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Random Fri Apr 04 2008

When the Waiting is Not the Hardest Part

Because it's high season on food awards, I was thinking about an achievement that rarely gets its due: restaurants that have the best wait. Rather than standing outside in the cold/heat/rain/snow wondering why you're willing to wait 45 minutes for a table, which restaurants have the best amentities, such as waiting space, food, cool neighboring businesses to browse while killing time? My vote for the best wait is Over Easy, as they give waiting customers a free outdoor coffee station, a wide sidewalk for loitering outside, and I can duck into Ventrella next door to wait out the time. I also walk up the street to Off the Leash to look at dog supplies for Fido. My vote for the worst wait is Sweet Maple Cafe or Mia Francesca's in Lakeview for having no space to stand inside or outside to wait (but the food is worth it for both places).

What's your take on the best restaurant wait? Or the worst?

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Dude / April 4, 2008 1:06 PM

Tiffin on Devon. That little vestibule gives you a great view of the room and the smell is amazing(ly good).

jen / April 4, 2008 3:16 PM

Lula didn't make this list for brunch? Surely this was just an accidental omission.

bobbi / April 4, 2008 3:18 PM

worst wait--m.henry. delicious food, but the smallest waiting area ever. and if you go there with more than 2 people, forget about it. your wait will be at least double what they say it'll be.

but the blisscakes are so good...

kristy / April 6, 2008 2:32 PM

sadly, Off the Leash is off their lease now. outta business. thankfully, ventrella's is still faring well on that ghostly stretch of damen...

and personally, i don't like waiting, unless there's an ample bar area where i can grab a cocktail in lieu of a table!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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