It takes me about 20 minutes to get there from the hotel near Midway and I find a parking space around the corner. I spend another 15 minutes trying to figure out if I need to pay for parking and by then there are only 22 minutes left that I have to pay for parking FOR. So I spend another 5 wondering if I could get away with it and being from NYC where the traffic NAZIS will ticket you while you are actually walking to the machine to pay for your parking receipt to put on your dashboard to prove you paid for parking, (right?!), I cave in and buy $1.40 worth of asphalt rental time.
Karyn's has several tables outside and a welcoming facade. Inside it is warm and ... cool, woody and modern but not trying to prove anything, just a nice place.
|There were only about 6 people there when I first sat down but by the time I left there were about 15 so I stopped worrying that they'd go out of business.
|Look what my camera can do in Panoramic mode. I'm just amazing myself.
I started with a local organic beer, (well, Wisconsin is local to me anyway), Lakefront Organic ESB which stands for Extra Special Bitter. It was milder than I was bracing for and quite enjoyable with my wings.
|A nicely laid out plate with Buffalo sauce, Ranch Dressing and BBQ sauce
Chicken soy meat dusted in whole wheat flour. Seasoned with paprika, garlic and onion. Served with garlic and barbeque sauces
|Still working on clear closeups.
|Nice and chewy with a fantastic crunch coating.
BBQ lovers- a grilled tofu/seitan meat substitution that will fool and delight you
The cole slaw was a drier type, not all slathered with mayo, (veganaise), and was good but was a tad on the bland side.
And at this point the camera batteries died and we're back to iPhone pics.
|Big chunks of meaty-ish ribs to slather in sauce and chow down on!
|One of my rare desserts.
And a strange thing though, at the conclusion of the meal I was presented with a postcard. It had some pretty pictures of the other restaurant, Karyn's on Green, the chic one, (although they looked to be taken by a poor digital phone camera and then expanded), but the most prominent thing on it was a line drawn through the words, "10% OFF FOOD AND DRINK." It was odd, making me feel like I missed the discount. Now I wanted something I didn't even know others had had. Wah wah. Ditch the cards Karyn or print up new ones I think.
So Karyn's on the whole satisfied. It was nice to just order and eat without the usual inquiries. Being in a vegan place always does that. There were some high notes but a few areas that I'd hope improve before my next visit and I will be back again.