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“Food could have been tastier, and service was slack”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Karyn's Cooked

Karyn's Cooked
Ranked #1,117 of 9,495 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Near North Side
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Food could have been tastier, and service was slack”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

We had the vegan pizza for starters which was very nice, and the enchiladas for the main which were a bit on the bland side. The enchiladas were stuffed with garlic mashed potatoes, and were accompanied with black beans and rice. This heavy carb dish (bread, potato, beans and rice) meant that we struggled to clear our plates, and it was all a bit stodgy and lacking flavour.

The service was very slack for a gourmet restuarant, or perhaps it was just the waiter that we ended up with who was not very good at his job. He brought out the starters without any knives and forks, brought out our mains when we were still eating our starters (and didn't take away the plates for the starters, or give us new cutlery for the mains), gave us a glass of wine each when we asked for a bottle, didn't say goodbye when we left the restaurant, and I noticed he was the only waiter wearing white trainers with his black uniform!

I would say that if we had have ordered a different dish and had a different waiter I may have been able to give a higher rating and better review. It was also unfortunate that the food was so stodgy as we were very keen to try out one of their delicious looking cakes but were too bloated to give them a try!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Peter G
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Vancouver, B.C.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“We came twice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

The food was so good, we had to come again. The first time we came was late on a Tuesday night and the place was very quiet. The second time was as good as the first. It was a Saturday night and the place was hopping. But the servers were still fast and helpful. The flavors of the food were great. The sauces were beautiful. The food was filling. The service was friendly and efficient. A real gem.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank TPT_Traveller
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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250 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Delicious, amazing vegan food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We stopped by here for lunch after having eaten out at Karyn's Fresh the night before. The sloppy Jo is delicious take on the meat recipe. The "meat" was flavorful and light. DW had the steak wrap which had a thin sliced tofu-seitan steak that was amazing.

Since we had such a great lunch we returned for dinner. The meatloaf dinner was good and the portion was larger than expected. DW had the flautas. She loved them. What Karyn is doing is amazing! We can't wait to come back.

  • Visited October 2013
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Manhattan, Kansas, United States
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“Vegan Paradise (and gluten-free)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

We had a wonderful meal at Karyn's. We sat on their patio and enjoyed the nachos, enchiladas and Southern Comfort dishes. We also had a donut, cheesecake and cupcake for dessert. If our stomachs were larger we could have eaten there forever. Our server was excellent.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Michael F
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Athens, GA
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21 reviews
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“Trying to be something it can't be”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We're spoiled living in Athens, GA with the Grit and other vegetarian places, but Karyn's Cooked is a disgrace. The atmosphere is nice and they have a good beer list - those are the only redeeming qualities.

They're reaching with a wannabe Southern food tilt with the fried baskets (bland batter and soggy vegetables), greens (again bland with no vinegar), beans and rice (rice clearly from a bag or box and beans from a can), cornbread (tasted like plastic), and garlic bread (one of the worst things I've ever put in my mouth). Staff was unfriendly and overwhelmed and inexperienced.

I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. I'm sure there are better vegetarian/vegan options in the city.

  • Visited October 2013
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