Coobah is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Whenever I have out of town guests I make sure to bring them here. It's a smaller place so I would recommend making reservations. I've tried almost everything on the menu and have enjoyed every single dish - the chicken negra modelo is my favorite though. Service is always good and I love the decor - the ceiling fans are really cute.
If you love karaoke then you will the this bar. I was there for a friend's bachelorette party (who is a karaoke queen) and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It's definitely a dive but that's good because it means that prices are cheap, the bartenders are cool, and the clientele are laid-back.
The best thing about this bar - two words - tater tots. Yes, they have great specials, it's extremely clean, and service is wonderful, but if all these things were terrible I would still come here just for the tater tots!
If you love beer then you will love The Globe. They have a massive selection of beers from all over the world, hence their name. The few times that I've been there, the service was really great. I love the decor and the fact that soccer or rugby is always playing on the tv.
I started going to Mi Pueblito while attending Millikin University and now, 6 years later, I still think it's the best Mexican food I've ever had. Whenever I'm back in Decatur it's the first place I want to go. My mouth starts salivating on the drive over! Upon arrival, immediately order queso to have with your chips and salsa. I don't know how they make a simple cheese sauce taste so good, but I'm telling you - it's heaven. The rest of the menu is outstanding and inexpensive. They also make a pretty mean margarita.
I happened along this place while looking for some disco wear for a fundraiser and I'm so glad I discovered it. It's such a cute store. Everything in the store was nicely organized by decade and style (making finding a disco dress very easy). They have a plethora of shoes and accessories too to really complete any outfit. The manger who was working while I was there was very knowledgeable and helpful which made my 1st experience top-notch. He even offered to pass out fliers for the "disco" fundraiser I was getting my dress for. What a great guy! What an amazing place!
My dad is from South Dakota and we recently visited this little restaurant on a recommendation. If you are ever out this way - give it a try! The menu is pretty diverse. It seemed to cater to those you might see passing through the area - farmers, college students, and tourists. Being from Chicago I was most at ease with their selection of fish and steaks. I ordered the salmon which had a real nice glaze. My uncle ordered liver and onions which was a favorite of his growing up on the farm. I was also pleasantly surprised with the selection of moderately priced wines. It was refreshing to see most glasses at $6 (which is less expensive than most places in Chicago). The service was very friendly and the place was clean, although a bit outdated.
This place when I first arrived looked very promising - nice decor, nice hostess, and great menu - and then the service began. Sparing you every detail, let me just say that we only saw our waitress twice the whole night - once to take our order and once to drop off our check. The bus boy who was there seemed to be doing all of the work. Being in the industry, I know serving is difficult when your are busy but they weren't even busy - our waitress had one other table besides us! Our food was great - we split the Insalata Via Veneto and then had the Risotto Ai Quattro Formaggi and Ciambotto Italiano Combo (my favorite). It's just difficult to enjoy wonderful food when your water glass is empty and you sit with dirty dishes in front of you for 5 minutes. Maybe you will have better service when going, but don't say I didn't warn you! Thank goodness they have carry-out because that is the only way I would try the food again!
While looking for a nice restaurant to spend our anniversary, my boyfriend and I happened along this place and immediately feel in love. They categorize themselves as Mexican but you won't find your typical burrito or tacos here. It's definitely a high-class Mexican place with exciting dishes like their famous duck nachos, crusted fresh fish, and chipotle mashed potatoes (my favorite). It's a BYOB place which helps keep the cost down on your meal. Service is fantastic - both friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend placing reservations before visiting as this place is usually packed (and rightfully so).
Want the best ice cream treats in Chicagoland? Go to Dairy Star in Lincolnwood, IL. They have a great selection of cones, malts, sundaes, and other favorite indulgences. My absolute favorite thing on the menu is the Freeze. It's a mix of vanilla ice cream and your flavor pick of slushie (i think cherry or orange is the best). The kids that work there are very nice and once you've waited in the always long line, service is always quick. My only complaint is that they aren't open year round!