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Big Bricks is for Big Appetites

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Big Bricks is for Big Appetites

I am an impatient diner. When I’m ready to eat, I don’t want to wait more than 5 minutes for a table. Plus, I want tasty food at a reasonable price served by friendly people in a warm environment. And I want good beer. That may sound like a tall order, but Big Bricks (3832 Read the Rest…

Namo Thai Cuisine Joins Northcenter Hub of International Cuisine

By Victoria Wiedel | Monday, May 21, 2012
Namo Thai Cuisine Joins Northcenter Hub of International Cuisine

The combination of reasonable prices, BYOB, friendly service and stylish décor makes Namo an ideal spot for a date night, group outing or family dinner.

Glenn’s Diner Serves Up Fresh Fish and Cold Cereal

By Victoria Wiedel | Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Glenn’s Diner Serves Up Fresh Fish and Cold Cereal

Visit Glenn’s Diner for some of the freshest seafood in town, but call ahead for a reservation on the weekends.

Delicias Brianna Restaurant: Guatemalan and Salvadoran Treats in a Cozy Spot

By Victoria Wiedel | Monday, February 20, 2012
Delicias Brianna Restaurant: Guatemalan and Salvadoran Treats in a Cozy Spot

If this restaurant had cheeks I would pinch them and squeal, “You’re so adorable!” That was my first thought when I walked into the newly redecorated space that until recently was inhabited by Buen Sabor. But a restaurant can’t survive on good looks alone, especially considering this off-the-beaten-path location. I’m happy to report that Delicias Read the Rest…

Mediterranean Grill: My Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant

By Erica Wiley | Thursday, February 9, 2012
Mediterranean Grill: My Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant

Ignore the mundane restaurant name and the strange shotgun-style space, and give Mediterranean Grill and Cuisine a try. After more than a few visits, Mediterranean Grill, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave., is my favorite restaurant in Lincoln Square and is definitely one of my top ten favorite Chicago restaurants. A short walk from my apartment, I hit Mediterranean Read the Rest…

El Típico Mexican Restaurant

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, December 27, 2011
El Típico Mexican Restaurant

The word “típico” is defined two ways in Spanish: (1) typical, as in characteristic and (2) quaint; picturesque and full of local color. The recently re-opened El Típico Mexican restaurant at 1905 W. Foster Ave. meets both definitions. The menu is typical of other Mexican-American restaurants with an emphasis on enchiladas, fajitas, and combination platters Read the Rest…

Chalkboard Restaurant

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Chalkboard Restaurant

As Chalkboard restaurant, 4343 N. Lincoln Ave., approaches its fifth anniversary, I would like to thank Chef Gil Langlois for staying the course and continuing to offer refined comfort food that allows the flavors of high-quality meat, seafood and vegetables to shine French preparations with a Southern comfort twist I’m not a fan of the Read the Rest…

Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill

By Victoria Wiedel | Monday, September 26, 2011
Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill

Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill (4632 N. Rockwell Ave.) manages to meet a variety of dining needs while quietly humming along as a neighborhood watering hole. Need a place you can take your parents that has flavorful food, but not too spicy? Tired of trying in vain to find vegetarian options at a burger bar? Want to Read the Rest…

Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe

Everyone has an opinion about pizza. I’m from Wisconsin, so my opinion about pizza is that it is a good thing no matter what form it takes. Most other people have stronger opinions about the shape of the pieces, what’s on top, how the dough is made, and how it’s baked. Those of you searching Read the Rest…

Marmalade: The Hot New Brunch Spot

By Stacy Jeziorowski | Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Marmalade: The Hot New Brunch Spot

I love breakfast foods. I would eat breakfast three meals a day, seven days a week if I could. So when my friend invited me along to Marmalade, 1969 W. Montrose St., I was thrilled to try something new. We ventured over on a Saturday morning at about 10:00, just early enough to beat the Read the Rest…

Machu Picchu

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Machu Picchu

Like most countries, Peruvian cuisine has been influenced over the years by immigration. So if you expect a typical Latin American dining experience at Machu Picchu, 3856 N. Ashland Ave., you will be surprised to see flavors from Asia, Italy and West Africa sprinkled throughout the menu. All of which are brought together by tubers, Read the Rest…

Aroy Thai

By Victoria Wiedel | Monday, July 18, 2011
Aroy Thai

I used to be that person who always orders the same thing because I like a safe bet. But now that I live in the 60625 zip code, I decided I needed to take more culinary risks. My mid-year resolution was rewarded at Aroy Thai restaurant, 4654 N. Damen Ave., where they serve up typical-but-tasty Read the Rest…

Eat n Drink Asian Cuisine

By Victoria Wiedel | Sunday, July 17, 2011
Eat n Drink Asian Cuisine

                Pan-Asian cuisine focused on Chinese and Korean food. Where else can you get hot dog stir fry?

Bagel on Damen

By Victoria Wiedel | Sunday, July 17, 2011
Bagel on Damen

                      So many bagel options, so little time. Take a break under the El tracks and contemplate all the combinations.

Shanghai Inn

By Victoria Wiedel | Sunday, July 17, 2011
Shanghai Inn

                  Typical Chinese menu with reliable delivery service and many fans.   [ratings]

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