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Re: “Cozy Noodles & Rice

someone with a finely developed and unique sensibility has overseen the decoration and overall ambiance at cozy's, both the one on sheffield and the one in evanston. it is, in fact, very cozy, the waitstaff are friendly and seem genuinely in good spirits (at least when we were there), and the room is very well done indeed. much better, more interesting and with more personality than those dime-a-dozen overly hip modernist-type places. the food is great too. the vegetables are fresh, the sauces not too heavy, and the chicken consistently of high quality. the shrimp in my dish were a bit small, though. the dishes are brought on very nice plates, at incredible speed (about 3 minutes after ordering), and are nicely conceived. we think at least an equal to penny's, and maybe better--definitely one of the top top noodle houses we've discovered in chicago. one of the friendliest as well, and the prices are great--very reasonable, and you get enough to be filling, even w/o an appetizer. great place.

Posted by vincent chiao on 05/01/2005 at 11:24 PM

totally average mexican place on broadway. inexpensive, but a limited menu. the emphasis is supposedly on healthier, fresher versions of standard american-mexican, but it tasted exactly the same to me, and the chips and salsa (complimentary) were very sub-par. the mexican place by treasure island is superior.

Posted by vincent chiao on 05/01/2005 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Angelina Ristorante

it's not just your "local italian place." angelina's is in a class--both in terms of quality and price--with merlo, a tavola and cafe spiaggia.

i had the italian sausage and polenta, which is served with a fantastically piquant balsamic reduction with pine nuts and raisins. i get hungry just thinking about it. my partner had the gnocchi, which she said was very good as well.

the bread they bring at the beginning of the meal is also worth pointing out as particularly toothsome.

prices were much higher than i'd anticipated--average for an entree was probably around $16-18. it's probably a bit (10%?) overpriced, but still very high quality. i just wish i could afford to go there more frequently.

the 2 dining rooms are small, and usually crowded, so it manages to be both intimate and loud and the same time. watch out for the trixies.

Posted by vincent chiao on 02/19/2005 at 6:51 PM

fun, personable brunch place near halsted and roscoe. focus is on brunch standards (quiches, omelettes, biscuits) with interesting combinations of toppings or cute presentation, and some things you don't see everyday, but should (beignets, for example). prices are about average for the neighborhood. much quieter and friendlier than some of the other brunch places around.

the decor of the place is very charming and pleasant. the only thing is that they like to serve their coffee in tall glass mugs. looks nice, but that means the coffee gets cold quickly.

Posted by vincent chiao on 02/19/2005 at 6:43 PM

i went with friends during one of their $15 prix fixe deals, which was for a 3 course meal. that was a great bargain; i don't know about their ordinary prices, though i believe they are much higher. the meal we had was for pretty standard italian dishes (roast chicken, polenta, tiramisu, etc.) but all of them were very well prepared, with fresh ingredients, etc.. a pretty stuffy atmosphere, but not unwelcoming.

if they do this deal again, it's definitely worth trying out, at least if you're in evanston already.

Posted by vincent chiao on 02/19/2005 at 6:39 PM

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