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Well-Fed at Starved Rock 

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To the editors:

I always enjoy your "These Parts" issue [May 22], but was troubled by "Restaurant Tours: why they call it Starved Rock." We happened to spend two nights at the Lodge just before the issue came out. We couldn't believe the unrelieved negativity of Jody Stern (your free-lance food critic?). We stayed in a very satisfactory redone room in the old wing, and had a lunch and two dinners in the dining room. (Notice we went back for a second dinner.)

That's because we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was, how reasonable the prices, how pleasant the staff, and (generally) how prompt the service was. Granted all of this was midweek, and might have suffered some on a busy weekend, but it was better than average for "park" food. I had a chicken curry dinner special, for example, that was excellent. Their early (before 6:30 PM) menu is a real steal, for families.

Ms. Stern seemed intent on writing her cutest, cleverest put-down of the country hicks, but she missed the mark by a long way. Despite her disclaimer, she was holding a grudge, and decided she didn't like it before she arrived, or else hit a classic "bad day" in the kitchen.

We like Ambria, and Carlos', and still eat at McDonald's too. We don't expect the same food and service at each, but that doesn't mean each doesn't do a good job. So does the Starved Rock Restaurant, given their location, and who they serve.

There were also several nice places to eat in Ottawa though she didn't find any, and the Park is spectacular, and an easy ride from Chicago. Don't worry; the Park Dining Room there is just fine, too!

Myron Shapiro

W. Diversey


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