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Re: “Carnivale

This place is cavernous and really loud. You have to shout to have a converstion in the central dining room. Some nook seating provides shelter from the thunderous volume. Sashimi appetizer was laughably small, each slice measuring around the size of a nickle, six pieces almost started a knife fight among my friends. Guacomole was nice, but the chips were laden with oil and I had really bad heartburn for a day afterwards. Margaritas are mix. Most dishes were pretty good, but one come away from the experience feeling more like you attended and event rather than a meal. Just too big and overproduced from regular dining.

Posted by Christopher Fama on 02/21/2007 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Original Pancake House

Original Pancake House is the hidden treasure of Hyde Park - easily the best restaurant in the area, and it only serves breakfast food until 5:00 PM. In fact, OPH is one of the best breakfast places in Chicago, and I have tried many. They are known for their apple pancake, which is really more like a crustless pie. Most dishes are gigantic, and I typically don't eat for the rest of the day after dining here. Service is very spotty and the place gets unbearably jammed on the weekends after 9:00 AM.

Posted by Christopher Fama on 02/08/2007 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Charlie Trotter's

We ate in the kitchen and it cost a fortune. No dish was larger than a egg yoke, no joke. Appetizers were faux sushi, half of them covered with a vile foam that tasted like sea scum. In fact, foams would appear on many of the dishes, and its just repulsive after a while. Barely any of the food was warm, as if it was all prepared in advance. Sitting in the kitchen, I don't think I saw anyone over a stove, they were just decorating tiny plates. The wine was excellent, though. So, bread and wine for $350 a head, you do the math.

Posted by Christopher Fama on 02/08/2007 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Salpicon

Just went back to reliable Salpicon after visiting a year ago. Margaritas are great here. Food is very good, though the menu is getting stale after no signifigant changes over the years. Salpicon could easily be a once a month favorite, but they are too complacent menu-wise. Also, entrees are not balanced meals - if you order the $30 steak, you get a very small filet with a few tortillas and rice.

The room is super loud when crowded, to the point I had to lean in to hear my girlfriend chatter. The yellow paint and bright lights are also not so great. Finally, the tables are so close together, the waiter's tush is hanging into your airspace when he's talking to other patrons.

A little bit of change would go a long way at Salpicon.

Posted by Christopher Fama on 02/06/2007 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Snail Thai Cuisine

Snail is one of three Thai restaurants on 55th Street. They bend over backwards to be friendly, which is nice, but it freaks me out when people remember my name after a few visits. I'm the kind of guy that orders Pad Thai with almost every meal, and that's the dealbreaker here - its simply inedible. Other dishes are ordinary.

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Posted by Christopher Fama on 02/06/2007 at 2:55 PM

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