Highly sought-after among carnivores, aged steaks provide a mature example for rambunctious young foodstuffs, which are otherwise prone to starting mustard fights and loosening the tops of salt shakers. Enjoy the delicious wisdom of venerable victuals with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of steakhouse fare at Al's Char-House in La Grange. If redeemed Sunday through Thursday, today’s deal gets you $35 worth of fare.
Al's challenges chewers with prodigious portions of sizzling steaks, succulent seafood, and Texas–sized sandwiches. All the restaurant's steaks, such as the queen filet mignon ($25.95), are hand-cut and aged a minimum of 21 days before diners welcome them to the table with hearty appetites and glinting steak knives. Pescatarians can cast their nets around Cajun catfish filets ($18.95), which come covered in a Bayou blend of seasonings and blackened in a cast-iron skillet. Grasp a one-pound charburger ($11.95) in one hand while hoisting a frosty beer or martini in the other, then use your kneecap to gesture toward a selection from the superbly sugared dessert menu while your elbow fends off the poaching of untrustworthy tablemates.
Yelpers give Al's Char-House an average of 3.5 stars:
If Wyatt Earp suddenly found himself in modern-day La Grange, Illinois, he'd likely feel right at home at Al's Char-House. The well-known, Wild-West themed steakhouse that has been open for more than 20 years presents diners with all the comforts of a home on the range, starting with the wood-trimmed dining room, where walls display cowboy memorabilia ranging from old photographs to cattle skulls. The menu takes inspiration from the old west too, featuring steaks that can range in size from 8 to 56 ounces. Of course, if steaming, lightly charred slabs of filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, and charhouse sirloin don't make your mouth water, Al's also specializes in seafood such as grilled and bourbon-glazed Atlantic salmon, or shrimp served char-grilled with garlic or battered and deep-fried. They also have an extensive wine and craft beer list. The recent floor-to-ceiling remodeled restaurant boasts plenty of modern amenities as well—a large projection TV screens live sporting events near the bar and the crackling fireplace.