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Re: “South Water Kitchen

Bland. It looks like a cute restaurant inside, but the menu isn't that interesting and the food is just ok. It's cousin, the Atwood Cafe, is much better.

Posted by Rachel Klein on 07/28/2003 at 3:17 PM

Re: “The Handlebar

I loved the atmosphere, the beer, and the incredible risotto cake appetizer - just the right amount of sticky sweet. Entrees were wonderfully flavorful, but lacking in the substance department. Sesame noodle stir-fry had about 3 vegetables in it (total, not 3 different kinds), and the African Nut Stew could have benefited from more than just rice and an amazing sauce. Tofu and tuna were overcooked, but with little tweaks, this place would be really great.

Posted by Rachel Klein on 07/28/2003 at 3:11 PM

The prices were right and the menu was appealing, but something about the place left us feeling empty. Even the traditional Cuban entrees were quite good, but there were several oddities. The walls, lights and overall decor are interesting, but the chairs and tables feel like they came from an old ice cream parlor. The "unique Cuban sangria" was no better or different than the standard I make at home and was certainly not worth the $6 they get for it. The menu entices you to ask for bread and butter "available upon request" but delivers a very dull slice of toasted garlic bread. On a positive note, my garlic chicken entree with yellow rice was very good and my friend's shrimp diablo might have been the spiciest thing i've ever tried - in a good, flavorful way.

Posted by Rachel Klein on 06/02/2003 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Coobah

What a great addition to Southport! While the crowd was mostly young and hip, there were definitely some neighborhoodies who clearly wanted a good meal but didn't want to go more than a block for it. The decor is beautiful, but tables are a little cramped and the bar is jam packed. Entrees were good but dessert, well, we ordered the bread pudding on the overly-enthusiastic recommendation of our waitress and it was less than amazing. In all, though, a fun place for dinner.

Posted by Rachel Klein on 02/01/2003 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Penny's Noodle Shop

Still one of the best values in town - though it was even better back in the day when you could BYO.

Posted by Rachel Klein on 06/02/2000 at 12:01 PM

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