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  • “Famiglia” style … not

    A long, long time ago, on a Del Webb day trip far, far away, as we were passing by a restaurant, our friendly escorts Jan and Jerry suggested we review it. We put them on the “fast track” and only three short years later, we finally found the time to do it.

  • A Polska Tradycja

    Over the Labor Day weekend, we were invited to an “end of the summer” party. Jim must be slipping in his old age, since it took him a while to nonchalantly drop the fact that we are the Dining Duo into the casual conversation with other guests. As a result, we did receive a lot of good recommendations and were asked several questions. One inquiry was about a new Polish restaurant in Hoffman Estates called Tradycja (Tradition).

  • No holds barred at Bar Louie

    Nancy and her bowling babes were bummed out when they realized one of their favorite lunchtime haunts, Uno’s Pizzeria in Schaumburg, was closing. They were un-bummed out when they found realized “Bar Louie” was taking over that location. Her bowling babes said, “You’re the trained professional, go check it out.” So Nancy took off her bowling shirt. I put on my loose fitting work pants. We both hopped in the Dining Duo Mini-Mobile, and off we went to Bar Louie in Schaumburg.

  • @ Bangkok Thai & Sushi is where it’s @

    A time-honored tradition in most neighborhoods in Sun City is the monthly or bi-monthly ladies luncheon. One person is chosen as a scout to scour the countryside for a restaurant to descend upon. They make their choice, they send out the invitations, wait for the responses, and then let the games begin.

  • It’s a beautiful day in “The Neighborhood”

    It was a beautiful day in our neighborhood, and we decided to pay a visit to the new Niko’s Tavern & Neighborhood Grill in Pingree Grove.

  • Imported from Sicily

    Today’s restaurant that we will be reviewing was brought to our attention by several of our loyal readers. Hopefully now they will stop nagging us, just kidding…This review is on Dominick’s Italian Ristorante in West Dundee.

  • ‘Tip toe’ to Vickie’s Place

    Herbert Buckingham Khaury wrote us from the great beyond with a tip about his favorite eatery. You may remember him as Tiny Tim who “Tip Toed Through the Tulips” and married his Miss Vicki in 1969 on the Johnny Carson Show. He told us about Vickie’s Place in McHenry. Now do you get it? We know it’s a stretch, but it’s the best we could come up with.

  • Is it Ruth’s Restaurant or Chris’s???

    Jim and Nancy do not disclose the fact that they will review a restaurant before they attend, ensuring their reviews are unbiased and uninfluenced by their position with the Sun Day. Is it Ruth’s Chris Restaurant or Chris’s Ruth Restaurant? Believe it or not, Nancy always seems to get tongue tied when she tries to […]

  • A tasty Texas treat

    One Saturday afternoon, Nancy and I jumped into the Dining Duo mini-mobile with the plan to review a Chinese restaurant in Palatine that was recommended by one of our readers. Upon arrival, the parking lot was completely empty and we discovered they were closed for vacation. Time to switch to Plan B: a Mexican restaurant in Elk Grove Village also recommended by one of our loyal readers. Once again, we pulled into an empty parking lot and realized they don’t open their doors until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Time to switch to Plan C.

  • Riverview… no, not that one

    When you pass by a place called “Riverview,” you expect to see either “The Bobs” or a view of a river. Not so with this establishment; it is a restaurant and tavern that was established in 1936 called the Riverview Restaurant and Tavern in Algonquin.

  • Drop anchor at Boston Fish Market

    While having dinner with some friends before seeing “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” we received a hot tip about an out of the way restaurant. Our friend Mary told us about a different type of place that is both a fish market and a restaurant all “wrapped up” in one. The name of it is Boston Fish Market in Des Plaines.

  • All fired up for a wild celebration

    From the Sun Day News “Believe It or Not!” category. An old married couple living in Del Webb Sun City, Huntley, Illinois miraculously reviewed 100 different restaurants in the last four years. This can easily be confirmed by their expanding waistlines.

  • A real hidden hideaway

    There’s an expression that has been around forever, namely, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” For the last 20 years, Galati’s Hideaway has moved from three different locations in Cary. They ran, but they couldn’t hide from the Dining Duo!

  • Score: Bulldogs – 1, Marzanos – 0

    Another one bites the dust! Restaurants seem to come and go. We come to a restaurant, review it, and a year or so later, they go. Was it something we said?

  • Uno, dos, tres, quatro, Cinco … de Mayo

    If you’ve been a loyal reader of the Sun Day News, you may remember Mason Souza, a previous Assistant Editor. In the beginning of our tenure here, he recommended Los Fernandez Restaurant in Hoffman Estates. Since he was affiliated with the paper, we put his recommendation on top of our “To Do” list, and after only four short years, his turn finally arrived.

  • “Ping” scores a hole in one

    After “puttering” around in the garage, Jim’s thoughts turned to springtime. He decided to dust off his old Ping golf clubs and noticed they needed new grips. He Googled “Ping” and found Chef Ping’s in Rolling Meadows. With him it always seems to go back to food…

  • Around the clock … almost

    It’s that time of year again when Americans have to “pay the piper.” We’re referring, of course, to income tax time.

  • Fill ‘er up…

    One weekend we were out and about doing all of our mundane, required errands when we noticed the Dining Duo Mini-mobile’s gas tank was running low. We also noticed that the Dining Duo’s tummy tanks were running low. As luck would have it, we were passing by what seemed to be an old service station in St. Charles called the Filling Station Pub and Grill.

  • False advertising! But that’s just fine

    When you go to a Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant you expect chicken. When you go to a Burger King Restaurant you expect burgers. When you go to a Hooter’s Restaurant you expect … er, maybe that’s not a good example, never mind.

  • Size does matter

    Cosmetic companies have very clever ways of enticing customers to buy their products. Several times a year they offer a “Bag O’ Free Stuff” if you purchase a certain amount from their make-up technicians that look like nurses. One Saturday during their “Bonus Time,” Nancy decided to stock up on her war paint.

  • A Winter Island Getaway

    The winter doldrums are in full swing. Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, and Nancy and I are nipping at each other due to a bad case of “Cabin Fever.” Before we bite each other’s heads off, we decided to try a little island getaway at the Bahama Breeze Island Grill in Schaumburg.

  • Docked for brunch in a friendly port

    If you’ve lived in the Northwest Suburbs for any length of time, you probably know of the Port Edward Restaurant in Algonquin. This has been a landmark in the community for 53 years and counting.

  • Everybody loves a Bimbo…

    A surefire indicator of success is when you have a namesake restaurant. There is Harry Caray’s, Wolfgang Puck’s, and Wendy’s, just to name a few. I couldn’t wait to tell Nancy she had achieved this great honor when I discovered Bimbo’s Italian Restaurant in McHenry. Note to all males, don’t do this, it will not end well…

  • The Diners decide: Top 10 of 2016

    How time flies when you’re old and having fun! Another year and another 23 restaurant reviews bite the dust. Time once again for the Dining Duo’s “Top Ten” list of this year’s restaurants.

  • “Georgia’s” on my mind

    Purchasing tickets for Bingo in Del Webb is akin to planning a secret military operation in a Third World Country. You have to get up at the butt crack of dawn, have all the troops for your table assembled and ready, and all paperwork must be filled out with your I.D. card and money in hand.

  • Woo-hoo for “Woow”

    Shame on us. Woow Sushi in Algonquin opened its doors in 2013 and even though he repeatedly drove past it, Jim being the moron that he is, never gave it a second thought. It was only after repeated recommendations that he came up with the brilliant idea to check it out. Welcome to my world…

  • All aboard for burgers

    Our “station” in life is to be the best restaurant critics for you, our loyal readers. We “engineer” our articles and try to keep them “on track” even if we have to “blow the whistle” on some of the restaurants. Our “next stop” will be the Cary “depot” and the Tracks Bar and Grill.

  • A confused Confucius

    What do you get when you cross Jimmy Buffet, Jackie Chan, and Disney’s Tiki Room? Give up? You get the Breakers Restaurant in Crystal Lake.

  • A trip to Tony’s Cafe

    While sitting in the Drendel Ballroom engrossed in a heated game of Bingo, we got a hot tip on a new breakfast joint. One of the “Bingo Queens” told us about Tony’s Cafe in Crystal Lake.

  • A homestyle ‘Heritage House’

    Jim’s grandparents emigrated from Bremerhaven, Germany. When Okoberfest draws near, this old man’s fancy turns to thoughts of Sauerbraten and Sauerkraut. Being the ever-vigilant food critics who anticipate our readers’ needs, we wanted to celebrate early so that you won’t miss out on this artery clogging festival.