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Re: “Blue Bayou

This is a great addition to the restaurants on Southport. My wife and I went on a Thursday night, and although the place was hopping, it only took us about 20 minutes to get a table. While waiting we grabbed a couple of seats at the bar and ordered a some Huricanes (which were on special for half price) and they were great! The bartender was really friendly, and a few minutes after we got our drinks she gave us a small glass of their frozen margarita to try. Both drinks were fantastic. Once we were seated and after we had a few minutes to look over the extensive menue, our waitress came over to introduce herself and ask if we had any questions. We couldn’t decide on an appitizer so she recommended that we try either to fried green tomatoes or the baked shrimp and artichoke spread with garlic bread. We went with the later, and it was unbelievable. It’s a little spicy, but I would highly recommend it. For dinner, I ordered the blackened salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and my wife ordered the crawfish po’boy with the mashed sweetpotatoes. The salmon was very good and cooked perfectly, and the garlic mashed potatoes and corn side, were also very good. My only minor complaint was that the plate was swimming in butter (tasted good, but almost a little too rich). My wife also said her po’boy was very good and the mashed sweetpotatoes were wonderful. If you like cajun I would definitely recommend trying out Blue Bayou.

Posted by Scott Kalmus on 06/20/2003 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Yuki Hana

If you like sushi, you have to check out this new addition in Lakeview. The portions for both the Sushi and Maki are extremely generous. The fish is always fresh, and their Maki rolls are some of best and most creative I've had. To top it off, their prices are very reasonable. I've been to several other Sushi restaurants throughout Chicago, and the Miki Cafe is by far my favorite!

Posted by Scott Kalmus on 06/22/2001 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Basil Leaf Cafe

The overall dining experience we had at the Basil Leaf Café was wonderful. The atmosphere was nice, the food was excellent, and the price was very reasonable. We were also able to enjoy one of the outside tables which was very pleasant. Everyone’s entrée was wonderful and we all expressed an interest in returning again to sample something else from the menu. The wine list was also nice with very reasonable prices by the bottle. I would highly recommend a visit to this quaint neighborhood restaurant.

Posted by Scott Kalmus on 09/11/2000 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Casbah Cafe

In this area filled with small neighborhood restaurants, the Casbah Café is one of my favorites. I have tried several of the lamb dishes on the menu, and they are all excellent. If you like Mediterranean / Middle Eastern cuisine, you will love this authentic restaurant. Best of all, I do not know of another restaurant like this where two people can have a three course dinner for around $30!

Posted by Scott Kalmus on 01/10/2000 at 2:46 PM

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