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Sura Thai Bistro

Had a great meal here last week at this very stylish, sleek spot near Belmont and Broadway. Looks like it would fit right in on Randolph Street--all white, crazy hanging chairs, futuristic--and not all that comfortable--furniture. but the food was outstanding, and it was still byob. great duck crepes, tasty, light as air fried calamari...everything we had was quite tasty, and service was very attentive (granted, we were pretty much the only ones in the place). anyone else tried it yet?

May 15, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Has anyone been to Yolk lately?

had a great experience here a little while back. they do a "bacon waffle" with perfectly cooked, crispy bits of bacon cooked right into the waffle--a perfect combo of savory sweet, and one of the best things i've had for breakfast all year.

May 15, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Ceviche

DeLaCosta's ceviche is awesome--the only reason I'd go back there would be to sit at the ceviche bar, where the service is very friendly and personal (I think the chef's name is Pedro), and they're obviously having lots of fun. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Mar 08, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Scoop on SIMPLY IT Vietnamese?

ate at Simply It during one of their first weeks, and had a very tasty, incredibly cheap meal. they were still working out some service kinks (granted, it was a Sat. night and they were slammed), but everyone was very friendly. i would recommend the beef lemongrass rolls, kind of a roll-it-yourself thing. very nice. ginger clay pot chicken was great too--nice and zippy. avoid the pumpkin shrimp, though--it was totally bland.

Mar 05, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Where are the best mussels & frites in the city?

I wholeheartedly second Chicago Mike's opinion of the Hopleaf in Andersonville. IMO by far the best mussels in the city, steamed in Belgian ale and served with a cone of frites, tangy aioli on the side. I go there at least once a month and can never bring myself to order anything else.

Mar 05, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Cotes du Rhone?

Went last night and had a so-so meal. We were the only ones there at 6:30, but by the time we left at 8:15 or so, the place was hopping. The scoop:

Service: Friendly, but pretty inattentive. Plates sat empty for 5-10 minutes before being picked up, drink refills were few and far between, and our server was hard to track down. Long waits between courses, even when the restaurant was empty.

Food: Decent. Escargot was sufficiently hot (though not mouth-searingly, bubbly-hot, as I'm used to seeing it), but needed more garlic--all I could taste was butter. Portabello salad was fine. My salmon with lentils and curry sauce was very tasty, though it arrived absolutely white-hot at the table, presumably from sitting under a heat lamp while my pal's steak was cooking. His steak au poivre? Again, not bad, with tasty mashed potatoes. Dessert was, as 7up noted, terrible: avoid the burnt-tasting chocolate bread pudding at all costs.

Overall? I'd give it a generous 6. Pleasant atmosphere and BYOB is always great, but worth $75 with tip for two people? Hardly. For a much better restaurant in the neighborhood, go to La Fonda.

Mar 01, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Palm Springs essentials?

I'm a Chicago foodie prepping for a much-needed week in the desert and am looking for some great non-chain restaurants to hit. Cheap eats is preferable--would love to find a great burger, omelet, burrito, that kinda thing. Any places in the area (or worth driving to) that I've simply gotta try?

Feb 27, 2007
fromagefan72 in California

Top 3 Hot Dogs

1. Superdawg. Great atmosphere, excellent dogs, awesome burgers too.
2. Hot Doug's. For an awesome "gourmet dog" experience. You don't go here for the Chicago-style dog though. Do one of the crazy game sausages and be sure to get the duck fat frites on Fri/Sat.
3.Clark Street Dog. I love this place. It's a total hole in the wall in the middle of Lakeview, but they're open till like 4am every night, they do perfectly crisp corn dogs, and their Chicago dogs are perfect.

Call me a heretic, but I'm not a big fan of Gene & Jude's...

Feb 27, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Opinions on Cru and Ditka's

i went to cru when it first reopened back in december, and i was pretty impressed. whip-smart service, comfortable atmosphere, tasty small plates (they do a great composed nicoise salad) and a buzzing crowd. i wouldn't necessarily recommend it for a full meal, but for an after-work nibble and a glass of wine, it's a great, centrally located spot.

as for ditka's, i've always had good experiences there--and coach hangs out there a ton. go mid-week when their sinatra guy is singing and ask for a table in the upstairs cigar bar--that seems to be his favorite spot. it's pretty smoky, but you might just get seated next to ditka himself.

Feb 22, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area

Smoque BBQ - Report

I had a great experience at this place...as some people have mentioned, they were out of a few things (granted, we went late on a tuesday night), but the ribs were awesome, pulled pork sandwich was tasty and tender, and i particularly enjoyed the coleslaw and mac n cheese. not a big fan of the baked beans--too sweet for my taste. service was fast and friendly--one of the owners came around to check on me and my date and make sure we were happy. one more thing--the place was FULL of cops chowing down between shifts--always a good sign. :-)

oh, and i used to live in texas (i still dream about the 3-meat plate from sammy's bbq in dallas), and this place does a pretty darn good job of standing up to it. definitely worth a visit!

Feb 22, 2007
fromagefan72 in Chicago Area