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Orange on Roscoe Serves Up Brunch With Not Much Appeal

By Victoria Wiedel | Saturday, July 9, 2011
Orange on Roscoe Serves Up Brunch With Not Much Appeal

I was really looking forward to my first brunch at Orange (2011 W. Roscoe), but as 30+ minutes slowly dragged by with no update from our server about our order, I looked at my hungry family members and my hopes sank into the pit of my empty stomach. The small bites of “Frushi” (fresh fruit Read the Rest…

Taqueria Santa Rita

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Taqueria Santa Rita

Santa Rita, 2752 W. Lawrence Ave., scores highly on each category of the Taqueria Rating System. Food is tasty and served quickly by friendly waitstaff. The place is clean and obvious care was taken with the decor. The menu includes a range of fillings and potential vessels for said fillings. It is BYOB and there Read the Rest…

Tank Sushi

By Victoria Wiedel | Friday, June 17, 2011
Tank Sushi

Tank, 4514 N. Lincoln Ave., the self-proclaimed “neighborhood sushi” spot of Lincoln Square has a lot to offer, which becomes a drawback if you fill up on their signature dish first. By focusing on the sushi you run the risk of missing out on an endangered cuisine here: the rest of the Japanese food spectrum. Read the Rest…

Dorado Restaurant

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Dorado Restaurant

Dorado Restaurant (tucked away at 2301 W. Foster Ave.) is often referred to as a “hidden gem” by its fans who appreciate Chef Luis Perez’s unique take on fusion cuisine. The chef claims the cuisine is a blend of Mexican and French influences, but I found that Mediterranean flavors stood out during a recent visit Read the Rest…

Chicago Joe’s

By Samantha Abernethy | Friday, May 27, 2011
Chicago Joe’s

“If you can’t stop by, smile as you go by.” That’s what the sign on the side of Chicago Joe’s friendly Northcenter location says. It offers belly-busting entrees and an all-you-can-eat buffet on Sundays. Their specialty is ribs, so they’ll be a formidable opponent in the Ribfest competition.

Budacki’s Drive In

By Samantha Abernethy | Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Budacki’s Drive In

Serves up Chicago specialties from Italian beef to Chicago-style hot dogs and Polish sausages. Try the fries — better and cheaper than any old McDonald’s. And great milkshakes for hot summer afternoons.

Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

By Victoria Wiedel | Monday, February 28, 2011
Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

Mrs. Murphy and her sons officially celebrate St. Patrick’s day from March 1-17. But hungry people looking for satisfying portions of comfort food served with a side of warm hospitality know that the Irish spirit lives on throughout the year in their Northcenter restaurant. The Irish bistro was the vision of Jim Murphy, owner and Read the Rest…

Fiorentino’s Cucina Italiana

By Katie Bijak | Friday, February 25, 2011
Fiorentino’s Cucina Italiana

If you live in West Lakeview/Roscoe Village, and were hoping to stay close to home for Chicago’s Restaurant Week, your options are somewhat limited. Fiorentino’s Cucina Italiana is the only participating restaurant in our area. Lucky for me, I’ve wanted to try Fiorentino’s since I moved to West Lakeview. There is something so inviting about Read the Rest…

Prix Fixe Restaurant

By Victoria Wiedel | Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Prix Fixe Restaurant

Offering a limited menu at a fixed price might seem like a restrictive business plan in a neighborhood that offers almost every cuisine known to mankind, but Prix Fixe restaurant (4835 N. Western Avenue) plays to its strengths and deserves to be a new dining destination in Lincoln Square. The transformation of the space is Read the Rest…

Due Lire

By Victoria Wiedel | Monday, January 31, 2011
Due Lire

I am extremely picky when it comes to Italian restaurants, but when friends ask for a recommendation in Lincoln Square I do not hesitate to point them in Due Lire’s direction. Because a place that can get me excited about olives (among other things) deserves to be known throughout Chicago. I was originally going to Read the Rest…

Wolcott’s On Montrose Is Open For Business

By Erica Wiley | Monday, January 24, 2011
Wolcott’s On Montrose Is Open For Business

I have watched the building at 1834 W. Montrose transform from paper-covered windows to a bustling now open-for-business institution. Finally, Wolcott’s is open for drinkers and eaters! Those skeptical few out there might believe Wolcott’s is just another bar in a city of endless bars. But, skeptics hold your tongue. This establishment is different. Wolcott’s Read the Rest…

Da Rae Jung aka “Korean Restaurant”

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Da Rae Jung aka “Korean Restaurant”

I’ve been disappointed in previous Korean restaurant experiences, so I wasn’t in any particular rush to try any of the spots that form a northern ring around Lincoln Square. But after a soul- and stomach-satisfying experience at Da Rae Jung, 5220 N. Lincoln Ave., I kicked myself for waiting so long. In the dead of a Read the Rest…

Slim’s Diner

By Erica Wiley | Monday, December 13, 2010
Slim’s Diner

It has always been my goal to be live near good eateries. I judge the city I live in solely by the quality of food it offers. Before I lived in Chicago, my neighborhood had the best Mexican joint, the best Italian ristorante, the best locally-owned café and a good Chinese take-out joint. All in Read the Rest…

Pizza D.O.C.

By Victoria Wiedel | Thursday, December 2, 2010
Pizza D.O.C.

I hate to insult the folks at Pizza D.O.C. by plagiarizing another restaurant’s tagline, but when I’m there, I really do feel like part of the family. The restaurant does double duty as both a date-night destination as well as a family restaurant (where the food is actually tasty and not just fast), with the Read the Rest…

La Sierra, Ecuadorian

By Erica Wiley | Tuesday, November 16, 2010
La Sierra, Ecuadorian

Passing by La Sierra (1637 Montrose Ave.) always made me curious. In my mind, I would get around to eating at La Sierra someday, but it never happened. Sunday night, I finally stopped in and I am glad I did. La Sierra, the 25-year-old Mexican/Ecuadorian restaurant in Ravenswood, is not only delicious, it is reasonably priced. Having a Read the Rest…

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