This place is great. And for lunch, it's cheap too. You make your own bowl full of rice or noodles, veggies, sauces, meat and spices. They have little plastic sticks for special preparation (as a soup, salad, add shrimp, add bread, allergies, etc....) which you put in your bowl. They stir-fry it up for you and bring it to your table. Repeat as you like. It's great.
Vong's is a beautiful restaurant in happening River North. The duck appetizer is great, and you can't go wrong with the pad thai or the red curry. Wine list isn't anything to write home about, but it's decent. During the holidays, they have an amazing pumpkin pie martini.
Fantastic Chinese food for delivery, especially during lunch. For $4.50, you can get an entree with chicken fried rice and an egg roll. Their mongolian beef, curry chicken, and orange chicken are really good.
Big Bowl has really good pad thai and fantastic specialty drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Their selection of flavored lemonades and teas is fantastic.
My husband and I went before a movie yesterday. Not a soul in there, but it was 3:00 on a Friday afternoon. A very sweet young lady took care of us. Definitely get the duck with pineapple fried rice. SO TASTY! Definitely a good choice for before or after a flick at Webster Place.
It feels a bit like spring break, but the people are fun, the drink specials are god, and there is a mechanical bull. I mean, it's not the most unique experience every, but it is a good time.
Not a place to go regularly, but for the occasional "something different," it's certainly worth a try. Go during the week, early. You may still have to give them your phone number and head off to another bar until they call to inform you that your table is ready. There is no open seating, no standing room, no going to the bar while you wait. If tables are not currently available, you must give them your phone number and go somewhere else to wait. However, once seated, you are in an unbelievably intimate, chic atmosphere with a truly unique assortment of drinks.
This is probably in my top 3 favorite bars in Chicago. Their priority is obviously their wine, and it shows. They have an unbelievable selection by the glass, and their menu complements it brilliantly. Though we always say we are going to try something new, inevitably we get the Brie wedge/roasted garlic and the pate, usually with some wine flight or another. The last time we were there, the extremely knowledgeable and friendly bartender introduced me to plum sherry, which went with their famous bread pudding fantastically. This place is a gem.
The Globe somehow manages to be two bars in one. The front room has a traditional Irish pub feel. The back room has a small dance floor, generally a DJ, and these terrible hologram images of girls dancing that are just plain annoying. The front bar is fun though. Good pub fare - the shepherd's pie is great.
The diviest of dive bars. As in, behind the bar you see the karaoke machine right next to a refrigerator. It's like someone has knocked down a wall of their kitchen to make room for friends. And yet, it's really fun. It seems to really be a hidden treasure because I have never seen it busy. Drink specials are awesome.