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Re: “Tempo

Tempo is a wonderful pace to live near since it is always open, and who knows at what hour you might be craving an enormous omelette! The menu is big, the service is generally friendly, and the food really hits the spot. Whether you're eating after a long night of clubbing, or starting the weekend with a hearty breakfast here, you can't go wrong at Tempo if all you need is some good, old-fashioned, satisfying food.

Posted by Sara Hauber on 09/17/2001 at 1:41 PM

This place has one of the best buffets on the north side. There are plenty of options for vegetarians, and they definitely know how to prepare chicken as well! The dinner buffet is an incredible bargain, with freshly prepared vegetables, lentils, beans, rice, cous cous, and a spicy chicken that is out of this world. They also provide silverware, which is great for those of us trying to avoid eating too much bread (on which Ethiopian food is normally eaten). The staff here are ultra friendly, always inquiring if you need another beverage or anything else from the bar, clearing your dirty plates in a timely fashion. It's a very relaxed atmosphere with a comfortable, homey feel. If you have work to do and you're feeling a bit ravenous, you could literally spend all evening working at a table (provided they are not too busy), making occasional trips to the buffet for some great, flavorful, and healthy food. What could be better?

Posted by Sara Hauber on 08/30/2001 at 5:10 PM

This was my first trip to Cafe 28 for lunch, and it was fairly good. The waiter/host was a bit overwhelmed, but he tried to stay on top of things and keep his cool while dealing with a lot of people. The place seems to be overwhelmed by local business people at lunch time. Once I ordered, I was pretty much left alone, although a very nice man made sure my water glass was always full (this is a big plus in my book). The food was all very reasonably priced, and the chicken tacos I had were just exploding with flavor. The chicken was tender and spicy, and the lettuce was not even wilted. I might have some complaints about the promptness of service here (during dinner, too) but the food is always wonderful. Overall it was a good way to spend an hour for lunch.

Posted by Sara Hauber on 08/30/2001 at 5:04 PM

This is one of the most authentic Italian eateries in the city, outside of Little Italy. We had a party of 14 Italian speakers, and our server spoke beautiful Italian. The staff made our dinner extremely pleasant, with quick service and a smile. The menu here is extensive, but the pizzas are the real reason to visit. They are true, thin, Roman pizzas. Everything we had was fresh and tasty. They have a great selection of Italian wines, and the antipasto and desserts are wonderful as well. If you are a fan of thick, cheesy, artery-clogging Chicago-style pizza, don't bother coming here. But if you want to feel like you're back in Rome at a family-owned pizzeria (complete with brick oven and tavola fredda), then this is your place. The prices seem high, but you truly get what you pay for. Buonappetito!

Posted by Sara Hauber on 08/30/2001 at 4:57 PM

I have been here a few times over the years when I am craving tandoori chocken (they have the best in town), and the bad attitude of the proprietors never fails to impress me. They always seem so unfriendly and standoffish. It does not make for a pleasant dining experience. Luckily, the lunch buffet is a bargain for meat eaters (not much veggie stuff to choose from, I'm afraid) and the waiters (or water-fillers, really) are friendly and prompt. The only reason to come here during lunch is for the cheap all-you-can-eat buffet (I'm serious about the great chicken). Having been here for dinner, I can say the entrees are very nicely prepared. But that bad attitude does little to draw diners in. Not to mention the bland decor. If they redecorated the rooms and took some customer service lessons, the place could make a killing. If I want a high-class Indian dining experience, however, I'll still trek up to Tiffin on Devon.

Posted by Sara Hauber on 08/30/2001 at 4:21 PM

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Re: “Kopi Cafe

This is a great cafe to hang out at with friends. Their food is surprisingly fresh and well-made, and their list of teas and coffees is extensive. The staff are friendly and they allow you to stay and hang out as long as you want. The atmosphere is very homey and comfortable, with the cushioned window-seats the best place to watch the passers-by on Clark. If you want a nice, relaxing drink without the sterility (and insane cost) of the Starbucks across the street, definitely come to Kopi. It's a true neighborhood joint--with good food, to boot!

Posted by Sara Hauber on 03/13/2001 at 9:11 PM

My three-star rating is based on the food and the ambience, which I feel make up the major portion of a dining experience. The authentic dishes and genuine Roman-style pizza are the BEST reason to come here. Nowhere else in the city seems to have it. I felt right at home after a recent trip to Italy.

The room is not overly large, but the acoustics are great. We were seated fairly close to another party, and their conversation never got in the way of ours.

The service was not stellar. I had ordered a Coke and saw it sitting at the bar for 5 full minutes while the waiter walked past it at least 5 times. When I called him over to ask for it again, he said "Yes, it's coming, it's just taking a while." And the thing was sitting there plain as day for 5 minutes! He treated us very rudely after that.

But the owner is a pleasant man who made us feel welcome. I will go back.

Posted by Sara Hauber on 08/27/2000 at 1:53 PM

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