While there's plenty of cutting-edge dining on the Chicago scene, there are also simpler, more traditional pleasures. Hot dog stands; deep-dish pizza; and for the true occasion: the classic steakhouse.
Chicago Cut is as legit as they come. Their signature USDA-certified prime beef, hand cut and dry aged on site, anchors the menu; fish, shellfish, chops, and more round out the classic steakhouse offerings. Red velvet banquettes and impressive wine displays add to the feeling of classic luxury, as do the beautiful views of the Chicago River. (And there's nowhere better for a power breakfast.)
But what if you're after somewhere more seafood-centric? Ocean Cut is all about the sea, their spacious restaurant showing real nautical influences, from the artwork to the tongue-and-groove hardwood floors. Here's your place for seafood towers (our recommendation: the blowout Amalfi Coast, with oysters, a full two-pound lobster, a pound of king crab legs, and much more).
And if casual barbecue is more your style? That's where Southern Cut comes in, with its elevated barbecue menu that ranges from the tried-and-true (pulled pork and brisket, Texas-style sausage and the chef's "Champions Ribs") to the modern and fun (the "Mac Daddy" sandwich with macaroni and cheese and pulled pork; the "Bar-B-Que Sundae" with smoked meat layered in baked beans, coleslaw, and a pickle).
All three are standouts on the Chicago dining scene -- and all three can accommodate all manner of events, from intimate dinners in Chicago Cut's private dining rooms to a 250-person buyout at Ocean Cut.
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