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Re: “

This is nice addition to the neighborhood: an elegant setting, innovative menu, and a good and reasonable wine list.

The only negative is that they apparently don't like single diners. I have eaten there three times by myself, and each time (even though the main dining room was quite empty) the host tried to direct me to a seat in the bar. One time, she said there was no room, but as I walked out and saw the dining room empty, I came back and said, "What gives? Do you have reservations for all those tables?" At that point, she shrugged and gave me a table in the main dining area. (The room never did fill up!)

Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 02/09/2009 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Czech Plaza

Where else can you get wonderful soup, and then a main course of cabbage, dumplings, and roast pork, plus a pastry dessert, for just $10? Add in $10 for two half-liters of great Czech beer, and a tip, and it's a bargain.

The pork is dryer than the old standby, Pilsner, which closed some years ago, but still a deal for a wonderful, homey meal.

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Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 10/27/2008 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Sedgwick's

I give this place a "no good," even though the pub food is actually pretty decent.

The reason: "cheater glasses" to serve the beer.

A "cheater," FYI, is a pint glass or a mug that curves with thick glass sides in at the bottom of the glass. It's hard to see with the naked eye, and it looks as though you're getting a pretty good glass of beer.

But because of the thicker glass walls down at the bottom, you're actually getting "less beer and more glass."

What's the big deal? Well, as someone who used to be in the food service business, I know that no bar orders cheaters by accident -- they're ordered specifically to pour less beer for the customer and pad the profits of the bar.

And to my thinking, a restaurant that will cheat you this way probably won't hesitate to cut a few more corners in the kitchen.

Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 04/18/2008 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Coq d'Or

This is a bit of a hidden gem. Great food and excellent drinks -- at prices that are below what you'd pay in other downtown hotel rooms. Excellent steak!

Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 03/31/2008 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Edelweiss

A very disappointing meal. Waitress obviously had a fast-food background. Too hurried.

Salad: bland. When she applied ground pepper, she just ground and ground on one spot. Salad was brown with pepper there and untouched over most of it.

Broiled fish: too moist, noticeable freezer burn taste. Cabbage was bland.

This is cafeteria good.

Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 03/03/2008 at 7:26 AM

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Re: “Sedgwick's

Typical pub grub: a burger that was OK but nothing that will win polls. One problem they share with a lot of places like this: they're trying to tap into the micro brew popularity by having a lot of different beers on tap -- but they don't move enough of some of them to keep them fresh. If you go here, stick to the basic beers that you know are popular. That unique brew may well be stale or flat.

Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 12/12/2006 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Czech Plaza

This is one of the last Bohemian places in Berwyn, and -- as someone who is 100% Bohemian -- I tried it for a recent lunch. The decor is spartan, and the waitresses aren't there so you can have a leisurely meal. This is no-nonsense, hearty eating! They take your order the minute you sit down! The roast pork was good, though a bit dry. The dumplings excellent, the sauerkraut a bit sweet (and a bit short on caraway seed). The breads excellent and plentiful. Three great beers on tap, including the wonderful Pilsner Urquell. A very good bargain -- the food is not quite up to the standard of the now-closed Pilsner -- but still very good. One negative: tell the waitress not to put the dessert (in my case, Kolaky) in the microwave to warm it up. Nuking good bakery just turns it to mush.

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Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 11/27/2006 at 11:26 AM

Re: “North Pond

Take a lot of money -- but you will get a great meal for it.

Posted by Charles A. Nekvasil on 07/18/2003 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Lawry's the Prime Rib

It's a bit cliched, what with the spinning salad bowl and the routine, but the prime rib is still outstanding (never a bad cut in 20+ years) and the value is excellent.

Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 10/22/2002 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Four Farthings Tavern & Grill

I believe this place is slipping. I did notice on this trip that there was a significant reduction in entree costs: more in the $12-$14 range, compared to the $18+ range recently.

It used to be a wonderful little place to get a great meal in the neighborhood. Now, it's an adequate meal at an expensive price.

All too often, the wine-by-the-glass selection is Osco-type wines for $7+.

Disappointing to see it slip.

Posted by Charles Nekvasil on 10/22/2002 at 4:43 PM

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