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Best Steakhouse in Chicago

We will be in Chicago next month and I want "the boys" to experience the best in Chicago. I lived in the midwest many moons ago and know the beef there is the best. What do you suggest?

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  1. There are many, many excellent ones. There's no consensus on a single steakhouse as "best", but David Burke's Primehouse will always get a lot of votes. Chicago Cut Steakhouse is also outstanding. You can't go wrong with either.

    However, it's also worth pointing out that you can get a great steak in any city in the country; that stereotype of the Midwest as only offering great beef is highly obsolete. Whereas Chicago offers things you won't find elsewhere, including contemporary Mexican cuisine that is rarely found this side of the border, and our local specialties of deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago-style hot dogs. We also have a vibrant restaurant scene with particular richness in contemporary American cuisine, small plates restaurants, and breakfast-focused restaurants, as well as ethnic restaurants of every kind. For a brief vacation trip to Chicago, I would only recommend a steakhouse if you love steaks above all other types of food; otherwise I'd suggest some of the places that are better here than elsewhere.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      What about Benny's? We've been to a lot of the steak palaces in town but not there. We want to go someplace we haven't been before.

      1. re: hoppy2468

        Our newest include Benny's Chop House, as well as Bavette's Bar and Boeuf, and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. Try any or all, and let us know how you like them!

    2. My personal favorite is the Chicago Chop House followed closely by Gibsons. They both taste amazing. The atmosphere at Chicago Chop House though is so "Old Chicago" so if that's what you're looking for, check it out.

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      1. re: AlittleRandR

        I have to disagree on Chicago Chop House. It has become a tired old cousin to the great steakhouses in Chicago. Admitedly it's been a little more than a year since I was taken there by out of town clients who have a tradition with the place, but the food was average at best and the atmosphere has gone from old school to tired.

        I do like Gibson's (and Hugo's actually a little more for the variety) and it has the Chicago feel much more than CCH. I would also say Burke's and Cut are my next two. Fourth only because it's a chain that did not originate in Chicago, is Capital Grill. Their Kona-rub dry aged NY strip is fantastic.

      2. We just went to Chicago Cut Steakhouse. Best filet mignon I've ever had (bone in, large portion). The rib steak was quite good but not the best. The view of the river and the city is tremendous - so if the "boys" are new to town, it might be nice. Don't forget the creamed spinach - superb, even my kids who don't like spinach at it all up. The service was incredible. Haven't been to any other Chicago steakhouses in awhile, so can't compare.

        1. I would have to say D. Burke's. Been several times. Been to Gibson's &Chop House, too. If you are into wine, Burke's also has a good corkage policy. But as always, call first regarding corkage.

          1. David Burke's or Chicago Cut for sure. And for the life of me I just spent 10 minutes searching for the 100+ post thread on the "best steakhouse in Chicago" and I couldn't find it. Someone else want to give it a shot?

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            1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

              I'm sure you mean this one:

              Best Steak in Chicago? - www.chow.com/topics/359377

              I believe Chicago Cut Steakhouse (as well as a few others) opened since the most recent post in that topic (June 2010). The reason it didn't show up in your search is probably that you didn't use the advanced search to override the default (last 12 months) for the date of the most recent update on topics displayed.