Posts in category "Classic Restaurant Reviews"

Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013

Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013
Since everyone loves a good top 10 reflecting longingly on the year that was, I bring you Chewables’ Top 10 “best of” Chicago 2013. Drumroll please: Best restaurant: North Pond. Yes, I am fully aware that this is not a new Chicago restaurant, and that “best of” restaurants are typically either new or by Grant... Read more »

Healthy Eating Out: Italian

Healthy Eating Out: Italian
When it comes to eating healthy out, Italian food gets a particularly bad rap: pasta and bread and cheese, oh my! But I’m here to tell you that Italian food need not be the forbidden fruit or path straight to dieting hell. Rather, it’s just misunderstood. Strip away excessive American portions and alterations, and Italian,... Read more »

Missing the Mark at Las Tablas Columbian Steak House

I so wanted to love Las Tablas, the long-standing family owned Columbian steak house. And yet, despite some really great food, the hubby and I walked away from Las Tablas feeling an unenthusiastic meh about the whole thing. To start, locating a drink menu proved a daunting task. The first menu was empty, the second... Read more »
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Ombra: A Neighborhood Gem Serving Fine Northern Italian Cucina

Ombra: A Neighborhood Gem Serving Fine Northern Italian Cucina
While great Italian restaurants seem nearly ubiquitous in Chicago, great Italian restaurants serving food from the Tre Venezie region (think Verona and Venice) are not. Fortunately for us, there’s Ombra, the Andersonville restaurant serving delectable dishes inspired by Northern Italian flavors. Every last detail of the restaurant is thoughtfully executed without being fussy. The salvaged... Read more »

Cozy, Neighborhood Le Bouchon

Cozy, Neighborhood Le Bouchon
One of my favorite things about Chicago is how easy it is to just happen upon a really good restaurant. Going to the newest/most creative/hottest restaurant is always fun, but there’s something about a little neighborhood joint that feeds the soul. Restaurants that keep you returning again and again, such as (for me) Riccardos, Nookies,... Read more »

Maude’s Makes Aging Better

Maude’s Makes Aging Better
Strange fact about my husband and me: we’re birthday twins! We were both born on March 13, although please note that he is older. This all works out really well for me, because, as I get older, I find myself not liking my birthday at all. It’s nothing new (kind of like me?), just the... Read more »
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A great Chicago mystery: why is Frog n Snail not more popular?

A great Chicago mystery: why is Frog n Snail not more popular?
The truffle dumplings are transformative. If you remember nothing else from this post (and why would you?), remember this: dumplings = amazing. If they served pasta in heaven, this is what it would be. Small, satisfyingly chewy dumplings with a cheesy-like filling tossed with perfectly cooked cauliflower and aromatic leeks. The hubby and I had... Read more »

As a Concert Venue, City Winery Rocks

As a Concert Venue, City Winery Rocks
Since it’s opening, City Winery has suffered a slew of poor reviews complaining of slow service, mediocre food, and only average wine. Given this, I wasn’t particularly eager to try it, but when a good friend heard one of her favorite singers was playing there – Griffin House – she easily convinced a bunch of... Read more »

Sit Back and Relax at Owen & Engine

Sit Back and Relax at Owen & Engine
I am so excited to have Beth as a guest blogger today! She is a fellow ChicagoNow blogger who writes the insightful and always honest blog, Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom, which I absolutely love. For her guest post, Beth has written a review of one of her favorite Chicago restaurants, Owen & Engine.... Read more »
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Like tea and talking to interesting people? Go to Madame ZuZu’s.

Like tea and talking to interesting people? Go to Madame ZuZu’s.
In a land where coffee and tea shops are overly commercialized and mass produced comes 1930s style Chinese tea house Madame Zuzu’s in Highland Park (that’s near Ravinia for all you city folk). The vibe is chill and somewhat quirky — intricate red and black wallpaper, ostrich feathers, a black stand-up piano, and a cabinet... Read more »