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My husband and I are staying in the city this weekend and need some help! Traveling to any section of the city is not a problem. I enjoy all kinds of cuisine and am looking for something unique. My husband...not so much. My husband is allergic to all seafood/fish and quite frankly is a beef eater (no lamb, etc.). I really don't want to go to a 'typical' steakhouse, but all other restaurants I'm looking at that interest me (Graham Elliott, Spiaggia, Everest, Alinea, Tru, etc) just won't work for my husband. For example, when I read him the 'land' menu section of Graham Elliott, he asked where the 'beef' was...poor guy. HA. He's really an unassuming, simple guy. Any suggestions on restaurants that might 'merge' our likes? I'm looking for no more than $200 per (I know that some restaurants I listed above may not have been in that range). Please note, we've been to Japonais before. My husband was 'ok' with it but doesn't want to go back. Thoughts?

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  1. Custom House would be a great choice. They have first-class steaks but also seriously interesting offering of other meats (e.g., lamb, rabbit) and fish.

    1. Agree with the suggestion of Custom House. Also Keefers has standard beef offerings, as well as a lot of seafood and other choices.

      1. Tough to balance the desires of one diner seeking adventure and another that seeks a big hunk o' meat (and I'm not knocking that, sometimes the BHoM is what I crave as well). I would agree with Masha that Keefer's does a great job with steaks while offering an interesting menu of non-meat specials; so many steak places think offering lobster and farm raised salmon gives them a varied menu but Keefer's goes well beyond that. I would suggest, though, that you may wish to consider Blackbird where James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan prepares dishes from a very eclectic menu yet offers substantial meat dishes that should appeal to the dedicated carnivore as well.

        http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/

        1. How about Hugo's Frog Bar? I was there last weekend and had wonderful lobster bisque and Kona Kampachi. My husband had frog legs and a rib eye steak that he enjoyed. It might fit both of your tastes.

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          Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House
          1024 North Rush, Chicago, IL 60611

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          1. re: savoureux

            Great idea, Hugo's, if you can get a reso, is a good choice.

            Also may want to try Brasserie Ruhlmann (across street from japonais), he can get a nice steak and you can go French.

          2. Hugo's is a great option, as is Gibson's Steak House next door. All you have to do is ask your waiter nicely at Gibson;s and they can get you stuff off of Hugo's menu. I think they actually share the same kitchen, but don't quote me on that. -mJ

            1. I think Custom House is a good idea, but you should also consider Powerhouse. It's similar to Custom House in that it's somewhat "meat focused", but it has a lot of other things on the menu in case you're not into that. Also, the steaks at Powerhouse are a bit more "steakhouse-like" than they are at Custom House (i.e., your husband can get his big hunk of meat).

              Restaurant website:
              http://www.powerhouserestaurant.com/

              Additional discussion and pics:
              http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?...

              1. I'm often in the same boat as you, and I typically end up unsatisfied or bored with the non-steak options and my signifcant other is thrilled with the steak when we go out for steak dinners. One place that opened last week that is on my radar is Ajasteak in the Dana Hotel. According to their website, they are a Japanese steakhouse that serves sushi as well, which I assume works for you since you have been to Japonais. I haven't been so I can't vouch for it, but if you go, please report back!

                http://danahotelandspa.com/restaurant...