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Get a taste of the Taste of Randolph Street in the West Loop this weekend!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on June 18, 2009

For those of you who aren’t too farmiliar with the West Loop restaurant scene, Randolph Street, centered around Randolph Street and Peoria Street.  Restaurants range from upscale sushi to low country bbq so no matter what, you’ll find something.

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This weekend, from June 19th – June 21st, is the 12th annual Taste of Randolph Street.  The Taste of Randolph Street is a neighborhood festival showcasing local restaurants as well as different crafts, food demonstrations, and some fun bands to liven it up even more.  Examples of participating restaurants include Market Bar, Veerasway, Izumi Sushi, De Cero Taqueria, and more.  Suggested donation is $10.00 and check out the hours and the band lineup below as well.

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Friday, June 19th – 5pm – 11pm — Saturday, June 20th – 2pm – 11pm — Sunday, June 21st, 2pm – 10pm.

5:30 p.m.: Miles Nielsen
7 p.m.: These United States
8:30 p.m.: Dr. Dog3 p.m.: Dan and Leland
4:15 p.m.: Ultra Sonic Edukators
5:30 p.m.: Posies
7:15 p.m.: Urge Overkill
9 p.m.: Tinted Windows2 p.m.: Baby Loves Disco
4:15 p.m.: Old Fake
5:30 p.m.: Regal Standard
6:45 p.m.: The Ladies & Gentlemen
8 p.m.: The Hold Steady



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Handmade calzones at Rizzata’s in River North! (4/5 Stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on June 5, 2009

About a week ago, my sister FINALLY decided to make the move to Chicago and the day before she was to move my mom, sister, and a couple friends went out to dinner for some calzones at Rizzata’s.  I found Rizzata’s while looking for restaurants that were inexpensive and to tell you the truth, it was pretty difficult.  But as soon as I saw the word calzones, I knew where we were going.  Rizzata’s has everything from pizza, salads, tiramisu,  bbq chicken, and even plenty of vegetarian options…all for a great price.

The order:  I created my own calzone with sausage, green peppers, and mozzarela cheese ($6.49).  My mom and sister split a large caesar salad ($5.50) and a vegetarian calzone which had mushrooms, onions, green peppers, mozzarella cheese, and for a bit extra, they added sausage ($6.49).  Andrea and Steven shared the vegetarian calzone but added Canadian bacon ($6.49) and also split a large chef’s salad ($6.45).

Rizzata’s is located at 300 W. Grand Avenue in Chicago’s River North neighborhood so if you’re ever in the mood for some really good, handmade Italian food, stop in or give them a call at 312-832-1051…they deliver seven days a week.  I’ll definitely pay another visit, but next time I’ll try something different because I’m sure it’ll be good.



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Paramount Room for Kobe beef burgers and a pint! Awesome place to go. (4.5/5 Stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on May 13, 2009

On Saturday night, My sister and our two friends came to Chicago to go see Sixteen Candles at the Cubby Bear.  BUT before we went out to the bar, we had to fill up on some good food so we went to Paramount Room for some $10 Kobe burgers and a pint. 

All four of us ordered the Kobe burgers which come standard with lettuce, tomato and onions.  For an extra $2 you can get french fries and a garlic aioli sauce for dipping which I highly recommend because the aioli is delicious on both the fries and burger.  The burgers were delicious and the fries were some of the best I’ve had in years so I am definitely going to go back to Paramount Room in the near future.  Our server was quick and attentive but you could tell she was bored as hell. 


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Iguana Cafe…with an actual Iguana…(3.5/5 Stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on May 7, 2009

After a big work event, we realized there was no leftover food for us so a bunch of my coworkers and I drove over to Iguana Cafe, located at 517-19 N. Halsted Street, in the Fulton River District.  Now, I have gone by Iguana Cafe a ton of times but this was the first time I’ve actually gone inside.  The restaurant/lounge/internet cafe/other uses has a big open feel to it with plenty of seating and as soon as you walk in, you’re greeted with a refrigeration case full of different cakes.  We were immediately sat and our waitress was very nice and attentive.

I ordered the Italian sandwich which is made with prosciutto ham, provolone, tomatoes, green peppers, oregano and olive oil served on Italian bread with a side of potato salad ($6.00).  Oh, and I also ordered a huge slice of chocolate chip cheesecake ($4.00).  The sandwich was delicious but being an always hungry guy, I wished it was bigger and had more of everything on the sandwich.

Jon ordered the chicken pesto sandwich, I believe Michal ordered the Greek sandwich, Zev ordered one of Iguana Cafe’s crepes, and Mary ordered the smoked salmon sandwich.  All sandwiches were basically around the same price as mine and everyone liked them.  Iguana Cafe also serves alcohol which is great with the food and they have great hours too.  The earliest Iguana Cafe opens up is 7am and they are even open till 2am on certain days of the week.  Check out Iguana Cafe’s website for a full menu and a list of their hours.


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TACO PALACIO in Pilsen. I love this place! (4/5 Stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on May 3, 2009

Taco Palacio, located at 1700 S. Halsted Street in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, is my favorite place to go when I forget to bring my lunch to work.  When you walk into Taco Palacio, you can either take an immediate right where you’ll find the kitchen and a bar with only five stools, or you can go straight back to a pool hall that is usually filled with local Pilsenites drinking Coronas at lunchtime.  If you go to the right, you are immediately greeted by the sweetest lady who cooks some amazing, no frills Mexican food.  The kitchen is at most 12×12 and she cooks right in front of you.  The experience alone is so fun and you don’t HAVE to speak Spanish but it would probably make it easier.

Each time I paid a visit to Taco Palacio, I’ve ordered the steak burrito ($4.50) and a steak taco ($1.50).  It’s topped with onions, tomatos, lettuce, cheese, and some hot sauce is optional but the simplicity makes the food so good.  The food can be greasy and the meat is by no means fillet mignon but that’s all part of the experience and for the price, this food is really good and the food will fill you up too.  Click here to check out the menu!

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Fado Irish Pub in River North. Beer time! (5/5 stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on April 30, 2009

Before our random visit to Molly’s Cupcakes, James, Melody, Anna, and I went for a LATE dinner at Fado Irish Pub, located at 100 W. Grand Avenue, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  Now, the reason for my all caps lock LATE is because we went at around 8pm at no fault of my own…Melody…so all of our appetites were ready for some good food and beer.  To me, Fado Irish Pub is decorated like a medieval log cabin, perhaps an Irish medieval log cabin with basically every surface covered in wood.  Our waitress was speedy, attentive without being too attentive, and very nice.  Thinking back now, the food at Fado Irish Pub was some of the best pub food I’ve had in Chicago!

I ordered the corned beef reuben sandwich which was served on rye bread with cole slaw and fries on the side.  I also ordered a Guinness and a Boddingtons.  Not sure of prices, it was too good to pay attention.

Melody ordered the fish and chips which are lightly battered haddock with thick cut chips, tartar sauce, and homemade coleslaw.  To polish off the meal and unless I’m mistaken, Melody ordered a Strongbow Cider.  Melody and Anna say Fado Irish Pub’s fish and chips are the closest to the real thing that they had while in Ireland.  Impressive.

Anna ordered the chicken cheesesteak which is tender chicken, mushrooms, and carmelized onions with American cheese on a hoagie roll.  The sandwich is served with Fado’sown boxty straws which compare to Steak n’ Shake’s french fries.  She also ordered a Strongbow Cider to top if off…correct me if I’m wrong Anna,  Now, Anna was going to order the fish and chips but got self conscious about ordering the exact same thing as Melody.  Lame.

James ordered the old fashioned cheesesteak which is steak, mushrooms, and carmelized onions with American cheese on a hoagie roll.  His sandwich was also served with boxty straws.  No beer for James though.



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Easter brunch buffet at LUXBAR (2.5/5 stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on April 13, 2009

My friend Brian and I didn’t have plans for Easter Sunday so we decided to go out for brunch…because that’s what you eat on Easter right?  LUXBAR, located at 18 E. Bellevue Place in the “Viagra Triangle”, always has a weekend brunch buffet on the second level for only $15.  But because this was Easter, LUXBAR had an expanded buffet for $24.50. 

Brian and I each had a custom made egg white omelet, and had multiple rounds of french toast, bacon, sausage, waffles, assorted fruits, pastries, hashbrowns, and more.  The service was just ok and we at so much that we were full to discomfort in the end…why do I always do that to myself???


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Firkin & Pheasant’s new Lakeview location (3/5 stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on April 6, 2009

I had two friends visiting from Moline for the Chicago Auto Show which just so happened to land on Valentines Day.  So what do single guys do for Valentines Day?  Well besides going to a bar and drinking, we have to eat first.  Firkin & Pheasant, located at 670 W. Diversey Parkway, had just opened their doors and after walking by the restaurant at least twice a day, and seeing that they have constant food and drink specials, I figured it was time to go in.  Even though Firkin & Pheasant was busy, my friends and I were immediately showed to a nice, big booth.  The hostesses and our waitress were all extremely nice and attentive, and our food and drinks came out after no time at all.  Thanks to Firkin & Pheasant’s website for their pictures and food information!

I ordered the Firkin Angus Burger which had jack cheese, bacon, and bourbon chipotle onions ($10.95).  Fries came with the burger, and as basic as they were, they were still really good.  The price was almost more than I would be willing to spend for a burger and fries, however.

Tyler ordered the chicken pot pie which had pulled chicken and vegetables in a rich gravy ($10.25).  For some reason, the cooks left a paper doily under the wet vegetables so Tyler kept picking the paper out of his mouth.  Pretty gross, but overall, Tyler said his meal was good.

Bill ordered the cottage pie which had simmered ground beef, peas, and carrots which is then topped with mashed potatoes and served with vegetables ($9.95).



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Forno Diablo = fire oven? Eh, I have no idea. (3/5 stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on April 5, 2009

Forno Diablo is located at 433 W Diversey Parkway.  The restaurant has a great outdoor eating area for the Chicago summers, and inside, the restaurant has plenty of tables and a row of oversized booths along the side wall.  The atmosphere inside the restaurant is, dare I say, pretty sexy.  Forno Diablo is decorated with deep reds everywhere, the tables and booths are a rich, dark color, and the lights are always low….but not so low that you can’t see where the bathroom is. 

I’ve gone to Forno Diablo twice now, once with friends, and the other time with my mom and sister.  When you sit down at your table, you are given complimentary parmesan cheese, olive oil, and bread to keep you occupied until your food comes out.  For my first visit, I ordered their margherita pizza then switched to their pancetta and arugula pizza for my second visit.  The pizzas came out with delicious toppings and a perfectly cooked, thin crust each time.  I even had enough for leftovers the next day.  Service was great for my first visit but for my second visit, the service was so terrible that it HAD to have been a fluke.  Our waitress was horrible to the point where we didn’t even leave a single penny as a tip.  I can’t remember the exact prices but Forno Diablo is definitely affordable.



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Ken Tones Drive-In in Pilsen (4.5/5 stars)

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on April 3, 2009

So a few weeks ago, on the recommendation of my co-worker, I paid a visit to Ken Tones Drive-In.  They’re located at 551 W. 18th Street, at the intersection of 18th and Canalport, and this diner is always swarming with regulars.  I was told Ken Tones does, well…everything right, from breakfast to lunch.  Ken Tones Drive-In is open between 6AM – 5PM Monday through Friday and 6AM – 4PM on Saturdays which gives you plenty of time to visit.

I ordered:  2 hot dogs and fries ($2.25 each) and a small beef and vegetable soup ($2.35).  The owner told me their soups are homemade every morning and it tasted every bit like homemade soup…kudos to you Ken Tones.  I also have to admit that, even though I’ve lived in Chicago for about two years, I have never had a legitimate Chicago style hot dog.  I’ve been a devoted ketchup fan since I can remember but these hot dogs didn’t need an ounce of that “red stuff.”




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