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“Aging ungracefully”
Review of Black Forest Cottage - CLOSED

Black Forest Cottage
Cuisines: German
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Libertyville, IL
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Aging ungracefully”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

If you want to waste away a morning breakfast or noon lunch, this is the place to go.
Although their menu has expanded, and the fair is above average, the service is atrocious. We have finally decided to avoid this place, after dining there 4 or 5 times, hoping the service would improve.
The husband is the cook, while the wife "slooowly" waits the tables, more concerned with doing miscellaneous chores first.
The last time we went there for breakfast, the place had 1 customer at a table, yet it took her 5 minutes to acknowledge we were there. She sat us (2) and disappeared. Meanwhile, four women walked in and took a table, and were ignored as well. After 10 minutes of being in limbo, we got up and walked out. We walked over to the Island Grill, got seated immediately, and ordered and ate 15 minutes later. A much better place in a much better venue, less than a block away. Those four women are probably still there!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Pisano
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Livingston, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We had a great breakfast here! The restaurant is small, but very quaint. Very good service. We are very glad we stopped here.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank 1PattiSS
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Delightful restaurant”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

The owners are there waiting on you and doing the cooking.
Food is delicious and creative, the atmosphere is very pleasant, you want to spend more time there.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Phil M
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Too expensive”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

This is the second time we visited this restaurant. I found that the quality went down and the prices went up. It was Sunday morning and the place was empty. Their signature product, the crepes. seemed to me cooked in advance and were highly overpriced. The egg dishes were served with
Hash brown patties, we could have gotten them at McDonalds a lot cheaper. What disappointed me was that they can do a better job but they seem to be getting greedy and taking short cuts.

On the other hand the service was friendly and the decor is interesting.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Inki F
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellent German breakfast”
Reviewed 28 April 2013 via mobile

A little surprise for us after moving down here. Excellent typical German menu, bakery and beers. A real treat in Forida especially those a little homesick. The memorabilia is interesting early Dietrich and Bismark.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Rbs7562
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