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Kim is on vacation this week. In lieu of a review, she's asking for suggestions of restaurants she should visit for "Fork it Over." What restaurant, snack shop or café would you like to see reviewed?

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Qwert / August 9, 2004 7:21 AM

Elia's Mexican Restaurant on Kedzie around 53rd. Four of us ate there and had the best family-style Mexican food the south side offers...and the bill was only 12 bucks. We felt that such a terrific and practically free meal deserved a tip equal to the check.

Ann / August 9, 2004 8:50 AM

Friendship Chinese on Milwaukee in Logan Square doesn't get enough attention, considering how rare it is to get good Chinese outside of Chinatown.

Paula / August 9, 2004 9:42 AM

Try West Town Tavern - excellent upscale homestyle food at reasonable prices with a fantastic winelist with many unique options.

Mike / August 9, 2004 10:30 AM

Charley Thai Place on 3200 w. Armitage (nearest to Kedzie). Really good Thai food and the lady who takes the orders there is always smiling and laughing.

robin.. / August 9, 2004 1:54 PM

okay. i am about to be that person who spells something non-anglo phoenetically:

schez-wahn garden(?)/palace(?) on broadway north of diversey, on the east side of the street next to the former panaderia. AWESOME food for not much money and MANY vegetarian / faux-meat options. i [heart] them. my new chinese food destination when, like ann, i am not in chinatown.

Andrew / August 9, 2004 2:51 PM

Robin, could that place be Vegetarian Garden? Kim reviewed it a few months back.

robin.. / August 9, 2004 3:17 PM

oh my yes. mea culpa.

Naz / August 9, 2004 3:24 PM

Szcehuan Garden is good - haven't been in a while though.

My suggestions: Alice and Friends, Soul Vegetarian, Ethio Cafe, Matsuya, Tiffin, a Pho place in Chinatown or Argyle, Milk and Honey or any brunch type place (maybe a brunch roundup?).

Katie / August 9, 2004 4:18 PM

Mmm, yes Alice and Friends! This morning I was craving some of their Korean BBQ.

M. Henry is yummy for brunch food!

And for Thai, I'd suggest Roong Petch in Ravenswood or their sister branch Roong in Wicker Park. I love the Roong Petch salad!!

Kris / August 9, 2004 5:00 PM

I'm afraid to tell anyone about it, but La Tavernetta on Broadway (below Monsignor Murphy's) has some of the best Italian I've ever had, not to mention the friendliest owners. If I could eat the veal saltimbocca with polenta every day, I'd die happy. I'd die soon, and clogged of the arteries, but happy.

salty / August 9, 2004 9:33 PM

I went to "Asian Wokki" this weekend, a counter service restaurant on Fullerton just west of Lincoln. (around the corner from the McD's)

It seemed brand new -- but I haven't been 'round there in awhile. The chow fun that I got really hit the spot. Plus it was cheap. And I was able to order it w/ a veggie sauce.

I'd like to hear about other dishes there.

paul / August 9, 2004 10:25 PM

Although I'd like to see my favorite places get some press, I'd rather see a review or recommendation of places I'd be hesitant to enter for whatever reason. Which Pho place on Argyle has the most exotic meat? Which scary looking South American restaurant on Lincoln is the best? Is LeLan, the new power food duo's restaurant on Clark worth forking over a fortune for their food?

Roxabunch / August 11, 2004 9:20 AM

Noon-o Kabab, best dang Persian food anywhere ever

blahdaby / August 11, 2004 3:28 PM

The new, chichi bakery called Vanille...I'm not sure where it is.

Dan / August 12, 2004 10:54 AM

I would highly recommend Tecolitlhan on Chicago Avenue (not the Hacienda one on Ashland). It's still a bit of a hidden gem in that it has stellar mid-scale Mexican food, and is open at late on the weekends. Arguably the best late night Mexican in the city.

Bliss / August 13, 2004 2:39 PM

I'd like to see Pho places on Argyle reviewed ... I'm a pretty adventurous foodie, and am still intimidated by that stretch. Plus, Argyle could use the word-of-mouth boost.

Teddy / August 17, 2004 12:08 PM

Topo Gigio...great meals, better dessert


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