Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its tomato-based flooring, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately upon a well-formed feeding frenzy with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet burgers, beer, and martinis in the bar area at 801 Chophouse. At least one burger must be purchased with this Groupon. All seating is first-come, first-served, and no reservations are accepted.
Chefs craft a carnivore's delight in the three-burger menu of patties formed from USDA Prime steak to top fresh brioche buns and accompany pours at the 801 Chophouse bar. Flaunt patriotic tastes by ordering The American, composed of a patty flying an American-cheese flag with applewood-smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, and chipotle mayo zest ($17.95). Chefs stuff The Connoisseur's large patty with shredded, braised beef short rib, then top it with horseradish cream, short rib jus, mixed greens, red onion and melted gruyere ($18.95). The Beef Eater's meaty appeal is accentuated with a simple salt-and-pepper seasoning, and caramelized spanish onions; takers can add melted accouterments including gruyere, aged cheddar, or Maytag blue cheese ($16.95).
801 Chophouse's bartenders also pour a variety of domestic, imported, and draft brews. Sip on a Samuel Smith oatmeal stout and consider its superiority to other breakfast-inspired beers, or have the barkeep mix up a Tango martini with vodka, orange, lime juice, lemongrass simple syrup, and fresh mint. The bar is finished in 801 Chophouse's signature cherry wood and stocked with leather-upholstered stools, all making for dashing views for bartenders who use a library-style ladder to access well-stocked liquor ledges and the nests of whiskey storks.
801 Chophouse approaches the Platonic form of a special-occasion restaurant, where every table might well hold a ring in a hidden box or a couple celebrating an anniversary. There are the white tablecloths popping against dark leather booths, the racks of wine tended by a certified sommelier, the encyclopedic list of single-malt scotches, and, of course, the chops and steaks, all USDA Prime. On the other hand, it's quite conceivable that someone might gladly eat at 801 Chophouse every week—the menu and drink selection could accommodate months of exploration, and an ever-changing "fresh sheet" overflows with the seafood selections of the day.
On any given night, the wait staff moves across wooden floors beneath high ceilings and 1920s-inspired decor, trays loaded with Maine lobster pulled live from the tank, nine creative potato preparations, filet mignon, and dry-aged pork chops. Meanwhile, golden calf statues gaze out over the dining room's cherry-wood finishes and granite counters, waiting patiently to graze on uneaten garnishes.