CloverDrinks: the new HopCat in Ann Arbor

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HopCat just opened this Valentine’s Day in downtown Ann Arbor, right across from the Liberty St parking garage. We visited on a Sunday afternoon, usually not a very busy time, but it was packed! It was cool that they texted you when your table was ready, a nice use of technology.  Also, having ‘cat’ in the name, a picture of a cat, and therefore the ability to use cat puns in advertising (“Joint us for brunch right meow!”) is a nice bonus! (more…)

CloverEats: Cocoro in River North, Chicago

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I met up with one of my friends for ramen the other week. At first, we tried to go to High Five Ramen, but they weren’t open yet for the night, so we headed up to Cocoro instead. We were able to find street parking just around the corner, and were seated as soon as we entered. We started off with some fantastic matcha green tea, which was much richer and more flavorful than other teas I’ve tried. It was pretty empty when we arrived, but soon began filling up with a surprising number of Japanese businessmen, which I took to be a good sign of the restaurant’s authenticity. (more…)

CloverEats: Valentine’s Day at Paesano

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We’ve passed by Paesano countless times but somehow I’ve never blogged about them.  It was a snowy Valentine’s Day, but we made the trek out Washtenaw Ave for a lunch date.  The restaurant was mainly decorated for Mardi Gras, but there was a little table with some lovey-dovey pieces.   (more…)

CloverEats: Blue House Korean BBQ in Mundelein

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I’m a huge fan of Korean BBQ.  There’s something so fun about getting together to cook and chat over a fire, even if it’s usually a bit more expensive than a regular meal, as well as a bit longer.  I saw this particular place in a strip mall while driving the other day, and decided to check it out.  There’s plenty of parking right outside the restaurant. (more…)

CloverEats: bellyQ in West Loop

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The last time we were downtown on Randolph, we walked all the way from Au Cheval to bellyQ, only to find that it was closed and then subsequently walked all the way back to Grange Hall. This time, I made sure that bellyQ would be open by making reservations. I had read about their drinking vinegars and was super excited to finally get to eat here.BellyQ-1 (more…)

CloverEats: The Silo in Lake Bluff

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Back in the day, when I used to burn thousands of calories swimming, I loved coming to The Silo after a tough practice for a deliciously satisfying pizza.  It’s been a longtime family favorite.  There’s a large parking lot around the barn-shaped building.  It has tons of seating, so even when it’s the busy dinner rush, there isn’t too long of a wait. The restaurant has a lot of charm, from its welcoming giant silo to little details like water games for children. It’s a very family-friendly restaurant. (more…)

CloverEats: Sushi Kushi Toyo in Lake Forest

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I believe there are several Sushi Kushi restaurants in the North Shore area.  We got here only a little bit after opening and it was already pretty full.  The restaurant actually has a really nice feel to it, with lots of light colored wood and paper barriers giving you the feel of personal space.  The restaurant soon became completely packed, and so at times our waitress was literally running around trying to get everyone’s orders.  I assume it’s much less busy during the lunch hour on a non-holiday week, which is nice because like all sushi restaurants, they have some good lunch specials. (more…)

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