Nothing brings us more joy than bringing you new menus! Here’s what’s on:
• Cafe Marbella, Tapas, 3446 W Peterson Rd:
Tastiest Tapas - Higos Con Tocino (wrapped figs with bacon, served with brandy cream sauce), $6.95
Choice Quote - “With its combination of BYO status, easy parking, fabulous tapas and low prices, Marbella is easily the best new place I know for big convivial dinners on a wintry night.” - Monica Eng, The Stew
• Café Mediterra, Mediterranean, 728 S Dearborn St:
Savoriest Speciality - Kallayah (beef tenderloin tomato stew; prime tenderloin beef cubes sauteed with peppers, onions and fresh herbs), $12
Choice Quote - “I give that the food and drinks are very respectable, but I’m still angry this place gave up its homey, inviting feel for cafe roamers (back when it was Cafe Gourmand) in favor of doing itself up (or whatever) to be a more typical downtown establishment.” - Seth M., Yelp
• The Grill, American & Southern Catering, 1959 W 13th St:
Most Exciting Meat Option - tie between baked turkey legs and beef neck bones. Also, brown sugared ham. (Part of $17.95 per person catering menu)
Choice Quote - “Try the salmon croquettes, beef short ribs, and the honey baked turkey legs are to die for!” - a shill on MenuPages. Good try, guys!
• Noodles & Company, global noodle shop, 180 N Michigan Ave:
Least Boring Noodle - Indonesian Peanut Saute (a spicy peanut sauce and rice noodle stir-fry with broccoli, carrots and cabbage. Asian sprouts, cilantro, crushed peanuts and lime on top. Tasty with chicken breast), $7.25 for a large with chicken. Probably Indonesian in name only. And shouldn’t it be “satay”?
Choice Quote - “Nation’s Restaurant News declared it a Hot Concepts! winner in 2001. Ernst & Young named Kennedy Entrepreneur of the Year in the “consumer products” category in 1993. ColoradoBiz magazine named it the top retail/wholesale company in Colorado in 2003.” - Wikipedia
• Rick’s Cafe Chicago, French/Italian/Spanish (!), 3915 N Sheridan:
Most expensive entree - tie, Paella Valenciana (arborio rice, clams, mussels, salmon, sea scallops, shrimps and vegetables, seasoned with pure saffron and cooked in an authentic paella pan) and Filet Mignon (grilled and topped with our chef’s red Bordeaux sauce with mashed potatoes), both $27.95
Choice Quote - “Rick’s Cafe Chicago is a cozy and romantic, upscale, BYOB cafe featuring dishes from France, Italy, and Spain…18 years of dedicated experience!” - their website. Well, if they’ve been around 18 years, they must be doing something right. Like BYOB.
[Photo: Noodle & Company’s infamous Indonesian Saute, from their website]