Booth One is trying recapture era of Frank Sinatra (apparently he sat in “Booth One” at the Ambassador Hotel’s original restaurant). There are well-prepared dishes like lobster cappuccino (basically a lobster bisque), beef wellington, and a dessert that’s a platter of fresh strawberries surrounded by creme fraiche, Grand Marnier, and chocolate called “strawberries Zsa Zsa”. It succeeds in creating an old-school atmosphere - servers wear tuxedo jackets, there are giant booths, and the whole place is like a Gold Coast version of RPM Steak (unsurprisingly, since it’s from the same team). It’s worth visiting even if you’re not in the neighborhood - and you can bring anyone who secretly wishes had been a part of the Rat Pack.
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The Halal Guys
Halal Guys is a famous NYC food truck that's on the full-blown franchise route. It's a cheap and good carry-out situation in the Gold Coast.
Maple & Ash
Maple & Ash sits in the middle of the Chicago steakhouse Venn diagram. It’s both new-school and old.
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St Lou’s Assembly
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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
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