My New Favorite
Posted on 07 / 21 / 2010
I don't think that I can say enough good things about Karyn's on Green - or Karyn - or Jerry.
I first ate at Karyn's Raw, and the waitress suggested that I try Karyn's Cooked as well as the new Karyn's on Green. As I later discovered, all 3 are terrific, but "Green" is unbelievable. At first glance, you might think that you need to dress up for the experience, but once you enter, you immediately feel relaxed in any dress code you choose.
The waitstaff and others are extremely helpful and friendly. They give you the impression that they really love the place and love working there.
Karyn was there when I was there, which was not much of a coincidence, since she visits all 3 of her restaurants every day. She will come over to talk to every customer - an unequaled personal touch. You are made to feel very much at home here.
When I informed the waitress of my likes and dislikes regarding food, she made several suggestions. The first one was the Potato Leek soup, even though I said that I don't like leeks. Upon placing the first spoonful of the soup in my mouth, I never wanted it to leave. I hesitated to swallow, but I knew there was more in the bowl. Very soon though, it was gone, and I was disappointed. That is, until the waitress's second suggestion arrived. It was a lentil salad that wasn't yet on the menu. I won't bother to try to describe it. I couldn't do it justice.
Next, came the waitress's third suggestion - the barbecue "chicken legs." They were in keeping with the precedence set with the soup and the salad.
This food isn't just great, it's a religious experience.
Now for the desert. We come down to Earth. The Banana's Foster was very imaginative, but too sweet for my taste. That's not a failing, it's just not for me. Then came the second desert (compliments of Karyn, because I told her that I thought of myself as a connoisseur of Vegan cheesecake and wasn't crazy about the one that I had at Karyn's store). It had a coconut taste, which doesn't work for me. I like Vegan cheesecake without coconut. Again, that's not a failing. It's just my taste.
I have eaten at other vegetarian restaurants in the Chicago area, and I planned on going back to them, as well as try new ones, but Karyn's on Green and her other restaurants have made it impossible with my short visits to Chicago, to try other restaurants.