As my husband & I own & stay in a condo close by to Chicago Joes (walking distance), we decided to walk over to Chicago Joe's at the end of December for a personal birthday celebration. We made reservations, which may not really have been necessary for 6:30pm on a Friday night. Shortly thereafter, it became extremely busy. Our seating was immediate and our waiter was most attentive. I've eaten here previously, so I was looking forward to impressing my husband. We decided against pasta and went with our waiter's recommendations - I chose veal with a lemon butter sauce and my husband chose veal with a tomato mushroom sauce. We had a stuffed artichoke as an appetizer. The artichoke appetizer, although looking very attractive, left much to be desired as far as taste was concerned. It seemed to be stuffed with tasteless, dry fine bread crumbs so we had to add lots of lemon for flavour. My lemon butter veal was terrible. I had difficulty cutitng it and even more difficulty chewing it. I ended up chewing each mouthful for ages and eventually placing the entire dry chewed mouthful on the edge of my dinner plate. I had 3 1/2 thin slices of veal swimming in a plate of liquid wiith 3 lemon slices on the edge. As well, we received a garden salad with house creamy garlic dressing and several pieces of cold hard bread. I placed a couple of the frozen butter patties down the front of my bra, just to melt them so they could be used! I almost forgot one of them!! My husband's dinner was much better but still not as appealing as I'd hoped. The best part of the meal was our wonderful banana foster cheesecake dessert, which we shared. It was excellent. My Italian Pino Grigio wine was also very good, although very expensive for a juice glass size - $7.50 each! I previously would have recommended this restaurant, but no longer do. We paid $108+ for the meal, plus taxes and tip, and felt it should have cost well under $100. The value just wasn't there. We had 2 drinks each, so meal was still over-priced. I get the impression that the meals were pre-made & were just microwaved before serving (edges of my veal were dried out & curled).