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Little Joe's on Taylor(longish)

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Little Joe's on Taylor(longish)

Sharona Rae | Feb 6, 2004 10:01 AM

Although it was very snowy and a little difficult to park, yesterday's trip to Little Joe's was downright fun!
Pay parking is available in a UIC lot on Halsted if you can't find a meter on Taylor. Meters are free after six M-Sat.
The waitress was late, so the "Chef" came out and greeted us happily and said we were "die hards" for coming out in the snowy weather.
Joe was behind the bar serving up drinks and joking around and talking with patrons. I was pleased to find a fine, reasonably priced(under $5) Pinot Grigio.
We started with the fried cheese ravioli and it was just what you'd expect. The marinara sauce was thin, but certainly homemade and tasty. It was enough to decide to try pasta next trip. I ordered the Sicilian sausage with peppers, onions and fried new potatoes. My friend ordered the chops prepared the same way. The chef stated we were "going all out tonite." We were both satisfied and happy with our choices. Plenty left over to bring home for the $12 which included a rather wimpy iceberg salad. Maybe try the minestrone instead of salad.
Dessert(a cannoli) was average and heated in the micro for some reason. Go somewhere else for dessert, as this place is really just a homey neigborhood bar that happens to serve pretty good basic Italian food.
I enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, and the friendly service. It's small with maybe 8 tables.
There is so little on Taylor that's not corporate. I found it to be a breathe of fresh air with no PRETENSE attached.

Bon Appetit!

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