Blog Reviews: Week Of Fake Red Snapper

Chicago’s intrepid food bloggers were all over the damn place last week, in alphabetical order by


• Reasonably priced pastas and quartinos of Italian wine at newcomer Anteprima, where diners can also find hallmarks of “serious rustic Italian cuisine” like baby goat and tripe [Drive-Thru]

• The tapas keeps rolling in at Azucar, which has become quite crowded since we last checked in; plan on a long meal with occasional culinary disappointments [Chicagoist]

• Everything (but the desserts) are exceptionally well-prepared and delicious at Baccala, where the fat content of the dishes is enough to clog the arteries of a teenage athlete [Skillet Doux]

• Finally, a good torta in the Loop from Bombon Cafe, a rapidly expanding mini-empire about to open its fourth location [Drive-Thru]

• Promising Edgewater bistro Cotes de Rhone fails to deliver, with uninspired seafood, characterless chocolate cake, and deadly decor [Drive-Thru]

• Holy crap! Such a thing as seven courses of fish exists, and at Pho 777, they do one better and offer eight. A must eat for under $20, but bring a friend because there’s a minimum of two orders per table [Skillet Doux]

• In all of our coverage of Republic, we never would have thought about lunch there. Turns out, it’s a reasonably good deal [The Stew]

• At Shaw’s Crab House, soft shells are in season and available two ways: tempura’d and satuéed. Get ‘em while they’re hot [Drive-Thru]

• The progenitor of the chain, Tuscany on Taylor keeping it real with tableside mashed garlic, huge, delicious portions, and honest, loving service [Olive&Mason;]

• Stalwart Uncle Julio’s Hacienda provides efficient service and thoroughly enjoyable chips and salsa, both required amenities for families with small children [Chicagoist]

[Photos: Vittorio’s (bottom left) and Endeavors (top right)]


Blog Reviews: Week Of Fake Red Snapper