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Re: “Marigold

Marigold is in quite a hopping stretch of Broadway, just down the street from the Green Mill. There were lots of people outside on a beautiful night. One woman walking by told me my shirt was pretty, a group of guys smoking outside Silver Seafood sympathized with my husband limping along in a cast.

Luckily there was no show at the theater there, so parking was not hard. Our friends took the CTA and found that easy to do from their place further north.

The food was tasty, though I was lucky - I didn't like what I ordered, but one of my dinner companions tasted it and said "oh, that's what I should have ordered" so we traded :)

For appetizers we had the duck leg confit, samosas, mango salad and calamari. All were good. They had a reasonable, if small, selection of beers and wines, as well as a full bar with a menu of interesting sounding froufrou drinks.

For entrees we had 2 lamb vindaloo, one chicken dish in a rich sauce, and lamb rogan josh (the dish I didn't like). All came with tasty, seasoned rice. The vindaloo came with nice plain yogurt that I liked much better than the teeny tiny side dish of cucumber raita we ordered (the waiter didn't tell us the vindaloo came with yogurt). We also ordered a side of saag paneer (excellent) and 2 naan orders for the table. The vindaloo is hot but not fier;, you can ask for the heat quotient to be notched up. One of our companions isn't fond of very hot food, and was pleased with her chicken dish that was listed as a "4" on a heat scale of 1-10.

It's not terribly authentic, but it was tasty and we enjoyed ourselves. If you want more authentic food, Devon has it for you. When we got there at 6:30 with a reservation it was not very full, but when we left there was a line and the bar was packed. There were quite a few Indian families (parents with adult children - I did not see any youngsters).

The decor was nice, the waitstaff attentive, and the food was good. I would go back. They take reservations and have outside seating.

Posted by lee katman on 09/03/2007 at 1:52 PM

While everything we had was tasty, sadly it was all very over-salted. Whoever is in charge of sprinkling the kosher salt over everything should calm down.

Posted by lee katman on 08/08/2007 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The Bluebird

This was their first night open, and they really did a great job. You couldn't tell they hadn't been doing it for a while. The food is tasty, mediterranean-influenced, with appetizers or full main course dishes. We stayed with salads and ordered cheeses and cured meats. There's a front room with a bar and tables, and a back room that seemed like it would be quieter and more cozy. Most of the interior is wood or brick, with most of the wood having been recycled from other buildings, as were the light fixtures. It's sort of industrial, sort of homey. They have a full bar, but most people seemed to be drinking wine or beer. The markups on the wine aren't crazy, you definitely get a good value. The servers seemed pleasant and reasonably efficient, and we never had to worry about our water glasses being empty. It's a great addition to the neighborhood!

Posted by lee katman on 07/24/2007 at 12:38 PM

We had a lovely meal with top-notch service. At 7 pm on Thursday there weren't too many people in the restaurant, but over the evening it definitely filled up. The service was very good, and the food was too. They do a nice wine list, nice selection. You can also sit at the bar, which seems like a nice option if you want to be more casual. There is also a really pleasant outside area that more than doubles the seating. We'll definitely be back!

Posted by lee katman on 05/12/2006 at 3:56 PM

Our server gave us a choice of front or back room - apparently people have a preference. We chose the front, it seemed lighter and airier. Our server did a good job, timing of food was nice, and he gave us our espresso right when we wanted it - after we'd finished the wine. The meat in our main dishes was prepared well, but in both cases we thought the sauces were overpowering (and it's hard to overpower lamb). BYO is a plus.

Posted by lee katman on 05/06/2006 at 1:42 PM

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