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Aug 9, 2006 08:41 PM

Going to Chicago and people have recommended Lawry's for Prime Rib

Friends have told me this is a must go to. What are your thoughts?. We only have a few day's in the city and want to do places I can find in the Twin Cities MN. Promised my husband great prime rib

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  1. My husband and I have always enjoyed our meals at Lawry's. I love that they serve Yorkshire pudding with the prime rib, and I even enjoy the creamed spinach, despite the fact that it's made with Lawry's seasoning powder in it, which makes it taste a bit erzatz.

    Until recently, well-known Chicago chef Jackie Shen presided over their kitchen, and they still do her famous "chocolate bag" dessert, which should not be missed (one is enough for two people - it's that rich). I would say, "go, and enjoy."

    1. This is one of the few restaurants in Chicago that I would shout from the rooftop "Don't Go!!" My whole party was disappointed. I had heard all the great things and was prepared to have a great prime rib but the whole experience was a disappointment. The waitresses wore tacky, 1970ish cocktail uniforms, the spinach was poor, the sides were OK but not great and the prime rib was so-so. None of us could figure out the reputation. It seemed like everyone was on an expense account-maybe that made the food taste better. I have never been so disappointed in a restaurant.

      1. It's been years since I've been to Lawry's, but I think that it remains a good choice for prime rib (and prime rib alone). In fact, I don't think that they have much on the menu besides prime rib. Also, the decor and atmosphere probably are a bit dated by now.

        If you're interested in anything other than prime rib, or are a bit adventurous, you probably would be better off going to one of the many upscale steakhouses in town.

        1. I have always enjoyed my Lawry's experiences in Los Angeles...however, when in Chicago go to Gibson's or as mentioned one of the great steak palaces. Gibson's is perfection in my opinion!

          1. I'm glad you're seeking advice on this website/Chowhound. I understand the longstanding tradition of having Prime Rib at Lawry's. Unfortunately, Lawry's is past it's heyday. Chicago has great steakhouses and Lawry's isn't one of them.

            Gibsons at Bellview and Rush Street (or try Hugo's nextdoor that shares the same kitchen and is a few dollars less expensive...I think. I usually go to Hugo's.) has the perfect blend of great steak and seafood, great location in the Goldcoast, vibrant atmosphere, etc. The sidewalk seating is best for people watching. It's popular with locals, tourists, and celebs. You can't go wrong here.
            Gene & Georgetti's; an old school Chicago Steakhouse has been around for years and years, has great steak, and a lot of character.
            I was never a big fan of the Chain steakhouses like Smith & Wollensky's or Ruth Chris. Morton's, another chain, but a great one...except for the terribly sterile corporate atmosphere.
            I hear that David Burke's is great as well.