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Gene & Georgetti

So we decided to try a new steak house. There’s a place in River North which is basically downtown Chicago. I’ve been meaning to try this place and have drove by it many times. It’s called Gean and Georgetti.

And it’s been around since 1941. Imagine that. Opening a business during WW2.

Any way it’s been a Chicago staple for a long time. We walk in and have reservations on a Friday night. Jam packed. 8pm. We wait about 15 minutes and our seat is ready.

This place is real old school. Wood panel on the walls and all types of old Chicagoans in there. This is a real steakhouse. The atmosphere you would expect to see.

The waiter comes to the table and doesn’t introduce himself. He had an accent that I couldn’t place. My friend said the waiter might be Italian. I don’t know. But he didn’t give the service we’re accustom to like Mohammed or Elvis from Gibsons.

He just said are you ready to order?

We decided on splitting a large porterhouse I think it was 42oz

and a side of asparagus.

We decided to go Medium Rare.

I ask the waiter describe the mid-rare

Meaning is the chef dead on? Will it be bright red in the middle? Every chef is going to be a little different.

He simply says red in middle.

I look at my friend like what? That’s it?

No description? My friend who has been here many times says don’t worry it will be good.

So I’m drinking the house Cab, and waiting for the steak to be served.

The waiter comes out w a salad. We start eating it and it’s basically all lettuce. Didn’t taste that great so I just had a few bites.

And finally the steak comes

With the side of asparagus and an extra side of fried potatoes which comes with every meal.

The porterhouse was Not cut into pieces which I was expecting. So we cut off the filet and cut it in two. The filet was pretty small. But once we bit into it we understood why this place was so popular. It was charred perfectly on the outside and a perfect mid rare on the inside.

When you bite into it, the charr and seasoning on the outside blend perfectly with the taste of the softness inside. The filet didn’t last long just 2-3 bites for each of us, that was a little disappointing especially because it was so good and juicy.

Onward to the strip we started cutting pieces off of it and the flavor blended perfectly a few bites in and it started getting a little chewy and slightly stringy. We ended up spitting a few small pieces out that just weren’t chewable. But with a strip this does happen often. The taste was still amazing however not as soft as strips that I’ve had a places like Jeff Ruby’s in Cincinnati.

We had to take a break, we we getting full. However we decided we weren’t done yet. We started cutting off more small pieces. I think the line of the night came when my friend said “The closer to the bone you get, the better it is” and that was the truth!

We started cutting it really close and it was tasting really tender. Basically like we were eating buttery meat. We picked the bone dry; there was nothing left.

I finished my last wine and we were done. This was very satisfying.

The key takeaways from this meal were that

The service could have been more personal.

The filet could have been bigger than a few bites

The meal was amazing

Meat was very soft and tender

Flavor and the charr around the steak blended perfect.

The steak house itself was extremely busy, jam packed.

I would highly recommend this

Tony Roma’s-quick review

I was traveling through MN and we decided to stop at Mall of America.

We walked around the mall for a while and ended up just buying something from best buy. Besides the indoor carnival the mall really isn’t that impressive.

So after we wasted a few hours walking around I built up an appetite.

We went to the food area and I found Tony Roma’s. I looked at the menu and it had a few steak options on it. It also said they were famous for their steaks. Well here goes nothing. I order the strip and I asked does the chef cook dead on? or should I order a little more rare? She

actually told me to order a little rare. That’s not a good sign. So I order it mid-rare. The restaurant was set up just as you would expect a mall restaurant to look like with the service to match. After a little wait the dish comes. I take a few bites and I’m realizing that the

outside of the steak is burnt to a crisp and the inside is mid-rare. Here we go again I was thinking. So I’m starving I end up eating more than half. It was decently seasoned. But defiantly should have just got a burger and fries. Something that they couldn’t mess up.

This will not be on our recommended list and we’ll probably not return.

Again most places do not cook a decent steak. They are a rare find.

Taste- ** mid-rare
Atmosphere- **
Service- **

Beutler Meats


So I’m in Lafayette IN,

I found a local butcher that seemed legit so I gave them a try.

I got 2 NY Strips and a Porterhouse for next week.

Put them in a cast iron skillet which I highly recommend. We’ll talk about that later.

Bought some seasoning for the steak and some green beans.

The strips were pretty affordable, around $8

I’ve been here for a couple weeks and have been eating steak from Kroger. Again we’ll talk about that later.

So I got to work, seasoned the steak, boiled up the beans and cracked a beer.

Within a few minutes the steak was ready.

Straight to the plate and got to work, cooked around mid to mid-well.

Actually I was surprised, it tasted very good. A common problem I come across when I eat out or cook at home, the steak will get a little stringy and I’ll have to spit a bit out. This did happen a couple times but over all it was delicious. Was juicy enough and not over cooked. When you cook you have to watch it constantly. Ok so a lot comes down to the proper cooking technique and the seasoning you use. When I thought I was full I had to eat a little more. Also the green beans that I bought, they tasted so fresh its been a while since I tasted fresh beans like that.

Now considering my geographic region and my limited options this was a great treat.

There was a great selection at this butcher and I was impressed.

If you’re around Lafayette/Purdue Univ. check these guys out

**** 4 Stars mid-well!



McGraws Steakhouse Lafayette, IN


I’m in lafayette again and I’m looking forward to getting a steak. I find out this city has only one steak house. We make reservations at McGraws and were able to get in at 9pm.
place was located on a long and windy road that was pitch black. We find it, and walked in to the place packed. Great, this must be good, or its the only place in town. We were seated and already knew what we wanted I got the NY strip mid-rare because I wanted a little taste of fat around the cut and my wife got the 8oz. filet mid-well.

I asked what the vegetable of the day was and the waiter told me it was a veggie mix. I immediately knew that it was pre-packaged and it came from a bag. You can tell right away if you’re at a quality dinning establishment when you order the salad or veggies. If they look like the bag you get at Kroger where everything is mixed from the factory and the mixed veggies are all cut the exact same. Or if the steamed vegetables come mixed and you don’t have a choice of what kind you want. Its probably not that great of a restaurant.

We order and I get the veggies and she gets the fries. I’m in panic mode, I’m sure I’ll be disappointed. The food comes and I cut the steak open and it was cooked proper. Take a couple bites, its ok but I realized its not heavily seasoned, and not juicy at all. When you order a mid-rare shouldn’t it be juicy and bloody? Theres something wrong with this. I take a few bites and its getting really stringy and I have to spit a few pieces out. Now proper manners I spit it in my napkin, but after a few times of having to do this, Im just pulling it out of my mouth and putting it on my plate. I’m pretty upset and the waiter hasn’t come by to check on us yet. There wasn’t even any good fat around the edges to bite on. Which for me defeats the whole point of getting a strip. I take a couple bites of the veggies and just as I suspected, not that good. They were definitely from a bag. I push the plate to the side, and drink my beer which is making me even colder because we were near a back door. So I don’t drink anymore and my steak is dry. I wait for my wife to finish and I know she never finishes her meal or drinks.

I start eating her filet. It was alright actually not great but alright. So I have a few bites of hers and the waited finally comes over I tell him mine was stringy, and dry. He apologizes and takes my plate.
We ask for the bill and I start eating the fries my wife got. They were thick steak cut fries which are usually amazing, just load them up with salt right? Im eating them and can’t believe they weren’t even fully cooked either!

The bill finally comes and he took the strip off the bill I still tip him well and just want to get out of there. We were cold and disappointed from the meal.

Well we learned a few things. You can tell a lot from the restaurant just by talking to the waiter.

He didn’t introduce himself
He didn’t tell us anything about the menu
When you ask about the vegetables if they’re premixed you know you’re in trouble.
I don’t think the waiter wanted to be there.
Also I’ve made this mistake before (Mt. Pleasant, MI) if you’re in a 2 horse town they probably don’t have a good steak house. Just go and get a burger or cook at home.

I should have taken pics but I didnt

I give this **

Eddie Merlos

We went to Eddie Merlos in Cincinnati, OH. We were told it was one of the best and the chef from Jeff Rubys started it. So I had to give it a try. Now I don’t know who actually owns it or runs it but I guess it doesn’t really matter. We obviously had reservations and got there a bit early to have some martinis. I had a couple drinks and the hostess comes up to my date and I and tells us our tables ready. Great, I said. I wanted to cash out at the bar and grab another olive so I did. I turned back around and the hostess was gone. What the hell? We waited around and took a few more sips of the drinks and finally we found a manager and told him what happened. He went and talked to her and told us there was a mix up. Whatever, I just want a steak but now I’m drunk and pissed off. So he takes us to our seats. Lets get to the point… I order the NY Strip my usual, and a salad (because I’m healthy).
The salad was just lettuce smothered in sauce.

The steak:

When the strip came I was so hungry, I ordered it medium as I usually do and I should have got mid-well. It was good not great. A bit stringy, but whenever this happens I always think I should have had it cooked longer. None the less it was too stringy and it came with a potato chip on the side, which I have never seen before.

Basically what I got out of this was a good steak, with a potato chip. A few good drinks, average service, and wishing I went to Jeff Rubys.

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Mon Ami Gabi


Wow was I deceived. We went to this French restaurant for lunch; it’s in this amazing building that’s on the National Historic Register. Its in Lincoln Park Chicago and the area is so nice, right across from a flower park too. I though this place is going to be great.

Again with great expectations I always have great disappointments. We went in and the place was packed. I looked at the menu and a lot of it was written in French. The waitress comes to our table and tells us about a steak and egg special that they have. We both decided to get that cooked Medium.

Right after I ordered I thought I should have gone Mid-Rare because I had a strange feeling they were going to over cook.

So we waited for about 20 minutes and I asked the waitress if she had escargot. She said she’d check if they had any for lunch and they usually just have it for dinner. I told her its fine either way. So let me translate that for you – “We have some but we usually don’t have any thawed out until dinner time, let me see if they have any in the freezer that they can throw in the oven real quick.”

I knew I was in for it. So about 5 minutes later the steak comes, total wait time about 25. I cut into it and it was damn near well done. I couldn’t believe it, my wife cut hers and it was well done too.

We look at each other like of course this is happening. We were starving so we started eating. There was no flavor and it was very dry. They were soft and I could chew it, probably because it was the filet cut. But no juice coming out what so ever. Then just maybe 2-3 minuets later the escargot comes out. How was it prepared so fast? I knew they just took them out of the freezer and straight to the oven. That’s exactly what it tasted like. So I’m sure that’s what happened.

While I was in there I didn’t see one French person in the entire place. I know there aren’t French people cooking this food. Its probably American or Mexican born people. I have been to France before and this is not authentic food.

I couldn’t even finish the steak, so I try the fries and even they are over cooked. The French Fries in a French restaurant were over cooked! (Yes I know they call them frites). They were not tasty at all.

I tell the waitress about all this and she says “I’ll let the cook know.” She comes back and says “We can give you a complementary desert.” I say great. Ok I’m feeling better now, I get a crème brulee to go. I understand it has to be baked in that circle baking dish. But we get it to go and it looks like the cook just picked it up and threw it in the container. We get home and I take a bite of it and it tasted like Jello tapioca pudding.

I am so disappointed in this place, we’ve wanted to go here for a while and always drive pass it. It was such a build up, and ended up being a total let down.
Never going back.






St. Elmos

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We went to St Elmos I’ve heard so much about.

Was in the dead of winter. A little late for the post.

They have been in business for over 100 years.

We had the strip and filet, also the ‘famous’ shrimp cocktail. That was way to hot and when my

mouth was burning they decided to grab my water and fill it up. You know I really hate when they

constantly fill your water 4,5 or more times during the dinner. So after they topped off my water

with out asking me for more I finally put out the fire in my mouth. Don’t get the stupid shrimp just

go with the steak.

Alright so the steak comes and I usually get a dirty dry martini with blue cheese olives in it. My cut the NY Strip comes.

I cut it open perfect medium cooked. Was delicious, almost perfectly grilled and juicy. It better

be they’ve been doing it forever. My date had the filet and completely enjoyed it. Standard sides the

potatoes and beans. I will definitely go back. This is one of the best. The only thing wrong was I did

get one or two chewy bites that I spit out in my napkin. I know this happens with steak but its always

a minor inconvenience.

The restaurant was nice and looked like a traditional old time steakhouse. The staff were nice and

the hostesses where really good looking.

We’ll be back soon and I’ll update you.

***** Well done 4.6 Stars

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Pacific Rim – Ann Arbor

No pics-not worth it.
Wanted to post a quick one.

Came here because we couldn’t get reservations at the local steak house.
This is a great restaurant for fish and Asian food and even though they have a couple steaks on the
menu I wouldn’t recommend either. We realized we’re going to get a steak anywhere we go and sometimes we have to face the fact that we’re heading for disappointment. Don’t hate us for breaking our own rules. We do this for you.

Ocean Prime – Indy


We were in Indianapolis at the mall and I didn’t buy anything, I just wanted a steak when we were done shopping. We decided to go to Ocean Prime. We’ve been there before and had the crab legs, when we were there before the waitress told us to come back and try the steak. She said the the Prime in their name was for prime steak.
So thats what we did. Now again I know the rules, this is a chain, and they’re not known for their steaks. But I have to try every place that I see and I have to review them. I wasn’t expecting a great meal but I really wanted a steak so lets give it a try.

We got there and I ordered a drink. 20 minuets later the waiter came over and finally took our order. I went with the 10oz. filet medium. I knew when I ordered it was going to be over cooked. I just knew it, when you’re in a place you can get a vibe from the room and the menu. I was frustrated that it took so long to take my order, I just wanted to get the order in and the food to the table. When I was waiting for the steak we got a shrimp cocktail to take the edge off. It was decent.

So the steak comes and guess what… the steak was mid-well. I showed my wife, and a couple of the waiters came over and agreed it was over cooked. It wasn’t juicy or bloody at all. They said they would cook a new one no problem. I knew this would happen, everywhere I go that has steak and isn’t an established steakhouse or is a chain there is always a problem. So the waiter comes over and gives us a free round of drinks. Honestly Im feeling a lot better now. Drinks are $10-12.

The steak comes back and yes its a medium even a little more rare. I start eating it and it’s fine. Not amazing, not great, but fine. It wasn’t juicy or succulent it was an average filet. It was red all the way through and rare in the middle. The cooking on this one was acceptable. The presentation wasn’t the greatest. I really don’t mind but I just found it odd that there wasn’t a garnish or anything, it just looked different. The edges were the most cooked as is usual. I started there and worked my way to the middle. It was a bit chewy and I had to spit out 2 little pieces. It went down well but it was just too chewy. You could tell that it was a steak at a seafood restaurant. I ate the whole thing as well as the side of broccoli that I ordered. Really, Ill probably go back but I’ll stick with the shellfish there is no reason to get steak from there.

I rate this ***


The over cooked



The waiter shined his flashlight on it and knew it was over cooked.


The re-cooked

Gibsons Steakhouse



We made reservations to get into Gibsons Chicago. Located in the Gold Coast. This is the bar where the TV show The League is based. We arrived a little early so we grabbed a beer at the bar and stood around the piano. We walked in and it looked like an old time steak house, the pictures of all the celebrities that dined there, the wood panels on the wall and the piano player.
We could barely stand because it was jam packed on a weekday.

We get seated and were greeted by our waiter, Elvis. He immediately brings out a selection of steaks. A rib eye, strip, porterhouse and a huge lobster tail. He explains how they cook them; they usually undercook a little, which is great because most places over cook. He went into describing where the cuts come from on the cow and the different toppings we can put on them. The steaks were right in our face and they were huge, I decided to get the 19oz. NY Strip and my friend the 22oz. Ribeye. I ordered a martini to be brought with the meal. We decided not to get them topped with anything; we just want to taste the meat flavor.


We had the mushroom soup and salad while we waited. The soup was very creamy, it tasted great. It was a taste of what’s to come. While we waited for the steaks there were a lot of birthdays being celebrated here and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Then the steaks come out with a twice-baked potato and brussel sprouts.
I cut open my strip and it was cooked just under medium. I started to eat, the outside was crispy, and inside soft, and the seasonings went well with the taste. The main thing that I noticed was the outside that was charred blended well with the soft inside. It all flowed together, I’ve had steaks at other places where it tasted like two different steaks at once, but again this actually blended well together.

I was almost half way through my steak and I realized I still had a full martini I didn’t even touch. I was so consumed with my steak that I didn’t even sip my favorite drink. I had to remind myself that I had a drink too. A few more bites and my buddy and I looked at each other and said ‘This is pretty damn good!’ What I like about NY cuts is that there is a nice slice of fat on one side. When it is cooked properly and you bite into the fat it tastes like bacon, and it sure did.



Elvis comes back and asks us how everything is and we tell him its great. We asked who prepared it and he told us the chefs name, which I forgot, but we bought the chef a beer. We offered Elvis one too but he declined. I really hope the chef cracked the beer back there on a break because he definitely deserved it. This was the only time I offered to buy a beer for the person who prepared my steak. It was that good.

My friend ate the entire ribeye I had some left and I got it to go, along with some of the brussel sprouts. The next day for breakfast I put the steak in my cast iron skillet and heated up the sprouts too. Still was great in the morning.

This was a great experience and the service was great which is almost as important as the steak. The bill was less than we though it was well under $200, we gave Elvis a 28% tip and told him we’d definitely be back.

Atmosphere: *****

5* Well Done!


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