QUOTE(Ron Johnson @ Aug 22 2007, 09:42 AM)
Looks like either David Burke Primehouse or Gibson's?
Most people (I know) love David Burke's. I have not been, so I cannot really comment. I will say that it's a place that I wanna try.
Gibson's, I've been too several times. I like the place, but I would recommend with reservations. My biggest reservation would be, for a steak house, the steaks are nothing special. That may be a dealbreaker if all you care about is good meat. On the other hand, what makes Gibson's special is its panache, it's high-roller-ness, it's vibe, a little how I imagine Toots Shoor (or is that Schoor) or Fritzel's. Granted, there are people that this atmosphere, this scene, puts off. Like I say, I like it. Foodwise, I like the sliced flank steak with giardinara or the burger (an especially good version). The sides and obscene (sized) desserts are good too.
I'm an even bigger fan of Gene and Georgetti's, but I make some reservations of this place as well. Gibson's is old enough now that it's verging on real classic not painted lady classic. Gene and Georgetti's is the real thing, a dying breed, two fisted, give me a steak and leave me alone, Mad Men, kinda place. I'm not sure if the recent change in smoking laws in Illinois has clensed the cigar aroma from the main floor. Now, here's my two reservations about G&G. First, again, for a steak place, it's just not gonna be the stellar, dry-aged marvel that you'd hope for. It will be an exceedingly good, charred steak though, better than Gibson's. Still, the stuff I love best, again, are not the steaks. My favorite dishes here are the garbage salad (get regardless of what you order), the chicken vesuvio (a Chicago thing of chicken and potatoes in a garlic-wne sauce) or the liver (really, really good). My second reservation is that the rep here is that it can be brusque to the point of well beyond rude, especially if you get shunted to the upstairs Siberia. I've never experienced, but I've also never sat upstairs--hint, ask for the main floor.