Theo’s Steaks & Seafood showcases fresh fish flown in daily and premium meats aged for up to 20 days that are hand-cut on the premises. The menu’s newly plucked fruits of the sea include a New Zealand orange roughy topped with lemon butter and crabmeat ($16.95), and a medley of shrimp and scallops tossed with fettuccine and drizzled in the kitchen’s creamy homemade alfredo sauce ($18.95). An 18-ounce bone-in rib eye piggybacks tender texture on top of rich flavor and sports both a signature marbling and a rakishly tilted fedora ($26.95). Among the eatery’s Pavlovian-pooch-shaming proteins, a pair of thick, center-cut pork chops arrives bearing hickory sauce and oozing succulence ($16.95). Customers can dine inside among cushioned chairs and colorful wall murals, or on the restaurant's outdoor patio during warmer months. All entrees come with complimentary fresh-baked bread and cheese spread, and a rhyming dictionary to assist diners with the composition of paeans to the chef.
Parea is a Greek term for a gathering of friends and family?and what better to gather around than the eatery's perfectly cooked meats. Entrees range from custom-grilled bone in ribeye to the restaurant's namesake burger, which comes topped with a feta spread and kalamata olives. Heaping basket of truffle fries round out meals, as do pours from the full bar. The bar's specials include a beer of the month and Martinis and Manicures Night, in which women can socialize and ask their bartender if a french martini compliments french tips.
In running Freddy's Steakhouse, Jim and Tammy Kamradt have tasked themselves with carrying on a 50-year legacy of greatness. And it's clear they're up to the challenge. For his part, Jim draws upon 35 years in the meat industry to personally select and cut every Angus steak, which, as the restaurant's specialty dish, has a half-century of renown to live up to. Tammy manages the rest of Freddy's day-to-day operations, from working with the staff to signing for and unpacking the flames that sear each cut. The result of the couple's hard work: a warm atmosphere with live weekend entertainment, an extensive spirit list, and iron-rich meals that are special from escargot starter to flourless chocolate cake dessert.
N'awlins Crab House charms taste buds with southern snacks and seafood steeped in Cajun and creole culinary traditions. Diners can investigate three menus as they search for edible pearls in oysters on the half shell ($15.95/dozen). Crawfish creole sates veggie cravings with tomatoes, celery, and colorful peppers ($15.95), and marinated sirloin medallions ($15.99) reward carnivores by supplementing USDA Choice beef with a half-dozen prepared-to-order shrimp. Guests may customize the Captain's platter ($23.95) by pairing snow-crab legs and a broiled lobster tail with poached, sautéed, or charbroiled prawns. Growing po boy sandwiches devour catfish, blackened mahi-mahi, and other seafood staples ($8.95–$13.95), emerging from the kitchen with crunchy batter exoskeletons and the power to lure mermaids into timeshare seminars.
Whether you're in the mood for a New York Strip or a juicy tenderloin, you'll find plenty to like at Corner 41. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Corner 41's menu does not offer low-fat options. Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores. With its kid-friendly vibe, Corner 41 is a great spot for families to chow down. Plan your next big gathering at Corner 41 — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Corner 41's al fresco patio seating.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table. Casual dining at its best, Corner 41 customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt. Or, take your food to-go.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Irving Park-Brown (Brown Line) and Montrose-Brown (Brown Line).
A visit to Corner 41 will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Famous Frenchman-turned-fictional-hero Cyrano de Bergerac and Chef Didier Durand probably don't share a passion for swordplay. They do, however, share at least two other things in common: a hometown and a poetic soul. After training in France, a young Durand moved to Chicago and bounced around its culinary scene, all the while preparing for his finest recipe yet?his own restaurant. In 1996, he opened its doors and christened it after his countryman, unveiling the rustic River North eatery first known as Cyrano's Bistrot & Wine Bar and now known as Cyrano's Farm Kitchen. In 2014, he celebrates 18 years of being in business as well as a mention in the Michelin Guide Chicago 2014.
This casual bistro, operating under the motto that good food makes people happy, showcases Durand's original cuisine while conjuring his memories of pastoral France, amid the idyllic trees and birds who sang Rimbaud poems from the leaves. Exposed-brick walls and reclaimed timber accents lend the space its authentic country charm, while the seasonal menu features American-inspired French dishes such as braised ratatouille, cedar plank salmon, and coffee-rubbed Amish chicken. Almost every dish needs a proper wine pairing, so sommelier Jamie Pellar?also Durand's wife?curates a list of hand-picked wines from around the world?including Durand's home region, where she often travels.