A report on some varied dining experiences in Albany Park:
Tre Kronor, 3258 W. Foster--I've tried this place twice for breakfast in the past couple of weeks and have not been disappointed. The room is small, bustling and pleasant; the service is friendly and efficient; the food is flavorful and well prepared. I have ordered and/or sampled the french toast with orange, cinnamon and vanilla, the Belgian waffle with whipped cream and fresh fruit, and the corned beef hash. All dishes were very good, with my favorite being the Belgian waffle. The waffle itself has the right combination of fluffiness and substantiality, and the house made whipped cream is outstanding and plentiful. A decadent and delicious breakfast.
Taqueria El Rincon, Kimball south of Lawrence across from the El Station--I positively commented on Taqueria El Rincon six or eight weeks earlier, and have had nothing but good experiences there since. I really enjoy the absolutely huge rajas and flor de calabaza quesadillas there, and find their tortillas more flavorful and satisfying than Dona Lolis'. The steak gorditas are also very good--the steak is definitely better than average taqueria meat, and El Rincon uses a really pungent queso fresco that I like quite a bit. I'm not sure if their steak offerings surpass those of Taqueria y Supermercado Chappala on Clark near Dona Lolis--which I haven't visited lately, but remember as being very good, served with roasted onions and jalapenos--but they are definitely worth a try.
George's King Kabob, Kedzie south of Lawrence, across from Andy's Fruit Ranch--Ravenous with late night hunger and craving shawerma, my wife and I desperately wanted to love this place, especially after realizing it has a billiards table in back and serves as a social club for middle eastern immigrants. But the food, on the occasion we visited at least, just wasn't good. We tried the beef shawerma and the chicken kabob sandwich and were equally disappointed with both. Each sandwich was doomed by the same problem--incredibly dry meat that made the food almost impossible to swallow. I finished neither of the sandwiches I ordered (for me, this is almost unprecedented), and my wife didn't finish hers, either. The sandwiches also lacked a freshly made accompanying dressing, as at Shawerma King, a fact I found disappointing. Anyway, I don't think there's much reason to go here if Shawerma King is open.