ever since the kerfuffle over fake or coerced yelp reviews earlier this year, i've put even less stock in online reviews. but over the last couple weeks, i've landed in restaurants with rave reviews online that are actually worthy of rave reviews. i'd offer my own reviews, but when it comes to Yelp, i'm no Chloe S. so here are names and links of some semi-frou frou places worth checking out:
Over Easy Cafe
4943 N Damen. silly good breakfasts, ridiculous-but-worth-it waits.
1706 W Foster. mexican that's better than mamacita used to make. like dentist offices, it's BYOB.
Mercat a la Planxa
638 S Michigan. best catalonian food i ever had. as a bonus, check out the historical, revamped blackstone hotel where the restaurant's located. lovely.
rootstock wine & beer bar
954 N California. the people who gave us the webster wine bar just keep giving.