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“Ripoff of 2010...”

The Summer Kitchen Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 12 Restaurants in Ephraim
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican, Cafe, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Description: The Summer Kitchen is renowned for its homemade soups, fresh bread and yummy desserts. At least five different soups are available daily. Order a single cup, two cups, a bowl or our Taster's cups and enjoy! All lunch entrees include a cup of soup. Dinner entrees are served with a baked potato, a side of vegetables, homemade bread and your choice of soup or salad.
Des Plaines, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ripoff of 2010...”
Reviewed 21 June 2010

I could not believe how much this restraunt had changed from being there in 1994..and having great food....we stopped in and had 2 pie ala modes and 2 terrible burnt coffee's and was ripped of for a $21.00 tab!!! place needs a cleaning at best!! they wanted $14.00 for some lame breakfast buffet...save your time and money and bypass this place!!!

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1 Thank gizmo679
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Passable, at best.”
Reviewed 27 July 2009

We had heard rave reviews about the soup at Summer Kitchen. Unfortunately, the food, the atmosphere and the service were all only passable at best.

Everything about The Summer Kitchen Restaurant feels dated -- and not in a charming vintage way. The inside portion of the restaurant looks like it needs a good scrubbing so much so that we elected to sit outside.

The service was very slow and we each only ordered sandwiches and the soup bar. The soup I picked was extraordinarily thick -- probably because it had been sitting out so long -- and was very salty and not particularly flavorful. My husband described his soup as tasting like it was straight out of a Campbell's can.

I think this may have once been a great restaurant but it's really not any more. The food is at best OK and the prices are quite high, especially for what you get.

2 Thank momtotwingirls
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241 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Lukewarm soup on buffet - is it healthy?”
Reviewed 15 July 2009

My family and I ate here for the lunch buffet that a friend had raved about. We found the soups on the buffet to be lukewarm at best, and worried that the food was not being kept at a safe enough temperature. Service was slow as far as ordering and getting our beverages - milk, water, tea. We would not return because of fear that the soup is not kept hot enough to kill bacteria - that soup is out all day long.

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1 Thank Frequenttraveler082
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Loved the Summer Kitchen”
Reviewed 21 June 2009

The restaurant itself is so quaint--picket fence, antiques mingled with beautiful gardens. The food was very good and the server was fun. I had the special of the day, which included a yummy home-made soup, 1/2 a reuben (great bread, great meat, not greasy), fresh fruit, and bread pudding with cherry sauce for dessert. mmmmm. Hubby had grilled tuna salad, which was wonderful--they actually grill the tuna salad, then put it on sourdough bread with a tomato, and grill that. A new recipe for us! A little pricey, but well worth it for the fresh ingredients and excellent preparation.

I'll attach some photos for you. Also, next door is a kitschy antique store that is fun, as well as shops across the road.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Great Food - Great Service”
Reviewed 6 June 2009

Great food and great service. Soup is their speciality. Their ruben sandwich is good and not fatty. The dutch apple pie was wonderful. For 12.95 they had a selection that included choice of soup at the soup bar, 1/2 ruben sandwich, fresh fruit and then a slice of hot dutch apple pie. The waitress was very prompt and professional and competent. Wonderful. Great place for lunch and breakfast. Could be a good place for a simple dinner too. Try them. You'll like it.

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2 Thank TheWash
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