10 Classic Chicago Restaurants That Never Go Out of Style
The food media tends to celebrate the hottest new restaurant, whipping up a frenzy of excitement, then quickly moving on to the next shiny opening. It’s not necessarily the fault of food journalists per se (we love spotlighting the latest and greatest new spots just as much as you love reading about them), but rather a reflection of our easily distracted society and the quick turnover in today’s digital media landscape.
To counter this, let’s pay homage to some of Chicago’s great stalwart restaurants. Consistency is the most difficult thing to achieve in a restaurant — serving the same dishes at the highest level day in and day out. These establishments have been nailing it for more than a decade and that deserves not only a round of applause, but also a standing ovation. Next time you’re deciding where to go out to eat, please don’t forget about these oldies but goodies.
Lettuce Entertain You has influenced Chicago’s dining landscape more than any other restaurant group and they have several timeless restaurants, but Shaw’s Crab House is especially noteworthy for its simple preparation of great seafood — flown in daily from both coasts and around the world — that never goes out of style. Shaw’s Chicago location opened in 1984 and Shaw’s Schaumburg opened in 2001. Both feature a lively oyster bar and white tablecloth dining room serving dozens of classic seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail, Maryland-style crab cake, clam chowder, and oysters Rockefeller. Shaw’s is celebrating Oyster Fest all month long (October) with new oyster-centric dishes, fried chicken and oyster roast dinners, oyster happy hours, roaming shuckers, and more.