Looking for a happy hour place in the suburbs? Reel Club in Oak Brook has half-priced sushi, appetizers, and drinks from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Reel Club $$, Oak Brook
272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis
I have always seen Reel Club under Wildfire when I would go out to eat at Oakbrook Center, but I never went in until last week when a friend suggested we go there for lunch. I couldn’t believe that I had not tried it before! My friend had been craving a lobster roll for a couple of days at this point, so her meal decision was easy. The Main Lobster Roll came on a New England style roll stuffed with fresh lobster with garlic butter drizzled on top.
I was tempted to get the lobster roll as well, but I opted for sushi since seafood is one of Reel Club’s specialties. All of their rolls come with an option to order a half of a roll, which makes it easy to try more than one type at a time. I...
No need to travel to the East Coast when craving some quality seafood because GT Fish and Oysters is the place to go in Chicago to get your seafood fix. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
GT Fish and Oyster $$$-$$$$, River North
531 N W...
We were sad to find out one of our go-to diners in Westmont closed, but Intern Amy has the scoop on the tasty place that replaced it. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Citrus Diner $-$$, Westmont
844 Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 655 -1840
Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis
I am no s...
So you have a MojoBistro mobile app, and you have a Twitter account, what do you do next to promote your restaurant? Well, make sure you promote your app via social media. It’s really easy, but we know it’s hard to find the time.
Whether you have a dedicated social media team member or not, here are some tasty tweets to schedule on a periodic basis to keep your fans engaged with your restaurant via your mobile app.
Seven Tweets to Market your Restaurant's Mobile App on Twitter
Check out our special Happy Hour event this week! Get our mobile app to stay up to date with our daily specials.
Have your date night reservation all set? Get our mobile app for VIP access...
Looking for a place to grab lunch before grocery shopping? Standard Market in Westmont is your one-stop-shop for a quality meal and groceries in the Western suburbs. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Standard Market Grill $$, Westmont
333 E Ogden Ave Westmont, IL 60559
Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis
If you haven’t tried Standard Market Grill yet, put it at the top of your list. The restaurant, located inside the Standard Market grocery store, has yet to disappoint. The restaurant is one of three in the area. The others being located on Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park and on Aurora Avenue in Naperville.
A downtown favorite, Old Town Pour House, opens its doors to suburban diners. A new location with the same great food and wide variety of beer is now open at Oakbrook Center.
Old Town Pour House Oak Brook, $$-$$$, Oakbrook Center
8 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis
Although most commonly known for the vast selection of local and global craft beer, Old Town Pour House Oak Brook offers delicious meal options for both lunch and dinner. The modern take on the classic American menu leaves customers wanting more. Fro...
Are you looking for a place to treat your dad in the Chicago area this Father’s Day weekend? Check out these tasty picks from the dads around our office. Whether your dad prefers Mexican to BBQ or steak to burgers, our dads have the perfect recommendation to make this your dad's favorite Father's Day ever!
Brian Pautsch wouldn't turn down a trip to Mama Maria’s Taco and Tequila Bar in Orland Park, Illinois!
Dads who appreciate a fine tequila and a sizzling fajita platter will love this place!
Chris Pautsch is a foodie with a taste for the fine dining at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill at Oakbrook Center.
For several years now, Chris' urge for a great steak has
subconsciously limited his options to those well-established, go-to fine
steak restaurants in Chicago such as Gibson’s, Smith & Wollensky, an...
By: Kristy Brost, Interactive Marketing Strategist
Recently, a question was posed on LinkedIn as to whether or not a business should invest in a mobile app. The basis for the inquiry was to point out the efficiency of this mega-trend over other current and traditional methods.
The first thing a company needs to have before making this decision is a strategy, documenting what the objectives and goals are and the possib...
Check out our CEO Chris Pautsch talking to CBS Chicago at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show about MojoBistro and how restaurants use social media and mobile apps to lure customers:
Are you heading to the National Restaurant Show this weekend in Chicago? Come visit us at booth #6070 within the Technology Pavilion to check out our new features including in-app and online ordering.
MojoBistro mobile apps are exclusive to the restaurant industry and offer proactive restaurant owners the chance to engage with customers from the comfort of their own mobile phones. Our full suite of app features includes reservat...
2014 is quickly approaching and with it comes a new set of resolutions for a better, brighter year. To make it a bit easier to stick to this year’s resolutions, here are some apps that will help you develop better habits, stay sharp, keep up to date and be more effective in your activities.
1. Lift: This year, focus on developing good habits. It can be easy to get started but often, after a few days, we lose track or start making excusing. With Lift, you can track your habit-forming activities as an added motivator to keep you going. Once you have downloaded the app, you can write your own habits, draw on suggested habits from the community or even join a group of people who are working toward the same goal. Once you have decided on a habit, start tracking. The app will plot your check-ins on a calendar and highlight when it becomes a regular occurrence. Free for Android and iOS.
2. Cozi: Having trouble keeping track of your family’s busy sch...
Ray Pun, Strategic Marketing Manager at Adobe, recently sat down with Small Business Trends to discuss his insights into Adobe's recently released Digital Index 2013 online shopping data for Cyber Monday. The statistics, collected by Adobe, back up claims that we are now living in a mobile age, with a record 18.3 percent of sales originating from mobile devices, an increase of 80 percent over last year. When comparing mobile experiences, Adobe found that the average time spent in a mobile app versus on a mobile website ranged from two and a half times longer to four times longer depending on the mobile device us...
Ready for a hearty meal? Stop in at Arlington Heights favorite neighborhood joint, Uptown Cafe! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Uptown Cafe, $$, Arlington Height...
The new year is quickly approaching. 2014 is set to continue blurring the lines of hospitality, as vegetables are incorporated into desserts and ice cream sandwiches get the gourmet treatment.
This Thanksgiving was a record breaker for mobile app usage with an upswing in use of 68% over last year. In addition to dining on delicious turkey, catching up with the family and cheering on their favorite football team, mobile device users...
Time to give Korean BBQ a try! Stop in to Woo Lae Oak out in Northwest Suburban Rolling Meadows for a taste of authentic Korean delights. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Woo Lae Oak, $$-$$$, Rolling Meadows
3201 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
If you have never tried Korean barbeque, now is the time to give it a taste. Take a trip out to the Northwest Suburb of Rolling Meadows for a bit of authentic, traditional Korean dining.
One of the first things you may notice when you are seated is the removable table center and controls on the side of the table. Once removed, the center of the table transforms into a grill tha...
Tis the season for celebration. As the holiday season moves through December and into January, the desire for dining out and entertaining increases as customers are looking to celebrate out and about with their family and friends. With this potential influx of customers, it is important that you make sure your restaurant is on their list of hot spots.
At MojoBistro, we have put together our top marketing tips to help you attract customers during the holiday season.
1. Deck the walls. Showcase your holiday spirit with seasonal decor. Incorporating seasonal touches and holiday decorations adds a fresh quality to the dining experience and is a great way to set the festive mood for your customers and staff.
2. Send holiday greetings. Share your wishes for the holiday season with a special holiday card. Focus on greeting and thanking your customers rather than sharing your other promotional messages. This is the perfect...
The holiday season is here—time for traditions, nostalgia and memorable moments. This season, use your menu to tug on your customers' heartstrings. A twist on customers' favorite traditional desserts is a great way to spice up your holiday offerings. From Yule logs and pumpkin cakes to eggnog cheesecake and sugar cookie milkshakes, these holiday desserts are sure to win rave reviews with your fans. Read more about this year's holiday dessert trends in an article by Bret Thorn.
For more tips and inspiration for your restaurant, make sure to check out the MojoBistro Blog!
Still recovering from last year’s deep fryer disaster? Overwhelmed with the task of feeding the entire family? Scrambling for a last minute solution following a kitchen melt-down? We have got you covered with our top picks for dining out in Chicago this Thanksgiving.
deca RESTAURANT + BAR:
11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Located in the Ritz-Carlton, deca offers an unparalleled Thanksgiving day brunch and dinner. Go traditional with brined and roasted turkey, sauteed green beans and cranberry chutney or try something out of the ordinary with seafood gumbo and sushi and sashimi ...
Ready for a showstopping meal? Stop in at Chicago's famed Pizzeria Uno, home of the Chicago deep dish pizza! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Pizzeria Uno, $-$$, Near North Side
29 East Ohio, Chicago, IL 60611
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
If there is one iconic Chicago dining establishment, it is Pizzeria Uno, or simp...
You have already gone ahead and built an amazing app that showcases your restaurant. You have marketed your app online and in the restaurant, but you are not seeing the number of downloads you were hoping for. How can you turn things around and get your app to go viral?
We have put together the top five principles that are vital to creating an app with viral potential. Now it is time to step back and take a look at your app to make sure you are hitting these key areas.
1. Is my app easy to use and conducive to sharing? You want your app to seem effortless. Confusing and cumbersome apps are a sure-fire turn off for customers. It is important that you remove the obstacles to using and sharing your app. Incorporate one click sign-in via social networking sites so customers can register quickly, allow customers to mass share with their current social media connections,...
Your restaurant's interior design is key in selling your brand. A great atmosphere and ambiance can set you apart from the competition and lead to success. The National Restaurant Association has put together some great tips on how to update your restaurant to help you stand out from the crowd.
Let your restaurant's personal...
Want to try something new for dinner this weekend? Stop in at Chicago's Ras Dashen! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Ras Dashen, $$-$$$, Edgewater
5846 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
November is here which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Whether you are preparing to cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the entire extended family, looking for some new dishes to add to the menu or planning a trip back home, we have got you covered with the Top 5 Apps to make this Thanksgiving perfect.
1. FlightView Free Flight Tracker: Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Combine that with unpredictable November weather and your holiday flight can be full of delays and frustration. With the FlightView Free Flight Tracker, you can track flights, view weather maps and receive real-time alerts about flight delays. Whether you are picking up relatives or getting ready for your o...
Social media has proven itself to be a key component in any successful business marketing plan. But with so many social network options available, getting started on social media can be a daunting task. Celebrity chefs John Besh, Chris Cosentino and Andrew Zimmern shared their social media tips at the 24th Annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program.
Top tips on how to navigate popular social media sites from Facebook to Twitter included sharing a behind-the-scenes look at your restaurant, showcasing valuable and unique cooking techniques and scheduling messages to reach fans across time zones.
Want to learn more about using Social Media to market your restaurant? Find more social media tips with a visit to our Social Media Maitre D' Blog Series!
If you are passing through Arlington Heights and looking for a cozy, family-friendly place to stop in for a meal, look no further than Eros Restaurant! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Eros Restaurant, $-$$, Arlington Heights
18 S. Dryden Place, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
According to a twice-annual survey conducted by the North American Restaurant Consumer Sentiment Review, restaurants' key concern for 2014 will be maintaining customer traffic. Consumers are reporting that they plan to eat out less often in the upcoming year, but the reason why may surprise you.
Health concerns tops the list of reasons for limiting the number of restaurant visits, surpassing concerns of budget constrains and other financial woes.
National Restaurant News' Lisa Jennings has more information on the survey findings that health concerns trump saving money in consumer plans to curb dining-out.
With the increased competition, what can you do to set your r...
Mobile phone usage is on the rise, with analysts predicting that sometime in 2013, over 50% of all website traffic will be coming from mobile devices – cell phones (feature phones and smartphones), and tablets. Mobile has become so vital for consumers’ lives that the time they spend on (non-voice) mobile activities will surpass that spent online on desktop and laptop computers sometime in 2013, according to eMarketer.
Is your restaurant business investing in mobile? Now is the time to build relationships with your constantly connected customers. Not sure how to go about creating your mobile success story? Check out this ar...
The weather outside is getting a bit chilly. Warm up this weekend with some quality comfort food. From the far suburbs to the heart of the city, we've got you covered with restaurants offering meals that feel like home. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Lady Gregory’s, Gastropub, $$, Andersonville
5260 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
Reviewed by: Patricia Gorecki
Floor-to-ceiling windows, dark-wood, warm hues and a massive hand carved bar welcome you to this authentic gastropub. Lady Gregory’s cozy and sophisticated decor—from a library room, fireplace and stained glass to high-top tables, plush booths and expansive bar seating—creates an intimate and inviting atmosphere for a relaxing dinner out or drinks on the town.Read mor...
Is your restaurant marketing plan stuck in a rut? Looking for new, creative ideas to reach out to new and current customers? We've rounded up our top marketing blogs to help inspire you.
Tips for Using Social Media to Market your Restaurant’s iPhone and Android apps
Social media platforms are the perfect partner when promoting your restaurant mobile app. If you have an iPhone or Android app for your restaurant then most likely you already use social media vehicles such as Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, and Yelp. These are also four savvy ways to promote your smartphone app. Here are some strategic suggestions on how to use these social media out...
Consumer Reports, the monthly magazine focused on publishing reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services, has put out its reviews on both Apple and Motorola's newest smartphone offerings.
Apple's newest iPhone 5s and 5c received great reviews. Both phones were found to deliver improved performances and longer talk times. The upgrade to the iOS 7 operating sys...
If you are on the lookout for tasty Thai cuisine on Chicago's north side, look no further than Duck Walk in Lincoln Park! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Duck Walk, $$, Lincoln Park
1217 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
Craving some flavorful noodle dishes, bubble tea and savory curry? Looking for a unique dining atmosphere? Look no further than Duck Walk! Located in Chicago’s bustling Lincoln Park neighborhood, Duck Walk offers traditional Thai cuisine at a price that is easy on your wallet.
Unlike your typical Thai restaurants, Duck Walk has a very modern atmosphere. Colorful furniture, gleaming wh...
You have spent time designing and developing a mobile app for your restaurant. You have brainstormed creative marketing campaigns around your app. Now what?
Engagement with your mobile app users is key to the continued success of your app. Push notifications are a great way to boost engagement. A study conducted by mobile technology company Urban Airship, proved that while the percentage of users opening an app over ...
You've decided to spend some time dedicated to marketing your restaurant. You do some research, ask friends and family, scoped the internet ... and you are all ready to go with your restaurant marketing campaign. But are you sure you've gotten the best advice?
The internet is full of ideas and "rules of thumb" for marketing a business, but many times, these cookie-cutter ideas are not the best fit for your situation. To bring some clarity to the situation, Jeffrey Summers, founder of Summers Hospitality Group, has outlined some of the top myths surrounding restaurant marketing. Check out...
Columbus Day weekend is finally here. We know that many of you will be traveling for your long weekend, so we've put together a special spotlight Rave. This week, we take you north of the border to Milwaukee—home of the Brewers, Miller Brewery and Summerfest. Staying in the Chicago area? Check out our archived Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
The Safe House, $$, Milwaukee
779 N. Front Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
Tucked away down a nondescript alley in the midst of Milwaukee hangs a plaque for a business titled International Exports Ltd. Behind the door, you are greeted and led into a small waiting area. There you are asked for the password. Don’t have the password? Be prepared to perform something embarrassing, from waddling like a duck to dancing t...
Fall is finally here! With it comes pumpkin picking, apple bobbing, haunted houses, late-night hay rides and much, much more. To help you celebrate the coming of the Autumn season, we have put together the top five apps you are sure to love. From game day to sightseeing, we’ve got the perfect app for you. Check ...
You've heard of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. But have you heard of Tumblr? For those who are new to the world of social media sites, Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website which allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.
As of October 2013, Tumblr hosts nearly 140 million blogs pu...
October is finally here and with it comes our favorite fall flavors. This week, we are celebrating the arrival of fall with a look at the best Chicagoland locations to enjoy Oktoberfest! From the far suburbs to the heart of the city, we've got you covered. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Bulldog Ale House, $$, Multiple Locations
1021 Fountain View Dr., Carol Stream, IL 60188
Reviewed by: Anthony Avallone
Looking for a great place to bring the family or go out with the guys to watch the big game? I recommend you check out the Bulldog Ale House in Carol Stream. About half of the restaurant is table seating, great for families, and the other half is bar area, perfect for hanging out with friends. No matter where you sit here you can see a television making it an ideal spot to watch your favorite Chic...
According to Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics, social media visits are the #1 activity online. Every day, Facebook has nearly 700 million active users, more than 45 million photos are uploaded to Instagram and nearly 200,000 people sign up for LinkedIn. With such a large percentage of the population active on social media, it is quickly becoming a key market in promoting your business and brand.
All restaurant owners know, the key to lasting success is to drive traffic through your doors. As such, we have put together some great tips on how to use social media to drive customers to your restaurant.
A large percentage of social media users are “mobile only.” Make sure you are reaching this portion of the population with your message. Check-In deals through Facebook and Foursquare are a gre...
It’s that season again! Pumpkin spice, cinnamon apple and harvest flavors galore! Fall is the perfect time to ramp up your restaurant marketing. The month of October is full of festive food focused days that create the perfect starting point. From National Caramel Custard Day on the 3rd to National Chocolate Day on the 28th, you are sure to find inspiration for your next marketing campaign. Looking for some ideas? Make sure to check out this piece from RestaurantNews.com for some more ideas and motivation.
Looking for authentic BBQ in the suburbs? We're raving about Sweet Baby Ray's in Chicago's Northwest Suburban neighborhood of Elk Grove Village! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Sweet Baby Ray’s, $$, Elk Grove Village
800 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
Looking to enjoy some classic American BBQ? Stop in at Sweet Baby Ray’s...
In today’s mobile market, it is vital that your business have a mobile app in order to stay connected. Smartphone usage in the U.S. has surpassed 133.7 million people, personalized, unique mobile apps are vital to building brand visibility, customer loyalty, promotional ability and overall interaction with customers.
However, many restaurants operating as part of a restaurant group are featured within the group’s app but fail to have their own unique app. Much like having its own unique website, having a personal branded mobile app is important for the success of these restaurants.
In the wake of Apple's less than successful past year, which saw shares slump by a third, investors were anxious to see how successful Apple's new iPhone launch weekend would prove to be. With analysts forecasting sales anywhere from 6 to 8 million, long lines and stories of sold out models at the flagship store seemed to put Apple on track to meet or exceed it's previous opening weekend record set last year with the introduction of the iPhone 5. Don't miss USA Today's article by Alistair Barr for more information on the importance of Apple's weekend performance.
Recent reports point to a combined total of 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C sold over the first weekend. Already, Apply has sold out of its initial stock of the iPhone 5S, with the gold version proving to be most popular. While Apple's post-sale press release did not r...
Looking for an authentic Greek meal? We're raving about Central Gyros in Chicago's Cragin neighborhood! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Central Gyros, $$, Cragin
3127 N Central Ave Chicago, IL 60634
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
Chicagoans looking for delicious, authentic Greek food may be surprised to learn that some of the best greek food isn’t found in Greektown, but a little further north, in Chicago’s Cragin neighborhood.
Central Gyros has been a neighborhood favorite since it opened its doors in 1979. Award-winning gyros, authentic greek dishes, individualized service and an at-home feel make Central Gyros a must visit rest...
Only one day remains! In case you haven't heard, Apple is introducing their latest iPhone to the world on Friday, September 20th. With the move to their new iOS 7 operating system taking effect yesterday, expectation is growing for Apple's latest offering. Fanboys everywhere are already swooning over the announced 64-bit A7 processor with its lightening quick speeds, extended battery life, upgraded camera features and, most importantly, Apple's new fingerprint access feature. Want to learn more? Engadget's Brian Heater has some great information about the iPhone 5s features ahead of t...
The Internet is a wonderful and tasty place for food lovers to unite. Foodies everywhere are documenting their craft brews and unique dining experiences via social media. One clever guy, Steve Green, is making the Internet an even more delicious place for foodies with his Monday night chat on Twitter, #Foodiechats.
Foodies from all over the world come together on the Monday night chats to discuss all things gourmet and all things simple, as long as it involves food. This is a great opportunity for restaurants to increase their social media engagement by jumping in on the chat with their customers. It is the perfect way to interact with a ready-made...
Looking for the perfect breakfast spot? We're raving about Nookie's in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Nookie’s, $$, Edgewater
1100 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
I love breakfast. All the delicious choices and variety of savory and sweet. My love for breakfast has made me very picky about where I choose to dine in the a.m. hours. Thank goodness I found Nookies in Edgewater. Now here is a place that knows how to do breakfast and brunch right.
Outdoor sidewalk seating, complete with blooming flower boxes and shady umbrellas are perfect for the warmer months. Enter through the revolving door and you are welcomed to a very upscale, beautiful restaurant complete with dark wood tables, airy spaces, unique artwork and a sl...
MojoBistro is proud to announce its selection as one of the top 100 finalists of more than 550 companies nominated for the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. Entering into its 12th year, The Chicago Innovation Awards honor the most innovative new products or services in a specific region and is the only organization in the country dedicated to celebrating region specific innovation.This marks MojoBistro’s second nomination for the prestigious award.
“It is a great honor to be selected as one of the 100 finalists,” said Chris Pautsch, CEO and Co-Founder, KeyLimeTie and Mojolicious. “With such a talented and diverse nomination field, to be recognized as one of the most innovative new products is truly a testament to all of our hard work and dedication. We couldn’t be more thri...
Many restaurant customers are families with children under 12. Still, it’s often easy to overlook kids this demographic as vital parts of a restaurant’s service and marketing strategy. Why should you be sure to pay attention to this segment?
Because nearly seven out of 10 consumers say they take into account a restaurant’s family or child friendliness when choosing where to dine, according to National Restaurant Association research.
“Parties with children under 12 account for $17.7 billion in annual restaurant spending,” say...
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