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The eclectic atmosphere of Corosh is both unique and welcoming. The upstairs seems like a typical bar/restaurant, while the downstairs section is reminiscent of a frat house basement. The crowd was equally eclectic, a mix of older professionals, neighborhood residents, people stopping in for a bite before heading out on the town and barstool regulars.

The food was decent but nothing special. I was impressed though that the portions were a normal size, not gigantic like at many Italian restaurants in the city. The sauces and ingredients were fresh, but overall not much more impressive than something an amatuer chef could whip up at home. The bread that was brought as a starter was disappointing.

I would recommend Corosh as a spot for grabbing drinks. There is no formal martini list, but the experienced bar staff can whip up just about any request you throw their way. All of the drinks we tried were excellent in flavour and strong!

Our service was great - our waiter was attentive and welcomed us to linger even once we were finished. We never felt rushed at any point during the meal, which was refreshing on a Friday night.

Posted by Meredith Klein on 05/21/2005 at 9:54 PM

Re: “El Tapatio

I find El Tapatio to be a good choice for consistent and flavorful Mexican food that's not as greasy as what you find at many other Mexican spots.

The salsa that comes as a starter is excellent, with a good kick to it and well-accented by a touch of cilantro. My friend and I both had the cheese enchiladas with verde sauce, which were flavoful without being drowned in a puddle of oil. The beans that are served with the entress are whole pintos, rather than refried, and are delicious.

Overall, El Tapatio makes this native Texan feel like I was eating back at home.

Posted by Meredith Klein on 05/21/2005 at 9:45 PM

A great value for lunch in Streeterville...especially good if you work in the nieghborhood as they offer a discount to local workers.

For under $6, I got a loaded egg salad sandwich, macaroni salad, fresh fruit and a drink. Everything was extremely fresh and had great flavor. The bread brought in from Leonard's in Northbrook was some of the best rye I've ever had.

Definitely a good find in an area with limited fast food choices. I'll definitely be going back.

Posted by Meredith Klein on 02/10/2005 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Le Bouchon

Great place for authentic French fare. The onion tart is excellent (although vegetarians be forewarned it contain sausage) and the escargots were delicious with lots of garlic. I had the duck ragout, which was quite tasty and filling. My partner had the steak frites, which was excellent and prepared perfectly, nice & pink in the middle. We finished with creme brulee and chocolate mousse -- both were excellent. The service started out great but my the end was only mediocre, perhaps because we didn't order a full bottle of wine like the tables around us.

My only real gripe relates to how crowded the restaurant is. I don't mind that the tables are close together, we could still have a decent conversation without overhearing others, but once we got up it was a challenge to get out of the restaurant due to the number of people waiting around in the tiny bar area. Hope they will expand in the near future now that Glory is closed!

Posted by Meredith Klein on 10/28/2004 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Half Shell

I went to Half Shell based on recommendations from others and after dining there, I honestly don't understand what the hype is all about. We had been told that they have the best crab legs at the cheapest prices but at $24.95, they're hardly a bargain. It felt weird to order pricey crab legs at a dive, so we opted for the scallops plate and fried clam strips. Both were OK but certainly nothing to write home about; the portions also seemed rather skimpy. They served each with a variety of homemade sauces, which was nice but I'd much rather have plain old tartar sauce than tzatziki sauce with my clams! The only good part of the meal was the tossed salad, which was a good size and had an excellent homemade dressing. There's only a couple beer selections on tap, which was somewhat disappointing. The biggest downside to our experience was the price. After all was said and done we spent $56, nearly what we would have paid to have a good meal at a nice seafood restaurant. I would only return if I was in the area and wanted to grab a couple beers and snack on some fried seafood but I certainly would not return for a full meal.

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Posted by Meredith Klein on 06/21/2004 at 11:26 AM

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