Hama Matsu: Korean and Sushi restaurant
I must admit that if it wasn't for our local friends I would probably hadn't been to this place if not after spending a much longer time in Chicago. Well, good friends always choose the best despite I suspect they also love this place for the stunning beauty of waitresses!
Namely, this is a Japanese and sushi place but personnel is Korean and they propose a good selection of Korean dishes and sushi. Nevertheless, I spend a good portion of my time in Korea and I felt "at home" here.
Friendly and professional service.
Favorite Dish: Soju, the most popular Korean booze is served here.
A "special" drink was given to us, don't know if this is a standard or it was given to us as something nice to my friends who are addicted customers of this restaurant.
After pouring half a mug of beer, a couple of chopsticks were laid on top of it, and a small cup full of soju was put steady over these. It was then all ready for the waitress to slam her fist on the bar table, this causing the soju cup to drop into the beer and ready to be quickly guzzed down.Related to:
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Quigley's Pub, Naperville, Illinois: Are you sure we are not in Ireland????
It was a hot 90 degree evening, but stepping into Quickley's Pub on my visit to Naperville, Illinois, was like stepping into an original Irish Pub and feeling the refreshing atmosphere cool us down physically, but warming us up socially. Oh...and fellows, the attractive waitresses wear short wool plaid pleated skirts, very charming!!!!
Great authentic atmosphere and Great Food and Drink and also family style.. The place filled up quick and a band was getting ready to set up...a real happening place. They also have a courtyard outside, cafe style, where you can bring your dog.
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips of Course....also they have a tiny rueben Appetizer, excellent. UMMMMM.Related to:
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Wildfire: A Romantic 40s Club in Chicago.....
For my birthday this summer in July, 2004, Allan took me to one of my very favorite restaurants in Chicago, Wildfire.
It is a restuarant that strives to be a 1940s dinner club and succeeds! They have a large Martini Lounge that features your choice of hand-stuffed olvies, full wine list, and tantalizing classic cocktails.
The service is incredible and the food is "to die for!"
It is open nightly for dinner, and all rooms are non-smoking! (Yea!) We sat in a comfortable leather booth facing the open hearth where the steaks are grilled. Speaking of steaks. Wow is the operative word to describe them.
Besides wonderful steaks, they offer lots of fish dishes and Roasted Prime Rib of Beef.
1940s music plays; there is candlelight, and the ambience is quite romantic.
Favorite Dish: I love the Filet Medallions, the Wilfire Chopped Salad, and the decadent desserts. Allan loved the Cheese crusted Steak (I forget which one), the salad, and, of course, the desserts.
Our waiter was quite kind, friendly, and so funny. He made a special effort because it was my birthday.
For any special time in my life, I always love to spend it at Wildfire.Related to:
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Vinny Vanucchi's "Little Italy: For an "Old World Neighborhood Restaurant"....
While in Galena, Illinois, Allan and I ate at Vinny Vanucchi's "Little Italy" on Main Street. We were told by the locals that this was the place to eat. It's always good to listen to the locals, as we found out.
This restaurant is an old world Italian neighborhood kind of place that is located up the cobblestones where Washington Street meets Main Street. There's an old fashioned deli and import store, which you walk through to get to the restaurant. The restaurant has lots of beautiful wood, a fireplace, imported artifacts and signs, and the tables are covered with checkered tablecloths. There is an outdoor Cappuccino Garden for warm summer days and evenings.
There are many house specialties and supposedly the Meat Lasagna is the best because it is an old recipe from Vinny's Nana Lu who is about 88 and lives on the northwest side of Chicago. A picture of her on Taylor street at age 16 hangs on the wall. Also Auntie Nancy's manicotti recipe is still used as well as Uncle Paulie's baked mostaccioli and Tortellini Carbonara.
The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Favorite Dish: Allan loved the Fried Calamari, Garlic Bread and Veal Picatta. I loved the Garlic Bread, Italian Salad, and Uncle Paulie's Baked Mostaccioli!
The whole experience was delightful with super service, warmth, Italian friendliness...we thought we were back in Italy.Related to:
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Country Squire Restaurant & Banquet Facilities: Country Charm and Elegance at.....
The Country Squire was originally built as the residence of Wesley Sears who started the Chicago based mail order firm. The house was completed in 1938 and regarded ten years ahead of its time.
The front door hardware of wrought brass and the hand-carved woodwork on the ceilings of some rooms of the house are still there. This is a great restaurant because of the delicious cuisine and the setting . There are huge windows you look out of and see 13 acres of woods and varieties of native and transplanted trees. The existing gardens were rejuvenating and are continually expanding. In 1954 the residence was turned into a restaurant; the family dining room is used as a lounge now. The living room is the fireside reception area, and the original library is the Library Bar. Upstairs, the two bedrooms are now connected and used for private banquets. A dining porch was added to the south and east exteriors of the building. Such people as Carl Sandberg, Marlon Brando, Esther Williams, Peggy Lee, Mike Ditka, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many Illinois Governors have eaten here.
The Govas Family own and run the restaurant, and they treat you as though you were a guest in their own home.
Favorite Dish: The Country Squire is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am-10 pm; Saturday from 11 am-11 pm; Sunday from 10 am-9 pm. They are closed on Mondays.
They serve lunch and dinner and on Sundays they offer a unique champagne sit down brunch menu as well as dinner.
Allan and I love the Mediterranean Bruschetta, Shrimp DeJonghe, and Fried Calamari as examples of appetizers.
We enjoy Filet Mignon, Steak au Polvre, Lamb Chops, Deep Sea Scallops, Broiled Lobster Tail, Lake Superior White Fish, Salmon Balsomico, Roast Duck, and Veal Oscar for the entree.
For Salads we prefer the Mesclyn Mixed Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.
All dinner come with a Country Squire Lazy Susan Tray, salad, Potato, and Vegetable
They have an Early Bird Special (Two dollars off an entree before 6:00 p.m.
Desserts are also excellent.Related to:
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Steak N' Shake Restaurants: Normal, Illinois: Home to My Favorite Chain!
First off, I want to make it clear that I really don't eat "Fast Food" with the exception of food from Steak N' Shake Restaurants! As I kid, I loved going to the Normal, Illinois, area where I could have a steakburger and milk shake from the Steak and Shake Restaurant (1219 S. Main Street on old Route 66 was the location then).
Sadly, that Original Steak and Shake Restaurant in the Nation has become a Monical's Pizza Parlor as of a couple of years ago.
Gus and Edith Belt started Steak 'n Shake way back in the 1930s. Today, there are almost 400 Steak 'n Shakes in six states.
But the chain's hometown, Normal, Illinois, is still my favorite place to eat the famous steakburgers because of all the history that accompanies it.
Gus and Edith 's first restaurant was called The Shell Inn, and beer and chicken were served (there was also a Shell gas station on the property). When Prohibition came, they started to sell steak hamburgers and shakes.! Gus would bring in steaks and grind them into burgers while customers sat at the counter and watched. Thus, the restaurant's slogan became, "In sight it must be right".
In about 1934, Gus renamed his restaurant "Steak 'n Shake" and served butter-grilled steak hamburger for 25 cents, which came with home baked beans and potatoes. Edith's specialties included homemade chili.* The restaurant still serves that same chili today!
Favorite Dish: What I like about Steak N' Shake:
a. They slice pickles the long way.
b. You can order from the drive-up window,
seat at a table or booth inside, sit at the
counter and watch them cook, or you can
Takhomasak (take home a
sack) For the longest time, I
did not understand that at all.
c. The hamburgers are made of steak and
thin and good well, the way I like them.
d. The shakes and malts are made with
handpacked real ice cream.
e. They use real China to serve the food.
g They are open 24 hours a day.
h. The french fries and very "thin" (the way I
prefer them. They are the only potatoes
that I ever eat!!
You can eat at Steak N' Shakes in several midwestern states, especially the state where it all began....ILLINOIS!Related to:
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Kitch-Inn: For A Trip Back In Time, Visit Mendota's
If you enjoy "local lore" as I do, you will love going to the Kitch-Inn in Mendota, Illinois. This restaurant has been in the same family since 1909, when Ted Troupis bought the Mendota Candy Kitchen from a fellow Greek immigrant, James Stasinos. Ted son's Andrew and his wife Genevieve own and run the place today. Genevieve worked as a waitress there when she was in high school! This quaint place seats about fifty people in seven orange booths, two tables and eleven diner stools. The fountain behind the counter has a vintage pink 1940s malt dispenser and a 60-year-old Hamilton juicer.
This business evolved from a candy store into a restaurant in 1953 when all the large ice cream companies began squeezing out the local ma & pa shops. They used to make 20,000 gallons of ice cream a year, and when andrew quit making ice cream in about 1966, he was down to only 1,2000 gallons a year. Today, Andrew buys his ice cream from Valley Maid ice cream company in Aurora, but he makes his own syrups of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
Although Andrew and Genevieve have four children, none of them are involved in the business. So, they will have to sell the restaurant some day. How sad.
Better stop by soon; I don't know how much longer they will be in business.
Favorite Dish: Andrew still makes homemade candy, but it is only available from October through April He works from a basement candy kitchen that is filled with copper kettles and marble tables. He makes peanut and coconut brittle, peanut and pecan clusters, and cashews and caramel. He's been offered lots of money for his secret recipe for pure cream caramel. He has not sold yet.
The menu offers daily luncheon plates and delightful specials such as the nutty carrot muffin with chunks of walnuts, slivered carrots, pineapple and raisins. YUM!Related to:
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Cosi: Cafe with Great Atmosphere, Fun Staff, Good Food
This is a cafe chain that we visited in Chicago. They have amazing sandwiches made on their original Cosi bread, which is kind of like a cross between a panini and a really thin sub sandwich...I can't really describe it:) Whatever it was, it was great. And it's a cafe, so they have excellent coffee and that fun cafe atmosphere; booths and comfy chairs, etc. Plus, they have a bar, so it's the best of both worlds! The staff was so friendly, it was an overall great experience!
Favorite Dish: Cosi bread sandwich and a cappuchino...yummmm!
(PS--I did find this semi-expensive; ie, more than McDonald's:) But it was Chicago after all, so prices are probably cheaper in smaller towns.)
Mount Everest: Mount Everest
The service is among the best in Evanston and stands high above the service in the Indian restaurants that line Devon Avenue in Chicago.
Favorite Dish: The Lamb Vindaloo is great; Khasi Ko Maasu (Spelling?)is a great goat stew. Everything at this restaurant is good.
One of my favorite restaurants...
One of my favorite restaurants is (1)Jessica's in Roscoe. They have a large variety of fresh baked breads and pasteries. (2) The Imperial Palace is the best Chinese restaurant that I have been to in Illinois. They have one in Rockford, Roscoe, and South Beloit.
(1) great service, great food, great prices
(2) great food, good prices, great atmosphere
Favorite Dish: (1) My all time favorite has to be the homemade soups. They come with bread and butter. I also like the Honey Mustard Chicken.(2) My favorite things from Imperial Palace are the Crab Rangoon, Beef Teriaki, Sesame Chicken, Mongolian Beef. Other things that I have tried have also been good.
Ugh, I don't remember the name...
Ugh, I don't remember the name of this place, but in Peoria, IL, on the riverfront, there are a bunch of places to eat. One of these places is a converted train depot. Find the depot and go in. The food was good and the decor was really nice, but casual.
Very upscale, nice restaurant, that serves a some French cuisine. Apparently this is like a 4-star restaurant, and touted as some of the best French dining in Chicagoland. The restaurant is in a nice, converted historic building, but the dining area is designed with a sort of chic/noveau look with track lighting. Anyway, the food and service was great, and I reccommend this place if you can afford it! (someone took me out to this :]) Also next door to this is the Lockport Canal Museum, another nationally recognized historic building.
Franks,pizza. Home of the best...
Franks,pizza. Home of the best pizza anywhere, & the largest Italian beef sandwiches anywhere. Anyone that has ever been to it can tell ya they will go back. Silvis Is home to Hero Street, Mexican herritage & great food of the same. Icecream palace,downtown. Good stuff buddy.Chineese,Midwest steaks, You like to eat? I do. If You ever get to Silvis, U got to eat at Franks Im tellin ya.
Casual attire & big apatite is all you have to know.
Favorite Dish: I have two favorites From Franks, There pizza, & those Beef sandwiches I was tellin ya about.If you like the real mcCoy in Italian sandwiches, They got em. Broasted Chicken that eats like a turkey there so big. Im gettin hungry here & Im 200 miles from home. Bummer.
Mia Franicesca: Mia Franicesca
It is a little bit expensive, but then again, the food is so great no one seems to care about the price. The atmosphere is very nice and the interior design is very Italian.
Favorite Dish: Their homemade spinach ravioli is heavenly
All of Nauvoo was a very funny...
All of Nauvoo was a very funny very different place..... (check 'Warnings and Dangers' tip, ROLF) Take for instance, this Ice Cream Shop.... it just cracked me up completely!!!!!! Mrs. Ippy's Ice Cream.... cute! very original! hehehe
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