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About ten years ago I was in Chicago on business. My associates took me to a restaurant called, I believe, "Bones". It was a big place, with a heavy men's club atmosphere (red upholstery, dark wood, etc.) and the menu featured BBQ'd this and BBQ'd that, with baked potato and green salad as I recall. In other words, hearty no-brainer food. I liked it just fine.

What is your take on this place? A respectable tribute to Chicago's meat-packing character? A hokey tourist trap? Or ????

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  1. Bones has closed. It has been replaced with L. Woods which is owned by the same peop[le (Lettuce Entertain You) and has the same general feel as Bones. The ribs are still on the menu, but they have expanded into some other offerings as well. It's a good safe place to eat. Not too risky, ie. a good place to take one's grandparents.

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    1. re: Steve Z
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      Lincolnwood Worker

      Bones' ribs are NOT on the menu at L'woods. They have been replaced by meat Jell-O.

      The steaks are OK.

      The service is very, very slow -- just about the only attribute besides ownership that L'woods shares with the late, lamented Bones. Well, the clientele is still largely North Shore bluehairs, too.

    2. Yep, Bones is now L.Woods on Lincoln Ave. just south of Touhy in Lincolnwood, IL. It supposedly has the atmosphere of an old-fashioned Wisconsin vacaction lodge. The food is pretty good - straitforward fare. There are couple of prime steaks on the menu that are superb. The shrimp in the shrimp cocktail are huge. Good salads, good dessert specials, great mashed potatoes and onion strings.

      It is very busy on the weekends. It is a good idea to make a reservation.

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        Kenny from Rogers Park

        "There are couple of prime steaks on the menu that are superb. The shrimp in the shrimp cocktail are huge. Good salads, good dessert specials, great mashed potatoes and onion strings."

        In my limited experience with L. Woods, there are no "superb" or "great" dishes there--and I've tried the steak, mashed potatoes and onion rings. I wouldn't even say there is anything "good" there, either. Just mediocre food served in an annoying atmosphere characterized by simulated Wisconsin authenticity.

        1. re: Kenny from Rogers Park

          I find the skirt steak to be absolutely phenomenal, and I have yet to find its equal. It's tender and explodes with flavor.

          Link: http://www.eatchicago.net/archives/00...

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            Brent Brotine

            The skirt steak rocks at nearby Myron & Phil's in Lincolnwood, IMHO. Especially when smothered in burnt onions.
            >>Brent

            1. re: Brent Brotine

              FYI--

              Myron & Phil's gets their raw skirt steak from Jerry & John's on Dempster. They have Jerry and John select only the fattest, most marbled FULL skirt steaks.
              I have tried to get the full skirts from them and they say that M & P gets them all-- We are only able to get the center-cuts. (Still good, but I prefer the larger piece)

      2. bones was really great. l. woods sucks.