I really want to like the Green Room. And I'm rooting for them.
They are still young and need time to mature.
The players: 4 adults for dinner on a Saturday night
We started at the bar - it was busy - but then again, it was 7:00. Wait was one hour for our table. They had an experienced pinch hitter at the bar (we recognized him from another place in town). The guys were drinking vodka tonics - and they ran out of Grey Goose -- then they ran out of Kettle One -- so the guys were left with Belivdere. (they each had 3 drinks over the course of the evening). For the third drink, which was ordered at dinner, it came out without a lime...
We were seated and ordered our appetizers. Our server recommended the Rangoon and crab cakes. The Rangoon were excellent. The crab cakes were so tiny, it was laughable. For $11, they should have been twice the size. They were roughly 2.5 inches in diameter and flatter than a potato pancake.
Dinner took a while to come out (but we understood that they are still working out all the kinks - so I'll give them a pass on this)
The couple next to us were surprised by receiving their appetizers, salads and entrees all at once. Yikes! The server apologized and said that they were backed up in the kitchen. This is quite a lame excuse. You just don't do that!
Our dinners finally came out - mine could have been hotter - but it wasn't cold. Everyone elses were good as far as temps. were concerned. Our side of long beans were cold.
I had the skirt steak. Excellent flavor. Ordered it Medium Rare - came out medium, but still good. The other entrees were General Tsos Chicken (not remarkable) and two chicken dishes (chicken sonata (their version of piccata) and Nutty Chicken. Both were good, although the Nutty Chicken could have used a bit more flavor/seasoning. Portion sizes for the price were also good. All entrees are served with a choice of rice or mashed potatoes. The mashed were excellent.
We mentioned that our beans came out cold -- our server was going to take them back and warm them - but I asked for a fresh batch. He obliged.
I ordered a glass of white rioja. (asked for a taste first, as I often do) Very good - but served in a glass so small - it couldn't have been more than a 3 oz. pour. More like a tasting glass. Plus, the wine glass itself was kind of cheesy. Reminded me of dollar store glassware.
Our server was nice, but kind of clueless/inattentive. Plates weren't cleared, water wasn't refilled, that sort of thing.
Bathroom was clean. (I'd give it a 7)
End the end of the meal, the owner came out to apologize to us about the mix up on our order. She actually meant to speak to the couple next to us. We let her know this, and moved over to talk to them. Not sure what came of the discussion - but if it were my place, I would have comped them their salads or cocktails. Just good business.
She (Maria) is the head chef and is very pleasant. The fact that she came out to personally apologize was a good sign.
I had checked out their website and menu before we came. A unique feature of the place is that they spin vinyl. I called to make reservations, which they don't take at this time, but spoke to the owner, Dan. When I told him that I loved the idea of their "Vinyl Monday's ( see website) -- he said that I could bring in a couple of albums. -- I did, and they played them. That was a fun touch.
I'm rooting for this place. Downtown Libertyville has a plethora of restaurants - a few of them mediocre (i.e. Casa Bonita, Trattoria Pomigalo) a few of them really good (Tavern, Firkin, 545, Bottaio).
We probably won't come back here for a few months. I'd like to give them some time to work out the kinks..... However - if things are still the same at that time, I'll most likely give them 2 stars.
Hopefully they will and soon become a mainstay in Libertyville.
A couple of high tops against the wall near the hostess desk
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