Steak News: Rural Society and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Chicago's steak scene just keeps getting better and beefier. 


Jose Garces
Jose Garces prepares for his next Chicago restaurant. Hint: it's a steakhouse.

Coming soon to Streeterville and proving Chicago's steakhouse repertoire is among the best and most multifaceted in the world is a new Argentine endeavor from celeb chef Jose Garces. Dubbed Rural Society, the Argentine steakhouse marks the second major project — and the first devoted steakhouse — in Chicago for the Philadelphia-based Iron Chef, joining the South Loop's Mercat a la Planxa. The restaurant is housed in the forthcoming Loews Chicago Hotel, due to bow in early March. Some factoids about Garces' new venture:

- It will source much of its meat from South America and cook a bulk of it over hardwood and charcoal. 
- There will be a large open grill in the dining room that should make for nice dinner theater.
- Mercat's current chef Cory Morris is set to switch properties and helm the kitchen at Rural Society. 
- There will be breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. 

In other steakhouse news, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse has brought on a couple sommelier heavy-hitters to join its ranks. Conrad Reddick and Miranda Elliot both boast top-notch resumers, with the former hailing from Alinea and the latter from Les Nomades. The dynamic addition should only improve the already venerable wine program at Del Frisco's, guaranteeing that your next rib-eye or porterhouse are expertly matched with the perfect wine. 

- Matt Kirouac