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Re: “Petterino's

Situated next to the Goodman theatre, this place is one of the nicer stops in the Loop for a few drinks after work, or prior to a play. It's also one of the few places in the Loop with a great outdoor sitting area - not that it'll anybody much good now that the weather is turning- and a nice sized lunch crowd, which attracted us to the place. While the place is set up for the dressy crowd, one won't fell completely out of place in business casual attire. The menu has pretty standard Italian and American fare, and the appetizers were fair. The bar area has an art deco feel to it, with its blue back lit bar shelves, marble tiled floors, mahogany bar tables, and leather bar stools. The cocktails are mixed well, with a healthy dose of top shelve spirits at reasonable prices. The little extra boost for the place is the fact that the cocktails are served in proper heavy high ball glasses, and that just makes the cocktails taste better. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing, and his memory was rather impressive.

Posted by Darran Wee on 09/28/2001 at 10:21 AM

Re: “La Creperie

This is a great place to get over a hang-over without having to resort to a grease-spoon diner; and the check is not going to set you back any more than you would have spent at a crowded diner. The back dining room which opens up to additional garden seating is cozy and surprisingly well lit. Being in the back part of the establishment can take you away from the bustling streets up front. We sat outside for dinner once and it was quite romantic. Note that outdoor dining is available in the Spring and they have live music in the evenings. Get them to play La Vie en Rose on the accordian, and perhaps you can live those media-inspired images of being in a French cafe in Nice or Paris.

The breakfast menu is simple, crepes with traditional and rustic fillings such as scrambles eggs, cream cheese and chives,and ham and eggs. Of notable mention was the country styled breakfast potatoes, which were done really well with a nice crust and soft onions for added flavor. Save room for dessert though, the Nutella crepe a la mode really hit the spot.

The dinner crepes are a little more adventerous, and much more filling than the daytime fare. The Coq au Vin crepe was particularly good, it was a pleasant surprise to find such a traditional Continental dish here in our neighborhood.

Posted by Darran Wee on 05/09/2001 at 5:14 PM

The food here is traditional Turkish, and there are no fancy attempts to marry that cuisine with something else that tends to yield unexpected results. The decoration in the restaurant is somewhat different, and some may even say it's a little bare based on the extravagant and lavish images of exotic faraway countries in the Old World.
One of my friend's who went to Cousin's on this visit is about as Turkish as they come, and with her blessing on the authenticity of the food, how could we go wrong with something so tasty and reasonably priced? Whatever it is that they lack in ambiance, glitzy crowds, and long reservation lists - some may even venture to say that's benefits enough - they make up with the quality of the food.
Outdoor dining on the sidewalk is available in the summer. However, it seems somewhat of a waste to do that with a small sidewalk, and when you have the opportunity to sit inside on the floor.

Posted by Darran Wee on 05/07/2001 at 2:14 PM

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