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Re: “Svea

Great little Swedish diner with out-of-this-world Swedish pancakes and good Swedish comfort food. The pancakes and thin, buttery and come with lingonberries; my only complaint is that the two pancake "Svea Special" is not quite enough food, while the "Viking Breakfast" is a little too much. The "North Park Special" a meatball sandwich served with mashed potatoes, is also excellent. Service is friendly, and it's a very down-to-earth place. The decor is very blue (has to be seen to be experienced) with copper arts, Swedish paintings, and other homey touches. It's generally quite crowded on weekends, but usually the wait is not too long.

Posted by Jeremy Liebowitz on 08/04/2000 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Lem's Bar-B-Q

Lem's has the best ribs in Chicago. The sauce (order the hot) are amazingly smoky and good, very tender, and also very substantial. You can see the wood stacked outside the building and the aroma of smoke is intoxicating. With your ribs you get a big order of fries slathered in sauce, and the sides, including cole slaw and potato salad are all divine. Although Lem's is takeout only, the park at the South Shore Cultural Center is a nice place for a picnic with a beautiful view of the city. It is worth the trip, as I have tried ribs all over the city (none match up to Lem's) and all over the country (Lem's is right up there); this is one of the best places around, period.

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Posted by Jeremy Liebowitz on 08/04/2000 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Sunshine Cafe

Sunshine is a great homestyle Japanese restaurant, with simple food, reasonable prices, and excellent service. The food is delicious and authentic, and the sukiyaki, teriyaki, and noodle dishes are all wonderful. Plus they occasionally have specials of fresh fish which are really delicious. The service is excellent; they are personable, helpful and knowledgeable, and it's one of the least pretentious restaurants around. The decor is very simple, it feels like the inside of a person's home, and there are a few pieces of Japanese art on the walls. It's a real magnet for the community, both Japanese-Americans and Andersonville regulars. On a weekend there's a good chance there will be a wait, but chances are it will be a very short one. I really love this place and come here at every opportunity.

Posted by Jeremy Liebowitz on 08/03/2000 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Pho 777

This is a fantastic place, one of the best values in Chicago. It serves great pho, as good as many of the places in Saigon and better than a lot of them. My dinner partner had lived for a year in Vietnam and we have tried out several places on the Argyle strip and this one definitely measures up. The food is fresh and the fresh spring rolls are delicious and have lots of shrimp in them. The waitstaff is generally courteous. Pho 777 is very popular with Vietnamese families, Vietnamese teenagers and others in the know. Plus it's only $4.50 for a huge bowl of pho that is basically a meal. A little warning, though, it's not an intimate or romantic place. The TV is constantly on the background and although it's fun to watch the Vietnamese variety shows and music videos, for those who avoid TV at all costs it can be difficult here.

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Posted by Jeremy Liebowitz on 08/03/2000 at 10:49 AM

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