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Re: “West Town Tavern

The ambiance was fantastic--the decor was simple but classy and trendy all at the same time. The tables inside were a little too close together, but we were sitting outside and it was fine. Service was very slow to begin with and we sat ourselves and picked up our own menus. It took a long time for my wine to arrive after it was ordered, but the server was knowledgeable and friendly. The presentation was excellent but the food was a little dry. Overall experience was good.

Posted by Liz Phillips on 08/04/2004 at 8:57 PM

We were there for lunch and were the only two people in the whole restaurant. The hostess doubled as our server until the chef realized that her English was too broken to be able to communicate very effectively and he took over. The menu had more than enough options and we were pleased with the food that we selected. The Chef's Choice Lunch Special was a great selection of maki and pieces and was more food than I needed. The fountain drinks were flat and warm, but they were generous with the water. There were many more menu options that I would love to try and will definitely go back.

Posted by Liz Phillips on 08/04/2004 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Su Van's Cafe & Bake Shop

SuVan's is a great place for casual lunches. Don't expect too much from the dining area, though, as it is very plain and minimalist. The selection of baked goods is exception, as is their flavor. Plenty of good lunch options, with my favortie being the boxed lunch 1/2 sandwich and soup meal. Their chili is homemade and there is no shortage of fresh cut vegetables inside. Sandwiches are large and the ingredients are fresh, right down to the fruit sides that you have to choose from. Server doubled as cook, but there was no shortage of attention from staff. Great lunch place for those in a hurry or looking to relax and enjoy a good meal.

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Posted by Liz Phillips on 07/29/2004 at 11:21 AM

Re: “CHIC Cafe

This is the student-run restaurant affiliated with the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. They have a 4-course, $18/person prix fixe Sunday brunch menu, which overall was fantastic. Reservations were strongly recommended, which was understandable as they were only open from 12-1. It was fascinating to sit by the window of the kitchen to watch all the action taking place, but beyond that the room left a lot to be desired. The atmosphere was almost as stall as a hospital cafeteria, free of decor or clutter. It was tremendously clean and very simple. You could almost feel the nervousness of the student servers in the air, and it would have been nice to have fewer of them standing over you ready to pounce at your every need. It gave the feeling of being hovered over rather then properly attended to as they just stood around staring. The food, however, was a tremendous value for the money. There were 2-3 options for each of the 4 courses and I never looked back to wish I had ordered differently, but rather wished I could come again to see what other options were in store. It would have been nice to have a few brunch cocktails, but it did not appear as if they offered alcohol service. All in all it was a great experience and a wonderful meal.

Posted by Liz Phillips on 07/13/2004 at 3:49 PM

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