Recent Reviews

Re: “The Parthenon

We love this restaurant. It is the only one we go to for Greek food after trying almost all the Greektown restaurants at one time or another.

We are always made to feel very welcome by owner Yanna and her brother and the entire staff!

It is noisy Greek taverna with food just as good as any in Athens and "Chicago sized" portions - as we always end up taking doggie bags home to enjoy another day.

Great food / Great value!

Posted by John Venator on 02/04/2008 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Ben Pao

This was one of the two WORST Chinese meals I have had in my entire life! (The other was in the Yucatan in Mexico - and God only knows what possessed us to try a Chinese restaurant with not a Chinese waiter or cook in sight!)

We eat Chinese food peridically. Usually in Chicago's south-side Chinatown or at Opera or Red Flame and thought we would try Ben Pao. What a mistake!

One of 3 apppetisers was good and quite acceptable. The other two were far below any acceptable standard, especially at this price point and from a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant.

The two entrees were even worse - the beef with broccoli was almost jello - it has so much corn starch thickner in it. The vegetables were grossly overcooked to the point of almost being mushy - certainly NOT freshly stir fired as one would expect. The second entree was one of their recommended specialties - "Long Life Noodles" and it too was way overcooked like wide spagetti that had been left in water to cook for over an hour. UGH!

We were amazed at this lapse in a Lettuce restaurant, as we have enjoyed so many truly fine meals at other of their restaurants that were also great values - but our experience says the Lettuce Group does NOT know how to do Chinese and their quality inspectors need to make an urgent emergency house call to try and fix this deplorable situation.

Posted by John Venator on 02/04/2008 at 3:35 PM

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