When I first moved here, I was looking for a good place to get a manicure and full gel set. You see, I am a nail biter and the only thing that keeps me from biting, is to get fake nails. However, I really hate the idea of fake nails and it is REALLY important to me that my necessary fake nails not look super fake (not too long or too thick). I tried several places before finding Lan at New French Nails. She is wonderful! When I first found her, I had little more than frayed stumps for nails (bitten down to the hilt) and it was no problem. She fixed me up with some very natural looking gel nails and I've been going to her ever since.
It's $14 for a slice of quiche, $16 for a burger and $21 for fish and chips. Yet, you can't provide your patrons a restroom?!?!? Instead you subject them to the long and winding lines in The Ferry Building?!?!? It took nearly 20 minutes for me to take a piss while my companion just had to sit there alone. Stupid.
Waitress was nice. Food good. Drinks tasty. Owner? Questionable. Get a restroom for chrissake.
This place. THIS place! I love coming here when we are headed down to HMB with our dog. They have this fantastic outdoor area that is HUGE. They get busy on sunny weekend days, but we've never had to wait for a table, which always surprises us since people tend to linger watching the live band and having brewskis. It is enough that you get to sit seaside in the sunshine AND its dog-friendly, but the food is actually really delicious too. It's not cheap, but on par (both quality and price wise) with what we expect in the city. The place might seem gimmicky or touristy at first glance, but it seems to actually be more of a local hangout and I dig that. Highly recommend Surf Spot!
I was already in love with this place, but now we're getting married!
I hosted a social gathering of about 35 friends here in a private room. I was looking for great food, good wine and an intimate setting. Local delivered far beyond my expectations. I had a limited budget with a grandiose plan and Local Kitchen's David worked with me to suggest options to suit both. When we arrived, I was blown away by how they had set up and decorated the room with flower arrangements. It was very tasteful and the way they set up the room was conducive to the event in terms of mingling and dining space. The staff was also amazing and attentive. Hosting can be a bit overwhelming and you feel as though you need to commandeer everything, but such was not the case... They were really on top of everything (well-timed app and food presentation, quick drink service, etc.) so, I spent my time with my guests and having a good time. We had charcuterie, hummus, kale salad, roasted chicken, whitefish, pizzas...a bit of everything--all very tasty.
Mid-party, my significant other decided to increase his significance and surprised me with a proposal. Nice top-off to an already fantastic evening! This was a surprise to both me an the staff, but they quickly responded with a champagne toast for the group which was really sweet.
All in all, my rave review is based on the foundation of Local's service, attention to detail, and most importantly, their efforts to really personalize the occasion. I highly recommend them for dinner or group events / private parties.
I just moved to the area and was very excited to see that there was a nail salon right around the corner. I went to check it out and to get a gel manicure. Unfortunately, that was my first AND last visit. The place in general just seems unsanitary. The woman who did my manicure had filthy hands and nails herself (and not from giving manicures all day--it wasn't smudged polish or anything, DIRT). She didn't sit down. That's right, she had moved her stool over to get the UV lamp from under the table and then never pulled it back...she just stood over me from the other side of the table and held my hand up to quickly slap some polish on each nail. Not relaxing, not professional and, just weird. Obviously, the paint job was shoddy and smudged. Then, when I was finished, she said it was $30 despite the sign on the wall and tent-sign out front that said it was $25. Mani-FAIL.
Alright, I can't take it anymore, I must write a review. I've been holding off since I've only lived in this particular apartment for 2 months and I didn't feel like that was an adequate sample, but they pushed me over the edge today. Let me start with moving in, Adam and especially Michael were awesome. I met them both at their office and got the keys to the apartment a week before the lease started. I lost my purse and the keys 2 days later...sucked. I contacted Michael via email. He got back to me right away and although there is a standard fee for replacement keys (understandable) he said "No problem. Stop by the office and I'll give you new keys and cancel the old ones." (they use key cards at my building like a hotel room, which is awesome/convenient). He charged me nothing...score!
Then, I moved in. Soon after, they began renovating the halls and common areas. I know that the noise of renovations can bother some people, but they do the work at normal daytime hours so A) for the most part, I'm at work while they're doing it and B) for me, the noise associated with renovations is far outweighed by the knowledge that they give a rip about the building's condition and the fact that the joint is looking nicer and nicer. My apartment is quite nice as well and you can't hear your neighbors except in certain situations like vacuuming or the occasional jerk in heels ;) Noisy, partying neighbors is a pet peeve of mine. My last place (ICM Properties...yuck) had major problems with this and the building was NEVER maintained or cleaned...not a problem here.
Now I'm getting to the part that compelled me to write this review... So, every time they are doing renovations that might affect the residents in any way whatsoever, they leave a note at your door informing you of what they are working on and what dates they will do what and what you can expect. It's a courtesy that isn't required of them, obviously, but its the keeping me in the loop and bothering to tell me what they're up to and what, if any, inconvenience I might encounter. So, I keep getting these notifications under the door and today I get one that says "Join us tomorrow for coffee and OJ in the lobby." Now, this is not a building with a lobby or doorman or anything like that at all (in fact, I'm anxious to see how they are going to set this shindig up). This is just a really nice thing to do for the residents and it goes a long way with me. Also, I feel like the respect they show to their tenants is reciprocated by the residents. People seem to respect the common areas (not littered with beer cans, trash, etc.)and their neighbors.
Here's the thing though, I believe and don't doubt the negative experiences others have had, but BJB properties have different managers and maintenance staff at different properties. Adam, my property manager, runs good properties (I think they are all in the LP area around Armitage and Lincoln, but not sure). I've known people that have lived at the Pine Grove bldg and hated it...like nightmarish stuff. SO, if you are considering a BJB property, look for one of Adam's. He and his crew are good stuff; responsive and considerate. This review is only for his properties within BJB (I lived at another of his properties years back when I was still rolling stu-stu-studio style).
Phew! Long review, but I hope this helps anyone considering BJB.15/11/2012 Hello Miranda W.
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I love this place! They have manual pin setters, which lengthens the game playing time AND you keep score manually which is cute and fun (it's a really good date spot for that reason too!). They also have a decent beer selection.
I feel like I'm going to have to take advantage of this inconspicuous restaurant before people find out about it and it blows up.
I went to Forza on a Saturday night a little after 9 pm. Upon entering, we were immediately welcomed by the bartender and told to sit wherever we liked. There were only two other occupied tables, so we had a lot of options. The place wasn't creepily empty or barren like some of the other reviews mentioned because there were several people at the bar. They must be gaining traction. The vibe was a little strange with house-type music which I don't dig, but not a deal breaker. Only half of the restaurant is open. The other half is blocked off which I think is a good move on their part given they haven't really taken off yet. This aides in making it seem more full of patrons. Also, I heard they were going to make that side a wine bar which would be cool.
We first ordered a bottle of wine. One of our dining companions wasn't a big fan of wine, so we thought a sweet white might be a good compromise. Conveniently, they have about 8 different varieties of Moscato (all were very reasonably priced which was a running theme for their menu). I remarked on the extensive Moscato offering and our waitress said they had the most on their wine list than any other restaurant in the city. I actually believe her. It isn't a wine I would typically order, but given our friends aversion to other varieties, their offering in this department was a perfect match. Furthermore, it was a hot night and the sweet, cold spritzer hit the spot and our non-wine drinking fan seemed to enjoy it as well.
Based on how often they're each mentioned in previous reviews, we got the arancine (rice balls) and the cozze (mussels) to start. They were both delicious, but the mussels were the front runner in my opinion. we then split a pasta dish, carbonara, and a margherita pizza. The carbonara was excellent. The sauce was rich and creamy, but not heavy or overwhelming. The pasta was perfectly cooked which one has a right to expect at an Italian restaurant, but still many muck this up. Not Forza. I didn't actually try the pizza because I filled up on pasta, but it seemed to get good reviews from the table.
I should also mention that the service was great as that is often a sticking point for me. She was friendly, not invasive and prompt, but not hovering. Perfect. When she brought the check, I was so pleasantly surprised. Four people managed to drink a bottle of wine and get full bellies of delicious upscale food on a Saturday night in Lincoln Park...for under $70.
We'll be back, Bar Forza. Nice work.
So, I had the Greek Nachos and as expected, they were delicious. I also had a standard eggs, bacy, hashbys breakfast this time and it was more delicious that a place you'd usually go even though it's just 2 eggs and the like.
The food is amazing, but this place has their crap together in every way. They really know how to run a breakfast/lunch/diner-type restaurant. They are lightening fast, always friendly and welcoming and the place is clean. During this last visit, I saw two separate employees cleaning (around the breakfast counter and food pick-up window) which made me feel good about the all around cleanliness of the place. But, the point is, the staff is hard working and they seem to operate on a "time to lean? time to clean." policy.
I love this place. Best breakfast in the city all things considered. Kudos to the staff and owner(s)!I went here on a Saturday morning and the place was all a' bustle. Despite the swarms of people,… En savoir plus
The waiting line for this place sucks. They have to find a way to fix this. It is so hot and uncomfortable. You're crammed in a hallway with other hungry people waiting for an hour and a half at least. Some people in line began phoning in their orders as a way to skip the line which was annoying. By the time we got to order, I was so annoyed and hot and hungry, I was over it. The ribs were good, but I'm more of a saucy vs. rub kind of rib girl, so while good, it just didn't fulfill my rib hankering. The pulled pork was excellent. Tender and flavorful. The staff here is fantastic and I give them props for this. I'm sure they deal with a lot of ornery people given the waiting in line thing, but they were cheery and attentive and you could tell that they were trying to ease the irritation of waiting in line.
All in all, the food was good, but nowhere near worth waiting in that line. Now, if I had waited 30 minutes, this place would have gotten 5 stars from me based on the pulled pork alone.