Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Now that’s kosher

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Located inside the Jewish Community Center, Milk and Honey is a gourmet restaurant that just happens to be kosher. The menu is seafood and vegetarian, and the food is as good and as varied as at any comparable restaurant. Our reviewer loved the lusciously red ahi tuna and the pistachio-crusted sea bass, both perfectly prepared. The selection of vegetarian entrées is enough to rejuvenate the diet of even lifelong vegetarians, and some of the menu items are so good, you won't be able to resist them on a return visit.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Read ’em and eat

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Next door to the Little Professor bookstore and newsstand, Little Café offers well-made salads of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink variety, and decent sandwiches too. But coffee and dessert are where the café shines thus far. Coffees come from a microroaster near Seattle. There's a long list of ice cream sundaes and sodas, including imported Italian confections and gelato, and gourmet ice cream from Oak Park-based, family-owned Ashby’s Sterling. Overall, it's a sweet place to sit, linger and read.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Restaurant rebirth

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

"Upscale casual" is how chef Michael Schmidt characterizes it, with a new menu that ranges from hamburgers and pizza to high-end entrées. The revamped interior is whimsical and eclectic, and the menu is much the same: lots of good stuff without a unifying theme. Hamburgers mingle with port wine reductions and arugula-stuffed trout. Pizzas are topped with duck and chevre. Although there is an emphasis on fish, the menu also offers chicken, steak, duck, veal and pork, as well as a daily vegetarian special.

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