Tzuco

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Exterior
Bar
Bar
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Interior
Patio
Patio

**** (4 stars)

We loved Carol Guytan's original one-star Michelin, Mexique, so I was hoping for similar finesse and subtlety at Tzuco. While Tzuco also thinks outside the regular Mexican restaurant box, it's not the same creative culinary experience. Admittedly, we wnet for bruch, which can always seem a bit pedestrian, but we avoided the traditional brunch dishes and concentrated on the more Mexican-influenced items.

The guacamole and ceviche we just okay, but the Mushroom Cazuela and Tsuco Shakshuka were both noteworthy. The various tacos (masa) were also okay. If I go back I would try the pibil and the chilaquiles.

The margaritas were very good. Ask for anejo tequila for some extra flavor. My favorite item was actually the Horchata Latte!

Tzuco
720 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

https://www.yelp.com/biz/tzuco-chicago

The Crepe Shop

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Exterior
Interior and menu
Interior and menu
Ham and cheese and egg crepe
Ham and cheese and egg crepe

***** (5 stars)

The highlight here is the very friendly service. Traditional savory or sweet crepes are cooked to order, in pronto time. My ham and chees crepe was amply filled, and the egg addition was perfectly cooked.

The Crepe Shop
2934 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-crepe-shop-chicago

Gorkha Kitchen

Butter chicken, lamb korma, samosa chat, Chicken Fried Momo, garlic naan
Butter chicken, lamb korma, samosa chat, Chicken Fried Momo, garlic naan

**** (4 stars)

Had takeout delivered by Doordash. Very good Butter Chicken and Korma. I would get vegetable Korma rather than Lamb Korma next time, as the lamb wasn't noteworthy.

A fried version of Chicken Momas was unusual and also good.

Gorkha Kitchen
434 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

https://www.yelp.com/biz/gorkha-kitchen-chicago

Yellowtail Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen

Inside Area 1
Inside Area 1
Tuna Tartare
Tuna Tartare
Yellowtail Carpaccio
Yellowtail Carpaccio
Spicy Scallop and Mexican Dance Maki
Spicy Scallop and Mexican Dance Maki
Shrimp and chicken yakitori
Shrimp and chicken yakitori
Handroll
Handroll

***** (5 stars)

Excellent quality fish is the highlight of this popular Broadway sushi bar. The maki is great, but it's plates like yellowtail Carpaccio and Tuna Tartare that really let the fish shine through.

Surpisingly, though, the very best thing we had came from the robata grill: two skewers each of chicken and shrimp. The proteins were great, but it was the bed of sauteed onions and jalapenos that really took this dish over the top.

Service was friendly, and it's BYOB.

Yellowtail Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen
3136 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

https://www.yelp.com/biz/yellowtail-sushi-bar-and-asian-kitchen-chicago

2d Restaurant

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Winnie the Pooh & Friends... Four donuts combo
Winnie the Pooh & Friends… Four donuts combo
Tokyo Rooster Sandwich
Tokyo Rooster Sandwich
Hot Rooster Sandwich with wasabi fries
Hot Rooster Sandwich with wasabi fries

***** (5 stars)

The concept of flat 2D illustrations on all the walls makes for a fun place to eat, but the food is also excellent. The chicken is super moist on the inside and very, very crispy on the outside. I recommend the Hot version of the sandwich. It's much less spicy than, say, Nashville hot chicken. I think it's just right.

I also really liked the wasabi fries, which are nicely crisped fries with a drizzle of creamy wasabi sauce.

The menu and ordering are all done through the QR code on each table, and food just magically shows up. Pretty cool.

2d Restaurant
3155 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

https://www.yelp.com/biz/2d-restaurant-chicago

Stella’s Diner

Reuben Sandwich
Reuben Sandwich
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Interior
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Tuna Salad Sandwich
Tuna Salad Sandwich

***** (5 stars)

The world used to be full of places like this, where you could get almost any kind of food, well prepared, at any time of day. Stella's is a great homage to the classic diner. Without a lot of overboard decorating, or servers in character, it's simply what it claims to be: an American diner.

We had a tuna sandwich and a Reuben sandwich. Both were excellent. The accompanying fries were hot and crisp on the outside, moist in the center, and the cole slaw had just the right tang.

There's also an extensive list of shakes and malts. I highly recommend the Butterfinger shake!

Service and food prep were quick and friendly. In temperate months the sidewalk almost doubles the seating.

Stella’s Diner
3042 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

https://www.yelp.com/biz/stellas-diner-chicago

Asadito

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Interior
Nachos
Nachos
Three tacos
Three tacos

**** (4 stars)

Counter order quick serve place with a fairly extensive menu. I wasn't a fan of the nachos, which used liquid cheese and didn't have a lot going on, but I loved my three taco plate. Lots of fillings and toppings, they needed none of the red and green sauce that accompanied them, as spice levels were perfect. My favorite was the pastor, but the carnitas was also excellent.

Asadito
30 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661

https://www.yelp.com/biz/asadito-chicago-2

Hutch American Bistro

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Interior
Daily Brunch (lunch) menu
Daily Brunch (lunch) menu
Drink menu
Drink menu
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles
Bar
Bar
Exterior
Exterior

**** (4 stars)

The first thing you need to know about The Hutch is that if you are going at lunchtime, you are going to have brunch, regardless of the day of the week. There are a couple of non-brunch items on the menu, such as a cheeseburger and a spicy chicken sandwich, but otherwise it's all brunch at lunch.

We had the chilaquiles and the spicy chicken sandwich. The chilaquiles are topped with scrambled eggs. The corn chips tasted very authentic. The spicy chicken sandwich was quite good. Instead of the normal Nashville or sriracha-type sauces, they use a slightly sweet bourbon sauce, which was a nice twist. The accompanying fries were excellent.

I really like the French 70 wine cooler I tried. It was a very refreshing mix of sparkling blanc de noir, lemon juice, and bitters.

Service was fast and friendly.

Hutch American Bistro
3301 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

https://www.yelp.com/biz/hutch-american-bistro-chicago-2

Taste Of New York Bagels & Deli

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Interior

**** (4 stars)

I've been wanting to stop in here for a while to pick up some bagels for breakfast the next day. I finally got around to it and was surprised to discover it's really more of a deli than just a bagel shop. So I'll need to come back for the full sandwich treatment next time.

It's also noteworthy that they serve packages of bagels you can finish cooking at home. If they'd had Everything Bagels this way on my visit I would have tried them. As it was I just got a couple of already cooked Everything Bagels to go, and they were quite good.

Taste Of New York Bagels & Deli
3268 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

https://www.yelp.com/biz/taste-of-new-york-bagels-and-deli-chicago

Buena Vista

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Exterior
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Interior
Free chips and salsa
Free chips and salsa
Beef nachos
Beef nachos
Mixed Enchiladas
Mixed Enchiladas
Tamale
Tamale

**** (4 stars)

This little space on Broadway features very good Mexican American food in a low-key environment. They do a bustling to-go business, and also have a handful of tables.

The nachos were good, and almost like chili on refried bean-covered chips, served with a corn tortilla cop of sour cream and guacamole.

The mole sauce is quite good.

Perhaps our favorite item was the tamale, which was definitely the most authentic Mexican preparation of anything we tried.

Food prep is very fast, and service is friendly. It's BYOB.

Buena Vista
3147 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

https://www.yelp.com/biz/buena-vista-chicago