We heard Gibson’s was great – the place to have steak in Chicago, so we went – a group of 6 businesspeople on a Tuesday night. When we got there, there was a huge crowd, no room in the bar, no room on the sidewalks, no room in the hall. With a 45 minute wait in the middle of a heat wave it was warm and sticky everywhere. A couple of us ended up going to the upstairs landing by the restrooms to wait for our table just because it wasn’t crowded! So with all of those people crowding in and waiting to dine, we were expecting it to be fabulous, superior, great…at least good? Hmmm, not so much. First, let me say the wait staff was great! Attentive, informed, professional. Our waiter had been there for 24 years and he was excellent. His assistant helping with removing plates, filling water, etc. was also very good. The food however was disappointing – at least the portion we could get. They were out of the lamb chops (apparently the first time in 24 years) as well as the blue cheese scalloped potatoes - which were the two items that I ordered. There were not out of anything else that my companions ordered, but I was disappointed. Nevermind, I ordered the swordfish with tangled onions and Jack Daniel’s peppercorn sauce. I was expecting beautiful caramelized onions, but instead it was a huge pile of skinny, fried onion curls piled on top of and overpowering the nice swordfish steak. The swordfish was cooked well and the sauce was good, but the onions basically had to just be pushed to the side. One of my companions agreed to swap some of my swordfish for some of his pepper-crusted filet. The filet looked beautiful and was cooked perfectly medium in the center, but the peppercorns were so strong and overpowering, they actually felt like they burned my mouth and left my tongue feeling ragged. I like flavor, I like spice – a lot. But this was so strong that even after scraping off the peppercorn crust, neither of the two men who ordered the filet could finish it. And these were both men who Always finish their steaks. Always. But not these filets. The salads were fine – mostly iceberg, but it was crisp. The roasted cauliflower gruyere was delicious and I don’t usually like cauliflower very much. The sautéed spinach was so salty that even with 6 people splitting it, most of it was left on the plate. As we were getting ready to leave, the waiter brought us apple pie to make up for being out of the lamb chops, which was very nice of him. But some of the apples were hard and undercooked, and most of the crust was so hard we couldn’t cut through it. The vanilla ice cream on it was really delicious though and helped sooth my tongue! Overall, I was really disappointed in a place I had hoped would provide a fabulous meal. Next time I’m in Chicago, I’ll find someplace else to go.
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