• Black Dog Gelato

Take a look at the featured reviews of Ruxbin Kitchen, the Portage, and Donatella Mediterranean Bistro, but by all means don’t forget the 12 other new reviews in the listings.

I was happy to see pupusas return to Lincoln Square at Buen Sabor, felt the hype of Black Dog Gelato should be tempered a bit, appreciated the no-frills practicality of the counter-service Korean Sumo Grill, and was underwhelmed by the batter-fried relentlessness at Joey’s Shrimp House.

Kate Schmidt had a good month, wowed both by Matt Maroni’s Gaztro-Wagon and Act One Cafe, and won over by the value at Shabuka Grill. Izidora Angel felt good about herself at the not-for-profit Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe and was disarmed by the heart and soul in evidence at El’s Kitchen. David Hammond was surprisingly disappointed by La Lagartija Taqueria, the latest from Luis Perea and Laura Cid-Perea of Bombon Cafe, but granted that the prices were reasonable and the space inviting.

Meanwhile, Julia Thiel found a mixed bag at the fusion-y One. Six One, and Ted Cox found redemption in some of the sides at North Park’s Smokey Bears BBQ House.