Each year some people look forward to the new Zagat; I look forward to the phone book. This years edition is the best yet for restaurants. Im talking about the Chicago 2002 Yellow Book, not the SBC Ameritech one. It has over a hundred pages devoted to restaurants.
I havent looked at the Entertainment 2002 book and am sure theres plenty of good stuff (I have to admit Ive never been much of a coupon person though). You can think of the Yellow Book as the poor mans Entertainment 2002. It has about 80 restaurant coupons in the front and some are very worthwhile. For example at Lems 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 Costellos, Maxs (on Western), Chicago Kalbi, Indian Garden, SuVans, Lawrences Fisheries, Gigios Pizza, Adas 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 Lems 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 Mamas Soul Food or Bobs Egg Palace? Sometimes theres just a little tidbit in a small ad. Things like "Try Our Famous Mikes 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, youll probably have an idea of where Ill be visiting in the next months.