Vernon Park Tap Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1073 W Vernon Park Pl 1

    Chicago, IL 60607

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  • 312-733-3393

About Vernon Park Tap Restaurant

Hours
Sun 3pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm

Food

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Great experience, great service, perfectly layed out, this place had the original chalkboard menu's that all the other places copy. LOVE THIS PLACE !

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★★★★★

Great experience, great service, perfectly layed out, this place had the original chalkboard menu's that all the other places copy. LOVE THIS PLACE !

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Great food and a great value, fried calamari is terrific , lemon Chicken wow just everything is great.

3
★★★★★

Great food and a great value, fried calamari is terrific , lemon Chicken wow just everything is great.

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We go back to the days when the whole dining room was that crammed space behind the bar that is now the kitchen. This place is like family. You're always welcome and you leave stuffed. The menu is written on a blackboard. They only accept cash. The food is basic Southern Italian. When I asked once, "How is the eggplant prepared?" the waitress answered, "Wit' red gravy!" (Tomato sauce) Order salad for half the number of people - don't miss the lemon chicken or the shells & broccoli. Look at the celebrity pictures and ask Tony how his daughters are doin'.

2
★★★★★

We go back to the days when the whole dining room was that crammed space behind the bar that is now the kitchen. This place is like family. You're always welcome and you leave stuffed. The menu is written on a blackboard. They only accept cash. The food is basic Southern Italian. When I asked once, "How is the eggplant prepared?" the waitress answered, "Wit' red gravy!" (Tomato sauce) Order salad for half the number of people - don't miss the lemon chicken or the shells & broccoli. Look at the celebrity pictures and ask Tony how his daughters are doin'.

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I loved the italian salad, Pork chop Vesuvio & make sure you get the tiramisu. I would definitly go back & bring friends.

2
★★★★★

I loved the italian salad, Pork chop Vesuvio & make sure you get the tiramisu. I would definitly go back & bring friends.

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The eggplant parmesan is to die for, along with the lemon chicken. They have the best fried calamari in town, tender perfection. Pork chops, mussels, suasage with peppers, all fantastic. The prices are reasonable, and the service is like family, you get everything you ask for, plus no charge for a bit of attitude. Inexpensive valet parking. Cash only, but its worth the trip to the atm.

2
★★★★★

The eggplant parmesan is to die for, along with the lemon chicken. They have the best fried calamari in town, tender perfection. Pork chops, mussels, suasage with peppers, all fantastic. The prices are reasonable, and the service is like family, you get everything you ask for, plus no charge for a bit of attitude. Inexpensive valet parking. Cash only, but its worth the trip to the atm.

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Tufanos is my favorite Italian Restaurant. My family has been going there since I was a kid. Hands down the best Lemon Chicken outside of my Nana's Kitchen. Comfortable/Casual atmosphere with great service. Inexpensive Valet parking. Great Food & Terrific wine at reasonable prices. Oh and don't forget to order the Calamari - it is super fresh. I believe the reason they have still been a huge success is because they do not elevate their prices or create a stuffy atmosphere. I can't get enough. Manja'

2
★★★★★

Tufanos is my favorite Italian Restaurant. My family has been going there since I was a kid. Hands down the best Lemon Chicken outside of my Nana's Kitchen. Comfortable/Casual atmosphere with great service. Inexpensive Valet parking. Great Food & Terrific wine at reasonable prices. Oh and don't forget to order the Calamari - it is super fresh. I believe the reason they have still been a huge success is because they do not elevate their prices or create a stuffy atmosphere. I can't get enough. Manja'

Pros: Terrifiic Food and Service

Cons: You have to wait in line like everyone else - no reservations unless your a big group.

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The pastas all came overcooked with very bland marinara sauce. Stay away from the Chicken Parmesan it was tough and tasteless. The two bright spots were the calamari and antipasto salad, both were fresh. Cheap food and poor quality, in Chicago you can find a much better Italian restaurant.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The pastas all came overcooked with very bland marinara sauce. Stay away from the Chicken Parmesan it was tough and tasteless. The two bright spots were the calamari and antipasto salad, both were fresh. Cheap food and poor quality, in Chicago you can find a much better Italian restaurant.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Poor Quality Food, Overcooked Pasta

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I was very dissapointed after reading the reviews of this place. The food was average but the service was poor. When we asked for seperate checks after we forgot to ask initially, the waitress rolled her eyes and flipped her hair. Then we were informed that thet only take cash. When we asked the manager named Joe why there is no sign stating this, his response was "Well, we have been here for 67 years". We told him we were from out of town and he followed that up with another snide remark. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!!!! I would not recommend this place to anyone if you want good service!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was very dissapointed after reading the reviews of this place. The food was average but the service was poor. When we asked for seperate checks after we forgot to ask initially, the waitress rolled her eyes and flipped her hair. Then we were informed that thet only take cash. When we asked the manager named Joe why there is no sign stating this, his response was "Well, we have been here for 67 years". We told him we were from out of town and he followed that up with another snide remark. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!!!! I would not recommend this place to anyone if you want good service!

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Hearing so many raves about this traditional Italian eatery, we were'nt ready for watery salad, tasteless pasta dishes, thin wines, and stringy mussels that didn't seem fresh. Maybe it was an off night, but none of us will EVER go back. Lemon chicken and desserts were good, though. Although inexpensive, bad food is never a good value, and we were deprived of a satisfying meal on one of our few nights in the city.

1
★★☆☆☆

Hearing so many raves about this traditional Italian eatery, we were'nt ready for watery salad, tasteless pasta dishes, thin wines, and stringy mussels that didn't seem fresh. Maybe it was an off night, but none of us will EVER go back. Lemon chicken and desserts were good, though. Although inexpensive, bad food is never a good value, and we were deprived of a satisfying meal on one of our few nights in the city.

Pros: desserts, lemon chicken

Cons: pasta dishes, mussels, salad

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I just made it back there after a year, and the meal was not very good this time around. Unless I was in the area, or just nostalgic, I would not go back.

1
★★★☆☆

I just made it back there after a year, and the meal was not very good this time around. Unless I was in the area, or just nostalgic, I would not go back.

Cons: valet parking, no lasagna

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Tufano's is one of the best representations of truly authentic Italian food and an incedible value. For years, Tufano's has always had a reputation of fresh, homestyle cooking and generous portions, and Tufano's still lives up to that reputation.

2
★★★★★

Tufano's is one of the best representations of truly authentic Italian food and an incedible value. For years, Tufano's has always had a reputation of fresh, homestyle cooking and generous portions, and Tufano's still lives up to that reputation.

Pros: Food Quality, Portion Size, Best Value

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Tufano's is consistently one of the best restuarants you'll eat at. Things start out wonderfully as I believe they make the best salad in the city! My favorites are the Mussels in red sauce or the Chicken Vesuvio. Make sure you leave some room for a canoli. If the quality was enought to convince you, the prices are remarkably reasonable... I will say that the waitstaff uniforms (jeans & polos) need to get a little more upscale, also the plastic baskets with wax paper for the bread is tacky. Other than that the atmosphere is historic and very nice.

2
★★★★★

Tufano's is consistently one of the best restuarants you'll eat at. Things start out wonderfully as I believe they make the best salad in the city! My favorites are the Mussels in red sauce or the Chicken Vesuvio. Make sure you leave some room for a canoli. If the quality was enought to convince you, the prices are remarkably reasonable... I will say that the waitstaff uniforms (jeans & polos) need to get a little more upscale, also the plastic baskets with wax paper for the bread is tacky. Other than that the atmosphere is historic and very nice.

Pros: Consistent, Inexpensive

Cons: Too-casual, Parking is tough

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Plain and simple: Just great Italian food! Location is easy and convenient whenever you're in the city.

2
★★★★★

Plain and simple: Just great Italian food! Location is easy and convenient whenever you're in the city.

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Tufano's has a history in this city.A family tradition step down from father to son. the food is outstanding and a laid back atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

Tufano's has a history in this city.A family tradition step down from father to son. the food is outstanding and a laid back atmosphere.

Pros: in and out dining

Cons: Some what small

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We went on a Friday night, party of 5. We were seated right away, outside on the patio. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. Everybody knows everybody here!
We enjoyed the Lemon Chicken and Veal Marsala. The antipasto salad for the group was garden fresh and wonderful!
The only problem is finding this place - it's on a short street that is near impossible to get to. Approach from the Racine & Vernon Park side only - most maps are incorrect on the through streets around there.

2
★★★★★

We went on a Friday night, party of 5. We were seated right away, outside on the patio. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. Everybody knows everybody here!
We enjoyed the Lemon Chicken and Veal Marsala. The antipasto salad for the group was garden fresh and wonderful!
The only problem is finding this place - it's on a short street that is near impossible to get to. Approach from the Racine & Vernon Park side only - most maps are incorrect on the through streets around there.

Pros: Outdoor seating, Valet parking

Cons: Cash only, Hard to find

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Where else can you dine with the Mayor, the Mob, the Blackhawks, top visiting coaches,the beat cop, the college kids and the neighborhood regulars and be served by a waitress named Bubbles?

Great Lemon Chicken and "Special Salad" and Strawberry Pop for the kids.

2
★★★★★

Where else can you dine with the Mayor, the Mob, the Blackhawks, top visiting coaches,the beat cop, the college kids and the neighborhood regulars and be served by a waitress named Bubbles?

Great Lemon Chicken and "Special Salad" and Strawberry Pop for the kids.

Pros: Good value, Great atmosphere, A Chicago "joint"

Cons: Crowed,for 50 years

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The simple pleasures of Italian food sizzle at this unassuming, inexpensive restaurant that has been around since Giovanni was a pup. The fried calamari is tender and lush, and the spaghetti and meatballs and eggplant Parmesan are like an…

 

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