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Brunch Near Red Line?

Uncommon Ground at Devon and Glenwood is just a few blocks from the Loyola stop. I believe they take reservations, which would allow you to bypass the inevitable wait at M. Henry.

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Uncommon Ground
1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Oct 14, 2010
psegall in Chicago Area

Dining solo in E.Vill/LES?

Thanks for all the suggestions. Seems like there are a lot more options than I remember...

Mar 17, 2010
psegall in Manhattan

Dining solo in E.Vill/LES?

Those look great. Thank you.

Mar 16, 2010
psegall in Manhattan

Dining solo in E.Vill/LES?

Headed into town this weekend and staying on 3rd between A and B. I'm looking for someplace relatively nearby for a solo dinner - preferably nothing too heavy as I'm running the Half Marathon the next morning.

Mar 15, 2010
psegall in Manhattan

San Juan recommendations?

Our family will be in San Juan over Christmas. We're a pretty large party and staying at the Ritz and I think we'd like to get out and do a little food-exploring. That said, we've got a few limitations: of our party of 11, there will be a three month old, a seven month old, a four year old, a vegetarian (fish is okay), and one who cannot eat any dairy. So I think the first real restriction is that we're interested in things relatively close to the Ritz (walking distance? Is that a walkable area?). With that big a group I don't think we'd be looking for anything too formal, although if there were an upscale place that could take a party like ours I'm sure we'd be interested. But generally we're just looking for neat places to eat. With all this mind, does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks much.

Nov 19, 2007
psegall in Latin America & Caribbean

Andersonville delivery

Thanks for all the responses. Now we'll have something to eat when we try to recall what uninterrupted sleep was like.

Aug 29, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Andersonville delivery

Thanks a lot - do you happen to know the names of good pre-prepared options? I think it's something we'd definitely consider (small freezer and all). One more question, though: do they tend to have vegetarian dishes?

Aug 28, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Andersonville delivery

Thanks - I'd totally forgotten about Reza's and Andie's (though we've ordered delivery from both before).

What's the best Chinese delivery in the area? This is the one we're most curious to find. No luck so far...

Aug 28, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Andersonville delivery

My wife is expecting a baby in the middle of September and in preparation, at the behest of one of the bazillions of baby books/magazines/blogs/monographs/pamphlets/coded messages we've been reading, we're trying to gather up delivery menus for that time in the near future when we don't feel like cooking or venturing outside. And we realized, we only know of a couple of delivery options in Andersonville. Besides the pizza places we know there's Francesca's for Italian and Noodle Zone for noodles, but what are the really good places that deliver in the area? I don't think we'll be too picky about cuisine, we're just more interested in the best places that deliver in that neck of the woods.

Thanks

Aug 28, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Dinner near the Ritz?

Thanks - Ferreira looks incredible but a touch on the pricey side. Should we expect most restaurants in the neighborhood to be in that price range?

Jul 18, 2007
psegall in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dinner near the Ritz?

We're a party of four whose flight lands in Montreal (or is supposed to land) at around seven in the evening on a Thursday. We're staying at the Ritz. We'd like to check in, drop our bags, and head off for dinner. Any recommendations for someplace relatively close to the hotel? I should add that half of our party of four are quite pregnant and there's a vegetarian (but I assume most places will have a fish or vegetable option). We're not looking for anything too snazzy - just a solid, nearby place to get into the Montreal swing of things.

Jul 17, 2007
psegall in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anniversary tip?

A slightly belated report on Matou: not a bad choice. Not exceptional, either, but solid. Unfortunately my wife and I ordered the same things so I haven't got a breadth of material to comment on. We started with the highlight of the meal - morels with noodles in broth. The morels were gorgeous and rich, the broth flavorful but not overwhelming. We then had tomato-bread soup with parmesan and, I think, fennel. Again, solid. We each had the vegetarian entree: sauteed spring vegetables in phyllo dough. I think my wife enjoyed this a bit more than I did, but I'm a sucker for anything in phyllo.
Service was pretty good. We were the first diners seated so our waiter was initially a bit eager to get us started, but ultimately was attentive without being intrusive. The dining room was pleasant, not terrifically cramped. It wasn't a miraculous dining experience but definitely solid, definitely worth a look.

Jun 01, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Anniversary tip?

Based on what we read and the input we got it came down to Spring, Scylla, and Cafe Matou, and the missus picked Cafe Matou. Scylla, however, has earned a high spot on the to-try list. Thanks for the advice.

May 23, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Anniversary tip?

Looking for someplace for an anniversary dinner. I don't eat meat (fish is okay) and my wife is pregnant (so wine pairings aren't an issue, at least not for her), but beyond that we have no real preferences beyond someplace quiet, low-key. I guess we'd be looking a bit more for ambiance than cuisine - we're not looking to do Avenues/Tru/Everest etc, - although I am a sucker for a good vegetarian tasting menu. Geography-wise we'd be looking Loop north as far as Evanston, but we'd probably be more interested in a solid but less known place in, say, Lincoln Square than a bustling spot in the South Loop. But we're really open. If anyone has any suggestions I'd be most appreciative (and my apologies if I'm asking a question that's already been asked a billion times).

May 22, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Cotes du Rhone?

Has anyone tried Cotes du Rhone on Broadway and Catalpa yet? I know it's early but the place is practically around the corner from me and I'm curious to see if anyone's had a chance to try it yet.

Thanks

Feb 16, 2007
psegall in Chicago Area

Christmas dinner in the city?

My wife and I are moving to Chicago next week and we were hoping to go out for a nice-ish dinner on Christmas night - can anyone recommend someplace they know will be open? We've been to Chinatown in the past and were hoping for something a little different. Since the number of restaurants open that night is probably pretty slender we're not too picky about the cuisine - geographically speaking we'd prefer to go no further south than the Loop since we'll be coming from the far north side.

Any ideas? Thanks.

Dec 09, 2006
psegall in Chicago Area