Midtown Kitchen + Bar
GB Note – I went back to Midtown yesterday and now feel like I need to update my review from December 2007. New thoughts are in italics.
Location – 203 N. LaSalle (LaSalle and Lake)
In one word – Appalling
Food – This Americana menu is decent, but I have always felt it’s better on paper. What I’ve liked here – Cheeseburger sliders and mini quesadillas with brie, apple and lime sour cream. Today I tried the veggie burger. The best part? The fries. The burger was all mushy. I couldn’t finish it.
Drink – They have a variety of martinis and cosmos. I’m not really a fan of either. Luckily you can get a decent number of beers on tap.
Service – While a bit slow today, the service was good. We’ve had a large work event here and rented out the entire top floor. They seemed to pull that off well too. It’s interesting that I initially noted that they were slow back in December 2007. The situation has only gotten worse. Here’s a timeline:
12:05 I walk into Midtown and seat myself.
12:10 Our drink order is taken. We tell our server we need a minute to decide on food.
12:20 Waiting for our server.
12:25 Still waiting…
12:28 Grab the nearest employee (who happened to be the General Manager). We give him our order. We also tell him we’re in a rush.
12:40 Waiting for food. I alert our original server that we’ve been waiting for a while for our food. He said he’ll comp our drinks. We ordered Cokes and Ice Teas. How generous. I tell him that we weren’t waiting on drinks. We were waiting on food.
12:47 Our appetizer comes and we finish it in about 2 minutes flat.
12:55 Our entrees come. One of my eating partner’s burgers is all wrong. They have to take it back. I tell our server that I need a box because DESPITE THE FACT THAT I CAME HERE TO EAT AN HOUR AGO, I will not have time to eat my lunch in their establishment.
1:00 The new burger for my eating partner comes out. It’s still wrong. He tells our server about the mistake but still eats it. I receive my box, pack my lunch and leave.
1:20 The rest of my eating partners pay (entrees were half off and drinks were comped). Had I been there, I would have put up a stink and not paid for any of the meal. It’s lunch time in the Loop, properly staff your restaurant.
Scene – I love the decor of the place – simple with mahogany-looking wood. It feels rich. The scene is more lunch/after work, so you’ll see suits and business casual at the tables.
Cost – I paid $18 for a beer and a burger. It was more than I wanted to spend…
If you like, try…Sidebar, Bin 36