Saturday, March 26, 2011


As I mentioned yesterday, there are going to be some changes around here. While I am still looking for a bit more feedback from all of you, I thought I would start with one of the definite changes I was planning on making and that is my new way of writing my restaurant reviews. Rather than giving my personal review in a story format as I have done in the past, I have come up with a set of categories/topics that I plan on answering for each restaurant that I visit. In doing this, I thought it would cover all of the major bases and make it much easier for me to stay on top of my reviews, and also will be more reader-friendly. Since this will be my first restaurant review in this format, I am definitely looking for any of your thoughts on things that I maybe could add/take out. And now, it's on to the review..

In yesterday's Foodie Friday post, I ended with letting you all know that the boyfriend and I were off to try a Costa Rican restaurant that had been recommended to us. Here is the lowdown.

Restaurant: Irazu
Cuisine: Costa Rican (For those of you that have not had Costa Rican food before, I would describe their menu as a combination of Mexican, Central/South American, and Cuban flavors.
Neighborhood: Bucktown
Ambiance: Casual, Family Friendly
Things You Should Know: 
1. BYOB (There is no corkage fee!).
2. Cash only.
3. They cater and deliver.
4. You will have to wait, the restaurant is small.
5. They do have outdoor seating, which would be really nice once the weather is a bit warmer. 
6. The restaurant will be featured on Guy Fieri's show Diners, Drive-ins, and Diners on the Food Network in the near future. 
7. They are closed on Sundays. 
My Menu Picks: Of course I started off with two appetizers, and yes we were copycats and ordered pretty much exactly what we had had at Habana Libre a few months back. 

3 Empanadas - 2 Cheese, and 1 Beef & Potato
 (which came with a pico de gallo for dipping)

Fried Yuca with a side of Mojo (garlic oil)

For my main course, I ordered the chicken Casado (an authentic Costa Rican dish according to their menu, made with caramelized onions, white rice, black beans, sweet plantains, an over easy egg, & cabbage salad). 

Favorite Bite of the Night: Definitely the empanadas! Both the cheese and beef and potato were excellent. I wish I had ordered the empanadas as my main course!
Final Thoughts: Since the boyfriend and I went in with high expectations, I have to say I was a little disappointed. The food was good, but I definitely wouldn't say it was great. And in my opinion, while it wasn't expensive, it was a little overpriced for what it was. We both agreed that it was basically equivalent to the quality of a burrito stand, which is not a bad thing if you are in the mood for that sort of food, but we had just gone into it with a bit of a different mindset. I don't know that I will be going back in the near future, but I am glad that we ventured out and tried something different.

Until Next Dine!

1865 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 

Overall Rating: C
Price Range: $$

1 comment :

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

h and i went here on one of our first dates! i brought beer and it was summertime :) i really LOVED the empanadas too.. so good. everything else was meh. i think its a good place to go in the summertime for apps and drinks. love the new review questions! xoxo jcd

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