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Summer House

Outstanding service, missed in my OP.

Dec 31, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Summer House

Had an excellent meal here this past weekend. I haven't seen much about this place on the board, so I thought it deserved a post.

Excellent Starters: Cauliflower, Burrata & French Fries
Excellent Entrees: Shortrib, French Dip & Salmon.

Our table only ordered one dessert, I think it was Panna Cotta, with a very strange ice cream. It was not good.
Many other options looked good, we just struck out with this choice.

Guests loved the wine options, but we all agreed they needed a few more beers that really represent Chicago's great micro landscape.

Excellent food, ou, beautiful setting, can't wait to go back.

Dec 31, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area


My wife & I love this place, especially that Ahogado (sp?) sandwich that you get only dining in...
We went two months ago & the sandwich was so-so, the meat seemed a little tepid. Not the usual crunchy & full flavor taste we've enjoyed in the past.
Also, the churros were stale, really bad.
The kicker was the ice cream, the vanilla you can order with the churros..., it was awful, tasted so bad, like chemicals. My wife, who loves this dish, could not even finish it.
We haven't gone back.

Nov 22, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Seafood tower

Second the Publican. If I remember correctly, the Publican might require a 24 hour notice to secure the seafood tower?

Nov 21, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

best steak in chicago?

Chicago Magazine recently did a story on the 20 best steakhouses in our great city (November issue).
They picked David Burke's. I've been a few times, it seems more hype than anything to me, nothing was great.
Highly recommend Bavette's or Chicago Cut.

Nov 10, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Out-of-towners visiting in November...recs/advice?

Fits all the requirements of "not-so-fancy, not high end, not latest trend, a little hidden, very good"

Nov 04, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area


Went for the first time last week. Loved everything, fantastic service as well...
Standouts were the halibut with corn, squash blossoms with ricotta, heirloom salad, grilled octopus & the hangar steak.
Great beers & wine to compliment.
The restaurant was pretty quiet & I wanted to post to make sure this place gets all the press it deserves.
It was very, very good.

Aug 12, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Old School Italian?

Second La Scarola

Jun 10, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Spanish Store Chicago

Does Chicago have a comprehensive store for Spanish items? Bonito Tuna in oil, sardines, jarred peppers, etc.
Something like the Spanish Table in Seattle.

Apr 13, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Corporate Event Help - Ideas


Skating in the Sky @ John Hancock is awesome, perfectly Chicago & ideal for visiting Californians.
Then, put 'em all in cabs (they are used to driving) for a trip over to the Publican.
Let the mayhem resolve itself over beers & great food.
Who cares if you can't all sit together?

Mar 20, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Favorites at Publican?

Ham Chop

Mar 14, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

What's happened to Balena?

I went here with my wife about a month ago, I had heard so many good things about it, it was average to below average at best.
We ordered the Bread sampler, they were dry, tasteless, some were even hard. They actually tasted stale & old.
My wife's salad was ok, but she commented it was very, very small & didn't have enough dressing.
Our pastas were ok, not great, one came out relatively cold.
We went early, @ 5:30PM, and expected items executed well, there were less than 10 people in the restaurant at this time.
It really wasn't good, we won't be returning.

Mar 12, 2013
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Renting a commercial kitchen space

Dec 23, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Seafood markets

Drive to Fortune Fish & Gourmet, find the front door, ask for a salesperson to help you buy wholesale. They should help you COD, so bring some cash to pay, but they are the best in the city.
Better yet, call first.
Fish as good or better than either coast, I know for a fact.
1060 Thorndale Ave
Bensenville, IL (near O'hare)

Oct 03, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Casual Restaurant near Navy Pier (not those tourist traps)

Fox & Obel might work.

Jul 19, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Publican Quality Meats

My wife & I went yesterday, pretty disappointing.
The Barbacoa lunch special was "gristley", seemed very poor quality. The bread was dry, crumbly & tasteless. The sandwich was average at best.
We also had the Chicken Parmesan sandwich, same response. The meat was dry, very little flavor to the sandwich, completely forgettable.
We had the side of potato salad, which was so salty, we couldn't eat more than one bite.
The side of Kale tasted awful, like dirty paper with some lemon on it.

We were really surprised because we really like the Publican. This seemed not even close to the quality we expected.
We both agreed it did not merit a return, too bad....
Has anyone else had this experience?

Jul 16, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Help w/ not so crowded venues, pizza, and 'biblical restrictions'

"Deserving places that aren't getting much love" << Even though I understand what your asking for, unpopular places are unpopular for a reason, they stink.
There's a Chinese place by my house that is forever awful, tons of seating!
And a 19 year old in Chicago? It's a dream to visit great restaurants, with Chicago citizens, not average food tourist dumps.
Try heading to Avec, early, should have no problem getting seated right when they open.

Jul 03, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

One Night Only!

Second the Avec rec

Jun 27, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Chicago advice

The Ahogada @ Xoco? C'mon, it's outstanding.

Here are some others:
La Madia
Lillie's Q (Top Notch BBQ)
Balena (a little higher price point, but excellent food)
Publican Quality Meats
Telegraph Wine Bar
Au Cheval

Don't forget to enjoy an outstanding hot dog anywhere you get a rec, there are many, many great places.

Jun 25, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Chicago itinerary suggestions

If your Saturday night does come free, Avec for sure.

Jun 17, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Chicago Area

Last Meal in LA? Leaving after 20 Years

Funny, I'm living in Chicago now & after my departure, I found that nothing really compelled me to try the "LA" spots before I left. I spent my last evening with my wife in a favorite Mexican dive near LAX, they make an outstanding Carnita's taco.
I decided instead to spend time at the Getty & the Huntington, two "LA" places that I will miss dearly.
However, I don't think it's a secret, that the restaurants here are quietly kicking LA's culinary butt!
Avec, Balena, Ada St, Nellcote, to name a few...

Jun 01, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Last Meal in LA? Leaving after 20 Years

Money is not an issue, however, I don't believe in any correlation between cost & quality (clothing is excluded from this rule).
I've eaten at a number of outstanding sushi places here that are far better than Urasawa & far less expensive.
It's the quality of the ingredients that really matter!
So, just for reference, I'm ending one of my days here this week @ Pie N Burger.

May 22, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Last Meal in LA? Leaving after 20 Years

I like Langer's as well, but Chicago has so many great delis...Kaufman's, Max & Benny's, etc.

May 22, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Last Meal in LA? Leaving after 20 Years

I love LA, but with two little ones now, schools are dismal. I will check Roy's off my list, funny, I don't think I've ever even eaten at a Roy's!

May 22, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Last Meal in LA? Leaving after 20 Years

Leaving LA for Chicago after 20 outstanding years, just curious where others might choose to dine if faced with the same scenario? I only have one week left!

May 21, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Food for plane on route from midtown to LAX

I'm not really sure what time you are en route to LAX, but I would highly recommend Cabbage Patch in Playa Vista. I think they close @ 4PM, might be too early, but there is no indication of time mentioned by the OP.

May 10, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Grilled Cheese Month at Clementine

Tunalluvion <<< not so sure about this???

Apr 02, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena with Toddlers?

2nd Europane, we have two toddlers as well.

Mar 29, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

2012 Coffee List - Since any other list is Outdated

I have tried several over many years & always find love for Groundwork Venice on Rose.
I like a plain old cup of drip coffee & many of their roasts work perfectly for me.

Mar 29, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area

Down Industrial St. from Church & State, there is a sign with a Monkey on it. Bar? Restaurant?

Just an FYI, I think you might enjoy coffee at Handsome vs. DD. Even though DD serves delicious Intelligentsia, they had some really bad pours the 4 or 5 times I ordered. My choices ran the spectrum from drip to latte to iced to cappuccino.
Again, sandwiches are good.
Little Bear, not yet, I think the food menu looks as good as the beer. menu. Any thoughts on Pizzanista?

Mar 28, 2012
MahiMahiFish in Los Angeles Area