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Abe & Louie’s – Boston

The Steakbloggers are in Boston!

We had to hit the streets right away. We headed downtown and went to a Boston staple. Abe & Louie’s Steakhouse and it was an experience. It’s right in the middle of downtown near European style architecture and a bunch of great shopping for my wife. Also there was the hotel union protesters blocking the street and marching, just like they were doing in Chicago. Good thing we used Air BnB. But nothing too crazy came of it. The crowd marched by Boylston St. which is right where our steakhouse was.
We were there pretty early about 5pm on a weekend and we found it easy to find a table. Our waiter introduced himself, his name was Kenney. (Yes he spells it like that) He said he’s been there for over 15 years. Thats what you want in a waiter. Someone who is there as a career, not a college kid, but someone who takes it seriously.
We were looking over the wine and appetizers. He started making suggestions, which was helpful . We split a ceaser salad which was plenty for 2 people and we each got a glass of the Pinot from Sonoma. The salad came and it was great however I think mine had too much dressing on it, it was a little too liquidy. I still ate the whole plate though. Kenney poured our wine. It was amazing, very smooth tasting and not bitter and could barely taste the alcohol. The glasses went down quick. Kenney came by and asked if we were ready. I was thinking of the rib eye or Delmonico he suggested that the rib eye will have less fat. He was very helpful and he made a couple of jokes too. I told him give us a second and we’ll be ready.

He came back and we ordered The bone in rib-eye mid rare, the filet medium and a side of Brussel sprouts.
If you’ve been following the blog, we started with eating mid-well steaks and eventually worked our way down to mid-rare which is the best way to prepare them.

Kenney came back and checked up on us a couple times and made some jokes. We relaxed and sipped some wine and looked around. Most of the people in Downtown Boston like in Downtown anywhere are all tourists. We over heard a lot of people talking to the waiters saying where they’re from. The Steakhouse atmosphere was great though, there were wood paneled walls, and Remington sculptures at the front and back of the resturnt. It was the traditional American steakhouse look.

Our steaks came and they were thick and juicy. The steak knives were warm; fresh out of the dish washer. The rib eye that I got looked great, over an inch thick. I cut off a piece and tried it. It was alright, and I kept eating. It wasn’t as soft and chewy as I expected. The fat and salt and pepper didn’t blend and it just started tasting like a hunk of meat. I kept eating and realized its just a hard to chew cut. I had to press my jaws together hard, the meat just wasn’t tender. I don’t see why this happened, it looked fine, my wifes looked fine and was tender, but mine was just a hard chew. I started eating close to the bone and figured it would be tender there, but it just wasn’t. It didn’t taste too bad its just not what I expected there.
I ate half of it and got the rest to go.

The bill was $161 after tax. I made sure to leave 20% pre-tax tip. Because the service was great. Remember don’t tip on tax.
I always eat the rest of the steak the next morning. It makes for a good breakfast.

I do like this place and would even go back to try again. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

This part I need to vent a bit about the bathroom situation and an employee at the restaurant. When we were done eating I needed to use the bathroom. #2. I knocked on the stall door, which there was only one. Then opened it a bit. I see a guys back turned I say sorry, it was no big deal. But there were two urinals open, odd. I wait for him to exit and I see he’s wearing a black apron. He works here, I walk slowly to the stall to make sure he washes his hands. He did! Great, what a relief. But heres the horrible part. I get in the stall and lock the door. The seat is down, I saw him standing in the stall he was pissing with the seat down! Not only was he too lazy to lock the stall but he was too lazy to lift the seat up to piss! Now I really need to use the toilet but before I do I need to wipe this guys piss splatter off the seat so I can sit down. It took about 5-6 wipes and the whole time Im reminding myself that urine is sterile. It was still so disgusting. I write this as a warning and to show how lazy and thoughtless employees can be. So don’t be surprised after a huge steak dinner if the facilities aren’t the freshest.

Prime and Provisions

We made reservations a month ago for a Christmas Eve dinner. We decided on Prime and Provisions on 222 N Lasalle, Chicago, IL. 60601. I’ve been there before and have been anxious to come back. We get there before our reservations and we sit at the bar and have a White Russian. We also order a shrimp cocktail with only 2 shrimp. The reason is because these shrimp were ranked Extra Colossal U/10; which means under 10 of these shrimp will equal 1 pound. They were huge and one of these was enough for an appetizer.

Our table was finally ready. We enter the dinning room and it was much more crowded than the bar area, it was very loud and it was jam packed. We though no one was here because of Christmas but the dinning room was full. Our waiter was Josh, we already knew what we wanted to eat but we ordered a martini and looked at the menu for some side dishes.

We ordered the 36 oz. Porterhouse, medium, a side of brussel sprouts with bacon and purple cauliflower. Josh explained that their steaks are all dry aged and cooked Pittsburg style; which means that they are char-broiled on the top and bottom. I thought that sounded great. I have had some steaks where they tried to do that and it turns out horrible, its like eating two things at once. But I had faith in this place.

Our martinis come and we wait a little bit. I excuse myself to use the mens room and blow a line of coke. I realized that in the downstairs bathroom their hot water doesn’t work. I had to wash my hands in cold water. Oh well I thought, whatever. I walk back to the table at the exact time the waiter is serving our steak. Perfect timing.

The waiter scooped the sides on my wife’s plate then mine. When he went for the steak I said I’ll get it. The steak already came cut so we could grab it right off the bone. This porterhouse was huge! One of the biggest I’ve seen. When it was served you could hear the meat still crackling, it was loud and it was directly right out of the broiler. I usually don’t get a steak to split, but these big porterhouses are more than enough.

I gave the first piece of filet to my wife then I had one. I bit into it and it was perfect. It was a medium all the way through, and the charred on top blended perfectly it didn’t taste like there were two different types of food in my mouth. It chewed smooth all the way through and I could taste the blending of the steak with the seasoning and char on it. You could really taste the tenderness and savor the juices in this cut. I had a bit of the sides and we finished up the filet. It went down so easily.

We started on the strip, flavor blended well also. But coming from a filet to a strip you can tell the difference in the firmness of the meat, it just chews harder. It wasn’t as soft a chew as the filet, but this is obvious and I know this is going to happen. It tasted great but I did have a couple stringy parts I had to take out of my mouth. We couldn’t finish the whole thing so we brought it home.

The waiter took our plates and packed them to go in the back. When he did we said I hope he included the bone. There was a lot of meat left on it. He gave us the bill and with tax it was $177. We also included a nice tip on it.

I got home and I started to eat more of the steak immediately. It was that good, I couldn’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow. My wife noticed that they didn’t include the bone. Oh well, the next day I still had a few slices of steak left. I put them in the Staub Cast Iron and ate it for breakfast. But left over steak really isn’t that good. I threw part of it away. I guess its good they didn’t pack the bone it wasn’t needed.

Over all this Steakhouse was amazing I would like to give it a 5 but I can’t. There was nothing wrong with it, it was definitely worth it and I will be back. I do think this is worth a…

4.5* Rating!!!!

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