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Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 600-4814

The Eastman Egg Company  

Category: Food Trucks
Neighborhood: The Loop

1.0 star rating
I ordered the Fairfax sandwich and was told it would be ready in 7-10 minutes. 20 minutes later I had a flavorless sandwich served on a heavy, bready, tasteless roll. I pitched it after three bites as it wasn't worth finishing. A complete waste of time and money. Eastman owes me $7.
300 N Lasalle
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-1800

Chicago Cut Steakhouse  

Category: Steakhouses
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, River North

4.0 star rating
I went for an early lunch on a weekday. At 11:55 it was nearly empty and by 12:05 it was jam packed. It was unreal how quickly it got crowded.

I had the crab and avocado appetizer and the sesame encrusted tuna entree. Both were great. Service was knowledgeable and attentive. The view was very nice.

This is not my usual scene. I don't eat beef and businesspeople in suits trying to impress others by talking loudly stress me out. I'm shocked that I enjoyed myself. If I go back to Chicago Cut, it will be to sit on the patio on a nice evening, enjoying some drinks, oysters and maybe the fish tacos.

Highly recommended for business lunches.
955 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-0707

La Colombe  

Category: Coffee & Tea
Neighborhoods: Near West Side, West Loop

3.0 star rating
The coffee here is quite good, but the staff is generally unpleasant. I'm not looking to make friends with the staff, but is a "hi" or a smile out of line?

The atmosphere at Morgan Street Cafe and Little Goat Bread is much better and the coffee is just as good as La Colombe's. I'd skip this location of Colombe in favor of those nearby spots.

For the record, the Colombe location on Damen has the same great coffee but trades pretentious lames for much cooler and nicer baristas.
825 W Fulton Market St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 445-8977

Publican Quality Meats  

Categories: Butcher, Delis, Caterers
Neighborhoods: Fulton Market, Near West Side, West Loop

5.0 star rating
This is a non-traditional review of PQM, as I'm only talking about the cookies. I hate cookies, but I love the cookies at this place.  A while back, I was surprised to see that PQM made its own cookies, so I picked up a few not really expecting much. They were awesome. PQM is seriously the only place I'll buy cookies. The oatmeal sandwich and cowboy cookies are my favorites.
44 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 521-8701


Category: Italian
Neighborhood: Near North Side

3.0 star rating
Given Mario Batali's involvement and the Michelin star earned by its sister restaurant Babbo, I had high expectations for Baffo. Unfortunately, Baffo fell quite short. While not bad, the Baffo experience is a poor value and I would not return. Baffo's closest comparison in the area is Cafe Spiaggia. They share similar price points, but Cafe Spiaggia is superior.

The room is well decorated, but the atmosphere needs immediate improvement. The soundtrack was 90s wuss rock (Hootie, Spin Doctors, etc). It became a bad joke as the night went on. Also, the lights are way too bright. Candles are on the tables, but are totally unnecessary as they are overpowered by the ceiling lights. Are there no dimmer switches in Baffo?

The food was generally good, but inconsistent. We had the charred octopus, which we liked until about halfway through-- which is when we became overpowered by its saltiness. The chestnut crepe was a solid appetizer and one that I would recommend. The special pasta was bucatini with scallops, which was good but not particularly "special." Highlight of the night was a squid ink fettucine with lobster, which I would rate among the best pasta I've ever had. Seriously, this is a must-get standout dish. We shared the "Sicilian life guard style" calamari, which was just OK. The gelati were great. Baffo's cocktails are pricey, but very good. In particular, the Rosemarino and La Tempesta cocktails are highly recommended.

Service was generally fine, but not what I'd expect of a place of this caliber (or at least what Baffo aspires to). Our waiter was nice, but seemed hazy on the descriptions of some dishes. We barely put a dent in the calamari (too full) and one of the runners asked if we wanted it wrapped. We said "yes" and that was the last was saw of the calamari and the runner.

At Baffo's price point, I expect a lot more. Maybe this place will improve over time, but in the meantime, I cannot recommend this place. Also, Baffo should work to distance itself from Babbo. Babbo has achieved near-legendary status, which sets a level of expectations that Baffo is nowhere close to meeting.
1916 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-1414

West Town Bakery & Diner  

Categories: Diners, Bakeries
Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village

2.0 star rating
These donuts are not good.

I just bought a vanilla glazed donut and couldn't make it through the whole thing. Glazed donuts should be light and fluffy but this was very dense. It was more like fried bread with icing than a donut. I previously tried a chocolate glazed from West Town and equally despised it, although it was late in the day and I chalked it up to being less than fresh. I think this place just doesn't know how to make donuts well.

This should merit 1 star, but I gave the donuts from West Town's predecessor (Bleeding Heart) 1 star. BH's donuts were easily the worst I've ever had. These are better, but edging out the dumpster fire of donuts is hardly an achievement. 2 stars for not being a complete disgrace? OK.

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3129 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 254-6300


Categories: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Bridgeport

3.0 star rating
Carry-out from Zaytune is a frustrating experience. My last 2 orders have missed key items. Of course, I didn't notice it until I get home and unpack everything. This isn't the kind of food where you can simply peek into the bag and see what's there. The food is 4 stars good but they simply cannot be trusted to get your order right.
1301 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-2400

Cardinal Fitness  

Category: Gyms
Neighborhoods: Near West Side, West Loop

3.0 star rating
You get what you pay for. The monthly fees are very low and there is enough equipment to get or stay fit. This is not a high-tech club with the latest gear, or a studio with classes. If you're looking for any of that, you might want to look elsewhere. Cardinal has a low knucklehead factor. I go in the mornings during the week and usually see the same groups of respectful people. Nice staff. I knocked off one star because some of the cardio equipment should be updated; otherwise, this place is totally fine.
938 W Webster
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 789-4600


Categories: Pizza, Gluten-Free, Sports Bars
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, DePaul

2.0 star rating
Apparently "Oregon-style pizza" means "mediocre pizza in a sports bar." The pizza here isn't bad, but it's definitely not good. Pizza is the focus here, but it's no better than pizza you get at any other bar. Jak's Tap comes to mind as a good comparison. If you have any standards when it comes to pizza, Homeslice is not for you.

I'm wondering if people are confusing the good times they have here with eating good food. The layout is nice and there are a million TVs. The crowd is young and there were large groups watching football. if your main interest is watching a game and having some beers, with the food being somewhat incidental, this place is probably fine.

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212 E Ohio
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 664-0212

Tre Soldi  

Category: Italian
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, River East

2.0 star rating
The pizza is not bad but it is definitely not good. Tre Soldi's pizza is billed as Roman style. I've had pizza all over Italy, including Rome, and this pizza was not evocative of anything I had in Lazio. If anything, it reminded me of Flour & Stone a few blocks away (which is not a compliment).  We shared the margherita and verdure pizzas and were not excited to finish either of them. This place is overpriced relative to the quality.

If you're in the area and want pizza, I'd try Bar Toma before Tre Soldi. Toma's pizza is average at best but is superior to this. Tre Soldi has a nice patio and a bar, so I'd consider coming back for a glass of wine and some pasta but certainly not the pizza.


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