• 832 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    2.0 star rating
    10/18/2015 Updated review

    Stopped by their BomboBar window for coffee and donuts and was disappointed. The cappuccino was fine but a step below what you can get from the neighboring La Colombe or Little Goat. This place makes bomboloni, which are small, yeast donuts stuffed with different fillings. There was so much sugar on these things that everything just tasted sweet. I couldn't even finish one.

    3.0 star rating
    8/10/2015 Previous review
    Review is for atmosphere only as I made a U-turn once I saw what I was about to get myself into.… Read more
  • 2018 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    2.0 star rating

    I don't get these rave reviews. Whisk is very average. I had the crab cakes which were ice cold (and uneaten). My wife had the Mexican scramble which she described as "fine." My son's banana berry pancakes were OK but very sweet. On the positive side, my friend had David's Special (shrimp, bacon and cheese grits) which everyone at the table liked and the house potatoes were solid. Service was generally fine, although when we asked for one fork the busboy gave us a bundle of supplies and asked us to re-stock a table caddy which was 5 feet from our table with flatware and napkins. There is often a line at Whisk. Not that I would return, but I wouldn't wait 2 minutes here-- especially since there are much better options nearby (Flo probably topping the list).

    Comment from Andrew F. of WHISK
    Business Owner
    9/6/2015 We are sorry to hear about this but Glad you can still support our good friends at Flo
  • 3.0 star rating

    Overall, this place is really hit or miss and not a good value. The sandwiches range from poor to good. Most recently, I had a tuna and pepper sandwich which was mostly tartar sauce and bread- a total failure. I previously had the eggplant parmesan sandwich, which was good. It's much heavier than what I usually eat, so I just don't see myself getting that sandwich with any regularity. Their sides are abysmal. We've had the beets and mozzarella, arugula pesto pasta, and charred broccoli and didn't like any of them. If you get a sandwich and a side, the total is around $15 which really feels excessive given the quality.

    Nonna's recently started selling house made ice cream. The Nutella crunch and vanilla flavors were really good; the pistachio and caramel were not quite at Whole Foods level (but pricier). We got a slice of their chocolate cake and it was truly delicious, but a bit on the small side.

    Nonna's is actually the only thing stopping me from going to the main restaurant Formento's. If they have issues making cheap food like sandwiches consistently good, what am I going to get over there? I'm not sure how this will end up for Nonna's since it's flanked by superior sandwich options. Among others, PQM (the city's best sandwich) is within walking distance and Graziano's (top-shelf Italian classics) is barely a block away. I'd go to either of those places before going back to Nonna's.

  • $$ Pizza
    108 N Green St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    1.0 star rating
    Listed in LD's Pizza Reviews

    A pizza parlor / sports bar has a dress code?! LOL! Oh man, the pretentiousness and (misplaced) arrogance of this place is astounding. ATTENTION PARLOR: When you have a million TVs you lose your moral authority to tell anyone anything. Now please excuse me while I put on my tuxedo to get a beef sandwich from Al's...

    On a side note, between this place pretending to be upscale and the faux fancy Bar Siena's doorman with a clipboard and velvet ropes, I have no idea what the hell is going on in this neighborhood anymore.

  • $$ Pizza
    445 W Lake St
    Addison, IL 60101
    3.0 star rating
    Listed in LD's Pizza Reviews

    This place is OK but not in the same league as Chicagoland's other Neapolitan pizzerias. We ate at Spacca Napoli the night before, so we had an immediate basis for comparison. These pizzas should have a char on the crust, but one side of each of our pizzas was simply burned. Limited and uninteresting beer and wine selection. Pricing was fair.

  • 953 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    2.0 star rating

    Take my review with a grain of salt because I didn't get the chicken, but I don't understand the appeal of this place. You order at a counter and then have to get your own drinks, silverware and sauces. I was immediately reminded of Fuddruckers (not a positive). This is a fast food restaurant on the order of Panera. I don't understand these reviews raving about the service since there really isn't any. I had the veggie burger, which was the same lame veggie burger you get frozen at any supermarket. Look, I understand that this isn't a vegetarian restaurant, but if you're going to offer a vegetarian entree at least TRY.

  • 955 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    4.0 star rating
    5/11/2015 Updated review

    Great coffee. Greatly improved staff.

    3.0 star rating
    4/12/2014 Previous review
    The coffee here is quite good, but the staff is generally unpleasant. I'm not looking to make… Read more
  • 823 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    3.0 star rating

    I previously wrote a negative review about my recent experience at Sushi Dokku. In sum, the restaurant was out of things we ordered, we were rushed through dinner by our server, and we were not enthusiastic about the food quality. Given the number of gaffes, I felt like the restaurant didn't have much respect for its customers. To my surprise, the owner of the restaurant reached out to me right away to try to make things right. She was genuinely concerned about our experience and, based on her response, I'd be willing to give Dokku another shot.

    Comment from Susan T. of Sushi Dokku
    Business Owner
    5/10/2015 Thank you for your honest review. You have brought attention to our service that will be addressed… Read more
  • $ Delis
    761 N Water St
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    2.0 star rating

    Call off the search for the world's worst sandwich! The fresh mozzarella sandwich at Milwaukee Waterfront Deli is the winner by a mile.

    In all seriousness, mozzarella and mayo on rye bread is possibly the worst combination ever. I had the misfortune of getting this sandwich when my office ordered in for lunch. Having eaten at least 200 mozzarella sandwiches in my lifetime, when asked if I wanted one from the Waterfront Deli, it never occurred to me that this version might include rye bread and mayonnaise. It's as ridiculous of a combination as a roast beef sandwich served with bbq sauce in a tortilla. Like putting an elevator in an outhouse, some things just don't belong.

  • 6920 N Mannheim Rd
    Rosemont, IL 60018
    1.0 star rating

    Allstate Arena takes price gouging to a new low. Wanted to split a bottle of water with my son, so I asked for a cup along with my $6 Aquafina. The woman behind the counter gladly handed me one. The cashier tried to charge me $5.75 for the empty cup, explaining that this an "an inventory issue" (whatever that means). This was not a keepsake, commemorative cup. It was a plain, small plastic cup. By this point, my son's fingers had been all over and inside the cup. I declined to pay for the cup, so it was simply thrown away. I guess they're not that concerned about their inventory after all. I hate this place.

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