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Anyone been to Italian Village lately?

...We ate at the Italian Village 2 weeks ago. In the upstairs "Italian village". The service was very, very inconsistent. The food? Just above average. Started with an appetizer of the baked clams oreganato. 1/2 dozen for 9.50. Way to much breading. The soups and salads that followed were horrible. Awful minestrone and pathetic house salads. Three entrées - Scampi Casalinga was good but certainly not worth 20 bucks. A Tortellini in a light cream-tomato sauce was good and so was the seafood ravioli. Both were 16.00. Decent food for the value. Would I go back or recommend it? No. You can get this food anywhere and you certainly can get better service at the Olive Garden. What this place has going for it is location and atmosphere.

Dec 23, 2007
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Glen Ellyn

There has been mixed reviews about Tap House Grill. Your experience is typical. The food and service - sometimes ok, sometimes bad. It really is a drinks and appetizer place. Tap House is the third place in recent years in that space. Previous tenants include: Clearwater (steaks) and Firkin & Fox (English Pub)

Nov 06, 2007
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Glen Ellyn

Perhaps I should clarify myself on the dining in Glen Ellyn. When I say "above average" I mean a place that: has a unique and perhaps different menu, a interesting place to dine with great and friendly service. They do something well and do it daily without getting stale. Figo, Cab's Bistro, Bistro Monet and Mykha's are in that category. They are not upscale chains. They are not run of the mill. They are not the upper crust but are just below it. Vie would fall into that category. They are not just the "average" place, like Barones. As for the places mentioned above - Capital Grille and Harry Carry's, Ditka's and Mon ami Gabi - they are corporate places. They are upscale and do something very, very well (though not my cup of tea) but they are hardly unique or different. I'd rather go to Vie, Figo or Cabs any day.

Nov 02, 2007
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Glen Ellyn

Could you give me details on Bistro Monet - How does it compare to Les Deux Autres, which I thought was quite good?

http://glen-ellyn.com/eve/forums/a/tp...

Here is a link to what other people in Glen Ellyn have to say about it. As for myself, I think it's good - but not as good as Les Deux Autres and certainly not as good as Les Deux Gros.

Nov 02, 2007
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Glen Ellyn

...having lived in Glen Ellyn for 20 years I've seen a lot of places come and go. I've tried nearly every place. Cab's Bistro, Bistro Monet, Figo, and Mykha's stand above the rest and I'd rate them "above average" and upscale but not stuffy. Mykha's is above average but certainly not upscale. Same for Alfies. The burgers are the best in the area.
The Thai place is Thipi Thai. Nice decor, average food with above average prices.
Shannon's is a Irish/Pub and is below average, as is Sante Fe. Barone's is ok - just a "red sauce" place. Nothing disappoints and nothing stands out. As for Vitorio's, I haven't tried it. It is VERY, VERY small and timing for a table is important. Friends that have eaten there say it is good and staff nice. There are more to chose from (Curlys, Tap House Grill, Beijing) but nothing worth a special trip. The Trib posted an article about Chicks "N" Salsa (a converted Baja Fresh) the other day, raving about their fish tacos. Again, it's ok for local lunches and a work night dinner but not something to make a special trip for.

Nov 02, 2007
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Real BBQ in Chicagoland

...just curious. Has anyone been to Calvins? I have not seen that name in the BBQ thread. And...What is the opinion of Sweet Baby Rays (2 locations)? I've have eaten there a few times and enjoyed it. As for Uncle Bubs, we've had some winners and some losers when eating there. Same for Salt Creek BBQ. And well, I share the opinion of Famous Dave's. It's the Olive Garden of BBQ (if you like that - then enjoy).

Nov 02, 2007
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Orchestra Hall - casual

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions!
...and no, our daughter is not Hilary Hahn ! LOL. However she does play in a phenomenal program - The Betty Haag Academy and they are performing there in May. www.bettyhaag.com
We will have a party of 8. 2 people hate sushi so Opsy is out. We have 2 seniors who still believe that entrées should be $12.00 and include soup, salad, coffee and desert so Rhapsody and Park Grill are out. The safe, middle ground will be Exchequer or The Elephant & Castle. I'll have to try Rhapsody or Park Grill on my own
Thanks again for all your help!

Apr 10, 2007
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Heh, which sucks worse: Jewel or Dominick's?

Very good thread!
Living in the western suburbs limits our choices somewhat. Meals are prepared with a specific ingredient list and the shopping is done according to that. Since Dominick's in our area is bigger with a wider selection it gets most of our business. However, there are frequent stops at Trader Joes plus quick stops at Jewel. The other store that is local is Springbrook Market. While not the most pristine grocer on the block, they carry a wide assortment of ethnic foods which is a plus. Several local meat markets round out the rest of the shopping. To answer the question though, I'd say Jewel is worse than Dominicks.

Mar 30, 2007
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Orchestra Hall - casual

Great recommendations. Thank you!
Since our daughter is performing at Orchestra Hall, the day is quite hectic. Deciding at the last minute where to go afterwards is not the best idea. We've gone to the Berghoff and Millers Pub the previous two years, both nice experiences.

Mar 30, 2007
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Orchestra Hall - casual

Looking for something nice and casual, for a party of 6 to 8 within walking distance of Orchestra Hall. Any suggestions?

Mar 29, 2007
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english or irish restaurants

www.ballydoylepub.com
swsidejim Mar 08, 2007 10:28AM
"the decor is pretty cool...There is plenty of seating for dining, overall a pretty cool place."
"return to try some appetizers, and bend an elbow trying some of their beers, in my opinion maybe this is a place better suited as a bar, and not a destination for food."

Been to Ballydoyle many times.
I'll second this opinion.
Very nice atmosphere with a couple of small intimate areas that are very unique.
As for the service? It has be spotty. Sometimes good and sometimes very bad.
The food is ok. Nothing great, but it is above average and it is more of a "pub" than a dining experience.
It is best experienced for drinks/beer and appetizers.

Mar 12, 2007
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Dinner before Wicked

Our choice for dinner before Wicked was 312-Chicago. Excellent meals and great service. The staff was very conscious of time in regards to the theater crowd as well. Request a booth overlooking the street. It is just a short walk to the theater as well.

Mar 07, 2007
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Top 3 Hot Dogs

Made a second visit to SuperDawg. Doesn't make my top 3. The place has plenty of character and is very unique but that doesn't help the hot dog, only the experience. The dog itself is juicy and flavorful. The bun however was wet and mushy on all 5 dawgs in the order. Not good. The fries? O.K. but would take the fresh cut, Gene & Jude style any day. Do I need 5-6 sport peppers? No. Do I need a wedge of green tomato? No. Go for the experience, but you can find a better hot dog at most of the other places.
1. Gene & Judes
2. Any Portillos
3. Bubby's (in Elk Grove)

Mar 05, 2007
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Chicago Barbecue

Three meals at "Sweet Baby Rays"... it's the best I've had. New location in Elk Grove. Outstanding. Liked it better than Uncle Bubs...

Feb 06, 2007
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Bobby Flay's Italian Beef

Oh! It was horrible! We couldn't stop laughing when he slapped on that mustard!

Feb 06, 2007
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Looking for good food and great service in TINLEY PARK, IL - near W. 159th street?

Try Gatto's. Excellent Italian with good prices. Great food and service. 5-10 minutes south of 159th
8005 183RD St, Tinley Park, IL
Tel: (708) 444-7400

Jan 10, 2007
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Good seafood shop, near west suburbs or Chicago

Straight west of Oak Park, on North Ave, in Villa Park is Supreme Lobster and farther west in Glen Ellyn is Mccowan's Seafood Market

Nov 09, 2006
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Quest for best authentic Mexican in Western Suburbs!

Thanks - LikestoEatout, for making the correction. My mistake. Very nice post. Like you pointed out "They do have some interesting regional specialties" and is family run. That's how you get the best authentic food.

Nov 01, 2006
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Quest for best authentic Mexican in Western Suburbs!

You can try Tia Maria's Mexican Restaurant in St Charles. Authentic Mexican, family run. It's not a very big place so you may have to wait - but it's worth it.

Oct 29, 2006
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Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

Love Gene & Judes too. Found a place almost as good in Elk Grove - Bubby's. (on Higgens)Good snap to the dog and fresh cut fries.

Oct 02, 2006
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