The Chew Chew
The Chew Chew

The Chew Chew

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thechewchew.com/
  • Phone: 7084478781x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner
    Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    (Closed on Sunday with the exception of
    Mother's Day, Father's Day & Easter)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Zimmer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full-Service, Pick-Up or Delivery
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott 708-447-8781x
  • Special Events: The Chew Chew hosts wine & beer dinners throughout the year. We also celebrate Mardi Gras with a weeklong party including a creole menu, fortune teller, magician, belly dancers, costumes & throws.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.
A word from The Chew Chew
Awarded "Best of Chicago" and a "Neighborhood Gem" by Chicago Magazine the Chew Chew is back on track after a complete renovation of their new location in Riverside. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer has re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the previous location which features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Chew Chew reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (30)good for groups (29)kid-friendly (24)great for lunch (20)romantic (16)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Always exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Chew Chew is our neighborhood restaurant gem. Food is exceptional with slight twists on preparing familiar dishes that always please. Wine and beer selection have something for everyone as do their potpourri of phenomenal appetizers and decadent desserts. Chew Chew never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Chewing at Chew Chew
    luvdachewchew
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We live 30 miles from Chew Chew but was referred to us by a friend. My wife and I made the trip not knowing what to expect. Well, we were delighted by the food, service and warm environment. In fact, we liked it so much we took my and son and his girlfriend there the following week. I have never gone to a restaurant of this caliber 2 weeks in a row. Definitely worth it. We'll be back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • overall
    out2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    WE have been to the restaurant a number of time and have enjoyed the food. We have one suggestion and that is don't water down the drinks. I had to send back my cocktail for more liquor in it. I could not taste the cocktail.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very disappointed with waitress. Ordered a glass of wine. Was not explained different sizes and surprised when saw the check. apparently fifferent sizes as the charge was 12.50 per glass. Not what I saw on menu. Should have been asked about size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Riversides Best
    wbgb
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This little restaurant is always on the ball for us .Been going for years and have never been disappointed .Menu changes from time to time to change out menu items and add different items .Wine and drink options are many and staff will find something special .Ask for a wine sample and try different suggestions .Menu items are always fresh and a good selection to fit everyones taste .Always full except for later and on weekdays .Suggest a reservation if you know where you want to sit or your choice for a server { "G"or Jeff are ours } but if not quality time can be spent at the bar for a short wait til a table opens up Owner has been at this for a while and will not disappoint
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    KarenB123
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My husband had the pork chop and it was cooked perfectly and he ate it to the bone! I had the spaghetti squash and it was to die for. We truly enjoyed our "evening out" at the Chew Chew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Every visit I try something different on the menu, and have yet to be disappointed. Definitely a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Night Out
    dinner43
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We really liked the ambiance, it had a warm/cozy feeling to it. Our son liked the way the pictures on the wall resembled windows looking out from a train along with the whole train car decor. Our server was a little difficult to hear and I think he may have missed a few of the specials that we saw coming in, but he was prompt and professional. Our appetizer which was the spinach artichoke dip was just ok, it lacked something. Our wines were excellent, I had the Foxbrook Merlot, my wife a Pinot Noir, I just cannot remember the name. I had the Meyer Ranch Filet which was a little expensive, but very good, especially with the goat cheese and red pepper potatoes. My wife had the Grilled Skirt Steak which she enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    NatCC9VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food at the Chew-Chew is good, but I felt like it was too expensive for the amount of food they give you. I ordered an entrée dish of scallops, and there were only 3 scallops, and it was $25! Everything tasted good, but nothing was super special. I liked the mushroom risotto with truffle oil. I didn't love the dessert, and even the waitress didn't seem to want to recommend any. It's not a bad place, but I won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dependably good food and service.
    lawdog
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I met friends for dinner here. The seating was prompt and the service, as always, was excellent. David was attendant but not annoying since we were engrossed in conversation. The food is creative and delicious. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal here. I highly recommend the place. I'm only disappointed they aren't open for lunch any more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barry
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tuna poke appetizer was excellent but the pretzel appetizer was just a pretzel. Somehow, I expected more. The martinis were great. The standard is made with Bombay and everyone at our table who tasted it thought it was outstanding. My cosmopolitan was perfect. And, the drinks are large!!! The mains were also excellent and there is currently an interesting special menu for Oktoberfest. All in all, a quality restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday time!
    anonymous
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Birthday dinners for my wife and a sister-in-law with my favorite mother-in-law celebrating their "birthing days"! Great time had by all!! Great food and service. All four of us have been there before and this visit was as good or better than the previous ones.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Consistently Outstanding
    jflores
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I went with a group of three and we all had of course the best, I had the snack escargot, a lot for a snack and wonderful, I don't think you should have to give so much bread with that, personally we ate the dish straight, one guest had the duck and could not believe it, never had that before, and then the other guest had the porkchop and could not believe how moist it was and I had the penne pasta which is always excellent. They had a special menu related to Octoberfest kind of food and of course the key lime pie for dessert was outstanding. This is a gem of a place where you always feel like your are at home! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jen P
    JenP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We love the Chew Chew! The food is always fresh and delicious. We celebrate most family birthdays there and it is such a treat for all of us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    After recently moving into the area, my wife and I were told that this place was great. The Chew Chew did not disappoint. Great flavorful dishes, and a knowledgeable staff made for a great experience. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must to dine at
    Patty
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Wonderful food, delightful service staff. Always a winner !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fillup
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Chew Chew is a great place to eat. The service and ambiance is wonderful. The food is delicious. The wait staff have great memories. They know what you like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant in Riverside
    Oakparkbob
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I like to eat here a couple of times a year. The food is good and relatively reasonable. Watch out for the diver scallops entrée. You only get three scallops. They look very lonely on the plate!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum Yum Chew Chew
    GrandmereP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants, as we can always count on outstanding food, pleasant ambience and great service! This visit was with a bunch of rowdy senior women. We had a great time and a half price bottle of wine to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business meeting
    DoctorDave
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I requested a quiet table for a business meeting for two. Chew Chew fulfilled my request in every respect. My table was for four in a quiet corner. There was ample room on the table for my 3 ring binder. The server was excellent and unobtrusive. Their menu had a variety of items that were easy enough to eat so they didn't take away from the conversation. As always with Chew Chew, the food was excellent. It just so happened that I had dinner at the Chew Chew that evening. That experience was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay.
    SGC6
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I cannot say that this was a favorite for me. My group raved about the goat cheese tart that when it made it's way to me was devoured. The rest of the food was just average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent choice!
    AFoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are long-term fans of The Chew Chew but hadn't been there in a while. We were glad to be back. Two of us had the diver scallops with polenta, porcini mushroom jus, and arugula (I think there was also whiskey in the delicious sauce), while the other two had a daily special, rainbow trout with basil pesto. Both were excellent! The service was also attentive and impeccable. Best of all, our guests also became fans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably very good
    BigSamVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant in quaint Riverside. It is immaculately clean with some outdoor tables and a second level that's nice for children. The food is well-chosen and prepared. Excellent salads, oysters, mussels, salmon, burgers. and steaks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Top notch restaurant in the heart of Riverside! AMAZING Food, drinks, service/staff and Chef/Owner Scott.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    silksterVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The best pork chop I have had anywhere in the 'burbs
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Chew Chew in Riverside
    hovstran
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had been meaning to try this close by restaurant for many months, and we finally did last weekend. We had high expectations and I believe that they were exceeded. A second couple was with us. When we visit them in Rogers Park we have no trouble finding wonderful restaurants in Chicago or Evanston, but I struggle to pick a good restaurant when they visit us. We enjoyed sitting upstairs where it seemed a little quieter. Everyone enjoyed the food especially my wife who had spareribs, one of the specials that night. The wait staff was just as attentive as I would want them to be. The tab came to $165 for the four of us with an appetizer, drinks and deserts. At that price we can't be regulars, but we expect to go back many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    Diner222
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I frequent this place often because the food is always excellent, very inclusive wine list and drink options are plentiful and very well made. Service is top notch. Need I say more?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dishes
    Katek
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a great dinner at Chew Chew. We had been here once before in its previous location and thought it was very good. This time it was even better. We were greeted immediately and shown to our table. Warm bread with a yummy herb butter arrived a few minutes later. For appetizers we had the mussels and a linguine special with homemade sausage and mushrooms. Both were really good but the mussels were outstanding and we sopped every drop of the broth with the bread. There were four of us and we all had different entres. Each of us tried the others and they were all outstanding. My favorite was the duck with risotto. The scallops also stood out. I would definitely recommend the Chew Chew if you re in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ruby
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food and service. Menu offer a wide range of options - everything we had was delicious - love the fried pickles!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We needed a quiet spot for a family gathering and they put us upstairs in a quiet corner. The food was wonderful, interesting, delicious. Ambiance wonderful. Service attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey but good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Got the special which was great, but a little pricey. Way too much food for one sitting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A GEM
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great place to meet friend for late lunch or dinner always pleases
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julu 10th
    sheefiVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    we got a lovely corner/window table, it was fun due to the Cruise night outside. everything was lovely. food was delicious esp flatbread/brussel sprouts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This local Gem always pleases whether it is a quick lunch or a relaxed dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch place
    GrandmereP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed meeting friends here for lunch. Service was good without being overbearing, quiet and elegant atmosphere. The shrimp tacos were outstanding, and my friends spoke highly of the spaghetti squash bolognese and the fish and chips. You won't regret a visit to the Chew Chew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the best in near west suburbs
    HinsdaleJoe
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Creative menu and quality, preparation and presentation could not be better Had the lamb burger last two visits, should try something else but now hooked. Good wines at reasonable prices. Great service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JessBVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Very good food. Server was very nice and polite; could have watched drink levels a little more carefully. Martini glasses are a bit ridiculous though. Very small so the drink is spilling all over the tray and table. Not sure why they do that, but easy solution. Overall I enjoyed my experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 425 reviews are from the The Chew Chew reviews archive.
  • So Very Special...Our Chew Chew
    Teewinot
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The cuisine is outstanding with a delightful presentation and excellent service. The variety on the menu plus the specials make this treasure of Riverside a place to return again and again! Kudos to one of my favorite places to dine, but better yet, minutes away! Have a penchant for the Spaghetti Squash, but all the offerings I've experienced are delightful. Never any rushing, but a delightful experience of dining with a friend or friends. Can be a special occasion, or just enjoyment of friendship, excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lst time diner at The Chew Chew
    willowspringsdiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Dinner experience at The Chew Chew was exactly as anticipated after reading the great reviews on YELP. Our reservation was at 5:30 & we were seated approx. 5 min after arrival. We had a cocktail at the bar while waiting. We shared the special Burrata appetizer.. fabulous! Loved that they offered this, as not many restaurants do. My husband had the soft shell crab pasta & I had the almond encrusted trout. Both great. Unfortunately the appetizer filled us up & we were unable to finish our entrees and skipped dessert. That's ok because we had them to enjoy again the next day. Our server was wonderful & very personable. We can't wait to return to The Chew Chew..perhaps for lunch so we can explore the historical downtown of Riverside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    pegster1
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We've been going to the Chew Chew for years. The food and the service is ALWAYS outstanding. This was our farewell dinner with them because we are moving out of Riverside and we had to say goodbye to Scott the owner and our one favorite waitress.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.