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Post #351  Postby Michael Klein » February 20th 2017, 4:55pm

Bummer to hear about cotton duck. Briciola (next to cotton duck) also closed. Sad.

In lighter news, Cellar Door Provisions is now serving pre-fixe byob dinner that looks very promising. 4 courses for $32-$48. Initial reviews have been excellent. I'm going Saturday night and will report back.

Anyone been to ruxbin since they reopened?

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Post #352  Postby Jim Brennan » February 20th 2017, 6:47pm

Wadeshanley wrote:The Publican
http://www.thepublicanrestaurant.com
837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

$20 corkage, max 2 bottles. Food is outstanding. Highly recommend the "chef's menu"


Bumping this... surprised it isn't on the list already. Do they not want it advertised??
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Post #353  Postby John Danza » February 20th 2017, 10:02pm

Jim Brennan wrote:
Wadeshanley wrote:The Publican
http://www.thepublicanrestaurant.com
837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

$20 corkage, max 2 bottles. Food is outstanding. Highly recommend the "chef's menu"


Bumping this... surprised it isn't on the list already. Do they not want it advertised??


I hadn't added it to the list because anything over $15 corkage seems to me to be a stretch to consider BYOB. But I will add it to the list.
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Post #354  Postby Paul Miller » February 21st 2017, 1:59pm

Paul Miller wrote:
Michael Klein wrote:Strings is actually going to open this year closer to wrigley field. great news!

Speaking of near Wrigley...

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Cozy Noodle
All BYOB all the time - no corkage
Stemware: Small, clunky drinking glasses. I suppose you could bring your own. They do have ice buckets.
3456 N. Sheffield, Chicago IL (1 block south of Wrigley Field)
773-327-0100
http://www.cozychicago.com/home/
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Simple and tasty Thai food. The owner is a real character, and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.

It is BYOB. They will provide glasses, but the glasses are just normal drink glasses, not wine glasses. I suppose you could bring your own. They will put your wine in an ice bucket.

We eat there about every time we go to a Cubs game, or to a concert at Wrigley. Different experience than going to one of the packed bars near Wrigley.

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Post #355  Postby Matt Fleming » March 12th 2017, 12:13pm

An update on Cellar Door Provision's Prix Fixe Menu: great food, in an idiosyncratic sort of way. Pork jowl in a tempura coating, for example. Tiny spoonful or two of a great soup course. Excellent, homemade starter / snack board of vegetables, cheese, butter and bread. Mediocre stems, no decanters, attentive service. A decidedly hipster sensibility, as to be expected given the address. A grade of a solid A.

NEAR in Barrington, not so hot. The food is tasty enough, served in large portions. But the assembly of the plates could gain a lot from some more attention to detail. Glass ware: the stemless sort, one type each from red, white, sparkling. I am not a big fan of the stemless glasses, yet too lazy to bring my own. Service only so-so. A generous B-, a C+ if in a bad mood.
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Post #356  Postby John Danza » March 12th 2017, 2:45pm

Matt and Paul, I've updated the list.
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Post #357  Postby Corey N. » March 12th 2017, 3:23pm

Kendall college corkage is $15/bottle (not $10).

Went twice recently. Food is good and the room is nice, but the wine service is sorely lacking.
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Post #358  Postby John Danza » March 12th 2017, 8:30pm

Corey N. wrote:Kendall college corkage is $15/bottle (not $10).

Went twice recently. Food is good and the room is nice, but the wine service is sorely lacking.


I updated the entry. The students aren't polished in wine service. They're learning, since the dining room is part classroom for them. If there's something special you need, speak with Pam Stoner, the dining room instructor, ahead of time and she'll make sure it all comes together for you.
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Post #359  Postby Corey N. » March 13th 2017, 5:25am

John, I'm pretty tolerant and the service didn't bother me, I meant the comment as a PSA, not a criticism.
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Post #360  Postby John Danza » March 13th 2017, 6:54am

Corey N. wrote:John, I'm pretty tolerant and the service didn't bother me, I meant the comment as a PSA, not a criticism.


OK Corey. I guess I misunderstood the use of the term "sorely lacking".
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Post #361  Postby Corey N. » March 18th 2017, 5:28am

John Danza wrote:
Corey N. wrote:John, I'm pretty tolerant and the service didn't bother me, I meant the comment as a PSA, not a criticism.


OK Corey. I guess I misunderstood the use of the term "sorely lacking".


Well John, since you apparently feel that I must justify my opinion...

When I sat down I informed the host and the server that we brought wine. I had to request wine glasses three times. After they were finally brought to the table, approximately 15m after we sat down, the server left and I looked around for about 2-3m longer to see whether anyone (service was by committee) was coming by to open the bottle. Nope. Thankfully, we opened with Champagne, which made it easy enough to do myself. We had an similar issue with the second bottle, where no one paid attention to the fact that we needed our bottle opened for a solid 5-10m. If memory serves bottle 3 went fine, and with bottle 4, I searched in vain for a server but it was a twist-off, so no real issue.

I note that the restaurant was not slammed and several servers were chatting casually during dinner service.

On a previous occasion, the server inserted the worm halfway in the cork, pulled, and the cork broke in two. The host suggested it might be the cork (it was fine) and I managed to get it out myself while the server and host stared in awe.

I hope this satisfies your definition of "sorely lacking".
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Post #362  Postby John Danza » March 19th 2017, 11:34am

Corey N. wrote:
John Danza wrote:
Corey N. wrote:John, I'm pretty tolerant and the service didn't bother me, I meant the comment as a PSA, not a criticism.


OK Corey. I guess I misunderstood the use of the term "sorely lacking".


Well John, since you apparently feel that I must justify my opinion...

When I sat down I informed the host and the server that we brought wine. I had to request wine glasses three times. After they were finally brought to the table, approximately 15m after we sat down, the server left and I looked around for about 2-3m longer to see whether anyone (service was by committee) was coming by to open the bottle. Nope. Thankfully, we opened with Champagne, which made it easy enough to do myself. We had an similar issue with the second bottle, where no one paid attention to the fact that we needed our bottle opened for a solid 5-10m. If memory serves bottle 3 went fine, and with bottle 4, I searched in vain for a server but it was a twist-off, so no real issue.

I note that the restaurant was not slammed and several servers were chatting casually during dinner service.

On a previous occasion, the server inserted the worm halfway in the cork, pulled, and the cork broke in two. The host suggested it might be the cork (it was fine) and I managed to get it out myself while the server and host stared in awe.

I hope this satisfies your definition of "sorely lacking".


I didn't ask you to justify your opinion. I noted that "sorely lacking" and "I meant the comment as a PSA, not a criticism" are two different things. Your further details on the service shows that "sorely lacking" was a criticism. That's perfectly fine by the way, as it's your statement on your experience. No worries there.

My original comment was based on knowing that this place isn't polished. When I go to Kendall, I handle my wine from start to finish. This is actually true with every restaurant I go to when I'm bringing my own wine. I only want them to bring me glasses (if I haven't brought my own), and then they can back off. It sounds like they failed at the "bring me glasses" part too, which blows. That's the easiest thing to get right.
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Post #363  Postby Corey N. » March 19th 2017, 12:17pm

I like the concept about Kendall College and for the price it can't be beat, but if I had the same experiences in any other restaurant I'd be pissed off. Going forward, I will handle my own wines there.
Corey likes to bottom. - Neal M. 8/16/16
Go on, Corey. Put that in your signature. - David K. 8/16/16
I have taken Corey on as a trainee. He's quite malleable. - Bobby A. 8/12/16
Shows how much I love the little guy, Corey that is. - Bobby A. 8/11/16
Corey pretties up quite nicely! - Bobby A. 6/21/16
Corey is...kinda cute, too. - Bobby A. 3/16/16

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Post #364  Postby Matt Fleming » March 21st 2017, 4:34pm

A quick review of

Aroy Thai
4654 N Damen
773-275-8360

No corkage fees (no license). Excellent Thai food. I do believe the best in the city. More than adequate stems. (One type for all wine). I think the food surpasses current internet reviews, which are nonetheless positive.

If going, the my recommendation for wine is for sturdier riesling and gewurztraminer, with some RS. An excellent vouvray was a bit under powered last night when up against the menu.
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Post #365  Postby Matt Fleming » March 21st 2017, 4:37pm

A quick note on Chez Simo: the food was impressive on a recent visit. The lamb shank remains one of my favorite dishes in the city. Stems are still average. Service is by the ownership team, so it is very much a bistro setting. Go for the good food and BYOB. Bring stems and decanters if those are important to you.
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Post #366  Postby Corey N. » March 21st 2017, 5:53pm

I'll post a longer note in the restaurant thread, but 4 couples went to Restaurant Michael this past Sunday (free corkage night) and the food was phenomenal. Stems were good and they provided decanters as well, though I don't think we actually used them.
Corey likes to bottom. - Neal M. 8/16/16
Go on, Corey. Put that in your signature. - David K. 8/16/16
I have taken Corey on as a trainee. He's quite malleable. - Bobby A. 8/12/16
Shows how much I love the little guy, Corey that is. - Bobby A. 8/11/16
Corey pretties up quite nicely! - Bobby A. 6/21/16
Corey is...kinda cute, too. - Bobby A. 3/16/16

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