LYFE Kitchen – Evanston, IL

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I recently went to LYFE Kitchen, a nice spot with a large outdoor patio looking out onto downtown Evanston. After looking at the menu, I realized it served only healthy foods. And as most healthy foods, the prices were pretty high as well, but I’m trying to be healthy so I gave it a try. I’m […]

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Hot Doug’s – Avondale, Chicago, IL

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Before getting into my review, let me begin with some tragic news. Doug Sohn, the proud and fearless owner of Hot Doug’s, will be closing the restaurant’s doors permanently in October. That means you need to get up and stuff your face with hot dogs before it goes. Chicago is known for its dogs: a […]

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The Bristol – Bucktown, Chicago, IL

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Brunchatize me, Cap’n! If you’ve ever been to or heard of Chicago, you know this city LOVES its brunch. If it’s Saturday, it’s preparation for a long night of shenanigans ahead. If it’s Sunday, it’s recuperation from Saturday night. Either way, some delicious breakfast at noon goes a long way. The Bristol needs no introduction; […]

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Kafein – Evanston, IL

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Kafein is a great little coffee shop I’ve been coming to since high school. It has a hipster ambiance, with velvet curtains, old vintage books along the walls, and 1970’s Trivial Pursuit cards on every table. They have tables, wooden benches, and couches to choose from for seating. It’s a really great place to hang […]

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Le Tastevin – Ile de St. Louis, Paris, France

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5 Lizards!! Pictured: Escargots in butter and garlic sauce, 2013 Beaujolais, veal in mushroom sauce, flank steak in mustard sauce Yes, my first official 5 Lizard rating. I heard stories of the fantastic food in France and all of the food I had eaten up until this point was fantastic. But no one told me there were restaurants […]

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Plachutta – Vienna, Austria

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4.5 Lizards. Pictured: Filet Tips in a Chanterelle Cream Sauce, Two Types of Tafelspitz, Cranberry Kombucha. Plachutta is famous for their Tafelspitz, or boiled beef (I know it may sound gross but I promise, it’s really very good). They also put emphasis on their use of Chanterelle mushrooms. It’s definitely a new and unique dining […]

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Au Pied de Fouet – Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, Paris, France

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4.3 Lizards. Pictured: Fish special, lapin (rabbit) dish, duck confit, steak tartare Well, this place is on a side street off of Saint-Germain. We found it through one of those Paris recommendation books. First good sign – there were a lot of locals eating there. This was clearly a bistro done right. Next good sign […]

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Kyoto Sushi – Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

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2 Lizards.                              Pictured: Vegetable Udon Noodle Soup, Spicy Tuna Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll, Spicy White Tuna Roll, Rainbow Delight Roll Before I begin, I should point out that I’m kind of a sushi snob. That being said, I can recognize when […]

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La Goulette – N. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

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With my first review post comes my rating system: Lizards! Yes, it’s based on my name. On a scale of 1-5, one Lizard is a cringe-worthy place and five Lizards could be Michelin-rated (if I was a Michelin rater). Everything in between is in between. You know how numbers work! La Goulette was a solid 4 Lizards. Pictured: Chicken Shawarma, Tunisian […]

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