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  • Review Count
    3
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    January 19, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 10, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4
 
 
EFSloop's Reviews
 
With a bustling location in Lincoln Park and another in River North, Taco Joint brings the different flavors found throughout the streets and marketplaces of Mexico to Chicago. The menu includes a selection of tacos made with braised and grilled meats, housemade salsas and handmade tortillas including; Barbacoa from Central Mexico, Cochinita Pibil from Yucatan and Carnitas from Jalisco. Other street fare includes flautas, tortas, tamales and quesadillas. The cantina features a variety of specialty margaritas and cocktails, Mexican and craft beers plus Chicago's first tequila cages. The interior combines natural wood accents and iron along with colorful distressed walls and murals to give you the feel of a small town in Mexico nestled in the hustle and bustle of Chicago.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Creative menu and great environment
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/06/2014
 2013
Dined on 03/06/2014
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The tacos were creative and offer something for everyone. The chips and guacamole come in different variations, we got the tomato one, which wasn't as good. However, the chips are amazing. Plantain chips are a must try! Service was attentive and welcoming. Great spot overall."
Dined on 03/06/2014
 2013
Special Features: good for groups
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Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971, started by Alice Waters and a band of idealistic friends. A neighborhood bistro named after a character in Marcel Pagnol's 1930's trilogy of movies (‘Marius,’ ‘Fanny,’ and ‘Cesar’), the Restaurant and Café are a homage to the sentiment, comedy and informality of these classic films. From the beginning, Alice and her partners tried to do things the way they would like them done at a dinner party at home. Through the years, Chez Panisse has stayed true to this original inspiration and is now part of the global Slow Food movement. Chez Panisse Restaurant, located downstairs, is open for dinner Monday through Saturday, by reservation only. The set menu changes every night, reflecting the season. Our produce, meat, poultry, and fish come from farms, ranches, and fisheries guided by principles of sustainability.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Didn't live up to hype
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/03/2014
 2013
Dined on 02/03/2014
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Don't get me wrong, it is an experience worth trying, though I found the food and service to be overrated. We made reservations and the only time left was 8:45 PM on a Monday. When we arrived there were at least five empty tables, which made us wonder why we couldn't get a table for an earlier time. The appetizer included a prosciutto, ricotta, and artichoke, which was incredible. The main course was a shellfish dish with grilled bread in a red wine sauce. It was on the heavy side and lacked flavor. The dessert was a take on a cream puff with blood orange caramel and kumquat. For those who like citrus, it was good but not for everyone. Service was a bit slow in attending."
Dined on 02/03/2014
 2013
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Inspired by the legacy of our families in America, we bring you Asian Outpost. Our heritage dates back to turn of the 20th century when great grandfather Woo arrived in Hawaii to study medicine and to the 1950s when our grandparents migrated here to operate their restaurants. Now, we embark on our journey at Asian Outpost in order to share our heritage with you. We are heavily influenced by the communal meals prepared at our family gatherings. Some of our food is created from family recipes and some take on a more local taste. No matter the recipe, all of our dishes revolve around our desire to cook and serve food that our friends and family can enjoy.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great food and service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/11/2014
 2013
Dined on 01/11/2014
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The menu is quite unique. Some of the items reminds me of my childhood of what my father used to make, while others incorporate more traditional American and even modern flare. The belly sliders are amazing, tenderly cooked. The chicken with spicy nutty noddles quite tasty and mom's ginger garlic chicken is amazing--large portions. The wait staff were attentive and Lois, the owner, was kind and remembered my name from when I checked in for my reservation at the hostess table. Great service, great food. Truly a great addition to the neighborhood! Oh, the decor is very fitting of an outpost and the attention to the details is seen through the different goods and furniture."
Dined on 01/11/2014
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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