A homey, casual dining room with a small adjoining bar...nothing too fancy at Ashford House, except tasty food that's well prepared, in generous portions served by attentive, friendly waitstaff.
Irish specialties are my favorites on the menu, they have a decent curry believe it or not. The corned beef, in sandwich or dinner, is moist and tender, just like grandma made. Soups are wonderful and the veggies are often a surprise; they seem freshly prepped, not reheated frozen. The prices are very reasonable for the portion sizes; doggie bags are in your future at Ashford House, but the leftovers are too yummy to waste on the dog!
Darvin had a huge showroom, lots of values to choose from and a wide selection of different types of furniture and accessory styles. However, their sheer size can lead to one hand not knowing what the other is doing, especially if you special order mechandise.
The biggest issue I have with Darvin is that they, unlike most other furniture stores, require you to pay for your order in full three days prior to getting a delivery date scheduled, rather than paying for it at time of delivery. This leads to a comedy of errors when you've already paid for merchandise that shows up wrong and has to be reordered.
For this reason, and this reason alone, we will not longer be buying anything from Darvin unless we pick the merchandise up ourselves so we can inspect prior to paying.
We tried Dusties on a busy Sunday, hoping that since iit is buffet style food a crowd would keep the kitchen hopping filling up the line with fresh, hot choices.
It didn't. If you're looking for quality, fresh, well-seasoned Southern comfort/soul food, head further north into the city and get some freshly made elsewhere. Much of this food had the same taste, as though everything was fried in the same grease...that wasn't changed often enough.
Everything we tried was either gummy and clumped together; dried out and overcooked or oily/greasy. Not recommended, especially not at the prices charged.
If you try nothing else at Charleyhorse, you must at least get a bowl of the San Diego Chicken Soup. Thick, rich, well seasoned and obviously homemade, a half a sandwich (try the beef & cheddar!) and a bowl of this better than mama makes delight is perfect for a casual evening meal.
Big bar space is well designed with tables for eating, and the non-bar side is much quieter and apart from the bar. Awesome patio overlooking a huge retention pond is one of the best in the Lincoln Way area.
Prices are right, food is tasty, they have daily specials (the Mexican specials are just so-so) on food and beverages. A bit more family friendly than their original long-time favorite in Orland Park, but keep in mind that on Friday and Saturday nights this is more of a drinking hotspot than a dining destination.
This is one confused place that seems to be trying hard, with friendly owners that appear to care, but it needs serious help with the kitchen and/or waitstaff.
Chaos reins supreme; the waitresses and owner/management are plentiful, but no one seems to have a handle on what anyone else is doing. Way too long for food and drink for such a quick and casual spot. Menu is mostly pub grub, with a few surprises. Often, the "restaurant" side seems to be closed for dining, and you have to eat in the bar side, which might not be desired for all families.
Overall? This bar with food has flashes of being a better restaurant, but needs some help getting things under control. The area needs more locally owned quality spots as an alternative to the chains, and with it's nice location and pretty decor, Charlestons could step it up and shine.
Big, boistrous cavernous space is LOUD and that's even at lunchtime. Smaller dining rooms off to the side offer a bit of respite from the din, but you can tell the heart and soul of this place is the bar. Nice outdoor walled patio for lunch or early evening dining.
Vast, varied menu is spotty on the quality, and you can order the same item and have it look and taste different two visits in a row. They do make excellent salads and sometimes offer very tasty homemade soups. I'd recommend this place for a nice, decently priced lunch, and then drinks and apps with friends. Not very family friendly with the big bar scene happening in main room. Parking is plentiful.
First glance: beautiful, contemporary & clean space w/wonderful music/sound system. Original & different drink/martini list was a way cool treat and intrigued us for the menu/food to come.
Which is where Bamboo Blue falters a step or two. It seems to be trying to find it's soul, and offers too much variety, which leads to inconsistancy in the dining experience.
Sushi. Corn chowder. Pomme Frites. Indian influences. Japanese Kobe beef. Korean dishes. Noodle bowls. Crab legs. Vietnamese dishes.
Too much on the menu makes it more likely that the kitchen will be stressed and present underwhelming dishes, and that's exactly the case at Bamboo Blue. They need to pare down the menu and focus on what's left. It has the bones to be exceptional and a unique choice in the south suburbs.
Restaurant has been less than half full when we've visted, and were immediately seated without reservations on weeknights. Service, whether always the case or due to lack of filled tables, was amazing and personable. Our waiter (who was also the bartender, I think) even coerced us into dessert one evening, and it was the high point of our dining experience that night.
I'd recommend Bamboo Blue if you're wanting something other than steak, seafood, pasta and like Asian influenced dishes. I would like to see them tighten up the ship as far as the menu is concerned; it could only be better.
Great location by land or water makes this a perpetual favorite at the Lake. Better-than-you'd-expect food is a step above the average bar/pub fare and tastes fresh and just cooked, not warmed up in the microwave - prices are fairly reasonable for the quality, too.
Sit on the deck overlooking the weekend no-wake zone and it's a parade of boats large and small. Friendly waitstaff, good bands, good drinks and a more family-friendly atmosphere than some other places.
EZ to access, well protected & plentiful docks for those arriving by water and lots of parking for landlubbers. Check out the Dock Dogs Competition if you get a chance, it's a real treat and something different to enjoy at the lake!
This local jewel in an unlikely location features an intimate dining room, impeccible, friendly service, and delicious food.
A deceptively simple menu looks small at first glace, but this is a place that specializes in doing food right...so I'd rather they focus their attention on clean, well prepared dishes that are always fresh and tasty. A different martini special of the month shows the underlying humor and good will of the owners - the Halloween martini included candy corn, for instance!
Specials are always superb, soups and salads are worth spending the small extra amount. The wedge salad is one of the best I've ever had. Pork chops w/sweet potato fries is a favorite, they also do a gorgeous tuna w/wasabi mashed that's as good as anything you'll find in downtown Chicago. Desserts are huge and ridulously rich, some are large enough for four to share. The only clunker we've ever had was the fried lobster, which was not worth ordering again.
Parking can be tricky on busy weekend evenings, and reservations for Friday and Saturday are a must.
Chicago fare at south suburban prices makes this a valued addition to the Joliet area diningscape.
Dressed-down interior w/inexpensive-feeling buildout including poor lighting and dressed down fixtures sets the stage for a hit or miss dining experience. Menu is printed on blackboards, ala Buca, but lack descriptions of what the dish consists of. Appetizers seem to come from the freezer to the microwave and are grossly overpriced for portion size. Entrees are spotty - some daily specials can be fresh and tasty, other items are likely to show up over or undercooked. Service is often very poor, with long delays for initial order taking, drinks/refills and follow up. The tab for two with appetizer and dinner is too high for the decor, food and service. Attractive bar area makes tasty mixed drinks, and parking is adequate even on busy nights. Overall, runs a poor second to the popular location in Tinley Park.