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Yellow Pages

Rene G | Jun 6, 2002 02:29 PM

Each year some people look forward to the new Zagat; I look forward to the phone book. This year’s edition is the best yet for restaurants. I’m talking about the Chicago 2002 Yellow Book, not the SBC Ameritech one. It has over a hundred pages devoted to restaurants.

I haven’t looked at the Entertainment 2002 book and am sure there’s plenty of good stuff (I have to admit I’ve never been much of a coupon person though). You can think of the Yellow Book as the poor man’s Entertainment 2002. It has about 80 restaurant coupons in the front and some are very worthwhile. For example at Lem’s if you buy a whole slab you get $5 off another item. What this means is you get hot links for a buck. Also coupons for Costello’s, Max’s (on Western), Chicago Kalbi, Indian Garden, SuVan’s, Lawrence’s Fisheries, Gigio’s Pizza, Ada’s Deli, Caponies, Vegetarian Express Gourmet, Davis Street Fishmarket (and the other Clean Plate Club places), Club Lago, and lots of others. Several of these are excellent places.

Another nice feature is the full page menus that dozens of restaurants print. Plenty of places from Lem’s to Gibsons list their full menu, often with prices.

The best feature is the obvious one, restaurant listings. As soon as I got my new Yellow Book I sat down with a red pen and started circling. Some restaurants simply have intriguing names. How can you not be interested in places like Big Mama’s Soul Food or Bob’s Egg Palace? Sometimes there’s just a little tidbit in a small ad. Things like "Try Our Famous Mike’s Whole Fried Filipino Chicken" or maybe "Bulgarian Style Ice Cream" (so far I have been unsuccessful with that one). One thing you have to watch out for is that lots of long-gone places are still listed (did they pay in advance for several years?). If you read through this section carefully, you’ll probably have an idea of where I’ll be visiting in the next months.

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