Feb 272010
Chicago Firehouse

The Chicago Firehouse was built in 1905, and there's still fire polls in the bar.

The last stop on Chicago Bites’ 2010 Restaurant Week tasting tour was The Chicago Firehouse, a steakhouse located in a charming building that used to be a real Firehouse. It was built in 1905, and much of the original structure has been preserved both inside and out, including the intricate tin ceiling, the tile walls, and two fire polls in the bar.

Steakhouses are too often cut from the same cloth, from their dark wood-paneled interiors to their uninspired side dishes.  But the traditional fare at Firehouse, like the building itself, has a bit more character, and its Restaurant Week offerings reflected that.  For example, the Cesar salad starter was light and fresh, and the eight ounce CFH prime steak main dish was topped with a blue cheese crust and red wine sauce that was a wonderful complement — not at all overpowering.

We wandered off the set menu to order sides — maple whipped sweet potatoes and grilled asparagus. Both were excellent choices!

Of the two desserts on the Restaurant Week menu — key lime pie and three-layer chocolate cake — the pie is the standout.

There’s still one more day before this week’s dining deals are done, and Firehouse is worth a visit if steak is what you crave.

The Chicago Firehouse
1401 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 786-1401 | Make Reservations
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Firehouse’s full Restaurant Week menu

Feb 262010
NoMi | Butternut Squash Soup

The butternut squash soup was light and flavorful.

Made it to NoMi for a late lunch reservation, but that didn’t matter — I would take any slot to try their $22 Restaurant Week menu. We started things off with a tasty roasted D’Anjou pear and endive salad and this stand-out butternut squash soup.

NoMi | Cubano Panini

What you don't see are the delicious home-made pickles.

For our main course, we chose the chef’s choice of sushi which was a combination of california roll, tuna and salmon sashimi and the cubano panini, a tasty sandwich of roasted pork and homemade pickles.

NoMi | Chocolate

The gold foil makes this dessert extra tasty.

We were going to try a mix of desserts, but neither of us wanted to pass up ‘La Religieuse’. The mix of caramel and hazelnut topped with gold leaf was truly a religious experience.

NoMi Restaurant
800 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 239-4030 | Make Reservations
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Feb 252010
Markethouse | Window

Markethouse is a warm spot for lunch on a Winter day.

We continued our Restaurant Week adventures with the $22 lunch at Markethouse in Streeterville. It’s conveniently located for those who work downtown, or for those coming and going from the AMC Theater around the corner.

Markethouse | Hummus

Appetizers include garnishes of micro-greens.

The first of three courses included a choice of chop salad or hummus. Both featured fresh micro-greens and plentiful portions, so we got one of each.

Marketplace | Pulled Pork

The menu included items like this pulled pork sandwich.

We continued on to entrees and were treated to a light, lovely dish of fish and chips and this hearty pulled pork sandwich.

Markethouse | Bread Pudding

Don't even think about skipping dessert!

Dessert was the stand-out for us. We loved the molten chocolate cake with raspberry ice cream, but this butterscotch bread pudding was incredible. Who can resist rum-soaked raisins? Not us. We’ll be back.

611 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 224-2200 | Make Reservations
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