Monday, May 28, 2007


As we were driving through Chicago, I made a comment that I craved “a really great steak.” 2 days later, Tony and I are walking into The PRIMEHOUSE – located in downtown Chicago within the James Hotel. David Burke's Primehouse is a contemporary steakhouse with meats from the Creekstone Farms in Kentucky. The superb beef is dry-aged on premise in a salt-tiled aging room.

We began our dining event with martinis. Isn’t this the appropriate libation when reviewing an incredible menu? Unable to narrow our selection to 1 or 2 choices, we choose to share several selections.

Our first appetizer was the gazpacho. This soup of the day contained the freshest garden vegetables imaginable, including tomatoes, celery, scallions, peppers, cucumber and garlic. The surprise was a mound of succulent chopped crab placed in the center of the soup at the table just prior to serving – slightly chilled. Fantastic!

Our second appetizer was the Surf & Turf Dumplings. These golf-balled sized nuggets exploded with intense, unique flavors. The surf was Lobster Mousse dumplings with a delicately seasoned lemon chive butter. Our turf was Braised Short rib dumplings served with a smoky, slightly sweet barbeque dipping sauce. Both variations of dumplings were wrapped in very thin pasta, resembling a “lollipop.” Delicious.

Yes, we ordered a third appetizer. The indescribable Kobe Beef Sashimi was sprinkled with coarse ground Himalayan salt and mushroom chips. The very thin slices of beef were drizzled with a truffle mayo – unbelievable! This appetizer was the ultimate; it left us wanting more. I highly recommend this as an option for anyone who loves beef.

Before the steak arrived, Tony ordered an amazing bottle of red from California off their extensive wine list. Unfortunately, I can not remember the vineyard.

It was now time for our entrée. We ordered the Kansas City Sirloin; this 14 ounce steak (excluding the bone) was aged for 38 days. This terrific cut had the right amount of marble and was cooked to perfection. No knife necessary to cut the steak into bite size pieces. If that was not enough, we had an 8 ounce lobster tail added to the plate. The very fresh, sweet lobster tail was the ideal size for the 2 of us.

We selected the quick-grilled asparagus drizzled with lemon as our veggie. A fresh, light side for an amazing meal.

I don’t know how we could have had any room left for dessert, but we ordered the Reverse Root Beer Float. This refreshing choice for dessert offered surprises – the root beer flavor was in the ice cream and the vanilla in the soda. The float was served in a tall, chilled glass – 2 spoons required.

The staff was friendly; our server was outstanding. She offered great suggestions and maintained perfect timing of our evening. Flawless!

This was simply one of the finest dining experiences I have had. Period.

Mmm, Mmm, Mmm


$ 10
$$ 20
$$$ 30
$$$$ 40+

+ Stop bothering me!
++ Anyone here?
+++ Stopped when in the area.
++++ As needed and friendly.
+++++ Invisibly perfect!

✦ “One visit too many!”
✦✦ “Convince me!”
✦✦✦ “I’ll be back!”
✦✦✦✦ “Same table next week!”

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