Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tempo

Location: 6 E Chestnut
Cost: About $15 per person

I just finished up this rotation in the ER at Northwestern. In the middle of that month I had a bunch of overnight shifts and accordingly was trying to switch around my sleep schedule. After a long night of celebrating Jitty's birthday at Bub City, Scottie, Jeremy, and I made a short trek up to Tempo. We figured if the goal was to stay up as late as possible, a long, greasy meal while observing some of the funnier remnants of Chicago's late night party scene was just what the doctor ordered.

Logistics
We rolled in at around 3AM and still had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. The restaurant was basically a recreated club scene, only sadder, hilarious, and with fried food. There was no shortage of crying women or men in sport coats with too much cologne. I'm pretty sure it's open 24 hours.

Our waitress was really friendly, and I felt bad since this group of gorillas one table over wasn't treating her so well. The food took much longer than expected, but it wasn't like we were in a hurry. The cost is reasonable for diner food and brunch with most main dishes running somewhere around $10. The portions are huge, and despite the alcohol fueled crowd, each table seemingly had a graveyard of leftovers.

The Food
Although the platters of steak fries and burgers looked appetizing, we all went for the breakfast route. J.R. got the Spinach, Feta, and Mushroom Omelet, Scottie got the Bacon and Egg Sandwich, and I went with the Continental Breakfast. Jeremy thought his omelet was "decent." The eggs were light but it was somewhat greasy. The potatoes were "hidden" underneath the omelet which threw him for a curve ball. Scottie was livid about his sandwich. The bacon was dry, the bread was stale, and the egg was overcooked. Supposedly there was some confusion over whether or not there was supposed to be cheese too. My dish, the Continental, was a platter of chicken livers, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. The livers were tasty, but a bit much. If you don't love chicken liver you should stay far away. I was impressed with how well prepared the eggs and veggies were too.

 The Egg and Bacon Sandwich

The Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Omelet

Overall
Tempo is a great place to go for late night food and a show. I thought they performed well on the egg dishes, but my expectations were set pretty low to begin with. Ricky wanted me to mention that he loves their grilled cheese sandwich. Scottie still talks about this being the worst meal he's had in a really long time. Despite all of that, I'm giving Tempo 3 out of 5 Pearls.


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