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Rosebud Steak house - a common steak house done poorly

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Rosebud Steak house - a common steak house done poorly

CJD | Feb 19, 2004 08:44 AM

Last night I dined at Rosebud's steak house, located on Walton(just east of Michigan Ave). The meal consisted of Ceaser salad, Seabass, NY Strip on the bone, Asparagus and Apple Cobbler.

Lets start with the scene. This is the loudest restuarant I have ever dined in, we couldn't hear each other at our table and then we had to keep asking the waiter to speak up, because we could hear him attempting to describe the specials. Not a good start, but we muddle on, the caesar, which the waiter described as big enough to gor two (it cost as much) was a minimal portion when split and the Caeser dressing had a distinct lemon flavor and was runny. Really quite average. The fish, which I tried, was served blackened, was cooked well, but average in terms of taste. THe asparagus, was overcooked. The on the bone NY strip, came to the table in a soup of red sauce, which I can only assume was au jus, was slightly over done, but flavorful. I assume the massive amount of jus, was to disguise the lack of moistness in the medium rare steak. the meat and its preparation were extremely mediocre.

THe apple cobbler, despite its massive size, was the worst desert I have had in some time, we ate the ice cream and let the rest. The accompanying coffee was also barely acceptable.

Overall, the meal was just average in every respect, except for the desert. I don't often complain about a just avergae meal, but when I got the bill, I was clearly paying for what should be the highest quality on every level and the restaurant just didn't deliver. For two people the meal was over $150. For that price, I would have expected excellence and the ability to hear my dining companion.

In short, there are many far superior steak houses in chicago (Gibson's, Morton's, etc) This one goes one the list with Smith and Wollensky as overpriced mediocrity.

Good dining to all.

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