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What about the tapas place in Berwyn; it's on Cermak; good food and a nice atmosphere...

Apr 04, 2011
marciab in Chicago Area

Restaurant suggestions near the Apollo Theater?

I had dinner at Merlo La Salumeria before seeing Million Dollar Quartet and it was fantastic. The food was great but the service was stellar. We arrived late for our reservation due to traffic and so were limited in the time we had for dinner. Our waiter was very accomodating, he gave us suggestions for ordering so we could get served more quickly. We even had time for dessert. We didn't feel overly rushed altho we had less than an hour for dinner. It's an upscale, a little pricey restaurant but for a really lovely dinner, I highly recommend it. Oh, and they make their own pasta.

Mar 29, 2011
marciab in Chicago Area

trader Joe's - baking soda in a classic baking powder container

I really like being able to get baking soda in a resealable tin and was happy to see it at TJ's.
Trader Joe's has a generous return policy. I'm sure they will take it back, just tell them what happened.

Mar 21, 2011
marciab in Chains

Good restaurant near the Drake?

I recommend Bistronomic. Great food and service. Nice ambiance. Overall a really great experience.
It's on Wabash a block or so north of Chicago so not very far from the Drake

Mar 04, 2011
marciab in Chicago Area

Glen Ellyn-Winfield restaurants

Glen Prairie is a nice option in Glen Ellyn

Glen Prairie
1250 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Feb 25, 2011
marciab in Chicago Area

Best Thai in Andersonville?

In that area, my favorites are Rosded, Spoon Thai, the place near Sticky Rice, maybe the Thai Room (on Western). There used to be a place on Broadway in Edgewater just north of Thorndale that was also good; the name escapes me.

Spoon Thai
4608 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Sticky Rice
4018 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Thai Room Restaurant
4022 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Rosded Restaurant
2308 W Leland Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Feb 15, 2011
marciab in Chicago Area

Intelligentsia in Western Suburbs

The coffee at Buzz Cafe is Metropolis (another fantastic coffee)
At Delia's Kitchen in Oak Park (the old Maple Tree) they serve Intelligentsia but I don't know if you can just walk in a get a cup to go.

Feb 03, 2011
marciab in Chicago Area

Local place to buy chocolate mint candy?

I have seen Truffle Pig bars at Whole Foods

Dec 06, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Need terrific liquor store near Mich Avenue

Binny's would be a good choice, large and good selection

Nov 02, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

I'm at a loss...Dinner tonight near Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theater has some suggestions on their website
Also, I ate at Merlo la Salumeria. It was fabulous, tho not casual

Oct 15, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

French Market

As a Metra communter in and out of Ogilvie train station, I find it a nice option once in awhile. I have picked up sandwiches from Pastoral, candy and sweets from the various "sweet" vendors, the Belgian fries are awesome. There are a couple produce-type markets and I have picked up fruits and veggies to go with dinner. There is also a place with fresh meats that could be taken home to prepare. Pastoral, with it's gourmet meats and cheeses always seems to be popular for sandwiches or meats and cheese to take home or to a picnic in Millenium Park for someone coming into the station in the evening.
You're right, it's kind of out of the way for most people except those that happen to be in that area but I think it has some nice options.

Oct 15, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Lunch places along I-55 between Bolingbrook & Chicago

I would also suggets Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, really tasty fried chicken.
Also at the Rt 83 exit North, there is a Patio (ribs/BBQ) in Darien, it's not the most fabulous food but pretty tasty.

Oct 15, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Only one shot at breakfast: Ina's, Lou Mitchell's, Ann Sather ???

I would not go to Ann Sather (it is just not that good, I don't know where it got that reputation) or Lou Mitchells. Ina's is ok, pretty standard breakfast; it's not bad but wouldn't be my first choice. In the South Loop, I'd recommend Yolk, Bongo Room or Orange; M Henry is also fabulous but not close to downtown.

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

M. Henry
5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

Oct 01, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Dark Chocolate Sprinkles in Chicago

What about someplace like Fox and Obel? or the new gourmet grocery in Downers Grove called Lemon Tree?

Sep 17, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Choco-banana hunt

The Diana's brand is also sold at Whole Foods sometimes. I didn't like the Trader Joe's version. I ate part of one and returned the rest of the box. But Diana's Bananas are delicious!

Sep 17, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Popcorn in Naperville & Western suburbs

I have not eaten the popcorn from Naper Nuts and Sweets; I know it always smells good when I walk past. I had a sample from Kernel Fabyan's during the Geneva art fair and it was very good. I am particular about cheese and caramel popcorn and think most of what is out there isn't very good. But the Kernel Fabyan cheese popcorn was very good. If I was back out there sometime I think it would be worth the money.

Sep 17, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Best Chicago Bakery?

How about LaBriola; their bread is delicious

Jul 12, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Cinnamon Chips

I found them at Jewel; but it could be that it was around the holidays

May 10, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area


I'd like to recommend Scoozi; It 's in the Lettuce Entertain You group of restaurants.
It's a little more casual than Cafe Spiaggia, and a more bustling atmosphere. It's not right on Michigan Av but not far. A more traditional type of Italian food.

Cafe Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

410 West Huron, Chicago, IL 60610

Apr 02, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area


I have to agree with you. I've been to Applebee's plenty of times with work groups and never feel that food is very good. And there are so many other, good choices I don't see the point to spend my money there.

Mar 26, 2010
marciab in Chains

Spicy ice cream in Chicago?

Vosges has their Red Fire Ice Cream (I think that is the name) It's chocolate ice cream with spicy chili pepper. Very tasty. I've gotten it at Whole Foods, Fox & Obel might have it.

Mar 26, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Chicago Chef Week - March 22-28, 2010

Does anyone know why Chef Week followed on the heels of Restaurant Week? Has there been a Chef Week previously? Just wondering if they found it a good way to fill tables during the week and wanted to keep that momentum going.
I ate at two places during the week, Vie in Western Springs and Lockwood in the Palmer House. Both were good experiences and a good way to try a new restaurant, especially Vie which is normally a little out of my price range. Lockwood was good but being the restaurant just off a very noisy lobby in the Palmer House, the atmosphere wasn't all that inviting. But the food and service were good.

Mar 26, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area


I have been to Urban Belly twice and both times had a great experience. The food was delicious, service was good. I'm not crazy about the tables, they are big and I felt like I was far away from my dining companions but I would definitely go back again. I'm interested to try their other restaurant Belly Shack but haven't been yet.

3053 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Mar 24, 2010
marciab in Chicago Area

Block 37 Mall?

Beard Papa is delicious!! I first tried it a couple months ago when I was on a trip to Singapore. The filling is very rich and creamy, I like the vanilla best, altho in Singapore they didn't have Strawberry so I have not tried that one. The chocolate on top is good quality and sooo good. I highly recommend trying it. I believe it's a Japanese company; strange name but so so good. The store in Block 37 seems to be still evolving because on the day I was there before xmas they didn't have a number of things on the menu yet,

Dec 29, 2009
marciab in Chicago Area


Has anyone heard what happened to Minnie's? it seems that it closed so suddenly.

Aug 18, 2009
marciab in Chicago Area

Looking for dinner spot before concert at Soldier Field

If you look for restaurants in the South Loop, you won't be too far from Soldier Field. There are a number of places there ranging from casual to upscale.
Search this board or
check out yelp

Aug 10, 2009
marciab in Chicago Area

Special Lunch Suggestions (I've trolled the board, but can find no consensus)

While Urban Belly is delicious, it's a world away from North Pond Cafe. It's very casual (order at the counter & community seating) so maybe not what you are looking for in a special lunch restaurant. I'm not familiar with Sarajevo Cafe.

Aug 03, 2009
marciab in Chicago Area

Vacation in Seattle

I am vacationing in Seattle in July. We will be in the city for a day or two at the beginning of the trip and for the last nite; and in Forks, near Olympic, in between. Can you recommend some restaurants. We're coming from Chicago, so would like some seafood. We both like all types of food; moderate pricing altho we'll probably do one big splurge dinner. Any recommendations of where you like to eat? casual and also more fine dining; breakfast and lunch/dinner. We're not really looking for hip and trendy.

Jun 08, 2009
marciab in Pacific Northwest

What should I order at TRU?

I dined at Tru about 5 years ago and got the Prix Fixe menu. I would go with that again. It was a lot of food, with courses in between the main courses and several desserts, and it was delicious, satisfying and a fabulous experience.

Sep 24, 2008
marciab in Chicago Area

O'Charley's vs. Longhorn Steakhouse?

I haven't had ribs at any of these places but for overall quality and atmosphere I'd go with Longhorn Steakhouse first and then O'Charley's. Chili's would be a distant third

Aug 19, 2008
marciab in Chains