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Foodlife: NMA-Upscale food court
Last visit April 2014
If you find yourself at Water Tower Place mall shopping and are looking for a quick bite to eat or if you find you can't agree on just what type of cuisine you all want to eat or if you are saddled with fussy eaters (adults OR kids), Foodlife just might be the answer for you. It's also convenient for two of the theaters in Chicago, Lookingglass which is across the street in the Pumping Station and the Broadway Playhouse which is behind the mall.
Located on the mezzanine floor of Water Tower Place , Foodlife is an upscale food court by the Lettuce Entertain You folks. A hostess seats you, hands you a "food credit card" and then it's up to you to wade through the 14 stations to figure out just what looks the best. You accumulate your charges and then pay on the way out.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit in November 2012 I stopped by the pasta station and had the chicken parmesean ($8.99). They make the noodles fresh, mine had a lot of garlic and was very yummy. My husband opted for the barbeque station and had brisket which came with two sides ($9.99), he got mac and cheese and baked beans.
There are 14 stations, other options are Chinese by Big Bowl (another LEYE restaurant), breakfast, pizza, stir fry, Mexican, salads, sausages, sweets, soup, comfort food, juice, and sushi. Really, there is something here for everyone!
They add a 7.5% gratuity to the bill along with the tax, expect to spend $10-15 per person.
foodlife: Something for everyone
foodlife is like a food court (it's located in a mall), but with more choice and better quality than any food court I've ever seen. It's a bit confusing when you arrive. Someone takes you to a table where he places a "reserved" sign and gives you a empty credit card-like thing. Then you get your food which is charged to the card and read by a register when you leave. They have just about every type of food here, which is good if you don't know what you want, or have finicky eaters. There's various booths serving things like pizza, Mexican, soup, Asian, American, Chicago-style hot dogs, pasta, seafood, dessert and smoothies, and that's just what I can recall now... The food is overall freshly prepared and made to order. Prices are a little high if you are there for lunch, but the quality overall matches the price.
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