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need help on a decision

I went to A Mano this past Valentine's day and found it pretty fun. They have $5 appetizers and an option to order a half portion on the pasta dishes. It's still a nice place but definitely has a more casual atmosphere than Spiaggia. The food was good except I was a little "eh" on the secondi course. Service was great though. http://www.amanochicago.com/

Another Italian place I've gone to that I've liked was Merlo, which has two locations. Very very authentic but a little more formal than A Mano. http://www.merlochicago.com/

Aug 14, 2008
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weekday farmers markets?

Aug 14, 2008
Fry in Chicago Area

Best Well-rounded Indian Place

My family is meeting my boyfriend's family mid-June and we've decided the best place to go would be an Indian place. I've probably only eaten at four or five different Indian places in Chicago and don't really know what the buzz is.

My boyfriend's sister and mother are vegetarians and his little brother is a VEGAN. My family are relatively meat-centric, like bold flavors, and will eat everything but aren't fans of the raw-food craze/high end vegetarian stuff (I brought my mom to Green Zebra and she wasn't 100% on board) -- ergo the Indian restaurant decision.

So if anyone could give some recommendations on excellent Indian food that also has numerous vegetarian options and even some vegan options, I'd be really appreciative. We'll travel out to Devon, but I think the suburbs are too far for us.

Thanks in advance!

May 29, 2008
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Prosecco - Any reviews?

I had a weird experience at Prosecco. I went there with my boyfriend for restaurant week. We had a reservation and were seated promptly and given a little prosecco to start. The waiter handed us some regular menus but then we told him we were there for restaurant week. He gave the two of us one restaurant week menu. After 10 minutes of looking at our menu, we decided we were more hungry than a three course meal including salad and dessert could offer, so we decided what we wanted to order off the regular menu, but couldn't get his attention. He seemed attentive enough to tables around us, and even sat a four top next to us and took their orders. At the 30 minute mark after we were seated, we left and went to Avec. We were prepared to spend upwards of 100 dollars there but spent it happily at Avec instead.

What struck me was that we ran into the maitre'd and the chef/owner at the door before walking out and told them why were were leaving. The maitre'd apologized and the chef said if we sat back down, they would "do better." At this point I was sort of shocked they didn't offer us a free meal. Coming from the restaurant industry, if something like this happens, you do whatever you can to keep a customer from walking out the door; especially if it's because of something you, the restaurant owner, did wrong.

I can't say anything about the food, but I can't say I'm going back. Weirdest experience ever.

May 29, 2008
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Best fries in Chicago

This was a while ago, but I had some great truffle fries at Rockit Bar and Grill.

May 29, 2008
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Foie! Foie is back!

Setting aside differing ideologies, have those of you who are foie gras enthusiasts (or not) heard anything about what restaurants are doing now that foie gras is back? I was wondering anyone had heard of any celebratory menus spotlighting foie gras now that it's back.

May 16, 2008
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Zucchini Flowers

My family does a similar preparation. We mince shrimp and water chestnuts and season them like a dumpling filling, stuff it into the blossom and use a light batter on them. We deep fry them and serve them with a chili tamarind sauce.

They're nice for brunch with a tom yum and crab fried rice. Pictures attached.

May 05, 2008
Fry in Chicago Area

Meyer lemons

I was at the same Whole Foods maybe a week ago and I saw some, though they were not as nice as the ones they had a month ago.

May 05, 2008
Fry in Chicago Area

Wisconsin-style Fish Fry?

I just did a little sleuthing online and although it is on the way south side of Chicago, it might interest you. It's a place called Club 81 Too. The bar is open daily, but they only serve food on Wednesdays from 4-8 and Friday from 3-8:30. I'm not sure if it is traditional Wisconsin fish fry, but maybe you can let us know by looking at some pictures on this lth forum thread:

http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

Apr 04, 2008
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Decent Coffee in Chicago

I've heard that the Intelligentsia on Randolph has a Clover. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Has anyone had the coffee from that machine?

Mar 30, 2008
Fry in Chicago Area

Looking for a Good Indian Restaurant and a Falafel Place

For falafel, I personally like Sultan's Market on North Ave about a block west of the el stop for the blue line. Tasty and cheap.

Mar 29, 2008
Fry in Chicago Area

Hot Doug's: 2008

There's seating at Hot Doug's and what I find funny about it is that even if there is a line of people out the door, you always seem to find a place to sit.

Also, about the wait, I find that the best time to go is around 3pm if you can. It's always super busy around lunch time, but about an hour before they close, the wait isn't nearly as bad.

Mar 29, 2008
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