Steak is useful for exercising incisors, muffling trumpets, and reducing swelling from black eyes caused by trying to eat steak with one's eye. Put steak to its prototypical use with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of ribs, steaks, and American fare and drinks at Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House in Glenwood.
In a venue first opened in 1925, experienced chefs at Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House answer meaty cravings with a menu of hand-cut steaks and hearty American fare. Artichoke-fritter appetizers ($6) sport a layer of rich béarnaise sauce to comfort french-fried artichoke hearts waiting cynically for diners to break them. Baby-back ribs ($18 at lunch; $22.95 at dinner) slowly cook in a customized oven filled with hickory smoke to create slabs Chicago magazine called “juicy, tender, and clinging to the bone.” During dinner, guests can request the roast prime rib of beef in the Chop House’s traditional cut ($31), or "Pecos style" ($25)—sliced and finished on the grill to combine the roast's tenderness with rugged char tattoos normally found on steak.
Patrons enjoy their meals as they watch television at Glenwood Oaks' wooden bar, tuck into spacious red-and-gold booths, or perch on stools at round wooden tables. Pictures hang from brown walls in the casual dining room, and lush plants soak up sunshine from large windows in an attempt to photosynthesize barbecue sauce from light and carbon dioxide.