I had a great dinner last night at the Rosemont location of Chicago's venerable Gibson's Steakhouse. Though I have been to the Rush Street mothership, I had never been the suburban location.
We put ourselves in the capable hands of George. He turned out to be one of those exceptional waiters who knows what you want even before you know what you want. George looks like he could be Robin Williams' brother, by the way.
We started by splitting a 6 oz Spicy Lobster Cocktail ($23). Lump crab meat with a spicy dressing over a bed of lettuce. Just right to whet the appetite.
Two house salads followed (2.50) with a spicy vinegarette dressing. Big steakhouse sized salads.
For my entree, I chose W.R.'s Chicago Cut, which is a bone-in ribeye ($34.75). It was perfectly medium rare, with a crust on the outside and red in the middle.
My dining companion had the London Broil ($22.75) cooked medium and sliced thin.
Both steaks were tender and flavorful. I was extremely happy with both.
We split side orders of garlic mashed potatoes ($4.75) and sauteed spinach/mushrooms with garlic ($11.25). As with many steakhouses, the sides are huge. Plenty to share for two or more. The potatoes had just the right touch of garlic.
Water glasses were promptly filled and used tableware cleared efficiently by assistant waiters.
George shook my hand at the end of the night and thanked me for the pleasure of serving us...and it didn't sound like pandering. I appreciated it.
Even on a busy Saturday night, Gibson's showed why they have been a staple in Chicago for so long. Pricey? Yes. But I did not leave feeling that I did not get value for that special night out. I can usually find something to improve upon...but not this particular night.