Chicago Scene: The classic restaurant experience includes Gibsons, Gene & Georgetti, The Berghoff and Twin Anchors
Gibsons’ corner table
By Trent Modglin
In Chicago, we like to think of “classics” as places that have withstood the test of time. They’re old-school. They exude character. They’re reliable to the point you know exactly what to expect when you walk through the door. That is a “classic.” And here are a few of our favorite classic restaurants in the city:
Easily one of Chicago’s more famous restaurants, Gibsons’ history in the Windy City is long and distinguished. Found in the heart of the Rush Street entertainment district, Gibsons (with a location in nearby Rosemont as well) embodies the big-city dining experience with its unmistakable vibe and wide array of filets, sirloins, T-bones, porterhouse and chops.
Enjoy the atmosphere as much as the great steaks, as Gibsons is a regular stop for Chicago’s social elite, and celebrity sightings are the norm. 1028 N. Rush in Chicago, 5464 N. River Road in Rosemont and 2105 S. Spring Road in Oak Brook. GibsonsSteakhouse.com
Gibsons embodies the big-city dining experience with its unmistakable vibe and wide array of filets, sirloins, T-bones, porterhouse and chops.
For a taste of vintage, old-school Chicago tradition, Gene & Georgetti, the legendary Italian steakhouse would be a good place to start. Family owned and operated since its opening in 1941, Gene & Georgetti may not look like much from the street, but it’s hosted legends like Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, as well as current celebs like Vince Vaughn and Russell Crowe.
The extensive menu, full of steaks, chops, Italian specialties and seafood, can seem overwhelming, but a seasoned waitstaff is more than eager to help. Go with the mussels marinara as an appetizer, and then try a filet mignon, bone-in ribeye or the veal chops. 500 N. Franklin. 312-527-3718. GeneAndGeorgetti.com
Experience great food and a serious piece of Chicago history at The Berghoff. Serving Chicago for 123 years, this family-owned and operated landmark restaurant specializes in traditional German dishes, contemporary American cuisine and — staying true to its extensive brewing roots, some tasty beers courtesy of Adams Street Brewery located right inside. 17 W. Adams. 312-427-3170. TheBerghoff.com
Frank Sinatra was a frequent visitor at Twin Anchors over the years, often signing autographs and tipping everyone working his table $100 each.
Twin Anchors is a quaint, tucked-away neighborhood tavern that has been known for its barbecued baby-back ribs since its founding in a historic Old Town building in 1932. Word is, it was even a speakeasy during Prohibition. Frank Sinatra was a frequent visitor over the years, often signing autographs and tipping everyone working his table $100 each. Twin Anchors’ famed jukebox offers an eclectic mix of old and new tunes. 1655 N. Sedgwick. 312-266-1616. TwinAnchorsRibs.com