Berghoff Restaurant 17 W. Adams St. Chicago, Il 312-427-3170 Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11 till – Sat. 11:30 till 4.
Dinner Mon-Sat. 4 to 9PM Closed SundaysQ Tips say: Go and enjoy! Hearty servings. The Q’s enjoyed the Reuben and Hot Corned Beef Sandwiches along with a Berghoff Lager Beer. OMG! Delicious and hearty enough to eat half and take half home. ENJOY! The lunch menu offer sandwiches and their famous Entrees.
Mrs. Q says: Thank goodness things have changed! See the history of Berghoff below.A Piece of Chicago History
The Berghoff story begins with Herman Joseph Berghoff. It’s the quintessential American success story of an immigrant who built a hugely successful business that has stayed in one family for more than a century.Herman left his native Dortmund, Germany, at age 17 and landed penniless in Brooklyn in 1870. Barely 12 years later he founded his namesake brewery in Fort Wayne, IN. The beer was well-received, inspiring Herman to open a café in Chicago to showcase Berghoff’s Dortmunder-style beer. It sold for a nickel a glass, a dime for a stein, and sandwiches were offered for free.The bar remained open even through Prohibition by selling near-beer and Bergo soda pop and became a full-service restaurant that still carries the Berghoff name. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933 the city issued liquor license No. 1 to the Berghoff and has done so each year ever since.Some traditions have died hard at the Berghoff. Long after most restaurants ended the practice, the Berghoff maintained a separate men-only bar. The segregation ended in 1969, when seven members of the National Organization for Women sat at the bar and demanded service. Not long after, feminist Gloria Steinem came in for a much-publicized drink.In December 2005 third-generation Herman Berghoff and his wife, Jan, announced that after 107 years of operation the Berghoff would close in 2006. In the final days long lines snaked outside the building as customers waited for a last meal at their beloved restaurant. Jan and Herman’s daughter Carlyn Berghoff bought the Berghoff’s assets from her parents and moved her catering business, Artistic Events by Carlyn Berghoff, into the 17 W. Adams location. Eventually, she decided to carry on her family’s traditions, as well as her own, and renamed her company the Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group. Today, the Berghoff still serves classic Berghoff dishes along with modern cuisine. In addition to the restaurant, Carlyn also runs the Berghoff Bar and lower-level Berghoff Café.
Nori Sushi Restaurant – 1235 W Devon Ave, (between Magnolia Ave & Lakewood Ave) 6/2012
Chicago, IL 60660, Neighborhood: Edgewater, Loyola U.
(773) 262-5216 BYOB
http://www.norichicago.com – Nearest Transit: Loyola or Granville (Red Line)Q-Tips say: If you like Sushi/Sashimi go to Nori. Small, clean and when you use your Groupon coupon, what a deal! It’s BOYB and no corkage fee, Wow!The Q’s decided to try something different and ordered the Bento Box. It was individual compartments of Salad, Tempura, Gyoza, California rolls and Sashimi.
The Bento Box also included a bowl of Miso Soup. Everything was fresh and delicious, along with the wine we brought made for an enjoyable evening.
Welcome to the Chicago Brauhaus – 4732 N Lincoln Ave Chicago IL 60625, 773-784-4444 6/2012For over 40 years we have been serving up good cheer in Chicago’s Lincoln Square Neighborhood. The Brau House offers a friendly Bavarian atmosphere where friends and family of all ages can enjoy a good meal, a stein of cold beer and dance along to the sounds of the music. It is always Oktoberfest at the Chicago Brauhaus.Serving Up Traditional German Specialties, Beer and Wine and Plenty of Music and Dancing Six Days a Week.
SERVING LUNCH – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – 11:00 A.M. to 4P.M. – Closed Tuesday
SERVING DINNER – Monday, Wednesday Thursday – 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11:00 A.M. to Midnight – Closed TuesdayQ-Tips say: PROST! Go and enjoy yourself. Drink their delicious German Beer, and grab a bite to eat. Good German food and fun entertainment.
A note of caution: During MayFest, they have a special menu which they call the Mayfest Menu. It is the same menu they always have only they upped the prices. NOT NICE!
BROADWAY CELLARS RESTAURANT – 5900 N. Broadway, Chicago, Illinois 60660
Monday through Friday 5-10 pm, Weekend Brunch 10:00am – 3pm
Saturday Dinner 3-10 pm, Sunday Dinner 3-9 pm – Street parking. Outdoor eating.
Q-Tips say: Yes, go enjoy! One of our favorites.
The menu is full of appetizing salads, meat entrees, and a few vegetarian options. Mrs. Q enjoyed the Pumpkin Ravioli. Mr. Q I had the Seared Pork chop (it was dry and Mr. Q was not happy), served over a sweet dijon mustard sauce, with mashed sweet potatoes and steamed spinach. Mr. Q did mention the dry pork chop to the waiter and the owner and they apologized.
On Thurs. Broadway Cellars offers the Pre-Fix Menu.Which is what the Q’s had. A starter, Entree and Dessert with a wine paring for each course for $3.00 per glass. Our waiter offered terrific service and has been there since the restaurant opened. They are very easy going as far as serving two or three courses and you don’t have to have wine with each. We will return and give it another try. Either the Pre-Fix Menu or the $5.00 Monday – $5.00 Burger and $5.00 FatTire Beer special is the way to give it a try.
The WATERFRONT CAFE – 6219 North Sheridan Road – Chicago -60660 http://www.waterfrontcafechicago.com
PHONE 773.761.3294 *call ahead if inclement weather
Sunday – Thursday 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM –
Kitchen closes one hour beforeLocated just minutes from downtown, The Waterfront Café is housed in a historic landmark coach house attached to one of the few remaining mansions that once lined Chicago’s Lakefront. The Waterfront Café sits in the middle of Berger Park and is perfect for intimate gatherings up to 100 guests. The outside patio features live entertainment on weekends and always features breathtaking lake views. Come enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience.Q-Tips say: Go and enjoy! The food is good, relaxing and beautiful outdoor setting, delicious food, nice selection of beer and wine, free WIFI, and friendly service. Can’t beat it! Note: On their web site they ask for your email address to send you Specials and a 10% discount, but the Q’s never received anything.
Sapori Trattoria – Italian – Lincoln Park – 2701 N. Halsted St. (Schubert Ave.), Chicago, IL 60614 – http://www.saporitrattoria.net, 773-832-9999
Hours – M thru Th Monday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Fri & Sat. 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Sun. 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Carry Out, Sit Down, Delivery
Full Bar, Wines, Beer, Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Reservation Suggested, Attire-Casual, Valet & Street parking.Transit: Diversey Brown Line, Fullerton Train stop, Clark St. Bus, Halsted Bus, Diversey Bus.
Q-Tips Say: Go and enjoy. We did. The Q’s used a Groupon coupon which made it even more enjoyable. We shared a Crostini Di Avocado appetizer -Fresh chopped avocado prepared with a touch of provolone, parmesan, and chopped tomato. Finished with extra-virgin olive oil and citrus
An asparagus salad and both chose the Chilean Sea Bass(Fresh bass filet sauteed in white wine lemon sauce with a touch of capers. Served with sauteed seasonal veggies) plus special plus dessert, which enjoyed at home. Everything was fresh and delicious.
Sapori Trattoria has an intimate warm feel & a friendly helpful staff. The highly visible owner & Italian chef runs Sapori & focus on bringing customers uniquely satisfying dining experiences.
Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago | 21 E Hubbard St | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312)527-2722 – http://www.shawscrabhouse.com
Shaw’s has some of the best Oysters/Clams the Q’s have ever had. It is “Oyster Happy Hour” (1/2 price) between 4-6 everyday in the bar area, so we got there early! Our waiter was great and made great recommendations. Fresh, Fresh & Fresh were the Oysters/Clams from different Coast in the US. The three of us shared the Wedge Salad. One of our entrees were two sauteed soft shell crabs and the other two were scallops. Everything was delicious along with a few beers made the dinner perfect.
Q-Tips say: Shaw’s is one of the best Seafood, Sushi & Steak Restaurants around Chi-Town. The cost of the Oysters are on the high side but if you go for the “Oyster Happy Hour” they are more reasonably priced. You don’t find Seafood any fresher than at Shaw’s.
Bob Chinn’s Crab House – 393 S Milwaukee Ave, (between Edgewood Dr & Jeffery Ave), Wheeling, IL 60090 – (847) 520-3633 – http://www.bobchinns.com Hours: Mon-Thu 11 am – 10:30 pm, Fri 11 am – 11:30 pm, Sat 8 am – 11:30 pm, Sun 8 am – 10 pm
Parking:Private Lot, Valet, Attire: Casual – Full Bar
Q-Tips say: Go for the Seafood. Heard the STEAKS are great but we go for the Seafood.
Ordered the Blue Crab Claws, and added the Salad Bar and the 12 count of Clams & Oysters, which are half price if you order an entree. We had a Birthday among us and if you join the email club they send you a BD discount of $25% off the bill. Great Deal! The Garlic Rolls are addictive and wonderful. Not a romantic place, but the food, service, quality and Mai Tia drinks are outstanding. Mrs. Q say: Check out the huge, fresh salad bar and enjoy. She did, at a discount when you order an entree. However, I wish they would let me finish the Salad before bringing my entree (which the waitress said she would do, but did not). The Q’s were there early enough so it was not busy and the waitress could have easily done that. There was not enough fresh garlic on the Blue Crab Claws as in the past. Otherwise, an enjoyable dinner.
Had a visit with Bob himself, pleasant and happy, great guy. Of course, you say, he is the owner. The Q’s have gone to restaurants where the owner was not pleasant or never present.
A bit of Bob Chinn History: Bob Chinn was born in Duluth, Minnesota on March 2nd, 1923 – the 3rd of 7 children. His parents, Wai and Yung Shee Ong Chinn, were immigrants from the Chinese city of Toishan. After a short stint working at a California laundry, Bob’s parents moved to the Midwest and entered the Chinese restaurant business. As a young boy Bob moved to the north side of Chicago, just 2 blocks from Wrigley Field. His parents owned the popular Uptown restaurant called “New Wilson Village”. Bob had plenty of opportunities to learn about the restaurant business as a youngster helping out at the family business.
His favorite childhood memory is of the Depression Era when his father lost his businesses and got to spend all his time with us. Bob developed a fondness for baseball in general, and the Chicago Cubs in particular, around this same time. His love for the game has not diminished through the years. He unwinds by watching the games or going to the racetrack for horse racing. Bob is also a voracious reader and enjoys films and live theater.
Bob’s first job was delivering Chinese food on foot at the age of 14 for another Oriental restaurant. He left high school and joined the army during World War II. He served for 3 years outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland with the 46th Field Artillery Battalion.
When a serious fire damaged his parents’ restaurant, Bob bought the slightly damaged kitchen equipment and started up his own carryout business. The “Golden Pagoda” was in Evanston near the Coronet Theatre. Three years later Bob and Jean moved the business to Wilmette opening the “House of Chan”. Bob left the “House of Chan” in Jean’s and Brother-in-law, John’s, capable hands in the 70’s in order to open the “Kahala Terrace” with his brother, Wally. Although successful in this venture, Bob found he needed a new challenge.
In 1978 he and daughter, Marilyn, began to travel around the country doing research for the Midwestern seafood restaurant Bob had envisioned for some time. After years of planning and development the father/daughter team negotiated the purchase of a shuttered building on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. The 175 seat “Bob Chinn’s Crab House” Restaurant opened two days before Christmas in 1982.
Mrs. Q says: What a work ethic! Bob, good for you.
Russian Tea Time, 77 E Adams St, (between Dearborn St & Wabash Ave)
Chicago, IL 60603 – (312) 360-0000, http://www.russianteatime.com – Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am – 12 am, Parking: Street
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” Henry James(1843-1916)
Q-Tips say: Hello Czarina & Czar. Yes, Russian Tea Time does offer “High Noon Tea Time”. The Q’s enjoyed the Mushroon Barley Soup and Ukranian Borscht along with the entrees of Lamb Samsa (Puff pastry dish from Uzbekistan, stuffed with chopped lamb, onions, touch of cumin) served with Tashkent carrot salad & the Dumpling Combo Platter were outstanding. Drinks were extremely good.
Russian Tea Time’s rich Mahogany birch wood, brass samovars (ancient tea urns), modest but classy brass light fixtures, slightly-dimmed lights and heart-warming balalaika music create a very elegant and intimate atmosphere that is perfect. Reservations are advised due to the fact that it is near many Museums, Theaters, etc. Go and enjoy, the Q’s did.
MARTINOS – 3431 W. Peterson Ave, Chicago, 773-478-5410 Hours: Sun-Thu: 3pm-12am, Fri-Sat: 3pm-1am Open Late, Outdoor Dining, Delivery, Wheelchair Friendly. Parking: Street
Q-Tips say: MARTINOS has the absolute BEST extra thin crust pizza in the area. The Q’s have had their share of pizza and this is definitely one of the best Thin Crust Pizzas. Thin, properly browned crust – not soggy. The other entrees are also delicious. Great service, drinks & pre-entree bread at reasonable prices make MARTINOS a must try.
A big THANK YOU to our friends, Paula & Dick, who introduced us to Martinos.
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