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Re: “Club Lucky

A fun place, a loud place, a dark place (which is a shame because the decor is really beautiful; but when you have to use the votive candle to read the menu... The food was good, nothing really special or innovative. The service was friendly and professional. I probably would have liked Club Lucky better than I did had I not been (after a wait of over an hour) seated next to a table of six, all of whom were incessantly smoking. And we were never given the choice between smoking and non-smoking (if they even have that). Nothing kills a good meal (or even a bad meal) quicker than people blowing smoke in your face and food.

Posted by mary west on 10/04/2003 at 10:08 AM

It's 8:30, it's Saturday, Narcisse is dead dead dead; empty except for a couple of people at the bar. My husband and I tried to go into Narcisse to have a drink (we had been there years before and had some wonderful cosmopolitans there). The host stops us from entering; we weren't pretty enough. "You can't come in here wearing jeans." we were told. I was dressed in all black, nothing denim. My husband was wearing Dockers. We explained that we weren't wearing jeans. It wasn't good enough, they didn't want us there. THERE WERE NO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE PLACE. I'm sure Narcisse must do a a bang-up business if there turning people away when the place is empty. p.s. we went to the place next door, which was rollicking and rolling. And they made great cosmopolitans

Posted by mary west on 04/14/2003 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Walnut Room

You go to the Walnut room for the ambience, not the food. The food can best be described as okay; nothing special. Same old Chicken pot pie that's been there for years. Practically no wine selection. My grilled salmon was fine, not too exciting but not bad: okay. The tree, however, wow, had it been food, was 4 stars. Just magical.

Posted by Mary West on 12/30/2002 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Catch 35

Wonderful place. Very fresh fish, prepared in almost every way possible. The waiter was very helpful, and charming with wine and entree selections. Looks like a good place for a business dinner. Probably also caters a lot to travelers; which would explain the (rather incongrous for a pricey seafood place) blown-up-pictures of Wrigley Field on the wall (what else would out of towners expect from a Chicago restaurant?)

Posted by Mary West on 12/30/2002 at 9:25 PM

What a great place! I couldn't get over how beautiful the ceiling of Mambo Grill is: A barrel ceiling painted with multi-colored triangles and pyramid light fixtures. Quite an attention getter. But as captivating as the decoration are the food was even better. My (delicious) paella was chock full of shrimp, mussels, chicken, pork etc. But best of all there were no peas (I always think peas ruin a good paella). Very attentive service--the waitress even gave me her card; I've never seen waiters or waitresses with business cards before.

Posted by Mary West on 12/09/2002 at 2:58 PM

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Re: “North Pond

A great place. A hard to find place. But a well worth the trip (and the money--North Pond is expensive!) kind of place. You're treated very well here. The service was tip-top, the food extrordinary. Nice sized portions, too. The restaurant, done in a Prairie style motif, itself is stunning; especially knowing that they carved it out of an old warming house. I'd like to see how this place looks in the summer; I bet the view of Lincoln Park is fantastic.

Posted by Maryclaire West on 03/13/2001 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Stir Crazy

Typical upscale suburban mall restaurant--but also very good! I like the make your own stir fry wok line--you can make anything, and I mean *anything* you want. Great service: we ordered one child's meal to split between our 2 kids and yet the waiter brought us 2 separate ice creams. He's a big hero in my book!

Posted by Mary C. West on 01/22/2000 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Ben Pao

Ben Pao is rather an incongruous place. The decor is stunning--the fountains are especially beautiful--and yet once you sit down at your table you feel like someone's turned out the lights (that's because Ben Pao is very poorly lit). The Lazy Susans at the booth table are cool and the food is pretty good, although the waiter or *someone* should have told us that there were litchis in the childrens' sweet-and-sour chicken. I've never seen a litchi before and for a few angry minutes (the service was really slow, but it was New Years Eve) I thought they had put raw chicken (which is a dead ringer for litchis)in my daughter's entree.

I don't think we're going to go back to Ben Pao. In fact, I would be really surprised if they stay in business for much longer. It's just too inconsistent a restaurant to compete.

Posted by Mary West on 01/02/2000 at 3:47 PM

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