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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Chicago's Best Steakhouse Sandwiches For National Sandwich Month

August is National Sandwich Month, making it an an apt time to celebrate all the piled-high comfort food our fair city has to offer. This is especially true of beefy sandwiches at Chicago’s best steakhouses. While most people dining at Chicago steakhouses focus on the steaks, chops, and lobster tails, these restaurants actually turn out some of the best sandwiches in town. 


Prime & Provisions
Sandwiches aplenty at Prime & Provisions

Prime & Provisions: Right in line with their beautiful, extravagant dinner menu, the lunchtime fare at Prime & Provisions is equally extraordinary. Sandwiches form the crux of the lunch menu at this stylish Loop spot, featuring an array of elevated classics like a lobster club sandwich, a chicken sandwich with aged cheddar, oven-roasted tomatoes and garlic aioli, a prime rib dip with creamy horseradish and crispy onions, and a blackened fish sandwich with house tartare sauce. 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse: It's quality over quantity at III Forks Prime Steakhouse. While the restaurant doesn't offer a ton of sandwiches, what they do offer is great. On the bar bites menu, you'll find one of the better patty melts in the city, made with four-year Hooks Wisconsin cheddar, caramelized onions, and pork belly, making for a meat-on-meat masterpiece. Then there's the lobster roll on the rooftop menu, made with fresh Maine lobster on a brioche hot dog-style bun with mayo and celery salt.

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse: During lunch, this River North mainstay serves up some of the best and meatiest sandwiches in the restaurant-packed neighborhood. Offerings include sliders like a filet trio with horseradish cream and togarashi-spiced seared tuna, while larger sandwich plates include a prime rib au jus and grilled corned beef with Swiss cheese and 1,000 Island. 

Morton’s The Steakhouse: American comfort food is king at Morton’s, where the bill of fare at lunch includes filet mignon tenderloin sandwiches, pulled pork sliders, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, and the ultimate in nostalgia: grilled cheese with roasted tomato bisque. 

RPM Steak: Ultra modern and ritzy by night, RPM Steak does a nice job of offering casual alternatives to their fanciful dinner menu via sandwiches at lunch. By layering flavors akin to traditional steakhouse dishes in sandwich form, RPM Steak makes some memorable and unabashedly lavish lunchtime dishes. These include a smoked prime rib dip, a New England lobster roll splashed with lemon butter, a dry-aged steak burger, and a massive RPM club heaped with house smoked turkey, bacon, avocado, fried egg, and spicy olive aioli. 

Benny's Chop House: Points for ingenuity go to Benny's Chop House, which thinks way outside the dry-aged box for their lunchtime sandwich selection. Uncommon for most steakhouses, Benny's offers an expansive selection of fish tacos, grilled grouper sandwiches, lobster grilled cheese, a NY strip sandwich with pesto aioli, and a grilled chicken sandwich with roasted bell pepper and paprika aioli. 

Tavern on Rush: This Gold Coast essential is a people-pleaser like no other, with something on their eclectic menu for everyone. There's tuna salad on multi-grain, a spicy Cajun chicken sandwich, a salmon BLT, and a fried egg club sandwich, which tastes delightfully like old-school American diner comfort food.  

- Matt Kirouac

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The original site of what's now a national chain of steakhouses known for prime beef and fresh seafood founded by Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch in 1978. Other Chicagoland locations...

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