Seated beneath ski-chalet chandeliers and surrounded by nearly floor-to-ceiling hardwood, diners at Erie Cafe carve in to on thick cuts of prime aged beef. Inside the former packing plant that Metromix calls a "classic, clubby neighborhood eatery," chefs sizzle up a menu of steakhouse classics, such as bone-in rib eye and veal chops, alongside aquatic options that include Australian lobster tail and linguini mussels marinara. Guests also enjoy varietals from a staggering wine list, sipping their drinks next to the roaring fireplace, and sharing them with the gargantuan elk head mounted on the wall.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Sepia for American-style cuisine. Sepia is a great place to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Beer, wine, and cocktails are all available to complement your meal as well. Sepia is great for big groups, and guests favor its private room for important events.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Patrons have the option of feeding the meter at the nearby street parking or taking advantage of the restaurant's valet service. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Clinton-Green (Green, Pink) and Washington/Wells (Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple).
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet. Sepia accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Michael Morton, son of Chicago steakhouse legend Arnie Morton, is the driving force behind N9NE Steakhouse, a restaurant serving up traditional prime-aged beef and seafood worthy of a Michelin recommendation. New York–style sirloins and bone-in filets share menu space with organic irish salmon and the impressive crustacea platter—a mélange of crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and a trio of bivalves atop mounds of shaved ice. The bar menu, on the other hand, offers more casual nibbles, such as pairs of mini burgers, tacos, and pulled pork sliders for $10 a pop. N9NE's Chicago location shares some of its Vegas-style swank with its sister restaurant in the Palms Casino Resort, making it a frequent hangout for sports stars and other celebs. President Obama held one of his 2012 fundraiser dinners here, where supporters dined on juicy morsels of steak.
For more than three decades, Booth Bay Whale Watch has escorted spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent giants on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast. Passengers on the 115-foot professionally piloted Hurricane II can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids cavorting in the depths. In the course of the approximately 60-mile circuit, a member of Planet Whale narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.
Gene & Georgetti’s is a place where patrons go to step back in time for a “taste and feel of Old Chicago,” according to the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise. Business partners Gene Michelotti and Alfredo “Georgetti” Federighi opened the Italian steakhouse in 1941, and Michelotti’s daughter now runs it. To preserve her father’s legacy, she hasn’t changed a thing—from the rich wood paneling to the juicy cuts of meat. The chefs carve thick slabs of strip loin steaks and filet mignon from wet-aged beef, which means the meat is first marinated in its own juices, then charbroil them at 1,300 degrees. Dishes such as veal scaloppine, chicken cacciatore, and linguini mussels marinara celebrate the owners’ Italian heritage.