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Re: “Silver Spoon


Posted by Amanda Johanson on 03/24/2006 at 3:16 PM

Orange is one of my favorite breakfast/brunch spots and I've been very pleased with this South Loop location. It's more spacious than the original, and the food is equally divine! On this visit, my husband and I both enjoyed Thanksgiving themed specials. I had the burrito (recommended by our server Sean - cubed turkey breast, eggs, peppers, onions, mozzarella, and just the right amount of an amazing smoky, slightly spicy sauce) and he had the pancake flight (always a treat - but imagine a series of 4 stacks of 3 (or 4) silver dollar pancakes with the following toppings: 1) turkey 2) stuffing 3)mashed sweet potatoes and marshmallos 4)cranberry sauce). The food is always interesting, satisfying and well prepared. The fresh squeezed juice is also a major plus.

Posted by Amanda Johanson on 11/30/2005 at 3:09 PM

Re: “China Grill

Having read other reviews, I braced myself for an overpriced, so-so meal. I was pleasantly surprised. Portions are quite large and completely reasonable for family-style dining. For our wedding anniversary, my husband and I enjoyed the Chef's Trio appetizer -- three appetizers and/or salads of the chef's choice for $11. Our selection was three delicious crab cakes, a MOUND of their Caesar salad and a half-dozen lamb spare ribs. Had it been lunch, this would have been just the right amount of food (where can you get a gourmet lunch for 2 for $11?). Everything was delicious and the flavors balanced well. We also split the seared spicy tuna. Delicious, and nice healthy vegetable sides (seaweed salad, cucumber salad, avocado with roe, a piece of tempura-style seaweed). Our waiter, Shannon, was appropriately attentive -- I had mentioned it was our anniversary at the beginning of the meal, and he provided us with a complimentary dessert (two kinds of sorbet, with cookies, beautifully presented) at the end of the meal. The wine and drink menu was a little high-priced for my liking, but the $12 house sake was the perfect accompaniment.

Posted by Amanda Johanson on 06/22/2005 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Pick Me Up Cafe

Pick Me Up is literally around the corner from my apartment- and I am definately biased- my husband and I are regulars (think Norm on Cheers). I like the variety on the menu and the tasty desserts. I recommend this place for people watching on Clark Street. It is one of the few places in the area that (for me, fortunately) does not cater to baseball fans. Not the least expensive meal in the area, but well worth it for the ambient entertainment and quality food.

Posted by Amanda J on 09/02/2003 at 4:38 PM

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