Prost

Exterior
Exterior
Interior
Interior
The Pretzel (Full size)
The Pretzel (Full size)
Wurst Board
Wurst Board

**** (4 stars)

Prost is across between a German beer hall and a sports bar. We had the LARGE pretzel, which definitely lived up to its name. We also had a medium wurst platter. Bot came with an assortment of mustards and a beer cheese.

Needless to say, there is a large selection of German beers. The friendly server (owner) helped us to choose beers and wursts that matched our tastes.

Prost
2566 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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Harry Caray’s Shortstop

Burger
Burger
Interior
Interior

**** (4 stars)

I'm glad to see Harry Caray back at Midway in this new location, as I always liked their food.

The burgers are just as good as ever, with a generous meaty patty and pepper bacon. Service is better at this new location, probably because every seat faces your server.

Just be prepared for airport level prices!

Harry Caray’s Shortstop
5700 S Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60629

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Fireplace Inn

Interior
Interior
Potato Skins
Potato Skins
Big ass pretzel
Big ass pretzel
Half rack of Our Famous BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Half rack of Our Famous BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Sliders
Sliders
Chicken Tenders
Chicken Tenders

**** (4 stars)

From the description of "cozy fireplace" and BBQ, this wasn't what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it. True, there is a more tavern-like room with a fireplace, but most of the space is a sports bar, filled with TVs.

The Big Ass Pretzel is indeed giant, and very good, with a crisp crust and light interior, and served with a slightly piquant cheese dip.

The BBQ baby back ribs were also good.

I had an excellent porter, and an equally excellent Irish coffee.

On a Saturday at lunch they were very busy, but the service was on top of it, and the meal was enjoyable.

Fireplace Inn
1448 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610

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Yoshi’s Cafe

Bar
Bar
Interior
Interior
Mussels
Mussels
Tuna tartare
Tuna tartare
Fried chicken appetizer
Fried chicken appetizer
Vegetable tempura
Vegetable tempura

**** (4 stars)

I really like the interior design of this place, which, depending on where you sit, is an airy cafe, a bar, or a fairly intimate restaurant.

Like most "fusion" places, they're not really doing a fusion of cuisines, but just offering more than one, in this case, Japanese and French, with a bit of American thrown in.

My favorite dish was the mussels, which were served in a wonderful somewhat spicy broth that made a great soup, too.

The tuna tartare was also excellent quality, and the tempura was light and not oily.

The wine list emphasizes French wines, with some nice selections, but no bargains.

Service was friendly.

Yoshi’s Cafe
3257 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

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Ping Pong

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Interior
Roast duck
Roast duck

**** (4 stars)

Billed as Asian Fusian cuisine, the emphasis here is on Chinese, with some Thai and other dishes, not really so much fused as simply pan-Asian.

There is an interesting cocktail list. I particularly enjoyed the Jameson Ginger.

Service was pleasant, and the atmosphere is fairly upscale.

Ping Pong
3322 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

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Bittersweet Pastry Shop

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Exterior
Interior
Interior
Banh Mi
Banh Mi

***** (5 stars)

This is a lovely pastry shop that also has a few inside tables and makes breakfast and lunch sandwiches. I had the Banh Mi, which includes slow roasted pork, shaved asparagus, pickled carrot, cilantro, cucumber, and Kewpie mayo on a toasted baguette. Although a bit unconventional (the pork was pulled rather than sliced, and the absence of jalapeno was compensated for by an accompanying hot sauce) it was delicious, and hit the right flavor profile. It came with a lovely selection of fresh fruit.

As one might expect, the pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) was filled with a wonderful "Bittersweet" chocolate!

Bittersweet Pastry Shop
1114 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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Wilde Bar & Restaurant

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Exterior

**** (4 stars)

Nice neighborhood pub with a good sized menu and selection of beers. We enjoyed the artichoke cheddar cheese dip appetizer, and the curried mussels were excellent.

Nashville hot chicken sandwich was a pretty good approximation of the real thing, with some altered ingredients, such as onions and sweet pickles.

The chicken club sandwich was plenty for two to share.

Nice sidewalk seating, or open air seating just inside the front entry.

Wilde Bar & Restaurant
3130 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

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Pescadero Seafood & Oyster Bar

Exterior
Exterior
Interior
Interior
Interior and fresh seafood market
Interior and fresh seafood market
Mussels Frites
Mussels Frites
Bananas Foster Cheesecake
Bananas Foster Cheesecake

**** (4 stars)

I always check out the interior pictures on Yelp before I visit a restaurant, because they tend to tell me more about the dining experience than almost anything, including sometimes event the menu. So I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Pescadero, because it is really much nicer than the Yelp photos (even my own) suggest. Rather than the Long John Silvers decor of the photos, it really is more restaurant-ish. And despite the concrete floor, they've added acoustic treatments to the ceiling, which really help with sound levels.

The menu offers a variety of cooked fish, from pan-seared to fish and chips, a ceviche that sounded tempting, and a few "from the land" items. And of course there are oysters. There are happy hour specials on the latter, along with tap beer.

But I went a different route and had the Mussels Frites. They were a traditional French preparation in a garlic broth. The serving sizes of both the mussels and the accompanying frites (French fries for you landlubbers) were very generous. The garlic broth for the mussels was simple, but good, and the mussels were tender and tasty. The frites were the right dimensions for traditional Parisian frites, but could have used a couple more minutes in the fryer.

The wines by the glass offer a nice variety. My Albarino was a perfect match.

For dessert I had the special Bananas Foster cheesecake, which had lots banana flavor and a nice graham cracker crust, and an espresso.

Service was friendly, and the restaurant, open only a couple of weeks, seems well managed.

Pescadero Seafood & Oyster Bar
1258 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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Ukai Japanese Restaurant

Interior
Interior
Exterior
Exterior
Hamachi Jalapeno
Hamachi Jalapeno
Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
Four Season and Sox Rolls
Four Season and Sox Rolls
1/2 Cubs roll and Belinary
1/2 Cubs roll and Belinary

***** (5 stars)

Excellent sushi in a nice atmosphere. Byob, so you can take a nice Champagne, the perfect sushi match, without running up the tab.

The fish quality is excellent, and the sushi chefs were very fast here.

Rolls are quite large, so bring a healthy appetite and a big mouth!

We liked the hamachi jalapeno appetizer and the Sox roll the best. You can also get certain rolls in half portions. The Cubs roll was a nice way to finish.

Ukai Japanese Restaurant
1059 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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