Edgewater Beach Cafe

Photo of Edgewater Beach Cafe - Chicago, IL, United States. The Edgewater Beach Cafe

6/29/22 – 5545 N Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60640 – edgewaterbeachcafe.net (773) 275-4141

Q-tips say: The Edgewater Beach Cafe is the restaurant in the big pink hotel at the end of Lake Shore Drive on Bryn Mawr and Sheridan. The real highlight is admiring the hotel surroundings.

We decided to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary dinner at EBC.

Starter: We shared the: Shrimp de Jonghe – Jumbo shrimp sautéed with garlic, onions, butter, and white wine; topped with breed crumbs and baked.

Entrees: Mrs. Q had: Roasted Rack of Lamb – Lamb pan-seared and served with garlic, rosemary, & olive oil. Couscous & cucumber salad. It was delicious.& plenty to share if you desire.

Mr. Q had: Broiled Salmon w/Lemon Pepper – he chose Couscous & cucumber salad as his sides.

We shared the Crème brulee for dessert.

Enjoyed the Drinks/Food/the quiet Ambiance of the Restaurant. We walked there but took Mrs. Q’s favorite bus back #147.

Hats off to the Lady in the Kitchen, “Good Cooking.”

Photo of Edgewater Beach Cafe - Chicago, IL, United States. Crème brûlée, very good, and coffee; I would have preferred an espresso, but it was OK.
If you are not too full – Crème brûlée
Photo of Edgewater Beach Cafe - Chicago, IL, United States. Shrimp appetizer
Shrimp appetizer
Photo of Edgewater Beach Cafe - Chicago, IL, United States. my delicious duck
Roasted Duck
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GINO’S NORTH PIZZA – EDGEWATER -Loyola U.

6/28/22  – GINO’S NORTH PIZZA -1111 West Granville Ave., Chicago, Illinois  60660, (773)465-1616   www.ginosnorth.com

  Great drinks/service from Jennifer.

Mrs. Q had: Her Jack Daniels Old Fashion up – with dirty ice on the side & plenty of cherries.

The other half had: Perfect Manhattan up w/dirty ice on the side & a glass of white wine.

We began our meal by sharing: Antipasto Platter – Baby greens with salami, ham, artichoke hearts, provolone cheese, mortadella, and Kalamata olives with a side of Italian dressing and garlic bread.

Then we had: Gino’s Special:  Includes Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, and onions & Mrs. Q has marinated red peppers on her side.

Q-tips say:  Going to Gino’s North is like going to “Cheers,”  without Norm at the bar.    A great local place to eat, enjoy sports on TV, or just sit and enjoy the people you are with & other Gino’s diners. 

Mrs. Q says: Go and enjoy, we always do.           

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Antipasto Salad

 

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Photo of Gino's North Pizzeria - Chicago, IL, United States. cracker crust, real pepperoni

Thin crust “Gino’s Special” pizza.

Photo of Gino's North Pizzeria - Chicago, IL, United States
Delicious Garlic Bread & also Cheese Garlic Bread

Photo of Gino's North Pizzeria - Chicago, IL, United States. Italian beef with a side of potato salad
Italian Beef/w side of potato salad
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Side Salad
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A castle for Christmas

6/24/22 – To escape a scandal, a bestselling author journeys to Scotland, where she falls in love with a castle — and faces off with the grumpy duke who owns it.

Q-tips & adult kids say: Yes, see it!

 A comfy cozy, non-challenging film that filled with great things to look at, the handsome leads, the idyllic rural village and its colorful citizens, loads of Christmas décor and a sweeping, winter landscape.

A Castle for Christmas does something totally underrated: It gives us exactly what we want during a holiday season or not a holiday season.

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Wolfy’s –

Photo of Wolfy's - Chicago, IL, United States. Our 1st Chicago Dawg... As we drove by I did a quick check on Yelp and of course I have this place bookmark.. THx my fellow Yelp-A-Roo'ers

6/2022 – 2734 W Peterson Ave Chicago, IL 60659, (773) 743-0207

Q-tips say:  A good old fashion Chicago style hotdog stand & much more. So delicious.

When our Daughter in Law & Son visit us in Chicago. Wolfy’s is the first & last stop when arriving & leaving Chicago.

Photo of Wolfy's - Chicago, IL, United States
Wolfy’s Menu

Photo of Wolfy's - Chicago, IL, United States
Hot dog w/ fries – plain buns also.
Photo of Wolfy's - Chicago, IL, United States
Gyros
Photo of Wolfy's - Chicago, IL, United States. Italian beef sandwich
Italian Beef
Photo of Wolfy's - Chicago, IL, United States. Cheese burger with everything
Cheese burger w/every thing on it.
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Mabenka 6/25/22

Mabenka Front Entrance

Mabenka – 7844 S Cicero Ave., Burbank, IL 60459, (708) 423-7679, mabenka.com

Q-tips say: YES!! Go to Mabenka – Polish, Lithuanian  modern European food. Great food, drinks, a very varied long menu. Had a great time with our Son & Daughter in law.  Servings are plentiful. We had different meals and all enjoyed.  Great food & funky Polish decorations & photos on the walls.

Go and enjoy.  Had a great time at Mabenka. They also have entertainment on some nights. 

We began our meal w/ libations & complimentary bread/butter. Three Beet soups & one had dumpling chicken broth soup.

Entrees: all were delicious.

Daughter in law had: Polish combo – Stuffed cabbage, polish sausage/sauerkraut, finger dumplings. 

Our Son & the other half had: Smoked sausage/ sauerkraut/ potatoes & pierogis. 

 I had: Smoked sausage/pierogis – 3 meat & 3 mushroom-sauerkraut, & an order of potato pancakes w/ applesauce on the side.

Photo of Mabenka - Burbank, IL, United States. When in Mabenkas, a riesling is lovely.

Photo of Mabenka - Burbank, IL, United States. Combo dinners with potato pancakes...fantastic!

Combo dinners w/ potato pancakes

Photo of Mabenka - Burbank, IL, United States. Hot red beet soup
Complimentary bread/butter
& menu Beet soup.
Photo of Mabenka - Burbank, IL, United States. Lithuanian combo
Lithuanian combo
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Shaw’s Crab House 6/24/22

SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE 21 E Hubbard St | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312)527-2722 – http://www.shawscrabhouse.com   Chicago : Shaw's Crab House with photo! via Planet99

After the water Architectural cruise in Chicago, the Q’s & the Daughter in Law & Son said: Let’s go to Shaw’s.

Two started with a cup of  “Lobster Bisque ”  for the BD baby. Then ordered a dozen & a half of West Coast oysters to share.  Of course, each had libations of choice.

 Mrs. Q  had: CAESAR SALAD –white anchovies.  Dinner: SAUTÉED LAKE MICHIGAN WHITEFISH –  cream, oven roasted tomatoes, crispy potatoes.

Mr. Q had: SAUTEED NORTH CAROLINA SOFTSHELL CRAB – jasmine rice, sautéed spinach, lemon butter.

Daughter in law had: MARYLAND STYLE CRAB CAKE PLATTER – 2 pcs. Served with mustard mayonnaise.

Son had: PARMESAN CRUSTED HADDOCK – sautéed spinach, lemon butter.

Shaw’s has some of the best Oysters/Clams.  Fresh, Fresh & Fresh were the Oysters, delicious Bisque Soup, bread, & dinner entrees.

Q-Tips say: Shaw’s is one of the best Seafood, Sushi & Steak Restaurants around Chi-Town. You don’t find Seafood any fresher than at Shaw’s. Mrs. Q says:  It is one of the BEST restaurant not the least expensive – but worth it every penny.  And we don’t have to “Shuck” our own Oysters. Best Lobster Bisque Soup and awesome Sautéed Soft Shell Crab.

Mrs. Q says:  Rode her favorite bus, the #147 back.  The downtown area was humming with many people out and about enjoying the beautiful weather, dining & shopping scene in Chi-town.

 

Photo of Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, IL, United States. Shaw Seafood Platter
Seafood platter
Photo of Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, IL, United States
Lobster Roll
Photo of Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, IL, United States. Old fashion
Old Fashion
Photo of Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, IL, United States. sautéed Virginia soft shell crab w/ mango & jicama slaw
Soft Shell Crab
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Dr. Strange in the Multiverse Universe of Madness

6/23/22 -Unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

Q-tips say: For some strange reason, she did enjoy it. I believe it was the multi universe aspect of the movie. The other half said: Was ok to watch periodically but not all the time. The adult kids: liked it.

Mrs. Q says: It’s a movie that is going to service fans… but even if you aren’t a fan you can come into it and embrace it as a standalone film.

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Jerry & Marge Go Large

6/22/22 –

JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE is inspired by the remarkable true story of retiree Jerry Selbee, who discovers a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery and, with the help of his wife, Marge, wins millions and uses the money to revive their small Michigan town.

Q-tips say: Yes see it. Relaxing and charming film, where the conflicts are not too serious, the obstacles that Jerry and Marge have to face are not particularly complicated, and the protagonists are smart and good, and the antagonists are bad. However, Walter White; bland, unassuming, but up to some sneakiness he initially doesn’t tell his wife about. Only in “Jerry and Marge,” his wife and the whole town eventually get to be in on the fun.

Mrs. Q says: Jerry and Marge Go Large’ may not win awards or earn a fortune, but it made me smile—and I don’t take that for granted, especially nowadays.

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Chgo River Boat Architectural Tour 6/24/22

Tours & Boats- Photo of Chicago's First Lady - Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago’s impressive architectural works- learned a lot.

Fri. 6/24/22 –  A wonderful Tour with Tours & Boats. Our tour guide, Hillary, was wonderful, full of knowledge & had a great presentation with humor & kindness mixed in.  We all enjoyed the tour.  The boat was clean.

Q-tips say: Yes, do it.  We have been on other boat tours in Chicago but never been one one that covered all channels of the River. The tour boats float by well-known structures such as the Merchandise Mart, Navy Pier and Willis Tower while passengers learn about the city’s famed architecture.

The Boat offers drinks, snacks and have a washrooms on the lower level.

Mrs. Q asks? Do you know the correct answers about Chi-Town?

  1. Do you know how many movable bridges Chicago has? 52
  2. What City produces the most Chocolate? Chicago & probably the Chicagoans eat the most Chocolate.
  3. Did Oprah live in Lake Point Towers? NO. Oprah never lived at Lake Point Tower but was a regular visitor.  Anthony Quinn, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa and David Axelrod did live there.

After our Boat Tour we stopped at: Shaw’s Crab house for dinner.

PS: Please, people from all countries, when there is an emergency and the captain/or tour guide tells you to sit down, DO IT! Thank you.

 

 

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Tapas Barcelona –

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6/23/22 – 1615 Chicago Ave Evanston, IL., (847) 866-9900, tapasbarcelona.com  Sun. 5-9pm, Mon.-Thurs. 5-10pm,  Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-11pm.

Q Tips say: We like small plates (tapas). Was busy. Delicious food & all at an affordable price. Indoor/outdoor dining. I had my Old Fashion & the other half had a Margarita & The Son also had a Margarita. Our Daughter in law had: Brut Rose & Marques de Caceres, Rioja, Spain.

Q-tips had: Lomo de Cerdo al Pedro Ximenez – Grilled Pork Tenderloin with roasted potatoes and peppers dry sherry sauce. Gambas Al Ajillo – Sautéed shrimp with a garlic sauce. Queso de Cabra Con Tomate – Goat Cheese in a tomato sauce with garlic bread.

Son & Daughter in law shared: Queso de Cabra Con Tomate – Goat Cheese in a tomato sauce with garlic bread. Stuffed Egg Plant. Croquettes de jour. Aguacate con CangrejoFresh – crab meat with avocado, cucumber and tomato.

Best part was: being together & enjoying the delicious food/drinks.

Photo of Tapas Barcelona - Evanston, IL, United States
Inside seating
Photo of Tapas Barcelona - Evanston, IL, United States
Outdoor Seating
Photo of Tapas Barcelona - Evanston, IL, United States. Garlic shrimp
Garlic Shrimp
Photo of Tapas Barcelona - Evanston, IL, United States
Goat cheese in rich tomato sauce/garlic bread
Salted Watermelon Margarita
Margarita
Lomo de Cerdo al Pedro Ximenez


Albondigas con Tomate
Meatballs with red sauce
Aguacate con Cangrejo
Aguacate con Cangrejo
Lomo de Cerdo al Pedro Ximenez
Lomo de Cerdo al Pedro Ximenez

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with roasted potatoes and peppers dry sherry sauce.

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