A choice cut of beef from the rib section of quality meat, the traditional preparation of prime rib is to rub the outside of the roast with seasonings and slow roast to seep the flavor in with dry heat. Only about 2.9% of steaks rank as U.S. prime quality by the USDA. Here’s where to get the best of the best- meat that matters.
1 Lawry’s the Prime Rib
Lawrence L. Frank and Walter Van de Kamp co-founded the original Lawry's The Prime Rib on La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Much of the splendor of the meal was in the way each part of the dinner was prepared and presented. Ever the showman, Lawrence designed the famous "silver" carts so the beef could be carved at tableside.
100 E. Ontario St. 312.787.5000. http://www.lawrysonline.com/
2 Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse
Named a “meat eater’s paradise,” by Zagat, Gibsons' embodies the big city dining experience with big flavor USDA prime steaks and chops, sides large enough to share, impressively enormous desserts and famously large martinis.
1028 N. Rush St. 312.266.8999. http://www.gibsonssteakhouse.com/
3 Wildfire Chicago
Voted the most popular restaurant in Chicago in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by Zagat, Wildfire is a great place for a boisterous family gathering. Char crusted and aged 21-28 days until they reach prime tenderness and taste, dusted with seasoning and broiled to your preferred temperature, a Wildfire steak is one to remember.
159 W. Erie. 312.787.9000. http://www.wildfirerestaurant.com/
4 Morton’s, The Steakhouse
All of the steaks, chops and roasts from Morton’s are pre-cut and packed in Cryovac for delivery and storage. The meat is never frozen arriving to our kitchens fresh, cut, trimmed and ready to cook. Their secrets have even been published in the Morton’s Steak Bible.
1050 N. State St. 312.266.4820. http://www.mortons.com/statestreet/
5 Rosebud Steakhouse
A Chicago tradition for over 30 years, this former supper club has been a favorite of locals for eons. Using with the clever tagline, “a rare steakhouse, well done,” all steaks can be prepared Peppercorn, Gorgonzola, Alforno, Cajun or Garlic Style.
192 East Walton St. 312.397.1000. http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/