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I arrived at the restaurant first. When I was seated, I was given a menu and a list of sweet "martinis". When I asked about a wine list, I was told they didn't have one any more. They just had some wines, "chardonnay, pinot grigio, etc. Not wanting to pick a generic wine, I asked about a saki list. The waitress brought me the list, and noted that they didn't have most of them.

I asked what was going on, no wine list, almost no sakis. I was told that "the owner doesn't want to buy anything." After she left, I thought, if the owner isn't willing to buy wine and saki that will keep, what is the fish going to be like.

At that point I left and we went elsewhere.

Posted by Douglas Knuth on 11/08/2006 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Everest

We didn't find Everest to be worth the extreme prices. Our dinner of three courses, three glasses of wine each and coffee came to $300 before tip. At that price level everything really needs to stand out. In our opinion some things did, but most were certainly not at a level higher than many other restaurants in town.

The most outstanding dish was the venison. The meat itself was wonderful: tender, cooked exactly right and perfectly seasoned. The huckleberry sauce was a great accompaniment. The rest of the dish was much more pedestrian: some bland vegetables, slightly dry pasta with herbs and an acceptable cooked apple. The rest of the dishes were less memorable. At about $25 for appetizers and $45 for entrees I would expect more.

The other standout of the dinner were the wines available by the glass. Every wine we had was outstanding and had a clear character. The prices per glass are not cheap, but here you get what you pay for.

At the prices, I certainly would not come back. Even at half the price, there are many other fine restaurants in Chicago that I would rate higher.

Posted by Douglas Knuth on 08/28/2005 at 9:02 AM

From the initial amuse to the dessert, the food was excellent. The flavors of each dish were distinct and in interesting combinations.

We found the mix of Vietnamese and French influences to be most pronounced in the appetizers, but the entrees were good as well.

We will be back.

Posted by Douglas Knuth on 08/28/2005 at 8:49 AM

This is a decent small, casual Mexican restaurant with a couple of unusual items. The food was good, but nothing to rate as highly as the 9.5 on the Reader's current listing. Since the service is at the counter, a rating of 9.6 astonishing. The service was better than most hot dog stands, but in the same style. The value was good, but not better than many other small Mexican restaurants. If I were in the area I would stop in, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

Posted by Douglas Knuth on 04/04/2005 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Park Grill

I have been to the Park Grill several times this summer for lunch. The interior space is pleasant and in good weather the outside seating is great with a vew of the passing crowds in the park.

Almost all of the food has been very good. The soups have been excellent, especially the mushroom, and the gazpacho, which was a special one day. The salads and sandwiches have all been hearty and flavorful. My only complaint is the "soon to be famous" french fries that come with the sandwiches. These are uninspiring, and certainly not even close to crisp.

Posted by Douglas Knuth on 09/07/2004 at 5:48 PM

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