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Re: “Sunshine Cafe

Although it has one of the most unassuming restaurant facades on Clark Street, inside is perhaps one of the best-bang-for-your-buck restaurants in Chicago. Located on the north end of Andersonville, Sunshine is a small, casual Japanese restaurant that offers a variety of soup, noodle and stir-fry entrees and never disappoints on quality or value. Appetizers include a uniquely spicy burdock root and also a miso soup (which comes with just about every entrée on the menu) among several others. Udon soups (beef, or vegetable) are served in enormous bowls, which could probably feed at least two. However, the taste keeps most motivated enough to finish it on their own. The tankatsu and tempura although fried, elude the trappings of becoming overly oily or greasy, and make you feel like you are eating healthy (or at least a whole lot healthier than fried at other restaurants). In general entrée portions are large and you’ll happily waddle away at the end of your meal, pleasantly stuffed. The waitstaff (usually Dan and Paul) is warm, friendly, quick witted and add to the comfort of the casual setting. With most entrees under &8 and the BYOB option you really can’t beat this place.

Posted by Michael Ruscio on 03/11/2004 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Uncle Julio's Hacienda

For an all around positive dining experience this is the place to go. At their most crowded the service is quick and friendly and the food is carefully prepared.

The interior of the restaurant is so well designed that at nearly maximum capacity you still feel comfortable in the large waiting room, and at your table which provides ample room.

The menu is divided into more traditional Mexican food on the left and their signature tex-mex style on the right. Although both sides are good…stay to the right. They prepare fajitas al carbon: large slices of beef, chicken or occasionally shrimp grilled with a unique tex-mex flavor. The beef was so good I dared not adulterate it with the guacamole, tomato or other garnishes provided with the serving (you can add to suit your own taste). On top of this, their fajitas are cooked on the premises, adding a noticeably fresh flavor.

They also have some unique drinks including a blended margarita and sangria house special.

Posted by Michael Ruscio on 02/28/2004 at 11:46 AM

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