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Tartine Bakery
  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Favorite
  • 5 Recommend
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Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Waffles
  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Favorite
  • 3 Recommend
  • 1 Been There
  • 3 Vault

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Waffles

1400 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

2Sparrows
  • 1 Reviews
  • 0 Favorite
  • 2 Recommend
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2Sparrows

553 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

American Cupcake
  • 1 Reviews
  • 1 Favorite
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American Cupcake

1919 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Takashi
  • 5 Reviews
  • 10 Favorite
  • 6 Recommend
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Takashi

1952 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Flour + Water
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Flour + Water

2401 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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County Barbeque

1352 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: 312-929-2528
Neighborhood: University Village
Style: BBQ
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  • 1 Reviews
  • 0 Favorite
  • 1 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
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"Great BBQ, Atmosphere &
Bourbon Selection"

  • Food: Creative & traditional BBQ
  • Decor:
  • Service: Excellent
  • Cost: $$
  • Wine / Cocktails:

Overview:

Great food and a reasonable price. All of the dishes that I tried were well delicious. The Veal Brisket is tender and excellent. While I had some sauce available to me, it was great au naturale. The Hush Puppies were quite a surprise. I would highly recommend County BBQ.

Special Dishes:

BLT Sliders, Veal Brisket, Smoked Wings, Hush Puppies


Ruxbin

851 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Phone: 312-624-8509
Neighborhood: Chicago
Style: Eclectic
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  • 6 Reviews
  • 5 Favorite
  • 6 Recommend
  • 1 Been There
  • 3 Vault

"Terrific!"

  • BYOB; Outdoor Patio
  • Food: Wonderful flavors, finely crafted
  • Decor: Cozy
  • Service: Warm; accommodating
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: BYOB

Overview:

I want to start by mentioning that Ruxbin now takes reservations -- I know this was a sticky point for awhile, especially since there is limited seating space and the wait times were long.

Food and service were terrific, we enjoyed every aspect of our visit.

Special Dishes:

Lamb, Scallops, Grilled Octopus, Beet Salad, Dessert


Nico Osteria

1015 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 000-000-0000
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Style: Italian
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  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Favorite
  • 1 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
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"Run to Nico Osteria!"

  • Food: Italian Seafood
  • Decor:
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  • Cost: $$$$
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Overview:

Nico Osteria in the Gold coast is golden! This was my first time here and they hit it out of the park! The service was good, the place looks amazing but the true star here was the food. Ever dish from the crudo, lobster spaghetti, smoke whitefish traiangolini to even the brussel sprouts were simply delicious. They call themselves a Italian Seafood restaurant but the Nico Ribeye was as good as any big name Chicago steakhouse can deliver.

My only complaint was that the booth style tables along the windows are cramped. We had to request a different table to fit our group better. We watched several other customers sit at the booths than ask to be seated at a table were they could sit comfortably. I hope they can fix this problem soon but in the meant time I would recommend requesting a table on your reservation. I also love the seat at the bar that overlooks the open kitchen but was told they are sometimes reserved and sometimes first come first serve. I feel they should just make them first come first serve and avoid any potential confusion.

I look forward to our next visit and I am still thinking about the lobster spaghetti!

Special Dishes:

Bigeye Tuna crudo, Sue Buxton's scallop crudo, Lobster spaghetti, smoke whitefish traiangolini and the Nico Ribeye


Tanta Chicago

118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: 312-222-9700
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Style: Spanish
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  • 1 Reviews
  • 2 Favorite
  • 0 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
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"Peru in Chicago!"

  • Food: Peruvian
  • Decor:
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  • Cost: $$$
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Overview:

Tanta is such a welcome addition to the Chicago dining scene. The atmosphere is fun and lively with a great sleek vibe most places would kill for. The service was perfect from start to finish with our waiter describing the roots of Peruvian food. Seafood is the way to go here with some of the best cebiches I ever had. Drinks are fantastic and especially enjoyed the El loco Choclo which I have subsequently named.

Special Dishes:

Any of the cebiches, the Pobre- skirt steak, quail egg, chalaca, ponzu, Causitas, pulpo and the Pescado frito


Nico Osteria

1015 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 000-000-0000
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Style: Italian
Website Link

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Favorite
  • 1 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
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"Gold in The Gold Coast"

  • Food: Italian seafood
  • Decor: Very Urban Chic
  • Service: Spot On
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: Craft Cocktail and Great Wines by the glass

Overview:

Finally, a One Off Hospitality Group restaurant exists in the Gold Coast. From the minute I called on the phone for a reservation to the minute you get your coat on the way out the door, everything at Nico is perfection. The bar scene is fun with great cocktails. Although the food never misses, the service is the real standout here. Friendly, accommodating and spot on. The olive focaccia is so crispy and perfectly flavored with olive oil. The pastas are all house made. The squid ink pasta is a unique presentation,with bread crumbs, mint and anchovies. Amanda Rockman's dessert menu is bright with flavor. She recommended a Affogato with apricot sorbet, burnt honey gelato and prosecco, that she aptly described as a "girl's best friend." I love my new neighborhood spot.

Special Dishes:

Branzino, Crudos, Dungeness Crab, lunch sandwich menu


Better Half

349 14th St. Bldg. C
Atlanta, GA 30318

Phone: 404-695-4547
Neighborhood: Westside / Home Park
Style: Fusion / Eclectic
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  • 1 Reviews
  • 1 Favorite
  • 0 Recommend
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"Better Half serves up only the
best"

  • byob
  • fresh
  • open kitchen
  • Food: It's whatever Jonathan and Zach feel like cooking with the best ingredients they can find
  • Decor: Simple, modern, urban rustic, wood
  • Service: impeccable, genuine, anticipatory
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: byob for now

Overview:

It has been five days since I dined at Better Half, and I can still taste almost every flavor in each dish I sampled. In the last workweek, I've daydreamed about my next visit and told every person I know about this flavor haven on the Westside, despite the fact that it might become such a hit that I won't be able to snag a table. They deserve the hype, and I feel lucky enough to share a zip code with Better Half.

We sat at the bar, which looks like your typical cocktail bar, but instead of muddlers, wine glasses and a bartender, Zach Meloy and Jonathan Miller helm a stove top, ovens and prep station. The pair works seamlessly around each other, cracking jokes and swooping in to correct each other’s oversight, adding a garnish or dabbing china. Zach and Jonathan are also skilled multi-taskers, taking time to banter with guests, explain dishes and sneak samples. The wait staff is just as anticipatory, which, combined with impeccably designed and cooked food, made the evening seamless and memorable.

For our first course, we went with the soft egg over perlas with chicken confit, fennel jam and fried chicken vinaigrette. As the chefs put it, it's an ironic dish, as the chicken and the egg are for once served together. The soft egg is perfectly poached, soft and solid on the outside with a runny, bright center. The perlas were cooked al dente and the fennel jam combined with the chicken confit for a salty and sweetly caramelized flavor that was only made more complex by the fried chicken vinaigrette. I only wish I had taken a picture, because the dish looks as good as it sounds, just like the rest of the menu.

During the next course, we ordered the silk handkerchief pasta and roasted flounder. Rumor has it, Zach cooked Cristina, the general manager and his now wife, the handkerchief pasta on their first date. After one taste, you can see exactly why she married him. Layers of handmade pasta, cooked to silky perfection, are filled with a wild mushroom confit with porcini cream and topped with a tomato marmalade that tastes of summer even on a January night. Topped with fresh, snappy basil, the dish is complete perfection, and it's the only one that has a permanent home on the menu.

The roasted flounder is seared and baked through, and it tastes fresh, a difficult compliment when Atlanta is four hours from the ocean. It's served in a shallow pond of scallop chowder, which the chefs say is a combination of everything they could find in the kitchen. The scallops are small without being chewy, tasting like melting pearls. The chowder is smoky, rich and complex, and there's just enough of it to dip the flounder, scallops and crustacean chicharrón for varied flavors without drowning out the standout freshness. The chicharrón is chewy and an interesting take on the Latin American snack. Zach and Cristina spent time in Costa Rica, and their experiences show up in interesting places on the menu.

After a long debate between desserts, we finally decided on the caramel corn semifreddo with burned meringue and smoked cajeta. Here comes the best part about sitting at the kitchen bar, the chefs "accidentally" made us an extra dessert, serving up a Mexican hot chocolate tres leches cake we never would have ordered, as most restaurant's don't do the Mexican dessert justice. These chefs, though, don't work in most restaurants. The cake was the perfect texture, spongy and springy without falling apart and served with crunchy cocoa crumb and bourbon milk to provide contrast of texture and taste. It was bitter, sweet, soft, crispy, which is the best compliment for a dish, in my mind. The semifreddo was just as flavorful, and the one Zach made for us was gorgeous enough for him to even want to snap a picture on his smart phone. He works the torch like a preteen boy, discovering handheld fire for the first time, and he says he writes recipes for the restaurant based around the tool itself. The caramel corn flavor was so striking; it made me wonder just how they got it into semi-frozen form.

In the end, Zach and Jonathan spoke to us like friends and made us feel welcome anytime. We shared stories and shots of hibiscus moonshine, a syrup-looking shooter that tasted strong and sweet. Our bill came packed in a tin, the same tins Costa Rican men bring their lunch to work in in, as Zach says, with a pair of freshly made truffles that were chewy and the perfect mignardises for a perfect meal.

Did I mention the place was BYOB when we went? Still waiting on their license, I hope they stay that way. In any case, they'll only serve beer and wine, and I am positive it will be as thoughtfully chosen as the ingredients and techniques on the menu.
Both Jonathan and Zach believe in a homegrown, down-to-earth restaurant experience. That can be hard to find in Atlanta, where only the Buckhead elite seem to find reservations in the most overhyped places. Better Half is a place you can go for any occasion with anyone. Better Half is like coming home, if home was a place with masterful, creative and conversational chefs. Better Half showcases what’s best.

Special Dishes:

Handkerchief pasta, soft egg appetizer, Mexican hot chocolate tres leches, caramel corn semifreddo, roasted flounder


Little Goat Diner

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: 312-888-3455
Neighborhood: Near West Side
Style: American
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  • 1 Reviews
  • 0 Favorite
  • 1 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
  • 0 Vault

"Fun!"

  • Food: ecletic diner
  • Decor: casual, retro
  • Service: friendly and accommodating
  • Cost: $$
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Overview:

There's a great variety of dishes from breakfast to dessert--all familiar items but with a twist. Everything we tried was delicious and service was friendly.

The only downside for me is that they don't take reservations so expect to wait for a table. But take advantage of the wait to visit the bar or, in season, the rooftop--very cool space.

Special Dishes:

kimchi omelete, smoked fries, chocolate chip pancakes, seafood bobo


Bavette's Bar and Boeuf

218 W Kinzie
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-624-8154
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Style: American
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  • 1 Reviews
  • 3 Favorite
  • 0 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
  • 1 Vault

"Sleek and Steak!"

  • Steak
  • Food: Steak house
  • Decor: Sleek speak easy vibe
  • Service:
  • Cost: $$$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: Craft cocktails

Overview:

I know I am late to the party but I just dinned at Bavette's for the first time. This place is sleek and has one of those vibes you can not pay to recreate. The laid back cool speak-easy feel is a warm welcome on a cold Chicago day.

The food and service match the atmosphere. I had their version of steak de jonghe which was lighter than the old school staple but packed with all the flavor. Next we went healthy with a salad...bacon roasted tomato salad! Ok, maybe not healthy but pretty amazing. Last was the 24ox prime bone in dry aged ribeye...perfect! Packed with dry aged flavor and cooked to perfection.

Bavette's more than holds it's own in a city where people love a good slab of meat.

Special Dishes:

Shrimp De jonghe, roasted bacon tomato salad and dry aged steaks.


Bantam + Biddy

1544 Piedmont Ave, Suite 301
Atlanta, GA 30324

Phone: 000-000-0000
Neighborhood: Atlanta
Style: Comfort Food
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  • 1 Reviews
  • 1 Favorite
  • 0 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
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"Breakfast Spot of the year"

  • Food: Comfort Food, Southern Food
  • Decor: Like a southern diner, great patio
  • Service: irreverent, at best. needs work
  • Cost: $$
  • Wine / Cocktails: best bloody marys in atlanta!

Overview:

I've been here at least half a dozen times for breakfast. While the service is a bit irreverent at times, you'll get your food fast. I usually opt to sit at the bar so I don't have to deal with a lot of the back and forth.

This place has hands-down the best chicken and waffles I've had in the south. The waffles taste like cake batter and they're delicate. The chicken tenders are lightly fried and crispy. You can also opt for the rotisserie style, which is just as good. They're served with Steens cane syrup and homemade vanilla bean apple sauce. Ask for a side of wasabi honey for a bit of a kick.

The Southern is also a great option. The pimento cheese and cornbread are heaven. The grits and bacon are the best I've ever had as well.

For a lighter option, try the Protein Scramble. The goat cheese is fresh and creamy, and the rotisserie chicken is full of flavor.

For booze, go for the bloody mary's. They're bottomless and deliciously spicy.

Special Dishes:

Chicken + Waffles, The Southern, Protein Scramble, Meatloaf Sandwich


Tortoise Club

350 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-755-1700
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Style: American
Website Link


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  • 1 Reviews
  • 0 Favorite
  • 1 Recommend
  • 0 Been There
  • 1 Vault

"Supper Club"

  • Food: Steak/Seafood
  • Decor: club
  • Service: pleasant
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails:

Overview:

I visited for a business lunch. It was a bit on the quiet side that day. I enjoy the supper club atmosphere and would be interested in visiting again during dinner. Our server was pleasant and patient as we lingered a bit, and everyone enjoyed their selections.

Special Dishes:

Oysters, Tuna Tartar, Crab Toast Salad, Fish Tacos, Tofee Cake Brownie


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