Saturday November 18th 2017

‘Restaurant Reviews’ Archives

“Ambrosio Brings Ambrosia to Albany Park”

“Ambrosio Brings Ambrosia to Albany Park”

Highly Recommended ***** If you grew up in Chicago, Lawrence Avenue near  Kimball (the end of the “Brown Line”) was not known for culinary excellence. Yes, Cooper and Cooper was there and many delis got their start on Lawrence Avenue, but, as the area changed [Read More]

Willow Rm. something different on Halsted

Willow Rm. something different on Halsted

Halsted and North Avenues are the gateway to the near north “theater scene” leading to the Steppenwolf complex of theaters and of course, The Royal George Complex, and along the way, many different types of dining experiences await us. Middle-East and Italian [Read More]

“King Shabu Shabu”

“King Shabu Shabu”

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. The term is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot and served with dipping sauces. Wikipedia . This is the [Read More]

Kona Grill, a national chain with the feeling of a local dining spot

Kona Grill, a national chain with the feeling of a local dining spot

I have driven down Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire many times, and yet, have never ventured in to the plaza at Aptakisic and Milwaukee where several dining spots are located. Tonight, as requested by several readers, we went to the Kona Grill, an Asian-American restaurant [Read More]

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

Driving along Montrose Avenue, one sees many types of signage along the way. If you start at the Lake, heading west, you will see many ethnic signs (mostly Spanish) and then, when you hit Western Avenue, you begin to see one of Chicago’s truly changing areas. Yes, you [Read More]

Whatever became of “the Fatman” in Lake Bluff? Want to bet?

Whatever became of “the Fatman” in Lake Bluff? Want to bet?

Recommended *** Driving to Lamb’s Farm in Libertyville or just to the “toll-Road”, or for you Harley fans on Route 176, you always saw the “Fatman” sign. A bowling center that is now just a memory. What happens to a building that housed 16 [Read More]

La Scarola- “real” Italian dining

La Scarola- “real” Italian dining

For year, I have driven down Grand Avenue, near Milwaukee Avenue/Halsted and never noticed that there was a restaurant near the corner of Grand and the other streets- 721 to be exact. The restaurant is named La Scarola and has been there for over 20 years. Amazing! How [Read More]

EscapeHouse/SafeHouse- Chicago Style

EscapeHouse/SafeHouse- Chicago Style

What a night! We had heard about the “EscapeRoom” adventures, several times, and decided it was time to test our skills. The Original Safe House from Milwaukee (circa 1966) has made the trek to Chicago for more adventure, adding the EscapeRoom as well. They [Read More]

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille- Oak Brook

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille- Oak Brook

When we check out a dining spot, our normal system is to have four people, allowing us to order several differnet appetizers, entrees and sides (as well as desserts). That has been our modus operandi for years. Tonight, we were asked to come to Oakbrook Center to a Texas [Read More]

“Hoots” Hooters for the family

“Hoots” Hooters for the family

I have only been to Hooters once. It was with a group of guys who were in town and only wanted to taste the wings, while enjoying the view. I love a good “wing”. Years ago, my son worked at a place in Mundelein that was known for Buffalo Wings, and every night [Read More]

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“The Book of Will”

“The Book of Will”

Another Midwest premiere at Northlight! This one will have special meaning for the Shakespeare lovers out there. The [Read More]

“Crystal” Cirque Du Soleil

“Crystal” Cirque Du Soleil

While Cirque Du Soleil should be classified as “performance Art” as it is in fact, not a play, musical or [Read More]

“Lizzie”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“Lizzie” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

Firebrand Theatre, with its inaugural production of “Lizzie,” has put an indelible stamp on the local [Read More]

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

Highly Recommended **** With the great success of Abba and their “Mama Mia”, it was obvious that taking a [Read More]

“Woman of the Year”  revisited

“Woman of the Year” revisited

Highly Recommended ***** I love the concept that Porchlight  Musical Theatre has developed. They call it Porchlight [Read More]

“The Belle of Amherst”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“The Belle of Amherst” reviewed by Michael Horn

  Highly Recommended  ***** The Court Theatre continues its 63rd season with “The Belle of Amherst” by William [Read More]

” Fade”

” Fade”

Attending Tanya  Saracho’s latest play, “Fade”, made me think of an old Woody Allen story. Seems [Read More]