Windy City Taproom

Menu
Menu
Drinks
Drinks
Interior
Interior
Driller burger with cheese and fries
Driller burger with cheese and fries

***** (5 stars)

It's an airport restaurant. Adjust your expectations accordingly. That said, the service was prompt and friendly, and my burger was fine–a large patty, nicely cooked with good fixings. It was worth the $1 upgrade for fries, as they were good, too.

Windy City Taproom
5700 S Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60638

https://www.yelp.com/biz/windy-city-taproom-chicago-2

Royal Indian Grill

Vegetarian platter, lamb curry, butter chicken, samosas, garlic naan
Vegetarian platter, lamb curry, butter chicken, samosas, garlic naan

***** (5 stars)

We ordered delivery and the food arrived very quickly.

The papadums were crisp and intact, and the cilantro and tamarind chutneys were exceptional.

We tried the vegetarian combo and everything was good, but they were surpassed by the lamb curry and the butter chicken, which was as good as I've had.

Garlic naan was also very good. Next time I would put this in the oven for a minute to reheat, but everything else was piping hot.

As with authentic Indian food, no spice level options were available (at least online), but everything was at appropriate levels.

Royal Indian Grill
3223 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-9998
https://www.yelp.com/biz/royal-indian-grill-chicago

Philly’s Best

Original Philly Cheese Steak and onion rings
Original Philly Cheese Steak and onion rings

***** (5 stars)

It's hard to find truly authentic Philly Cheesesteaks outside of Philly, and this place has them. The meat is seasoned just right, plentiful and tender.

The issue is with the kitchen. In an empty restaurant, at lunchtime, my order of one cheesesteak took more than twenty minutes to prepare!

As a result I can really only recommend them for delivery, and you should plan well in advance.

Philly’s Best
907 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-7900
https://www.yelp.com/biz/phillys-best-chicago-2

Drew’s on Halsted

Interior- open mic Tuesday
Interior- open mic Tuesday
Rock shrimp pizza
Rock shrimp pizza
Diavaesque Linguini
Diavaesque Linguini
Steak Frites
Steak Frites

***** (5 stars)

What a wonderful neighborhood hang out! Drew's has a full bistro menu, so be sure to explore beyond the wonderful hamburgers.

Their pizzas have a thin, scorched crust that we loved. The pear salad was one of the best salads I've ever had, with a perfect balance of sweet and tart, chewy and crunchy. The steak served with the steak frites is a New York Strip, much better than the usual cut, and the accompanying mountain of fries were thin and crispy. There were no survivors.

On Tuesdays bottles of wine are half price. Our Klinker Brick Zinfandel was a great choice at a great price.

By luck we were there on the second Tuesday of the month, which is cabaret night. What a wonderful procession of talented singers! I've paid hundreds of dollars for shows not as good as the impromptu one we enjoyed as we dined. A great evening.

Drew’s on Halsted
3201 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-9191
https://www.yelp.com/biz/drews-on-halsted-chicago

Strings Ramen – Lakeview

Interior
Interior
Sriracha Broccoli with Bacon Bits
Sriracha Broccoli with Bacon Bits
Tonkotsu Ramen with pork loin
Tonkotsu Ramen with pork loin
Mojo ice cream and tiramisu
Mojo ice cream and tiramisu

***** (5 stars)

This cozy ramen shop serves… well, ramen. There are also some interesting appetizers. The Sriracha Broccolli and Bacon was excellent. Broths are savory, and there is plenty of whatever ingredient you order it with. Service is friendly.

Strings Ramen – Lakeview
919 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-6442
https://www.yelp.com/biz/strings-ramen-lakeview-chicago-3

Mixteco Mexican Grill

Exterior
Exterior
Interior
Interior

***** (5 stars)

This counter-serve place is a lot better than many of the sit down Mexican restaurants in the area.

Nachos are particularly good, with a hearty serving of real cheese and plenty of jalapenos.

The fire-grilled quesadilla is also excellent, but beware that the habanero sauce is not messing around!

I also really enjoyed the Al Pastor toca prepared in authentic Mexican style. I prefer my Pastor without pineapple chunks, which is how this is made.

Service was friendly and everything was prepared to order quickly.

Mixteco Mexican Grill
847 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 904-9723
https://www.yelp.com/biz/mixteco-mexican-grill-chicago-3

Bagel Restaurant & Deli

Interior
Interior
Exterior
Exterior
Vegetarian Chili Soup
Vegetarian Chili Soup
Pastrami on Rye
Pastrami on Rye
Roast beef on Onion Roll
Roast beef on Onion Roll

***** (5 stars)

This is the deal, a NY style Jewish delicatessen. All the sandwiches you'd imagine, and more. Plus free pickles!

The half sandwich combo offers any sandwich, plus any soup or salad. The chili counts as soup, and boy it was delicious. Pastrami had just the right amount of fat, and the rye bread was super fresh.

Excellent friendly service.

Bagel Restaurant & Deli
3107 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-0300
https://www.yelp.com/biz/bagel-restaurant-and-deli-chicago

El Jardin

Exterior
Exterior
Interior
Interior
Chilaquiles Breakfast
Chilaquiles Breakfast
Enchiladas
Enchiladas

***** (5 stars)

This place is divided into a number of varied seating areas, including dining rooms, a bar, and a garden.

The margaritas all seem to be made with lemon juice rather than lime, which is odd; I needed to order a shot of Cointreau to restore the balance.

The appetizers were the best part of our meal. We ordered the nachos without the beans. As described, they came with exactly seven large tortilla chips! They also come with a dab of guacamole, so we really didn’t need the extra order of guacamole, but it was good.

The entrees were less exciting. Chicken enchiladas had a rather odd flavor, and the contents seemed to be ground up. Chilaquiles were also unusual, in that instead of being topped with a fried egg there was a scrambled egg mixed in; the chile verde sauce was good, though.

Service was not particularly attentive considering we were the only table seated for Thursday lunch.

El Jardin
3335 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-6775
https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-jardin-chicago

Ora

Interior
Interior
Scallop Volcano
Scallop Volcano
Dynamite, albacore tatami, snake eye
Dynamite, albacore tataki, snake eye
Wasabi Tail
Wasabi Tail
Menu
Menu

***** (5 stars)

Very good creative rolls. We liked all of them, but I think my favorites were the wasabi tail and the snake eye.

It’s BYOB, but their glassware is pretty clunky.

Ora
5143 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-2978
https://www.yelp.com/biz/ora-chicago