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A July 2007 trip to Chicago by Chicago_Dave

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Quote: I'm still in Chicago and still hungry...here is a continuation of my "Chicago Dining" journal series, where I visit restaurants in my hometown.

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Schwa Restaurant is a different kind of "fine dining" restaurant.

Lucille's Tavern is a cut above typical bar food.

Gino's East has the deep dish goods.

Carriage Greens Country Club - Sandtrap Grill is a nice place to visit if you are in the south west suburbs.

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Schwa Restaurant

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Schwa Restaurant Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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As of Oct 8 2007 Schwa is "closed indefinitely."Schwa has been up and running for a couple of years now, and it is still one of the most interesting "foodie" places in Chicago. It does not have valet parking, or a bar, or a maitre’d, or a waitstaff. There are only 14 tables in the storefront restaurant. Chef Michael Carlson works with Nathan, Blake, and Aaron (although I have heard Nathan has left), and that is the entire staff! Michael and crew prepare the food, serve it, and clear the tables. They also answer the phones. Reservations are a must, given the small dining room and popularity of the restaurant. Call well before 5:30pm, as once they start serving, no one will answer the phone....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2007

Schwa Restaurant
1466 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(773) 252-1466

Schwa Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Schwa Restaurant Menu"

Schwa Restaurant Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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As of Oct 8, 2007 Schwa is "closed indefinitely." Menu from Spring 2007 Peas & CarrotsWhat kind of restaurant offers peas & carrots? Well they are not the kind your mom made. Small pieces of crunchy, Thai-style pickled carrot were served in a small bowl along with a paper thin sheet of pea-wasabi 'nori.' I quickly gave up on the chopsticks and simply picked it up with fingers.OystersThis dish combined lightly-breaded and flash-fried oysters with, of all things, oatmeal with maple syrup, studded with plump, warm raisins. Also served with this was a raw oyster shooter in a tiny shotglass at the top corner of the plate. This seemingly wacked-out com...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2007

Schwa Restaurant
1466 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(773) 252-1466

Gino's East

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Gino's East Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Gino’s East opened in 1966, and quickly made its way into the top five Chicago pizza places (of course that is a very subjective list). They became well known for their deep dish pizza and cornmeal crust, and for the sheer size of their pizzas. At the 162 E. Superior Street location (the flagship restaurant), the decor (and I use the term loosely) was also well-known: besides the classic red and white checkered table clothes, any part of the dark paneled booths or walls were fair game for carving or writing your name, date of visit, or just about any (non-profane) thing that you could think. Quite some time ago, however, the flagship restaurant closed, replaced by a super-sized Buona beef...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2007

Gino's East
162 E. Superior
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 266-3337

Carriage Greens Sandtrap Grill

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Schwa Restaurant Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Carriage Greens Country Club is a public-welcome country club, located in Darien, IL, 25 miles southwest of Chicago. Carriage Greens features an 18-hole golf course and pro shop, banquet facilities, and even a gazebo designed for weddings. Of course an integral part of the golf experience is the "19th hole," also known as the bar. At Carriage Greens, that is the Sandtrap Grill.The dining room features a long bar (one television at either end) that runs about half the distance of the entire room, with ample seating at the bar and at tables spread through the room. The rest of the room simply has tables. Large windows run the length of the room across from the bar, although they face the fro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 24, 2007

Carriage Greens Sandtrap Grill
8700 Carriage Greens Drive
Darien, Illinois 60561
(630) 985-3400

Lucille’s Tavern and Tapas

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Lucille’s Tavern and Tapas Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Lucille’s Tavern and Tapas is more bar than restaurant, but the food they offer is far above the typical burger/wing/nacho bar food nibbles that many places serve. On a recent early Saturday night, around 6pm, we stopped in for a bite. Surprisingly, the place was just about empty except for three folks at the bar. Just a handful of other couples and groups stopped in while we ate. I understand the place does tend to get quite crowded later on at night when the "bar vibe" really takes over, but the upside of a nearly empty restaurant is attentive (almost hovering) service.In addition to a few wrought iron tables and chairs on the sidewalk, Lucille’s has some tables set near the front window...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 24, 2007

Lucille’s Tavern and Tapas
2470 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 929-0660