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Tavern on Rush

by Matt B on April 9th, 2008

Tavern on Rush is a well-known steakhouse in Chicago, and it's the place to go if you want to see and be seen. If you want to impress your date or a business associate, you can't go wrong here.

tavern on rushAt the same intersection as The Original Pancake House, this two-story restaurant and lounge is impressive and upscale. While the establishment doesn't have a set dress code, you might feel underdressed if you don't spiff up a bit. After all, this place has Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bentleys pulling up to its doors on a regular basis. Thirty-somethings unwind over martinis in the comfortable couches and booths. You can't help but relax amidst the dark cherrywood, leather accents, and slow-moving ceiling fans. During the warmer months, you can watch the pedestrian traffic from the Tavern's outdoor seating.

A word of caution to the ladies: The restaurant has a very masculine, 'good-ol'-boys club' feel to it. It's not uncommon for gentlemen in their white-collar work attire to approach a woman (or a group of women) in hopes of flirtatious conversation. While they may remind you of strutting peacocks, they are generally polite.

tavern on rushTavern on Rush offers a classic American menu all day long. For breakfast, fill up on the Tavern Eggs Benedict (filet mignon medallion, poached eggs, and toasted English muffin topped with artichoke hearts and roasted red bell pepper hollandaise sauce) or the Tavern Filet (omelet filled with tenderloin tips, cremini mushrooms, and fontina cheese). Holding a meeting over lunch? Try the cobb salad with oven roasted chicken or a ribeye club sandwich. Dinner of course is where the meat truly comes into play: Kansas City strip, porterhouse, New York strip, ribeye chop, lamb chops' Yum. Even seafood like lobster tail and steamed king crab is impressive. The wine list is lacking, so go straight for the giant martinis. If you have room left for dessert, decadence comes in the form of a seven-layer chocolate cake or a mocha mud pie'mocha ice cream loaded with pecans, Oreo cookies, Snickers bars, chocolate sauce, and caramel.

This Chicago steakhouse can get very crowded, especially on weekends and during the summer, so it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. You'll be in for one heck of a meat and greet.

Photo credit (via Flickr): polomex, musictowakeyou

Tavern on Rush ($$$$): 1031 N Rush St; 312-664-9600
Mon ' Fri: 11:00 a.m. ' 2:00 a.m.
Sat: 11:00 a.m. ' 3:00 a.m.
Sun: 11:00 a.m. ' 2:00 a.m.
Pay lot; valet parking
Public trans: Bus # 36

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