The best Mom in the world’s birthday was last week, so I treated her to one of her favorite restaurants, Joe’s. Known for it’s fresh stone crab (which, by the way, I did not have at this meal, but I recommend to everyone), it boasts hearty and flavorful steaks as well. Walking in, one feels as though they are entering a Men’s Club, what with the dark wood paneling, low lighting, brown leather and red carpet. The diners too, range from groups of professional-looking men to couples, to family dinners. With this eclectic bunch, the “Men’s Club” is filled with chatter and classic Sinatra-style American music.
As we were celebrating a momentous occasion, I ordered a half-bottle of Pinot Noir, and as a bad Foodie, I forgot the name and didn’t write it down. Though the point is moot, I mustn’t fail to note that it was very good.
Side note: I was told by a fellow foodie friend of mine that he had read an article with the theory that due to the combustion of social media, and blogging, the taking of notes and pictures in restaurants takes away from the true dining experience. I see their point… Which is a key reason why at some dinners I “forget” or simply choose not to take notes or pictures. In general, I just don’t want to be obnoxious. It’s usually at the prod of my dining companions that induce me to take pictures. I’m glad I do once I beginning writing a post, but I don’t know, is it worth it for me to take pictures for my readers’ benefit? Something to think about…
As I rarely eat red meat (the only red meat I get is the 3am hamburger from McDonalds on the weekends), I opted for the Twin chopped Tenderloin steaks with green peppers grilled onions. Now, I usually go for the filet mignons whenever I get a steak, however the grilled onions were calling out to me, and it did not disappoint. The flavors of pepper and garlic were perfection, and if there isn’t anything better than grilled vegetables, then I don’t know what is.
My Mom, as is her tradition, ordered Rib Eye Steak well done (I know, its horrific) but unfortunately she hates the sight of a red meat. I didn’t even try her dish, as I of course loathe well-done meat.
As sides, we of course ordered the Creamed Spinach (not my choice, but my Mother’s favorite) and the Jennie’s Mashed Potatoes which come with bacon bits, and garlic. Now those, my friends, are divine.
Joe’s is a great go-to restaurant for a special occasion, or a place to take out of towners. Located in the Gold Coast, it is definitely a “scene” place to be, but I wouldn’t recommended for the standard group dinner or date affair. There are plenty other, less pricey gems in Chicago for that.
Having said that, Joe’s is great. Take your parents. They’ll love it. And even though I didn’t do so last week, most definitely try their crab.