Joes in Chicago
Yup I am talking about Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab. I had know idea that this was a chain albeit a small one. My girlfriend and I had dinner there last Wednesday evening.
The restaurant was crowded so I suppose the word is already out about this place. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. He walked us through everything. The atmosphere or interior of the restaurant was nice. It was louder than I expected. There were some children there which surprised me.
I got the swordfish and she got the scallops. Everything is a la carte and for our side dish we shared the sweet fries (sweet potato fries). Everything was good. My fish was prepared just right and had a lemon flavored sauce on it. The fries were a huge portion and prepared excellently.
The overall experience was good except the noise level was a little high, but some places are just very popular and busy. I will plan on trying Joe's again when I return to Chicago.
P.S. The lounge/bar area just inside the entrance was very cool looking and relaxing. It could be fun just to stop by and have drinks when you are downtown Chicago.
Whoa!! Three locations, with the seasonally open original in Miami, and then one in Vegas & one Chicago, all with slightly different menus, hardly qualify Joes as a "Chain".
Although I agree with most of your comments, I feel I have to clarify a few things:
This place is elegant. Joes has OUTSTANDING service, and yes with a dining room that seat around 200 people and is almost always full it does have a lively atmosphere. But saying “its loud” seems like an unfair criticism and quite frankly it’s not a bad thing, nor is it out of place either. Just to contrast; if you think this place is loud, try the deafening roar in the dining room at Gibson's! In fact, other than Morton's and possibly the Chicago Chop House (which IMO aren’t nearly as good) no respectable Chicago Steakhouse downtown has low level table conversations during the dinner hour.
As to the kids comment; personally I feel if you have enough money that you can spend it on your kids at a place that averages $75-200 per person, than more power to you!! But I can assure you, that seeing more than one family (who are generally celebrating something) is not commonplace, if they behaved reasonably well and didn’t throw food at you, lighten up a little ; )
I hope you come back and enjoy more than a dinner next time, but try to think of anyplace in downtown Chicago as busy, vibrant but never silent...
We went to Joe's 3 times last year, and early this year during stone crab claw season, and always had a great meal, drinks, service, and experience. Joe's has always been a dependable option for us.
My favorites are the bone in filet, stone crab bisque, king crab claws, and of course the stone crab claws when in season. We brought our infant daughter(now almost 2) each of the times we went without issue. We typically eat an early dinner when we take her out to a nicer place 4:00 - 4:30 p.m., while the place is less crowded, and the staff, and fellow diners are more relaxed.
im glad you enjoyed, Joes, and hopefully your visit to Chicago.
My wife and I go to Joes at least 4 or 5 times a year and are never disappointed. The service is always very good and so is the food. You don't have to spend a fortune at Joes because they always have moderately priced items on the menu. (We don't eat steak a lot). We were there two weeks ago and my wife had the blackened cod and I had the garlic shrimp. Both were very good, and you don't get rushed by the wait staff.
We ordered from the bar menu at one of the hi-tops last Wednesday. We both had the turkey and swiss cheese sandwich on toasted rye bread with french fries. All this for $9.95 a piece and also very good compared to the bar menu at Rosebud Steakhouse on Walton or Hugo's on Rush. .