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2967 days ago

Eating Healthy on Mother's Day

The Sakura Tuna is on the menu at Nori for Mother's Day. This blossoming Signature Maki Roll Menu is a delicious bouquet that is topped with a Cherry Blossom and features Spicy Tuna, Unagi, Avocado and Cream Cheese topped with Tobiko and a Sweet Sauce.

Even the most cautious Mom can find something delicious to eat at Nori including a great range of Veggie Rolls like the Kappa (Cucumber) Maki, Steamed Spinach, and Avacado, Asparagus and Sweet Potato Tempura Maki.

Call 1.773.904.1000 for reservations, carry out and delivery, or visit http://www.NoriChicago.com for the online menu.


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PomMaki Wins Customer Maki Recipe Contest
Grand Prize iPAD2
See Nori Chicago on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/norichicago for details

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Nori has introduced a special menu for the month that features five customer submitted Maki recipes. The March Madness Maki Menu most popular will a new iPad. The Maki Menu includes:

The Big Fatty is a Fried Maki Roll with Tempura Shrimp, Bacon, Cream Cheese and Avocado.

The Spicy Crunchy Calamari Roll has Tempura Calamari, Spicy Crab, Cream Cheese and Avocado, rolled with Tempura Crunchy Bites, Spicy Mayo and Sweet Sauce.

The Pommaki Roll has Soft Shell Crab, Avocado, Scallion, a Citrus Spicy Mayo and a Special Pomegranate Sauce.

The Perfect Maki Roll has White Tuna, Tempura Crumbs, Avocado, Jalapeno and Mint Wrapped in Soybean Paper and Topped Mango Slices and Unagi Sauce Drizzle.

The Charlie Roll has Softshell Crab, Goat Cheese and Asparagus, topped with Sundried Tomato Mayo and Basil.

Stop by www.NoriChicago.com or vote for your Favorite on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/norichicago


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Great Meals for Kids

The kid dish at Nori is served lightning fast, which is a good thing because hungry kids don't care that good food often takes time. When the shortest distance between a happy child is a platter of food served in record time, The Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura (lightly battered shrimp, onion rings, zucchini, broccoli, sweet potatoes) is a finger-friendly food any hungry child can appreciate.

Served with a side of rice and tempura sauce, the Shrimp and Veggie Tempura is a perfect meal for hungry kids who can practice eating with chop sticks, or just dig in with their fingers or a fork. Top it off with a glass of soda, tea or water and your satisfied child is your result.

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A New Chicago Classic

The Chicago Crunchy Crazy Signature Maki has great potential to become a true Chicago Classic. It has a complex texture and spicy flavor that is as original as the people in this City. It features Hamachi, Escolar, Unagi, Avocado, and Spicy Mayo, covered with Tempura Crumbs, Sweet Sauce, Red Tobiko, Black Tobiko and Masago. The meal is delicious and it is presented with a Shiso (mint leaf) to give it that Green that Chicago has become so famous for. Try this dish as dine-in, carry out or delivery.

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2972 days ago

This is one of my favorite steak houses in Chicago. I love the beef, and the spicy calamari appetizer is great. The atmosphere is great, and it is very appropriate for business meetings.

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2984 days ago

I stop by this Little Caesar's on my way home from work a couple times a month and I like it. You can't beat a large pizza for $5 that's usually ready when you walk in.
The staff could be more peppy or friendly but they get the job done I guess. I've also noticed a trend of them putting too much sauce on the pizzas lately, which is not my preference, but it's not too hard to wipe off excess sauce. If you've never been to Little Caesar's before, I also recommend the crazy bread.

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3018 days ago

This restaurant is one of my favorites in Chicago--very tasty menu items (the cornbread is awesome, and the mashed potatoes are always good), live jazz on the weekends, and a great view of Michigan Avenue, if you request a window table. Very friendly staff. I often take guests from out of town there.

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3115 days ago

Shiso Rocks! Try the Donburi Chirashi Don Plate, chef's selected assortment of sashimi and vegetables over a plate of rice. Very nice. Interesting Chops. go http://www.shisochicago.com/

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3169 days ago

This is a good place to go in Chicago. I did not even know at first that it was a chain and famous for being in a movie and all. I like the breakfast they have there. It is made better at this branch which can be unusual for a cheap restaurant. The prices are right and it is pretty good. It is not exactly something stupendous though to go out of your way for, for people from other cities. It just hits the spot nicely sometimes. I also like that they are pretty polite mainly. I was a bit disappointed with the main branch one. It also does not have all the breakfast.

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3269 days ago

Best Monday Night House party in Chicago!!

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3283 days ago

Complaint against Ken Chef and Emily Manager
Tuesday June 22 2010 12noon
Lakeland 3300 N. Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60657 773.244.4200
Hello I am a loyal customer at Whole Foods. I usually spend about $150 every 2 weeks in groceries there. This was my first time visiting this particular location and I am appalled by the way I was treated.
1) The sandwiches in the deli department looked stale and spoiled. The bread looked hard and the cheese and meat looked hard.
2) When I asked to sample a sandwich your Chef Ken was rude and refused to allow me to taste the sandwich.
3) The manager Emily was pretentious. She said the sandwiches are not samples and the entire time I was in the store she followed me around.
4) I feel victimized because the manager Emily stalked and watched my every move as if I was going to steal something. She made me feel very uncomfortable and harassed.
5) Maybe I should feel grateful that Emily saved me approximately $150 because she prevented me from completing my shopping for the week. I felt like she wanted me to leave, therefore I felt compelled to take my business elsewhere.
6) Is it Whole Foods policy to not give out samples, stalk customers and treat them like common criminals?
I was walking through the deli area and a chef (Ken according to his name tag) was standing behind a table holding a huge knife that had 2 "exposed" subs on it. The subs had no wrapping, plastic or anything they were just sitting on a cutting board uncovered.
When I saw them I thought that's not very sanitary. I requested to taste the sub that had meat. I wanted to taste the sub before buying it because it looked dried out and stale. It was only 12 noon and I thought it was odd that the sub would look spoiled that early in the day.
That's when Ken said, "I don't have any samples they are all gone."

I have never experienced this at any other Whole Foods. I went to customer service and asked the employee about the store refusing to give customers samples. The employee said he had never heard of that before. That’s when Emily (according to her name tag) ran up to me and said the store just started a new program today called "subs to go". I thought what a coincidence.
Then I asked her what does that have to do with the chef refusing to give me a sample? She said the subs are not there for samples? Also the entire time I was in the store the manager Emily was following me. I ended up leaving without buying anything and had to go to one of your competitors to buy groceries. Usually my shopping experience at Whole Foods is very pleasant but this specific location is terrible when it comes to customer service. I will never shop at Whole Foods again.


That's when I decided to buy a bottle of carrot juice and leave. When I saw the price of the carrot juice I literally almost pasted out. They were selling 1/2 gallon of Odawalla carrot juice for $9.99. At Jewel Osco and Dominick’s it sells for $6.99.
Also the entire time I was in the store the manager Emily was following me. I ended up leaving without buying anything and had to go to one of your competitors to buy groceries. Usually my shopping experience at Whole Foods is very pleasant but this specific location is terrible when it comes to customer service. I will never shop at Whole Foods again.

This store is tiny, overpriced and their attitude is "we aint giving away anything for free". I have never been treated so poorly. It's bad enough they price gauge but then they treat their customers like common criminals. I will never spend another penny at Whole Foods.

What purpose does Whole Foods serve? They don't care about their customers, they are rude, they price gauge and most of their products you can find at a large supernarket or online for 30% cheaper.

Rodent infestation at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park
July 9, 2008 by Matthew McClure
Thinking about picking up pecan encrusted salmon cakes from Whole Foods in Lincoln Park on your way home tonight? Think again. The Chicago Department of Health shut down the store this afternoon after discovering a rodent infestation. “More than 100 [mouse] droppings” were found in one cooler, according to a Crain’s article.

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3347 days ago

really a treasure, i love the family atmosphere and the music that they play. i find it very clean super clean store and customer service that is second to none. i have have been shopping there for over 17 years , love the meat selection and the produce. its the only store that i know to carry my cocoa butter soap and bean pies

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3381 days ago

Bad customer service at the store.

Most people in our family are Dunkin Donuts coffee lovers, but about a week ago the service at this store really let me down. The window person at the drive thru handed my partner, the driver, a large coffee and the lid was not on all the way, as soon as he grabbed it coffee began spilling on his had his clothes and the door of the car.

Mistakes happen but the bad part was the lost look on the person at the window who did not even say sorry or offered water to try and help his burned hand, or clean the coat or his pants which were all stained with black coffee.

When we asked for the supervisor the supervisor's reaction was equally disappointing. Not a sorry, not any type of offer to fix the situation just an empty "what do you want me to do" stare.

We have been going to that location for years almost every day getting coffee and breakfast foods and on the weekend stopping by for donuts and other goodies. That is the part that is the most disappointing because while mistakes do happen the fact that they did not even apologize makes the whole incident worst than it needed to be.

I was at a Starbucks once and I asked for a low fat drink, it was awful, it was my fault that I ordered it but the cashier saw me make the yuck face and she asked me what was wrong. I told her it was not what I expected and she said let me get you a different drink. I turned down the offer but always remember the willingness to go above and beyond. Not last week at this Dunkin Donuts location.

Burned, stained, and disappointed we thought we were going to have to try and find a new location to get our DD fix.

I sent a note to Corporate who followed up with me within an hour or so, and I even got a call from the owner of the store with promises of better Customer Service training and an offer to clean car and clothes at their expense followed with the owners cell phone number.

It does not erase the incident and the bad experience by any means, but at least they promise to do better.

For now we are getting our coffee elsewhere.

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