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Ray’s New York Pizza [Sandy Springs]

Cantina Laredo [Chicago]

Let me start off by saying this restaurant is gorgeous. The atmosphere is amazing! There are two floors for dining. The first floor was a bit more crowded, and set up more like your typical restaurant. The second floor, where we dined, was arranged like a lounge. There was a very relaxing and laid back ambience that I truly enjoyed, especially after walking all day. There were huge windows they let open and allowed for the cool breeze to come through. It was great!

I will say this though, the menu was lacking. They did not offer a lot of items, at least not to my liking. Thankfully, I was able to locate something to eat. I ordered a quesadilla with a small side of guacamole. The quesadilla was pretty good, but the guacamole stole the spotlight. I absolutely love avocados and I love guacamole. I’m not easily moved by a lot of guacamole, but this was definitely noteworthy. It was fresh and wonderfully prepared.

Our service was pretty good. Our glasses stayed full, our complimentary chips and salsa were brought out quickly, and all of our questions were answered throughly and truthfully. He also provided us with recommendations when asked.

I would recommend this restaurant. The food was good, but if you’re looking for a wide variety of Mexican food to try, this place probably won’t suit your needs. It’s not a typical Mexican restaurant. It’s more “modern” as it states under the restaurant name.

*There are other locations around the Nation.

Jack Melnick’s [Chicago]

Chicago is known for many things including great food like Italian Beef, Deep Dish Pizza and Hot dogs. So, when we came across Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, we were a little hesistant because it claims to have award winning wings. However, we were super hungry and didn’t want to walk anywhere else.

This restuarant is setup like your typical bar/resturant. There was a bar in the center, with high tops and four-top tables surrounding it. It is very remnisicent of TGI Fridays or Chilis.

Within minutes of being sat, we were greeted by our server. He was nice and cordial. We had several questions, and he was able to answer each one throughly. The only compaint about our service is that I think he was tired, which caused him to be a little forgetful. We’d order something and he’d forget we mentioned it. Even with his forgetfulness, I thought the service was good.

The menu definitely had its share of appetizing entrees, but as I mentioned before, this place was awarded for its great wings.  It was a necessity that we try the wings. We didn’t want the wings as an entree. So, we ordered the combo wings, which  included 4 traditional wings and 4 Poncho wings. While I did like the traditional wingsl, I definitely liked the Poncho wings better. They were grilled and marinaded in Garlic and Cayenne Pepper. I thought it was going to be spicy, but it wasn’t at all, which is probably why I really liked them and would recommend them. For my entree, I ordered buffulo fries drizzled in bleu cheese and a turkey burger with Swiss cheese, onions, mushrooms and avocado. Yes, I took it all the way, and have no regrets. This was so good, and was definitely one of the best turkey burgers I’ve ever had. It was huge and I could only finish a half. It was grilled just right! It wasn’t too soft or too hard, it was perfecto!

I had a really good dining experience here. The food is affordably priced, the service is good, and the food was amazing. I’d definitely recommend this spot to visitors to the Chicago area and to the native Chicagoans.

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