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Re: “Rose Angelis

My wife and I found Rose Angelis to be a pleasant surprise (although obviously not to other Reader Raters). Granted, the evening seemed predestined to be good from the start (we got a parking space right outside the door and the weather was as close to perfect as it can get). However, Rose deserves the "three R" rating without the setup.

We were seated immediately in the modest outdoor patio area. While not elaborately landscaped nor suited for viewing the cityscape, the tables were adequately spaced and well shaded. Casual was the order of the evening. We had come straight from work and were slightly overdressed for the neighborhood crowd.

Our server provided excellent service and was very knowledgeable about the food and wine list. Her friendly demeanor kept us at ease without being overbearing. From what we could overhear, this seemed to be the norm.

Our food arrived quickly and very hot. The special -- rigatoni with crab in a lemon vodka cream sauce -- was great (and very large). My wife ordered the duck stuffed pasta in port and brown butter sauce. It may have been better than mine, but for the sake of argument, I'll call it a tie. After the entrees, we sampled the triple chocolate mousse plate with raspberry sauce. While it wasn't the smoothest mousse we'd ever had, it was definitely fresh, decadent, and more than enough for both of us.

All in all, it was a very pleasant evening. We will definitely visit again!

Posted by Eric on 07/02/2004 at 9:06 AM

Re: “R.J. Grunts

R.J. Grunts is a Lincoln Park institution that I have enjoyed several times. It's generally attracts all ages and creeds with its homey, neighborhood atmosphere. It's a fun place to get great burgers and sandwiches, but the standout item is the huge, fresh salad bar. The food is always consistently prepared and the service snappy. Don't miss it!

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Posted by Eric Williams on 11/27/2003 at 11:11 AM

Green Dolphin Street has been a favorite of ours since moving to the Bucktown/Logan Square area here over a year ago. The hardwood floor dining room is tastefully but sparingly decorated with metal fixtures and adequate lighting. The crowd is generally lively as most retire to the stage area to enjoy some of the best local (and not local) bands Chicago has to offer. The food has always been prepared deftly, priced adequately, and served with expertise. At our last visit, the California halibut and duck breast were both outstanding and our after-dinner chocolate martinis were fantastic.

If you have the time, pay the cover charge and watch some of the bands in the other room. You might just like what you see!

Posted by Eric Williams on 11/27/2003 at 10:53 AM

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