Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-05-16
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



SAVOR Benny's Chop House; mayor honors chefs
DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Benny's Chop House ( 444 N. Wabash Ave.; ) is a deceptive spot.

The steakhouse has a distinctly upper-crust feel, from the menu ( more on that later ) to the stately decor—and one might expect a haughty atmosphere. However, it's as welcoming as the corner diner where one might get a slice of apple pie, a cup of coffee and a server who calls you "hon."

Hostesses greet diners with non-plastic smiles, and staffers ( including Director of Operations Mitchell Schmieding and Chef Gaetano Ascione ) mingle among diners with hellos, stories—and checks on how patrons like the food/drinks.

And the food... Ascione certainly knows what he's doing—and here's hoping he doesn't change a thing ( or much ) in the near future. Even something such as nachos are elevated, as the blue chips are dotted with jalapeno and chop-house bacon ( and this dish was actually one of my favorite of the night ). The arancini were delicious, as were the petite crab cakes and oysters Rockefeller ( and I'm not even a fan of the shellfish ).

I was fortunate enough to sample a Benny's beef tasting—including the Japanese Tajima Kobe, A5 filet, which didn't even need a knife to cut. However, one can't go wrong with the USDA prime natural filet mignon or the prime dry-aged, bone-in ribeye.

And if you still manage to have room for dessert, Benny's has some pretty scrumptious options to consider. For example, there are a huge slice of banana cream pie with caramel-glazed bananas; chocolate pudding cake with coffee-toffee ice cream; and perfectly made souffles ( which can be notoriously difficult to bake ).

Also, be sure to consider this spot for Valentine's Day. Not only will the restaurant do such things as personalize menus and desserts, but people will certainly vie for Booth 41—considered by some to be the most romantic restaurant seating in the city.

Benny's has been around since 2010. Here's hoping its welcoming atmosphere and great food exist for much longer. Pound for pound, it's one of the best steakhouses in Chicago.

Note: Restaurant profiles/events are based on invitations arranged from restaurants and/or firms.

Mayor honors chefs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclaimed Feb. 15 to be "Fred Hoffmann Day in Chicago"; Feb. 16 to be "Chef Mindy Segal Day in Chicago"; and Feb. 17 to be "Chef John Hogan Day in Chicago"; all leading up to their inductions into the Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame ( ).

All three chefs will be formally inducted at an event open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. 6-7 p.m. The induction ceremony will precede the For the Love Of Chocolate Foundation's 13th annual fundraiser, and tickets purchased for the Chefs Hall of Fame induction event will include attendance at "Whimsy: A Dessert Dream Brought to Life" until midnight. Tickets are $175 each; visit or .

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

DINING Stan's Donuts, royal wedding desserts, 'Star Wars' drinks 2018-05-16 - —Stan's Donuts & Coffee has partnered with Passion House Coffee Roasters on two custom coffee roasts that will be freshly brewed in all ...

Gay News

SAVOR Vine and dandy, Checking out Michigan wineries 2018-05-15 - Michigan is known for various things, from cars to apples to Wolverines ( the ones from the University of Michigan, not the large, ...

Gay News

Andersonville Wine Walk on May 20 2018-05-15 - The 12th annual Andersonville Wine Walk ( featuring 30 local businesses ) will take place Sunday, May 20, 3-6 p.m. This year, ...

Gay News

SAVOR Palm Restaurant; WingFest 2018-05-14 - Few dining spots have as storied a history as the Palm Restaurant ( now in the Swissotel at 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; ...

Gay News

DINING Farmers' markets, chef dies, Mother's Day offerings 2018-05-08 - —Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds—at Chicago's longest running farmers market on Daley ...

Gay News

SAVOR Dog Haus; ZED451 2018-05-08 - When it comes to hot dogs, Chicagoans take them so seriously that there are rules about how to top them ( with plenty ...

Gay News

SAVOR Brunches at Chez Moi, Bounce 2018-05-02 - Chicago takes its brunches pretty seriously, no matter when they happen ( and, yes, there are places that have weekday brunches ). To ...

Gay News

DINING The Optima opens, Derby and Cinco de Mayo, WingFest 2018-05-01 - —The Optima ( from the Arizona-based restaurant group Glass Half Full ) was slated to open April 30 at 1252 N. Wells St. ...

Gay News

Andersonville Wine Walk May 20 2018-04-28 - CHICAGO ( April 27, 2018 ): In its 12th year, the Andersonville Wine Walk will once again invite guests to walk, sip, and ...

Gay News

Dining Out for Life April 26 2018-04-25 - The annual event known as Dining Out for Life Chicago will take place Thursday, April 26. This year, up to 75 local ...


Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.