Short Trip Report
Had a great weekend in Chicago/Milwaukee as well as some great eating.
We arrived late from Dallas on Friday night, so we ended up dining at Sable - which was great. It was right around the corner from our hotel, and we ended up with a booth right by the kitchen. I know this isn't prime seating for everyone, but I love a good kitchen view.
The highlights were the beet salad, seared scallops with chutney, grapefruit & avocado salad. Our waiter had a couple of missteps - brought us an old fashioned instead of a sauterne and he also took a little while to tell us our original bottle of champagne wasn't available. No big deal, he was apologetic and offered us dessert. We ended up with the chocolate souffle cake, and it was impeccable. Love, love, loved it. Overall, a great experience for late night dinner and drinks.
We're big brunch eaters, and it seems like there weren't a lot of brunch options for Saturday. Someone recommended Heaven on Seven for Saturday brunch, and while yes, they do have brunch, I certainly wouldn't recommend it. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either. Just blah.
Skip to Monday evening when we return from a side trip to visit relatives in Milwaukee. Monday was tough as a lot of restaurants were closed on Monday, and we were too tired of driving to even think about driving or cabbing anywhere for dinner.
So we started with oysters at the Oyster Bar at Shaw's Crab House - such a fun little pre-dinner event. Overall good service and food - but we just stuck to oysters (and champagne!), so I can't speak to the rest of the menu.
After oysters we walked over to David Burke's Primehouse for a late meal. We both enjoyed our 55 day old dry aged ribeyes, but I thought the sides were just okay. I did however, LOVE, the caesar salad with extra anchovies. Overall, a solid meal.
Thanks again for letting me peruse your Chicago board, and I can't wait to return for more eating.
David Burke's Primehouse
616 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Heaven on Seven
600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Shaw's Crab House
21 East Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60611
Sable Kitchen & Bar
505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Thanks for your report!
For next time...
>> We're big brunch eaters, and it seems like there weren't a lot of brunch options for Saturday.
Actually, there are; you just need to know where to look. All of the restaurants that specialize in breakfast, the best of which include Bongo Room, Jam, M. Henry/M. Henrietta, Southport Grocery, etc, are open for brunch on Saturdays. Most of the reservation-type places do brunch only on Sundays, not on Saturdays, but most of the Mexican restaurants do brunch both days, including Mexique and Mundial Cocina Mestiza, two of our best. (Frontera Grill does a Saturday brunch but if you don't have a reservation, waiting times to be seated are often 90 minutes or more.)
Mundial Cocina Mestiza
1640 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Southport Grocery & Cafe
3552 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660
1133 West Granville, Chicago, IL 60660
3059 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago, IL
* 55 year old dry aged ribeyes* Man, them's some old steak! Another reason for me to remain veg! (Of course I know you meant 55 day!)
Try Elly's for brunch next time. I don't think they have bloodies and mimosas if that's your thing, but the food is great.