I prefer to come here for mexican food if I don't feel like leaving Hyde Park. Back when they used to be in Harper Place it was sort of a hole in the wall place that was a little difficult to find, but they've since moved to 55th. Great steak tacos and burritos, prices are cheap too! They also deliver and are open late.
I've only been here a couple times in the 6 years I've lived in Hyde Park and the main reason is that the food is good, but not the best I've had. They have all the standard items on the menu (tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc.) but I feel like nothing really stands out. The service is always quick and the staff always friendly, seating is limited but a lot of people get carryout. To be honest, I'd rather have a chipotle in the neighborhood.
I don't know much about fine jewelry so my experience with Marshall Pierce is limited to the times I've had to come here in order to get the battery changed for an Ebel watch. I was pretty intimidated walking into a fine jewelery shop like this, but it's apparently family-owned and everyone who has ever assisted me was alway very nice and pleasant. They have a wide selection of watches and fine jewelry and everything they have looks really beautiful. I hope to be able to afford to come back for something other than to replace my watch battery someday. The only thing keeping me from rating them a full 5 stars was one occasion where they had to send my watch to the manufacturer for repairs but failed to call and let me know it would be an additional 2 weeks from the original date they told me I'd be able to pick it up. Otherwise, I have been very happy with their service.
We came across this place totally by accident one day while shopping. With nothing but a green and yellow sign on the sidewalk, there isn't much to indicate an establishment for italian ice exists here. After going down a short flight of steps, there is a window that appears to be at the ground level of a house where you can order. They offer a vast variety of flavors, and also serve beverages like Iced Coffee and lemonade. The nice thing is they don't have limitations on how many flavors you can order based on size, like with Mario's in University Village. The small is actually a very large portion and I had the strawberry and lime. I'd say Miko's italian ice is slightly less flavorful than Mario's (the strawberry was actually a little bland) but was still a tasty, refreshing treat on a hot summer day.
Hyde Park is very limited when it comes to sushi options, so Shinju was a welcome addition. Its decor and menu are more contemporary than Kikuya, but the food is slightly pricier overall. The $20 all you can eat special for lunch is a pretty good deal though. The list of menu items you can choose from consists of a good variety of standard rolls and small appetizers. I would say Shinju wins out for the ambiance, but I still prefer Kikuya in terms of value.
Another cute boutique in Wicker Park with fun clothes and jewelry/accessories. We headed in to browse and work off some the the calories we'd taken in after a big lunch nearby. They had a pretty decent selection of styles for dresses, tops, skirts, etc. Most of their stuff was dressy/casual, we went in the summer though and I haven't seen their collection for other seasons. Plenty of dressing rooms, good lighting, helpful staff. We both walked out with purchases that day, I bought a dress and my friend got a cute top.
I was shopping with a friend in Wicker Park and we decided to pop into several of the boutique shops. Pitaya had a lot of cute clothes and some jewelry. There wasn't a huge sale section that day but the original prices are pretty moderate to begin with. The salesgirls were nice and helpful without being overly pushy. Some of the stuff isn't exactly my style, but I did come out with a really cute top and my friend also ended up buying a shirt there. They have a good selection of colors and styles and I've gone back there since.
This place is FANTASTIC. Decided to go here after hearing nothing but good things about this place and it definitely did not disappoint. Tucked away in somewhat of a sketchy area, it's located on Orleans Street, bordering Cabrini Green territory. But we went in the daytime which was fine. They have the , most DELICIOUS truffle fries, seriously. Also LOVED their squid tacos and the mahi tacos, and the crab tostada was unlike anything I've ever had. We also tried the Foie gras & fries - really an interesting combo. The foie gras was delicious but the fries were a little boring in comparison to the truffle fries so I'd recommend against ordering both dishes. I will definitely need to come here again, I've also heard they have fantastic burgers. Seating inside is limited to stools and a counter that runs along the wall but there are some additional benches outside if it's a nice day. This establishment is cash only.
I'd had a friend recommend this place for months before I finally had a chance to try this place out. They have a lot of yummy looking items on the menu but in the end I had to try one of the korean burritos and ordered the Seoul Sensation. It was really good, pretty much like having your Bibim Bab wrapped in a tortilla. It was a very generous portion (I could only finish half) and came with a container of semi-spicy sauce on the side. We also got an order of kimchi that was pretty decent. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often. I'd love to go back again and try the wings which I've heard lots of good things about.
I've been here a couple times for lunch and really enjoyed my sandwiches. It's kind of on the pricey side for a sandwich but worth it as an occassional treat. The Sergio's Special and the Grass Fed Sirloin Sandwich are delicious - make sure to get it with their specialty pretzel bread. It really makes the sandwich. I made the mistake of getting one on a baguette instead once and while the sandwich fixings were still delicious I really would've enjoyed it better with the pretzel bread. The staff is always friendly and I love the selection of european coffees, teas, and chocolates that the store carries. Browsing these are a fun way to pass the time while waiting for your order. Also, there's only limited seating - it's not really a sit down place.