining menus would probably give you the most bang for your buck. I would definitely try to get into Boka if you can for dinner. I would avoid the ones that already offer the 25 dollar prix fixe lunch ones during restaurant week since you can already partake in them at any other time of the year.

In addition to the ones Gonzo70 has given, Reno in Logan Square also has a 2 pizzas for 20 dollars event on Tuesdays. Cash only, FYI.

Jan 26, 2015
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Need some help with tasting menus, coffee

For coffee, may I add La Colombe in the West Loop. While Bad Wolf is still my fave coffee place, please remember that there are no seats nor bathrooms in the shop. I do recommend the canele at Bad Wolf.

Jan 21, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

Chicago Restaurant Week is almost upon us. Are there any places that you're excited to try? Let me get the ball rolling here. In order of excitement, these are the places I would love to try but have never been to yet:
1. Baffo
2. The Lobby(have been under Chef Wolen but have not been since he left)
3. Naha(tried their lunch once, which I found outstanding, but never for dinner)

Jan 21, 2015
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Ramen

Ramen Misoya's good, although it's difficult for me to justify travelling all the way there if you live in the city. I've also liked the tonkotsu ramen at Four Belly although their eggs are overcooked. I tend to like them soft and runny. FYI, I haven't been to High Five nor Wasabi. I've attempted High Five twice but got discouraged by the long lines. If you go there, please send us feedback as I do like my broth slightly spicy.

Jan 21, 2015
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Senza is closing in mid-January

Thanks for the answer. Hopefully, other CHers in Chicago who have not been to Senza could chine in as well. Rather than second guess the reasons why they close, let the ones who have not gone tell us why instead.

Dec 18, 2014
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Senza is closing in mid-January

"Why do you think it closed? I've never been but the reviews all seemed positive."

To I Eat Chicago: I would be interested to know the reasons why you haven't been? Instead of us figuring out why, perhaps someone like you who have heard of it but never went could give us some clue?

Dec 15, 2014
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Chinese / Taiwanese Restaurants in Greater Chicago Area

I thought Mei Shung was so so, but that was 8 years ago. I haven't been back since. If you haven't noticed, Chicago isn't really known for Chinese or Asian food in general. I usually head further north to Toronto or to NYC in order to satiate my appetite.

For the suburbs, I've only tried a couple of places. China Chef in Morton Grove serves Filipino-Chinese foods. It's not quite Taiwanese but the Chinese who settled in the Philippines are mostly from Fu Jien so the style is somewhat the same. In Arlington Heights, I've tried Penang, which is Malaysian Chinese.

Dec 15, 2014
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Chinese / Taiwanese Restaurants in Greater Chicago Area

Hi Bearmi,

I totally forgot about this thread. I went to Vora with a friend in Feb of this year and to Cafe 527 this summer. Overall, Vora was hit or miss. We ordered several dimsum items on top of orange chicken. And yes, I do know the chicken isn't really Chinese but that's what DP wanted. They're gua bao/pork buns were respectable but I prefer mine in the more salty and sweet side. I loved their milk tea with tapioca. The chicken was actually good, 10 times better than Panda Express's and it wasn't too sweet. The rest were hazy but I did remember the chive dumpling being too garlicky for my taste. I would say that your friend's assessment was spot on. It's not bad but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

As for Cafe 527, I ordered a tofu pudding and their beef noodle. I can't remember what DP ordered. I found the noodle to be bland and watery for my taste. If I were to recommend a Taiwanese restaurant, I would go to Vora instead. Please remember that this was earlier this year and from what I can see on their website, they have changed their menu significantly except for some of the dim sum selections. So any current feedback from you would certainly be appreciated. What Vora excels in is that it will satisfy any cravings you have for Taiwanese food, at least temporarily. And if I were back in the area, I would go back to Vora. I just saw that they have shaved ice there and would love to compare that with the ones I've had this year in my travels.

I used to love going to the International Mall in Westmont. They used to have a stall that serves this intensely flavorful beef noodle. My last trip there a couple of years ago was too disappointing though that I didn't return back. Also, the grocery beside the mall has a prepared foods section at the back. Most of the items are actually Taiwanese.

Dec 07, 2014
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[UPDATE]- Vote for Your Favorite Restaurants in Chicago for "Best of 2014"

1. Alinea
2. Schwa
3. Goosefoot

Dec 06, 2014
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Where to buy pig / cow blood and fat in Chicago area?

Hmart and the Filipino stores in Chicago should carry them too. I have seen them at Fresh Farms as well.

Nov 24, 2014
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Update on Chicago bakeries

Pilsen has an awesome bakery called Beurrage. Their croissants are amazingly good that you can see the layering of the dough. It's similar to the morning buns at Cellar Door Provisions in terms of style.

At Dinkel's, I usually go for their chocolate covered chocolate chip cookies. It's buttery, fatty and addicting.

Nico Osteria downtown also has some pastry selections for their morning menus. I have tried their kouign amann and thought it was perfectly caramelled on the outside and flaky on the inside. It's not as good as Bad Wolf's version but is pretty close.

Nov 20, 2014
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Steak in Chicago

How about Harry Caray's for Italian steaks or Flemings(for a chain)?

Nov 20, 2014
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Single dining Chicago

I know of a diner who ate at Alinea solo. However, you have to email them on the same day that you would like to eat there and there is no guarantee that you'll get a seat neither. My preference would be to eat elsewhere. But if you are dead set on eating there, the best days to probably get a table are during their slow days, or you can see if there are any other solo(or 3) diners who would like to share a table with you.

Nov 20, 2014
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An Already Researched Solicitation for Comments

If you found Grace to be sterile, maybe try Schwa? I can't think of any other place that's a polar opposite of Grace than Schwa right now. And yes, the food is good too visavis the price you pay. I'm not sure if they accomodate vegetarians though.

In terms of bakeries, DoRite Donuts did open a branch close to where you are staying, at 233 E Eerie. And since you are considering lunch on Saturday at Nico, you may be able to catch their brunch specials at that time. They offer pastries for breakfast as well everyday. Their kouign amman is the 2nd best in the city that I've had so far.

Oct 18, 2014
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