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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2018, 12:44 PM »
Those are good.   Of those three, I'd choose Chicago Cut.


If you want a slight uptick, check out Bavette's.  It's an excellent choice.  http://bavettessteakhouse.com/chicago/

Wow Bavette's does seem to have the highest Google rating at 4.8 stars.  It is even pricier than Chicago Cut.

Just to make your decision more difficult... I’d go to Lawry’s. Been there many times and the food is always delicious. The prime rib is to die for. It was the food at Lawry’s that inspired me to cook prime rib for Christmas festivities.

Very nummy...

I've also been to House of Prime Rib in San Francisco and I thought that was better than the Lawry's in Vegas.  Prime rib is now sounding better to me than just a steak, especially since we make steak frequently at home.  Prime rib is usually only once a year at home for Christmas and I don't think it comes out as good as a lot of restaurants.

Lawry's is sounding more and more appealing now!

Lawry's is great for the prime rib and atmosphere. Erie Cafe prime rib is right there with it.
If you want to stay downtown go to Prime & Provision on Wacker over the other ones you listed. Great food, good location and the only place I'm aware of that actually has colossal shrimp anymore. Hard to come by these days.
RPM steak - good food, classy, great drinks, good place to impress someone.
Mastro's - also right downtown, dark, classy, big portions, great steaks and desserts, they have 3 piece Jazz / night club band that plays.
The big name places you name do it well but when you live here you come to realize that places that don't have the big names do it even better.
Jordan's - good average by our standards, isn't impressive if you live here. Chicago Cut - very expensive even by our standards, haven't been there because it seems too much to pay when you compare what is available.
Chicago is a steak town. A place needs to really rock to be better than the crown.
As a steak and pasta option Gibson's Italia.
If you want to make a rockstar choice, re-write your list.

Thanks for the new recommendations.

I didn't really realize how many steakhouses there were, all so close by until I started looking on Google Maps!  Prime & Provisions does sound pretty good.  The menu says the prime rib has limited availability - I wonder just how limited that is.  I guess Michael Jordan Steakhouse is mostly known just for his name more so than the steaks.

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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2018, 12:54 PM »
Just don’t go to Philadelphia......

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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2018, 12:55 PM »
You mean in terms of steakhouses?  We went to Philly back in January.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2018, 12:58 PM »
You mean in terms of steakhouses?  We went to Philly back in January.

In terms of the city. Except for the history, I can find no redeeming qualities about it.

Maybe I’m just spoiled be downtown Chicago.

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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2018, 01:02 PM »
Oh I see.  This was our second time going to Philly.  Reading Terminal Market was probably our favorite part both trips.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #35 on: September 02, 2018, 01:07 PM »
Oh I see.  This was our second time going to Philly.  Reading Terminal Market was probably our favorite part both trips.

The market is right across the street from the hotel I’m sitting in. By the way, this is the worst hotel in this chain I’ve ever been to.

I’m sitting here at 1 PM on a Sunday, playing on the internet...that has to tell you something.

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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #36 on: September 02, 2018, 01:14 PM »
It is too bad that a lot of the vendors in Reading Terminal Market are closed on Sundays.

We stayed at the Marriott that was pretty much right across the street from Reading Terminal Market.  That hotel seemed fine to me so you must be staying at another hotel brand.  I don't recall what other hotels were nearby.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #37 on: September 02, 2018, 01:31 PM »
It is too bad that a lot of the vendors in Reading Terminal Market are closed on Sundays.

We stayed at the Marriott that was pretty much right across the street from Reading Terminal Market.  That hotel seemed fine to me so you must be staying at another hotel brand.  I don't recall what other hotels were nearby.

Same Marriot.

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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #38 on: September 02, 2018, 05:53 PM »
Oh that's too bad.  I thought that Marriott was fine, just like most other Marriott's.  Anything in particular that you didn't like?

We're gonna be staying at a Hyatt property and an IHG property in Chicago.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #39 on: September 02, 2018, 09:22 PM »
Oh that's too bad.  I thought that Marriott was fine, just like most other Marriott's.  Anything in particular that you didn't like?

We're gonna be staying at a Hyatt property and an IHG property in Chicago.

Service is not that great. We had 25 rooms for 3 nights each, only one was configured properly. 

Staff was not friendly or helpful.

Housekeeping is fair at best.

Breakfast at 13 was uneatable after waiting an hour.

One of the group was told no room was available for them they overbooked. All these rooms were reserved 4 months ago and paid for.

It took a call to corporate to get some of the things straightened out.  Not how a hotel should treat a Platimium Elite member.

Other than that, we’re good.....

Tom



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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #40 on: September 03, 2018, 10:39 AM »
That's too bad.  I guess doing a room block like that comes with its own problems.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #41 on: September 04, 2018, 07:41 AM »
Don't know how much time you have to 'kill' while the wife is in her classes but Festool HQ in Lebanon, IN is not that far away is it? Looks like about 150 miles and a 2.5 hour drive.

Don't know what traffic is like in the area but it looks like you could easily get there and back in a day and have a few hours to see and smell the new tools and maybe take a tour.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #42 on: September 04, 2018, 09:17 AM »
That's a nice thought, but a 2.5 hour drive is a bit too far for me especially since we're not getting a rental car.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #43 on: September 24, 2018, 03:11 PM »
Thanks again for all the great suggestions for Chicago.  I'm back now and just getting caught back up with everything.  We bought the CityPass since it seemed like the cheapest way.  We ended up going the following places:

  • Lou Malnati's (we just shared a personal pizza for 1 because we didn't want to get too stuffed eating a pizza.  My wife didn't like how hard the crust was.  We definitely prefer NY thin crust style pizza)
  • Museum of Science and Technology (there was free admission on Sunday so we took advantage of the deal.  This was a very cool Museum - I didn't know the submarine was real at first.)
  • Gyu-Kaku (Japanese BBQ - we prefer Korean BBQ, but it was fun to try)
  • Chinatown (doesn't really compare to Chinatown in SFO or NYC, but the restaurant we went to for dim sum was completely full at like 10:30am.  We were shocked that it was that crowded.  Dim sum was pretty good too)
  • Adler Planetarium (not really that much to see here.  We did the night sky show where they showed us some things you can see in the night sky)
  • Field Museum (I really enjoyed the different tree displays showing what the bark, leaves, and grain looks like)
  • Shedd Aquarium (pretty small aquarium.  The beluga whales were very friendly and they did have a lot of fish to see.)
  • Eataly (cool place, I have never seen that many italian products in one place before.  The food we ordered in the seafood restaurant was also good, albeit expensive)
  • Dapper Donut
  • Willis Tower (I guess we kinda went in the off season which is a good thing because I had feared a 2 hour wait.  It was very fast to get up to the top and also to the Skydeck itself.)
  • Gold Coast Hot Dogs (pretty good dogs, literally like 1 or 2 blocks from our hotel so it was super convenient and cheap.  We got a steamed and a charred dog.  Surprisingly I think I slightly preferred the charred dog)
  • Millennium Park
  • Frontera Grill (good service but we found the dishes to be a little bit salty.)
  • Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe (of the 3 breakfasts I had by myself, this was the best one)
  • International Museum of Surgical Science (neat little museum and I have nothing to do with the healthcare profession)
  • Chicago History Museum (Tthere was an interesting exhibit on the MLK and the Jazz exhibit was also cool)
  • Navy Pier (pretty underwhelming.  We didn't end up going on the Ferris wheel - my wife thought it was a waste of money)
  • 360 Chicago (we went when there was very poor visibility, at least it was quick getting up to the top.  They were playing the Modern Marvels episode on the John Hancock building, which I found to be absolutely fascinating)
  • Sushi-San (pricey, but some of the best sushi that I've had outside of Japan)
  • Three Dots and Dash (very cool speakeasy/polynesian type of place.)
  • Palmer House (brownie was pretty good - hotel was a mess because of the hotel worker strike)
  • Eggsperience
  • Beginning of Route 66 Sign
  • Art Institute of Chicago (I had no idea the famous American Gothic painting was here.  That was really cool to see.  I got there right when it opened so it wasn't too crowded.  The Thorne Miniature Rooms was really cool also.)
  • Ramen-San (not bad, the ramen broth was on the salty side)
  • Lincoln Park Zoo (small zoo, but it was also very empty so it almost felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.  Seemed like the animals knew when we walked up to each exhibit as they almost always made an appearance for us to see them.)
  • The Berghoff (very good food and reasonable prices - I'd say the best meal and value of the whole trip)
  • Yolk!
  • Pritzker Military Museum and Library (more library than museum, but I mainly went to kill some time as it was my last morning there)
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #44 on: September 26, 2018, 10:29 AM »
Wow...busy guy. Maybe you should change your name from GoingMyWay to GoingAllDayEveryDay. [big grin]

Curious, did the Gold Coast Hot Dogs have this green relish on them?

Nice to hear about the Eataly thing. [smile]

I notice you mention that a lot of the meals were salty, what kind of salt do you cook with at home?  I switched from regular table salt to Kosher salt about 20 years ago and much prefer cooking with that. I also notice that when we go out for dinner some of the meals seem on the salty side.

I recently started trying sea salt and we'll see where that goes...it is expensive though.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #45 on: September 26, 2018, 10:55 AM »
Wow...busy guy. Maybe you should change your name from GoingMyWay to GoingAllDayEveryDay. [big grin]

Nice to hear about the Eataly thing. [smile]

I notice you mention that a lot of the meals were salty, what kind of salt do you cook with at home?  I switched from regular table salt to Kosher salt about 20 years ago and much prefer cooking with that. I also notice that when we go out for dinner some of the meals seem on the salty side.

I recently started trying sea salt and we'll see where that goes...it is expensive though.


    I have been to Eataly in NYC. I didn't realize that it was a chain. Cool place , lots of good stuff.

    I have been using sea salt for years now. General purpose , run of the mill sea salt should be obtainable at a pretty low price unless shopping for particular type , style etc. What I get for cooking is only a few dollars a pound.  What I like about it is that it has a a more salty taste in proportion to the  "burning" effect of regular salt. More mellow.

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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #46 on: September 26, 2018, 11:15 AM »
Wow...busy guy. Maybe you should change your name from GoingMyWay to GoingAllDayEveryDay. [big grin]

Curious, did the Gold Coast Hot Dogs have this green relish on them? (Attachment Link)

Nice to hear about the Eataly thing. [smile]

I notice you mention that a lot of the meals were salty, what kind of salt do you cook with at home?  I switched from regular table salt to Kosher salt about 20 years ago and much prefer cooking with that. I also notice that when we go out for dinner some of the meals seem on the salty side.

I recently started trying sea salt and we'll see where that goes...it is expensive though.
LOL - I like to hit a lot of places in a hurry.  I'm always in a hurry, even when we're not even sure where we are going.  I also don't spend a lot of time reading every exhibit.

It sure did.  It's a little hard to see in this photo.



I thought that neon green relish was a requirement for a Chicago Dog.  I also got the impression that most places that serve Chicago Style Dogs use the Vienna brand of products - if that's the case there likely isn't that much of a difference between hot dog places if they're all using the same product.

I opted to not take my GoPro since it would be extra weight and items to carry.  I just used my phone to take pictures.  I took a bunch of pictures of everything - too many to post here.  I could post some selective ones, if anyone wanted to see anything in particular (not likely anyone is really interested in my trip or my mediocre photography).  I am planning on posting some of the pictures from Eately in the What's Cooking thread since that was specifically talked about.

We use regular Morton's table salt (we alternate between iodized and non iodized), Morton's kosher salt, and Maldon's Sea Salt.  Just this past week we tried the smoked Maldon's Sea Salt.  The Maldons is really only supposed to be used as a "finishing salt" but we often use it as you'd use regular salt in terms of general seasoning.

It's kind of funny - a lot of times I'm complaining about foods being underseasoned.  On this particular trip we seemed to encounter a lot of salty food.  I was really complaining in the airport lounge that everything there was salty - the soups, the olives, the 2 different snack mixes.  I really try to restrict my liquid intake when I'm about to get on a plane so salty foods that will make me thirst is the last thing that I need.

    I have been to Eataly in NYC. I didn't realize that it was a chain. Cool place , lots of good stuff.

    I have been using sea salt for years now. General purpose , run of the mill sea salt should be obtainable at a pretty low price unless shopping for particular type , style etc. What I get for cooking is only a few dollars a pound.  What I like about it is that it has a a more salty taste in proportion to the  "burning" effect of regular salt. More mellow.

Seth

I just looked it up.  Looks like there are locations in LA, Chicago, NYC (2 locations), Boston, and soon Vegas. They're all over the place!

I don't necessarily notice much of a difference in taste of the salt.  As I mentioned, we alternate between iodized and non iodized salt.  I think a lot of people don't like the iodized version because of the flavor it can impart.  I haven't noticed any off taste.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #47 on: September 26, 2018, 11:27 AM »
I have been to Eataly in NYC. I didn't realize that it was a chain. Cool place , lots of good stuff.

I have been using sea salt for years now. General purpose , run of the mill sea salt should be obtainable at a pretty low price unless shopping for particular type , style etc. What I get for cooking is only a few dollars a pound.  What I like about it is that it has a a more salty taste in proportion to the  "burning" effect of regular salt. More mellow.

Five of them (Eataly) if I remember correctly.

Or local store only carries Baleine and Maldon. The blue version is very fine like regular table salt and the red version is very coarse like rock salt. After 20 years I'm so used to seasoning with Kosher salt that neither one of the Baleine products worked for me, you know a pinch here a pinch there.

That's when I tried Maldon which is closer in consistency to Kosher salt. The local store sells Maldon for 8 oz @ $9. That's $18 per pound...that's Copper River salmon territory.  [eek]
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #48 on: September 26, 2018, 12:08 PM »
You can get a 3.3lb tub of Maldon salt on Amazon for $8.83/lb: https://www.amazon.com/Maldon-Salt-Flakes-1-5kg-3-3lbs/dp/B004SBQYMU/ref=sr_1_2_a_it.
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Re: Visiting Chicago
« Reply #50 on: October 04, 2018, 11:01 AM »
Wow I never thought about variances between 2 different brands of kosher salt. We've only used Morton's, but it seems like most every other recipe has Diamond kosher salt in mind when they write the recipe.

I wonder if we should buy some Diamond kosher salt for comparison.

I also didn't know that kosher salt was a misnomer. I always assumed it was kosher given its name.
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