• 180 N Stetson Ave, Ste Cl11
    Chicago, IL 60610
    2.0 star rating

    I work in the building and ran down to Snarf's to get something quick. The joke was on me as Snarf's does not do quick. Snarf's sole gear is slow motion. I was the only person in line and yet it took 5 minutes just to place my order for a single sandwich. Total transaction time was about 15 minutes, most of which involved the employees talking about my sandwich instead of simply making it. I spent most of that time wondering if Snarf's shares a hiring pool with the Post Office. In the time it took them to make one sandwich, I could have made and cooked a pizza and opened a bottle of wine.

    Waiting is fine if you're getting something good but, at best, Snarf's is replacement level food with higher than average prices. There are tons of places that make mediocre food fast for less money. I have to imagine that much of Snarf's business is driven by being just one of two sandwich places in the building. Certainly nobody would come here for service or quality.

  • 180 N Stetson Ave
    Chicago, IL 60601
    2.0 star rating
    12/16/2015 Updated review

    Service has declined significantly. I always feel like I'm bothering or interrupting the employees to place my order. Actually, I used to feel that way as I no longer patronize Rom. Too many options nearby to endure lousy service.

    Maybe this is a coffee nerd thing, but these people also need to learn how to make a cappuccino. The recipe is essentially 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam. Rom's recipe is espresso plus as much milk as necessary to fill the cup.

    Competent management is sorely needed as I used to really like Rom and now I pretty much hate it.

    5.0 star rating
    2/3/2010 Previous review
    I work near RoM and it is my go-to spot for sandwiches, coffees and sweets.  The staff is very… Read more
  • 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 West 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

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