If there’s a ground zero for steakhouses, it’s a meat-and-potatoes town like Chicago. They aren’t all the stuffy, white-tablecloth types you’re picturing though. The latest crop of steakhouses blends contemporary atmospheres with meat that pushes the limits. These four Chicago spots easily rise to the top of the list.
If you’re big on spotting a celeb or mingling with power-lunching dealmakers, Chicago Cut is your spot. It’s situated right on the Chicago River, and when the view is paired with meat that’s been dry-aged in the designated room on site, it’s a tough spot to beat.
Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf
Definitely not a massive steakhouse chain, Bavette’s, with its tufted leather booths and brick accent wall, feels the most like a French bistro. Order the bone-in filet and dress it up with the sauce of your choosing.
To gently toss tradition out the window, head out to the Humboldt Park neighborhood for a steakhouse experience with a hipster sensibility. Boeufhaus has been serving sustainably and responsibly raised animals on its German-and-French-influenced menu since April.
Prime & Provisions
The newest steakhouse on the list, Prime & Provisions, which sits on the edge of the Loop and River North, has proven it’s got the chops to make it. Every piece of meat is served on a 500-degree plate so it’s piping hot when it settles in front of you.