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Wow, could their soups have any more sodium? Just returned from lunch and am gulping water by the gallon. If I die from hypertension, let the record reflect that Pret A Manger killed me.C'mon son, a 5 star review for Pret? Look up "average" in the dictionary and see a picture of Pret A… Read more
Tanoshii is one of Chicago's worst sushi restaurants. Taking price into account, it is easily the worst. From service to food, it is a total failure. If you like sushi, you will hate this place. AVOID.
The room has a suburban hotel restaurant feel to it- not particularly cool or inviting. The place was maybe half full at 8pm on a Saturday. There is absolutely no energy or excitement in this place. The main dining room has large windows all along the highway exit ramp. This may be one of the most unfortunate restaurant locations/layouts in the entire city.
We were seated for 40 minutes before we got our drinks and it took forever to place our food order.
This place prides itself on omakase but apparently has no idea what that is. Our version included 2 appetizers we selected ourselves plus 3 mediocre rolls which our server consistently described as "best sellers." If something is "specially created" for us (as all of Tanoshii's marketing materials claim), how can it be a best seller? "Omakase" does not mean "bring me three rolls from the menu." Also, since when is omakase just rolls?
The rolls were all between $20 and $25 (among the highest prices for rolls anywhere in Chicago), which were terrible values given the quality. Each was drenched in sauce-- one so awfully sweet it could be served as a dessert, the others were incredibly salty. The signature "fish and chips" appetizer was so bland so as to be instantly forgettable.
These 4 and 5 stars reviews are truly mind-blowing. Tanoshii is complete garbage. I cannot comprehend how this place is in business. Spend your money at Yuzu or Macku instead. Better yet, go to Whole Foods for sushi, which is an appropriate comparison for Tanoshii's quality, albeit at significantly lower prices.
I had a very mixed experience. The mushroom pho may have been the worst thing I ate in 2014. The broth was earthy and oddly sweet, making for a very unpleasant taste combination. The noodles were gummy and stuck together. I couldn't make it past two bites. The eggplant side was exceptional. It is an absolute must. The kimchi was solid. If you are a vegetarian or pescatarian, I'd suggest you go elsewhere.12/16/2014 Luke,
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TERRIBLE SERVICE. Used the online ordering system and was given a delivery time of 15-25 minutes. The online order tracker indicated that the pizza was completed at 1:05. A half hour later I called to see what was going on. The woman I spoke with said that the pizza was still in the store and wouldn't be delivered for another 30 minutes. Wow, an hour old pizza delivered more than hour after the quoted delivery time. This isn't the first delivery issue I've had with this place. Order here only if you like to have your time wasted.
Defying my own death penalty ban on Flour & Stone, I tried it again and was pleasantly surprised. Most notably, the restaurant wasn't hyping this as Brooklyn style pizza. Instead, they called the pizzas "artisanal." I have no idea what that means as applied to pizza, but it is so ambiguous that it doesn't raise any expectations. That's actually a huge plus as it allowed me to enjoy the pizza on its own merit without having to live up to NYC standards.
My favorite pizza was the margherita, which was a true margherita and not the "shredded cheese + basil" disgrace I had the last time I was here. It was a very noticeable improvement. While still not an amazing pizza, F&S has gone from "I'd rather eat dirt" to "sure, if I'm in the area." To be fair, the rating is closer to a 3.5 and I'd consider bumping it to a 4 if they could build upon the most recent improvements.While not terrible, the pizza is overpriced and completely average. Not sure where the New York /… Read more
Thoroughly mediocre pizza that took a long time to make. I wouldn't go back.
The pizza was generally average, although the crust was awful-- crunchier than French bread with a flavor that was reminiscent of sourdough. Like the Navy Seals, I usually leave no crust behind. Here, we had three plates of uneaten crust which is a serious rarity. It took just over a half hour to get the pizzas, even though the restaurant was maybe at 10% capacity. Not sure why they needed to blast the audio from a college football game in an empty room. Maybe this is a good place for college students who are pretending to be upscale.
The most damning thing I can say about my experience here is that I called in an order at Armitage Pizzeria for a post-Stella Barra pickup. It was a block away, cheaper and infinitely superior.
Spacca Napoli is easily the best Neapolitan pizzeria in Chicago. The owner truly loves pizza and it shows in the food and his demeanor when talking to customers. My favorite is the Regina pizza, which is a margherita pizza topped with arugula and marinated tomatoes. It's a must-get if available as a special. Also, the staff here is always really nice to my son which I appreciate. Only knock on this place is that it's not closer to my home.
More like "Pizza Least." The pizza here was merely mediocre. It had an overabundance of puffy, salted crust on the edges. Easily a third of the pizza was salty crust. That might be OK for someone who loves bread and sodium, but I was here for the pizza. Service was confused, which I chalk up to the place being new. The room was very nice. Given the wealth of superior pizza options in Chicago, there's no reason for me to go back.
I live around the corner but had not been to Karyn's in 4 years as my previous experiences were not particularly memorable. I had a vegetarian friend in town and thought I'd give it another (last?) chance. It's safe to say my latest visit will be my last.
My recent dining experience confirmed my earlier conclusion that Karyn's is just very mediocre. The food quality ranges from above average to below average, service is unpolished and the prices are not cheap relative to the quality. Getting anything from the bar takes forever, even when the restaurant is slow.
I'd rather eat at Native Foods Cafe a few blocks over. It's obviously a different kind of restaurant than Karyn's, but the food quality is generally superior (even if lacking the visual wow factor) and is a much better value.I've been back to Karyn's a few times and thought I should give a quick update. This time, I am… Read moreThe rating is really 3.5 stars. I like Karyn's, but it should be better than it is.
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I do not understand the praise given to Endgrain's donuts. They're more like glazed brioche than real donuts. We ordered three: bourbon vanilla, blueberry glazed and chocolate/peanut butter. The glazes/icings on each were delicious, but these were easily the breadiest donuts I've ever eaten. We didn't come close to finishing any of them.
Maybe people in this area are so starved for donuts that they'll hype anything that comes close. Or maybe people are talking themselves into liking them after paying $3 each. Either way, I wouldn't buy these again.
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