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Re: “Athena

Went to Athena for a birthday dinner in July. It was really nice out, so we opted for a table of six in the outdoor patio, which was very charming and huge.

We started with the saganaki, which was great, a good stand-by appetizer. The only problem was, they had to set on fire inside - they couldn't light it outside because of safety reasons (something about the wind could blow the flames unsafely). Regardless, it was good. For entrees, I had the gyros plate, which was good. Nothing too earth-shattering. But it was good. Someone at the table had the lamb kabobs, leg of lamb - which was great, and the lamb chops, which was also fantastic. Good char taste.

All in all, a good Greek restaurant. Solid food and friendly service.

Posted by Michael Shin on 01/18/2008 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Four Moon Tavern

I don't come here enough. It's right around the corner. As I hate the saying "the food is great for bar food," I will try to refrain from writing it. The food is great. It just happens to be a bar. I eat here from time to time and love the food. Noteworthy: the veggie chili is great, nachos are giant and delicious, fish and chips basket is huge and wonderful, not to mention their daily specials - jambalaya is awesome! Seriously. Who would have thought a bar in Chicago has good jambalaya?

The food is great. The decor isn't the greatest, and sometimes it was too smoky, especially in the bar area. But the food is what keeps me going back. You won't be disappointed.

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Posted by Michael Shin on 01/18/2008 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Jerry's

Since opening, I have been to Jerry's about 8 times, usually for lunch. This particular visit, I went with several colleagues from work during our lunch hour. After eating here several times, this visit was a bit different - looks like the word is out on this place. We had to wait a bit over 35 min for our table. But it was worth it because the sandwiches are great.

Jerry's is a sandwich shop, but it looks like a fancy upscale restaurant. It is beautifully and meticulously decorated atmosphere, though the layout is a bit strange - there is a long, 15' hallway upon entering, which definitely takes away from possible table space. Once you're in your seat, you are given a menu of literally hundreds of sandwiches. If you can think of a sandwich, chances are it's on the menu. There are even ones you didn't think of but should have. I absolutely love the Eli S., which is a smoked turkey with bacon, onions, lettuce, tomato, and a WONDERFUL sweet and spicy horseradish mustard. I had it on a pretzel roll, which was spectacular.

Their sides are usually pretty unique, like basil pesto pasta salad, kitchen sink chili, lobster bisque (not available the day I was there), etc.

Overall, I think that Jerry's will have a problem on their hands. Already we are seeing that lack of seating is a problem. But I guess that's also a good thing. This place is really great and will, no doubt, be packed even if they do decide to expand.

Posted by Michael Shin on 10/29/2007 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Flying Saucer

My work colleague and I went here for lunch during the work week. We walked in and were seated immediately. I've been here over a dozen times over the past few years, but haven't been back for over a year. The area certainly has changed due to rapid gentrification. It was good to see that the Flying Saucer was still here and still serving solid breakfast/lunch foods. My colleague, not feeling adventurous this particular day, was very impressed with her gigantic pepper and cheese omelet. I opted for a rosemary chicken sandwich, which was very delicious. It came on a hard, ciabattalike roll, which was good but hard on the teeth and roof of my mouth. I didn't really care that the roof of my mouth was bleeding. The sandwich was so good, that I wanted another one after I was done with it.

I'm looking forward to going here again, though I wish the parking situation weren't so difficult.

Posted by Michael Shin on 10/29/2007 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday after reading good things about this place. The restaurant was nicely decorated and very hip. We arrived fairly early for a dinner - around 6:30pm. We were seated immediately, and the host was very accommodating to let us choose what table we wanted.

For starters, we had the crab cakes, which were pretty forgettable. In fact, I don't remember anything about them at all. For dinner, I ordered the Kansas City Strip steak, which is basically a NY Strip with the bone-in. It was very good, but kind of pricey, at around $45. My girlfriend ordered the skatewing (special for the evening), per my request because usually skatewing is one of my favorite fish dishes. Upon receiving the skatewing, my girlfriend took a bite out of it and made a horrendous face. I thought she was kidding, so I took a bite myself. There was definitely something wrong with it. The manager, Jessica, was very apologetic, offered to let us order something else on the menu - the crab-stuffed shrimp, which was unremarkable.

Overall, we left the restaurant feeling weird about the whole experience. While we were happy that the staff was polite about the situation, they still made us pay for the meal (only compensating for the initial entree and its replacement dish). It wasn't enough for us to want to come back. I feel that if they wanted our continued business, they should have done EVERYTHING they could to make horrible experience better, and they did not.

I haven't been back there since, nor do I plan to. And I love steakhouses.

Posted by Michael Shin on 10/29/2007 at 10:30 AM

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