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Balena

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1633 N Halsted St (at North Ave & Concord Pl)
Chicago, IL 60614
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(312) 867-3888
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Balena knows its ABCs: Amari (based cocktails), Bread (salumi, and cheese plate), and Chicken (thighs). Great atmosphere, ambitious eats.

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Editorial review from Citysearch 12/22/2012

Welcome to Barfena, foulest food on the planet at this price point.  The four of us went to this lovely place at the site of the former Landmark restaurant, known for great atmosphere and so-so food.   Well, the same owners felt they should modify the atmosphere and downgrade the food to just plain disgusting.  One high point: The cocktails, which were great, but sadly could not compensate for the overpriced disaster of a meal.  Service was pleasant, timely, and professional. Except for not bothering to take off a cheapo 8 buck side of bitter 'charred' radicchio that everyone at the table told the server was 'inedible'.  Pizzas are horrible- no cheese to speak of, and wood-burned.  Squash side covered in a sauce that was putrid.  Ochietti pasta with kale and one or two pine nuts (yup, we counted) and a marked ability to be flavorless, and 'gelato' that was actually icy (Hey, boneheads- don't overfreeze your gelato and store it for 2 weeks before serving it).  Appalling, and we ain't never goin' back to this dump-hole. more

Balena knows its ABCs: Amari (based 5/3/2012

Balena knows its ABCs: Amari (based cocktails), Bread (salumi, and cheese plate), and Chicken (thighs). Great atmosphere, ambitious eats. more
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  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 5 pm - 10 pm Fri-Sat 11 am - 12 am Sun 10 am - 11 pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Lincoln Park, North Side
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