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Graham Elliot or David Burke's?

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We're celebrating our 6th anniversary and are staying in downtown chi (we live in a suburb) and I want to go to a nice steakhouse beforehand. I've been to Gibsons, ruth's, and mortons, so I'd like to try somewhere new. Of these two, which would you recommend? We're in our early 30s.

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Graham Elliot
217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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  1. Graham Elliot is very nice and fun and has a steak on the menu, but it is not in any way a steakhouse. If that's what you want David Burke's is the place to go. Let us know how you think it compares to the other, more old-school places you've already been to.

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    1. re: chicgail

      These are two different kinds of places. If you want a steakhouse, David Burke's is a good place to go. If you want creative contemporary American food, then Graham Elliot is a good place to go.

      I've been to David Burke's Primehouse numerous times and they have always cooked my steak exactly as I have specified. They have also checked back with me to make sure it was prepared to my liking, and it always has been. And while every restaurant in Chicago, it seems, sees a few complaints on this board, most people are very happy with the steaks at David Burke's, which is why it gets more praise by more people here than any other steakhouse in Chicago.

      Wildfire and Rosebud are okay if you're looking to save a little money, but there is a big difference between their steaks (good not great IMHO) and those of the best steakhouses in town (including Burke's, as well as Joe's, Saloon, Gibson's, etc). If you're looking for the best steaks, the dry aged steaks at Burke's get my vote.

    2. The risk of going to David Burke's is that the kitchen won't cook your steak correctly. It's been a complaint about the place since the day the doors opened. No doubt the raw meet is as high a quality as it gets. The kitchen, though, has times when it just doesn't get it right - and given the high cost of the steaks at that restaurant, are you willing to take the chance. I haven't had a steak at Graham Elliot's, but other things there - and it's a marvelous restaurant. I rate it above David Burke's. But, from what you've told us - you're steak folks and if steak 'someplace different' is what you want, David Burke's might be for you. Dress-down, though - because when I've been there the crowd is a bit rowdy and I see many t-shirts and worn jeans. Happy Anniversary!

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      1. re: gomexico

        I'm not defending David Burke's, but any steakhouse kitchen can and does it get wrong sometimes. And if they do - especially at those prices -- you send it back and make sure it gets done right. I'm not a huge steak fan, although I do occasionally want a really good one and DB is about as good as it gets.

        1. re: gomexico

          I have to agree with you. I went to DB twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. Both times they overcooked my steak by a lot. I generally do not send the steaks back unless they are inedible. What I do is that I will try anything twice, but if you cannot deliver, I will just take my business elsewhere.

          I think in the downtown area, Rosebud by the Drake Hotel has the most consistent execution in terms cooking steaks. I actually find Wildfire's steaks to be consistent and better than some of the other big names in the city, although it is not really a special occasion restaurant in terms of ambiance.

          1. re: mountsac

            I've been to David Burke's 5 times in the last year and it rocked my world each time. Steaks cooked perfect for a table for 2 and a table of 18. If you are steak geek, make sure to get a tour of the salt room that they do the ageing in. Very cool.

        2. Thanks all. I'm going to try Graham Elliot!

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          Graham Elliot
          217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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          1. re: verdeg

            Went to GE and wow, where is the food?! We came in and $200 later we were still hungry. We ended up going to Gino's East after. My "steak" was gone in 3 bites. I worked out extra hard that morning thinking it would be a nice big meal LOL.

            It was a nice atmosphere and the food (what little of it there was) was nicely presented. But never again - I don't get the point of a restaurant like that.

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            Gino's East
            8725 W Higgins Rd Ste 100, Chicago, IL 60631

            Graham Elliot
            217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654