Attn. Steakhouse entusiasts: I need your help!
I am trying to decide between DB Primehouse, Keefers and Saloon steakhouse...here's the deal: My parents are visiting for my daughter's birthday, and my father is a HUGE beef connesiuer--he usually frequents Capital Grill when in town (which he loves), but I'd like to take them somewhere else. Also to consider...my 5-year-old daughter, who is well behaved and happens to love "rare beef"! So nothing too smoky or pretentious. It should be excellent quality, offer some interesting alternatives to beef, and feel special. Thank you!
This is an endless topic, but it's pretty easy to get a good steak here. Now, I'll get slammed for this, but the place I take out of towners for steak is Gene and Georgetti. It is the quitessential Chicago steakhouse, with the old-school design (right down to the menu), pix on the wall of celebrities, Rolls and Mercedes parked out front, and a kind of "Mob" image. Plus, imagine a plate of pasta for $18.00!!. Steaks are from Allen Bros., the fried potatos are great. The "small" filet is 10-12 oz's (about $30), it's all I can handle. OK, I'm ready for the onslaught!! But I'll bet your Dad will love it.
It's a good bet Dad'll like it, but I have my doubts about the 5-year-old, unless G&G has the sense not to keep her waiting a half-hour or so at the bar till a table clears. Altho perhaps if they know it's a special occasion for her, they'll treat her like royalty or a newly elected alderman (it'll help, too, if her last name's Daley, Pritzker, or Winston&Strawn).
I love the steak at the Capital Grille. I have touted their dry aged sirloin and porterhouse as my 2 favorite steaks in Chicago for some time. After a trip to the Primehouse last week, I believe they have steaks that are almost if not entirely the equal of the Capital Grille. I had a delicious bone in ribeye which had been aged for 40 days. It was terrific. Others in my party tried the bone in filet which looked and tasted extraordinary. I think Primehouse would be the way to go. I was disappointed with Keefers on my only trip. I will have to try it again because of the dazzling reviews it usually gets by fellow hounds. I've heard very good things about the Saloon but have yet to try it myself.