Saturday, September 24, 2011

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab (Dinner)

Location: 60 E. Grand Ave.
Cost: About $50 per person

My great uncle Mike made a stop in Chicago on his round the world trip last week. The last time he visited we went to Hot Chocolate. The problem was that they have a bunch of French style items on the dinner menu, especially their cheese selection. Uncle Mike has lived all over the world but spent the longest time in Paris. The last thing he wanted in Chicago was knock off French food. This time we weren't going to do the same. My family had a bunch of Lettuce Entertain You gift cards to burn, and when the options were Mon Ami Gabi and Joe's, the choice was clear.

Since I already wrote a post on Joe's for lunch, you can refer to that logistics section. It's basically the same. Great service and ambiance with eccentrically over-knowledgeable waiters. Prices are up there, but for what you get it's a solid deal. They've got fair fish and steak prices with a lot of options.

The Food
As always, we started things off with a Seafood Salad with shrimp, lobster, and alaskan king crab. It was lightly dressed and heavy on the seafood. It's consistently been one of my favorite salads in the city.

The Seafood Salad

From there we all went with seafood choices for our entrees as well. My mom got the Seared Tuna Sandwich, my dad got the Ahi Tuna with Tempura Green Beans, Uncle Mike got the Turbot, and I got the Sea Bass. My dad claimed it was the best seared piece of tuna that he's ever had. Uncle Mike was really impressed with his fish too (and he can be a tough critic). My Sea Bass was flaky and substantial. It had a somewhat charred on teriyaki glaze that added a ton to the dish.

The Sea Bass

The Ahi Tuna Sandwich

The Ahi Tuna with Tempura Green Beans

The Turbot

For sides the table went for Cottage Fries, Creamed Spinach, and this special Summer Corn Dish. These were all delicious, and they came along with plenty for the four of us. We also had some Banana Cream Pie for dessert, but I couldn't get a shot (again, please refer to my old post).

The Cottage Fries

The Summer Sweet Corn

 The Creamed Spinach
I'd already told you that Joe's has a great lunch service, and the dinner is even better. It's some of the best seafood in the city, and although we didn't get any steaks, in my past visits those have been spectacular as well. I'm giving Joe's (for dinner) 4.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. Not a full 5 Pearls eh? What could they have done to make the jump?

  2. It's tough to give some place 5 pearls. I love Joe's, but it wasn't perfect. The bok choy on my plate was bitter and lacking in flavor. Also, although the waiter was knowledgeable and helpful, he was also kind of a prick. I'm sure it's just his schtick to crack jokes at customers expense, but I thought his comebacks were a little rude sometimes. Sorry for not making these things clear before.

    Also, I'm still dying to try the fried chicken for lunch.