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Re: “Over Easy

The Good news: The place is simple and cute, the presentation is fabulous, the food is big and good enough, our order was delivered quickl-- about 5 minutes.
the Bad news: Waiting for a table. The noise is ear splitting and really spoiled my experience completely.

Nearly half the entree choices are Mexican, yet you can't get a tortilla to save your life. I am allergic to gluten and almost everywhere I go I can get a tortilla, a rice cake, or a gluten free roll (Ina's, Wishbone, Blind Faith, Chicago Diner, for example)but not here. Too bad when so many restaurants now offer gluten-free choices.

When I am paying $13.50 with tax and tip for eggs, potatoes, and toast, which I couldn't eat, I at least want to be able to chat with my companion.

Posted by Linda McCabe on 05/22/2009 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Sticky Rice Thai

I used to like Sticky Rice, but this last experience will be final for me. Here goes:
tempura shrimp and veg: mostly fried crumbs
tom kha soup: excellent!
tom yum soup: disappointing
quail: overcooked, petrified
banana blossom salad: inedible
Service, beyond horrible
the good side was the one soup and the prices are cheap, but not worth the trouble again. What a bummer, I really used to like them

Posted by Linda McCabe on 04/06/2009 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Cheesecake Factory

My husband chose this place for his birthday lunch. It used to be so much better. We had chicken lettuce wraps, they were ok, but there was only enough chicken for 3 wraps, all the others were just with the skimpy vegetables. The dishes I tasted were: bang bang-yummy, spicy but no other tastes on the place; pecan crusted catfish, not the usual large portion, a teeny piece, it was good and fresh. The herbed chicken was moist and tender; my own fish tacos were so boring and the fish seemed skimpy and unfresh. This place has always had overly huge portions and prices. why don't they just reduce everything in size and price like a normal place rather than reducing quality?

Posted by Linda McCabe on 03/29/2009 at 4:44 PM

Re: “P.F. Chang's China Bistro

This chain is where I meet my friends from the suburbs. We split the chicken lettuce wraps, the best of everywhere. I had a gigantic bowl of spicy chicken soup with spinach and rice pin noodles, YUM, enough to take home too. My friend had an equally gigantic won ton soup and took that home too. Reasonable prices, good portions.

Posted by Linda McCabe on 03/29/2009 at 4:37 PM

Re: “M. Henry

Nice, cozy place with the smell of warm baked goods wafting from the bakery at the entrance. I had a delicious plate of mexican eggs with black bean cakes and a yummy chipotle sauce. Good selection of teas.

Posted by Linda McCabe on 03/29/2009 at 4:34 PM

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Re: “P.F. Chang's China Bistro

I love this place, my friend hates it, so it is always a compromise. The room itself is too large and loud most of the time, but for me, the food makes it all worth it.

I have had some disappointments there, but have learned which things work for me and those are great. This time we started sharing the chicken lettuce wraps. Theirs are just the best, better than any others, but we always need to request more lettuce, which they are happy to provide.

Then my friend had the won ton soup and enjoyed it and I ordered the Sriracha shrimp salad. What an unusual combination! So delicious. The shrimps are gently dusted and fried and the simple salad has corn and candied ginger and a spicy Sriracha dressing. Sweet, hot and shrimp, how can you go wrong?

Every time I have eaten there a manager stops by just to see if there is anything more we need, I like that! Service is always accommodating and the portions are huge. Great bargain.

Posted by Linda McCabe on 09/22/2007 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Tre Kronor

What a lovely meal! We especially enjoyed the pan-fried trout. It was all good. I substituted the red cabbage for the potatoes, and was rewarded with a delicious surprise. The space has been renovated and is charming and cozy. Too bad the folks next to us were so loud and obnoxious.

Posted by Linda McCabe on 04/03/2007 at 9:25 PM

Re: “P.F. Chang's China Bistro

I need to maintain a gluten free diet which makes it almost impossible to eat out with satisfaction and safety. PF Chang has a whole gluten free menu which lets you know which items never have gluten and which can be made that way. We chose the lettuce wraps which are better there than anywhere else.

Next we chose the vegetable red curry and the spinach in garlic. Both were so awful we sent them back! The rice was dry as the Sahara desert.

We had a good visit in the large and comfortable booth, but we both left hungry!

Also, why is it so hard to find restaurants that serve caffeine free iced tea?

Posted by Linda McCabe on 08/28/2006 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Park Grill

The best thing about this restaurant is the location and the potential view. It overlooks the skating rink at Millenium Park which would be wonderful if there were skaters.

We chose this place for its close proximity to the new dance and music theatre where we'd been to see Hubbard Street perform. It was SO easy, we parked in the Millenium lot which opens into the theatre lobby without going outside. Then just a hop, skip and jump around the corner to the Park Grill.

The burger I had was good enough. My two companions both had the 1/2 chicken. It was above average. Even the white meat was tender, juicy and flavorful without being overseasoned. It was served on a bed of not so-great-garlic mashed potatoes (gluey and congealed).

They have a nice selection of optional sides that all sounded good. Next time I would try them.

There is something, either the mood or the flavors, but something about this restaurant reminds me of a typical hotel "better" restaurant. This place has nothing exceptional about it and is a tiny bit pricey for what you get, but still is a fine choice after the show.

I just feel some regret that due to its location they will draw a lot of tourists who will leave thinking Chicago has no good food.

Posted by Linda McCabe on 03/16/2004 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Wishbone

Haven't been here for awhile and noticed changes in decor tht I didn't like, however, everything else was quite good. The waitresses were decorated for Mardi Gras and looked fun and festive. Ours was particularly bubbly and accommodating.

This is the VERY best place for people looking for a healthy meal! I started with a freshly juiced combo drink of carrots, beets and ginger, DELICIOUS!! Is there anywhere but
Wishbone that will juice veggies?

So many things tempt me and I know from experience the delicacy of the tilapia, the juicy flavor of the blackened chicken breast. Finally I went with the veggie platter so I could choose three sides: Hoppin Jack (brown rice, black beans and a sprinkle of scallions and cheddar), their delicious sauteed spinach and my favorite, Brussels Sprouts. I haven't seen Brussels Sprouts on a menu in Chicago other than Wishbone. It came with their peerless red cole slaw and yummy cheddar corn muffin.

My companion enjoyed her salmon cakes and we debated about sharing a side of mashed sweet potatoes for dessert but we were too full and satisfied.

This is the perfect place if you want clean and healthy food in good sized portions at a very reasonable rate. I love this place!

Posted by Linda McCabe on 02/25/2004 at 1:29 PM

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