To take the Teevy Challenge, I thought I would post on two places that I have visited recently. I do believe that both satisfy at least one criteria: they have never been mentioned on Chowhound.
A week or so ago, I visited 1492 Tapas Bar, which is located at 42 E. Superior. As one would expect, the place serves tapas, well executed tapas. I was only with one other person, so I cannot post on the breadth of the offerings, but what I did have was quite good. We ordered the tortilla, chorizo, goat cheese and grilled vegetables. I was particularly impressed with the vegetables, crisp tender and well dressed with a sherry vinaigrette. The restaurant fills three floors of a greystone with decor that is pleasantly rustic with beautiful stained glass and interesting glass sculptures. The service was attentive and prompt. I must say that when I was there at 6:00pm, it was pretty quiet. I did, however, note that at least two of the other tables were families speaking spanish, an encouraging sign. All in all, I would reccomend 1492 Tapas Bar. If you go, don't expect the high energy of Cafe Iberico or the vast selection of Ba-ba-Reeba, but it is a nice addition to the tapas landscape in Chicago.
Another place that I have visited recently is the ironically named Ammo. Ammo is a charming spot for breakfast in Lincoln Square, filled with french country chairs, black and white toile accented with pink. Located at 2601 W. Leland, Ammo is a nice addition to an already charming street. As many of you know, the el is above ground at that location, so there is a real small town feel to the block, which includes a flower store and a pet shop. Enough about the externals, let's talk food. Let's just put it this way, while they do serve all three meals, it's a place for breakfast. I had good coffee, crisp bacon, and fluffy pancakes. My husband was not so lucky. He ordered smoked salmon and a bagel. After 10 minutes of foraging in the kitchen, our server sheepishly informed us that the previous night's staff had apparently discarded the remaining salmon. His bagel was adequate. I wouldn't say that Ammo is a destination spot, but if you live near Lincoln Square or are around there at breakfast time, it's a nice stop.
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