I grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois right down the street from this funeral home, and therefore have paid my respects to a few friends and family members there. The community knows Michael's as a place that is reliable for making the family and friends of a loved one feel comfortable and well-respected during this difficult time, and while the irony of the title of this review is that it is never NICE to have to say good-bye, it is necessary and if you must do so, Michael's is where you might consider doing it. The outside and inside is very sophistiacated and well taking care of, with the room for the family feeling very "homey". The staff is caring and compassionate, and while I never thought that I'd be writing a review of the place, I can tell you that the atmosphere that is supplied makes you feel as if you are in someone's home (which, actually, I believe it still is!)
I have adopted 2 cats in the past from this shelter. When you walk in your heart drops as you see many cages full of cats (mostly) and dogs that need a home. They look at you lik "take me! take me!"
It is fairly clean for an animal shelter, and I was there in the winter and impressed that it was warm inside. There is a whole back room that house about 100 more cats, all of whom seem very sweet and loving. Alot of them are curled up sleeping, while some of them surround you and try and charm their way into your heart. It is overwhelming to know which one to pick, but the volunteers there know their names, and can tell you about their personalities. They allow you time to play with the cats (as much time as you would like) and check back with you frequently to see if you need any help. They are very helpful both over the phone and in person with any questions you many have, and I strongly reccomend going there if you are considering adopting a new pet. The cats in the back room have a donation fee of $100 to adopt, while the animals in the front are a bit more money, I think this is because they have not been there that long.
Papa 's pizza place, otherwise known as "Pop's Pizza" did not impress my boyfriend and I when we went there. We went on a weekend and sat on the bar side where they have a game room and a stage for music performances. We settled on a pitcher of beer, which unfortunately had a fruit fly floating in it. The waitress was nice as she brought us some bottles of beer instead, like we requested, but the price of 2 miller lites was unbelievable, especially since we had just had the unpleasant experience that we just did. We ordered nachos with ground beef, but for the extra charge of the ground beef we practically were fighting over the few chips that actually HAD ground beef on them. The pizza we ordered came out burned, and when we politely complained the waitress said she would tell the manager. She informed us that he said "if we didn't like it we could buy another one, but would have to pay for both, even if we sent the first back."
The band started and the sound was good, but the band itself left alot to be desired. They also had come around and made us pay a cover charge to see the band even though we were already in there for an hour. I wish I could say more good, but it was an umpleasant experience. In this area of the suburbs there are so many other places to go to, I would suggest finding one of those to spend your money.
Spanky's has been in Elgin for a long time, and I have to say that it is the best Gyros and Italian beef that I have had in a long time. The flavor of the gyros is out-of-this-world, and the Italian beef is tender and juicy. In addition to the gyros meat itself, the cucumber sauce, tomatos, and onions that they include in the sandwich could not taste fresher or more delicious. One thing that I should point out is that if you ask for the beef sandwich DIPPED or JUICY, they dip the ENTIRE bun in the au jus, so that the bun is literally turned to mush, I would suggest asking them NOT to dip it, and if you'd like extra you can get it on the side. Their french fries are delicious, and make sure to get a side of cheddar cheese sauce to dip them in. Their onion rings are crisp and golden everytime. I really enjoy their greek chicken, which you can order either by iteslf or on a pita or bun. Hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs and more, try Spanky's for a quick affordable DELICIOUS meal.
Subway has been a favorite of mine for a long time. If you are going to eat "fast-food", it is wise to go somewhere that offers healthy choices that are tailored to fit your own taste. Fresh baked bread can be seen rising in front of your eyes as you instruct one of their "sandwich artists" of what ingredients you would like on your sandwich. If you do not feel like eating a cold sub, they have hot or toasted ones as well, with condiments galore! Soup is offered during the cold months, and a wall of chips will suit every fancy. Elgin subway has friendly employees, and if you eat inside you can refill your drinks at their self-serve beverage station. I would reccomend the turkey on parmesan oregano, but other options include roast beef, bologna, ham, chicken, vegetarian patty and more. For those that are watching their carbs, you can create your own salad from all of their delicious ingredients on hand. They also can take any sandwich that you choose and make it into a wrap using a tortilla. I like subway because you can see your food being made in front of you, and you are in control of how much of each ingredient goes onto your sandwich, and the "sandwich artists" are always very receptive to your wants and needs.
Ray's Family Restaurant has been a staple to Elgin for over 30 years, and will be for a long time to come. Their hours are Monday-Saturday, 6 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, 7 am to 3 pm.
Gift certificates are also available for a nice gift for those you know who enjoy the comfort of "diner food." A fairly small restaurant, you may choose to sit at a booth, table, or at the counter. Their delicious breakfast menu offers such favorites as steak and eggs, 3-egg omelettes, waffles, pancakes, french toast, as well as many other specials. A huge lunch menu boasts dozens of items including 1/4 lb burgers, sub sandwiches, patty melts, and sandwiches on GIGANTIC crossaints. Their gyros is delicious, while it is not made on-site, it is "real" gyros, that you swear was just sliced in the kitchen before it comes to your table. Hot sandwiches like turkey, roast beef, and chicken are complimented with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, and their thick cut fries never disappoint. Dinner selections range from pork tenderloin, roast sirloin of beef, and 1/2 fried chickens, to seafood selections sch as haddock, jumbo shrimp, fried ocean perch, deep sea scallops, and fish and chips. If you are going for seafood, you might try the assorted seafood platter, which gives you a combo of shrimp, perch and scallops. Italian food lovers can decide on one of their many dishes from the "taste of Italy" section of the menu. Light eaters or calorie watchers will be pleased to know that 11 salads are offered, and soup is always homemade. If you have room, how about ordering the "St. Charles Street Banana Split", which is your choice of any 3 ice cream flavors, 3 toppings, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Ice cream sodas and other desserts are available as well. I enjoy Ray's because it is very affordable, it is "comfort food", and they are very quick to have your order ready for you to pick up.
Have you ever tasted a Taco Pizza? If not, Chicago Pizza Authority is where you want to order from to try this invention from heaven. Also known for short as CPA, THis delicious creation is LOADED with hamburger, tomato, lettuce, cheddar, and topped with sour cream. Aside from this they offer other specialty pizzas such as the FAMILY, which is topped with sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper, and onion. The creatively named S.O.B. pizza comes with sausage, onion, and bacon. The HULA, The Garden, the SPINACH CLASSIC, and the HEAVYWEIGHT complete their line of specialty pizzas. Now when it comes to crust options.....here we go...there is thin crust, double dough, deep dish, stuffed, or chicago style. About 20 appetizers on their menu, NOT includeing a variety of breads (garlic bread, pizza bread, bread sticks, spinach and tomato bread, dough nuggets which are sweet) 8 salads, pastas with homemade sauce, chicken, ribs, shrimp, perch, sandwiches, panzarottis, desserts, and beverages. The restaurant offers a buffet as well, call to check for times/days that buffet is open. I LOVE the taco pizzo, so I would suggest ordering that, but for how affordable it is, try whatever looks good to you! Manja!
I like this store because of their selection of beer, pop, snacks, and grocery items, especially when I'm in a hurry. The owner is always present at the store, and he is a friendly gentleman always willing to help. They do not carry hard liquor or cordials, but beer, wine coolers, and malt beverages line one wall of the store, all kept frosty in a cooler. Another wall of coolers is filled with pop, juices, Gatorade, bottled water, tea, and other refreshments. They carry lunch meat, milk, cheese, bread, frozen pizzas, burritos, frozen meals, as well as canned goods, cereal, and condiments such as mayo and pickle relish. Toiletries such as toilet paper and sanitary products are available, as well as dishwashing detergent, paper plates, just about all you could think of. And most important, they have so much candy to choose from you will feel like, ...well, a kid in a candy store! Cigarette prices are very decent, almost always has some kind of buy 1 get 1 special. This shop gets a high rating from me because for a little liquor/convenient store, you can find just about all you need without having to deal with the lines, parking, or alot of walking. They also cash checks and accept food stamps, which is very nice for those who are in need of those services. Stop by Stop N' Go today!
I do a majority of my shopping at Butera, not only because it is close to my house but because I love their produce department. The variety of fruits and veggies is impresive, and the freshness of them is exellent. Fresh herbs such as parsley, oragano, and cilantro are always available, while at some stores they are running low or don't look as fresh as I'd like. They specialize in carrying Hispanic foods such as tortillas, canned beans and prepackaged rice mixes, and there are pre-cooked Mexican specialties at the Deli counter, such as tamales, chicken, and pork. One of my favorite treats to take home is the Jalapeno Poppers. Another favorite is the Italian beef which they slice for you and give you delicious Au Jus to cook it in. Don't forget to grab some Italian bread and Potato Salad which is delicious. Any kind of cheese you may need can probably be found there, of course they carry all of the Mexian varieties, and I enjoy the blocks of cheese that I later slice or grate for my recipes, as their dairy section is out of this world. Stop by the frozen section and get some ready to heat items, which is right across from their refridgerated juice aisle, offering juices that will satisfy every taste. Alchohol is sold there, and a full Mexican Bakery is located in the back, delighting all senses with its many different pastries and breads. I recommend anyone to shop at Elgin Butera, you will not be disappointed.