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To the editors:

Re: Don Rose's Around the Coyote Restaurant Tour [September 9]. First of all, most of the "review" is little more than menu reporting, which we can all figure out ourselves, but when he does recommend or slam, for the most part he gets it wrong.

Buona Fortuna has been one of my favorite Italian restaurants for years. I not only frequent the place about once a month (and get treated like I'm there once a week), I've introduced it to many of my friends on various occasions, and they've all been delighted. The staff is helpful, friendly, and accommodating. The food is consistently high quality, fresh, interesting, and just plain good. It's also a very pretty place to dine.

And he recommends? Frida's? My visit there included a condescending lecture on real Mexican food, neglectful service, and far from innovative cooking. What they call empanadas were lukewarm, tasted like too-thick ravioli covered in a bland tomato sauce, followed by a "tortilla soup" that turned out to be a thick tomato concoction as well, unrecognizable to me as having anything to do with tortilla soup. The Bareos? OK for (overpriced) margaritas and appetizers, but their "fanciful twists" on Mexican cooking are about as exciting as Chi-Chi's. I've avoided Babaluci's just about since it opened because everyone I know who's been there tells me to stay away. And I can't imagine that anyone will tell you that they go to the Northside for the food.

Maybe next time Don decides to do a neighborhood restaurant review, he should spend a little more time in the 'hood.

Mary Jo Madden

Ukrainian Village

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