Love this place! After walking past numerous times and wanting to try it, I finally went today for brunch with a few friends. The vibe is fun and eclectic with exposed piping on the ceiling, warm colors, ceiling-high windows along Clark and Huron, and floor-to-ceiling curtains.
I had peeked at the menu beforehand and already knew that I wanted the creme brulee pancakes, which were fantastic. They were nice and dense and were topped with actual creme brulee custard and fresh berries. My husband ordered the pork and egg tostada, which was also great.
Apparently their happy hour is pretty stellar, too--Monday-Friday from 4:30 to 6:30, they offer numerous items off their menu for $3 if you order a drink. I'll definitely be back!
Wow. It's unbelievable that a MUSIC venue could have such a terrible sound system. I went to an Ingrid Michaelson and Mat Kearney show here on Friday night and while Ingrid was fantastic as usual, my group left before Kearney's set was even half over because the sound was so awful.
The speakers were cranked up all the way, making the sound quality abysmal and way too effing loud. There was absolutely no balance between instrument and vocal mic-ing, either. And the fact that a venue that does music for its full-time business has any feedback at all, let alone repeat occurrences of it, is entirely unacceptable.
We couldn't understand a word of either Kearney's songs or the opening act's and the only reasons for a better experience during Ingrid's set were 1) we love Ingrid, 2) we've memorized all her songs, and 3) she does a kick-ass job of putting on a show. I would have liked to hear Kearney in a venue with a sound system that doesn't absolutely blow.
I won't be back. I gave it one star because the old theater vibe is fun in a falling-apart kind of way and also because Yelp doesn't have any reviews lower than one.
I adore this place.
The award-winning, hand-crafted beer is fantastic. They have a regular lineup on tap, along with some rotating specials. I recommend the Dysfunctionale and the IPA. The Full Frontal Pale Ale is also good.
The pizza--both red and white styles--is delicious. It's build your own style and there are lots of fresh ingredients to choose from. I haven't tried any of the appetizers, salad, or dessert yet (calories are saved for pizza and beer) but it sounds like they wouldn't be a disappointment, based on other reviews.
Their Sunday special is awesome, too. Large pizza and a growler of beer for $25, takeout orders only.
I can't recommend this place more. I take away one star simply because it can get insanely crowded and loud, and they don't take reservations for less than 10, but I'm definitely willing to deal with it. Their pizza and beer are totally worth it.
My husband and I and a friend of ours came here for dinner one night when the wait at our original restaurant of choice, La Madia, was an hour and we were starving. It was...fine.
The atmosphere is kind of fun, although we ended up at a table instead of the floor-style seating. The belly dancer is, uh, talented but it's rather awkward when you're trying to eat and talk and she's wriggling around right next to you.
We ordered an assortment of things--hummus, chicken shawarma, lamb, and I think some sort of salad--and it was all fine but nothing spectacular. Nor memorable, for that matter.
Anyway, if you're in the area, don't have any better ideas for food, and have an interest in belly dancing or sitting on the floor to eat, try it out. Perhaps you won't be as underwhelmed as I was.
Eh. This place may be part of the famed Chicago deep dish trade but the pizza is only OK and generally forgettable.
The first strike was that the place was plastered in signs for a beer--I think it was Longboard Ale--that they didn't even carry. What the hell?
My friend and I selected another brew, ordered the house salad (shouldn't lettuce be green?) and the bacon cheeseburger pizza. It was all marginal at best. Service was generally competent, although on the slow side.
Bar none, this was the best meal of my life.
When my husband and I plan a trip, all our activities are organized around food. So when we decided to take a long weekend trip to New York, Craft was the first place we called for a reservation.
We spent a small fortune and went, as my husband put it, "balls to the wall" in our selections from the menu. It was worth every penny.
We started off with the pork ravioli and frisee & pancetta salad. When the waiter came back to collect the empty (nearly licked clean) plates, he said "I guess I don't have to ask whether you liked it. Normally people leave at least a crumb." Awesome.
For the main course, we ordered the braised halibut, dry-aged ribeye, and garlic risotto. All were amazing. The fish was perfectly cooked and served in a kind of butter vinaigrette. The ribeye was tender and flavorful and came with a chunk of bone and some sort of tool to extract the bone marrow...interesting. We read before going that the garlic risotto was one of the specialties and it did not disappoint.
And finally, for dessert, the warm chocolate tart with stout ice cream. If that weren't enough, I also ordered the hot chocolate. I'm a sucker for homemade marshmallows, especially when they're infused with cinnamon and served with vanilla whipped cream.
The chef throws in some extras during the meal, which is a nice touch. The night we went, it was an artichoke soup amuse bouche and an assortment of mini pastries and tarts. They also give you a muffin when you leave, which I gladly took along with an incredibly full stomach.
I could not recommend this place more. Well done, Colicchio.
As dedicated fans of Top Chef, my husband and I declared that we had to eat at Perilla on our recent trip to New York. The meal was so awesome that we didn't even care that we didn't see or meet Harold. (When we got seated near the door to the kitchen, we crossed our fingers for a chance meeting...but alas, he did not emerge.)
The vibe was trendy yet chill and the food was utterly fantastic from beginning to end.
We started with the crispy wild boar belly (mouthwatering), my husband ordered the tea smoked duck, and I ordered the night's special of yellow snapper with spigarello, sweet potato, and an amazing curry sauce.
If it were not socially unacceptable to do so, I would have licked my plate. It. Was. So. Good.
We topped the whole evening off with the chocolate souffle (amazing) and a brainstorming session on how often we could make the trip back to New York from Chicago just so we could eat here again.
I want to love More, well, more than I do. Their store is chic and cute (not to mention incredibly close to my apartment), all the cupcakes are beautifully presented in that gigantic glass case, the flavors are interesting, you can buy cupcakes in flights, etc. etc.
But, overall, taste and bang for your buck are just...OK.
Molly's and Southport Grocery's are my tops but I am lazy. This place is 3 blocks away. So, occasionally, when the cupcake craving strikes, I will cave. But sorry, More, you're still only getting 3 stars.
The mention of pastries from their artisan bakery was enough to lure me in.
The delicious food--chocolate tart, handmade potato chips, turkey/cranberry/brie sandwich, more than a pint of Blue Moon for $4--convinced me to come back.
I'd like to go back and look more around the market section; it was huge and they had tons of variety in high-quality groceries. The cafe has great food, you can drink wine and beer there, and you can even get stuff from the market to eat in the cafe. It's a great place to go if you're at Navy Pier or the AMC Theater.
An awesome Chicago experience!
I first learned about Chicago Chocolate Tours about a year ago when a good friend of mine met the owner/founder at a fundraising party. My friend since became a tour guide and my husband and I went on our first tour with my parents and sister when they came to visit a few weeks ago.
There are four choices of routes: Chocolate Shops of the Loop, of the Mag Mile, of the Gold Cost, and of Andersonville. We chose the Andersonville route, both because the timing worked out best (10:45 Saturday morning) and because we had been wanting to explore Andersonville.
We were so happy with our choice. During the tour (about an hour and a half to two hours), we sampled so many treats from six different shops/bakeries: Chocolate Gourmet, Let Them Eat Chocolate, Katherine-Anne Confections, Sweet Occasions and More, The Swedish Bakery, and Bon Bon.
Everything was delicious, and at each stop we got to learn a little about the shop itself, as well as about the history of chocolate in general.
Anyone looking for a fun, unique Chicago outing should try a chocolate tour!