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Yet another valentines story/Franky J's

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Yet another valentines story/Franky J's

dougk | Feb 17, 2003 02:16 PM

So, ignoring the advice of multiple chowhounds, as well as my own previous experience, we went out with friends for valentines. Not so much a romantic getaway as just getting our favorite couples out together for a meal. Friday night, 7:30, Franky J's on Broadway, was a good place for this, because even though they had the required valentines day special romantic dinner menu, you could (and we did) order from the regular menu. Service was very attentive and pleasant, we brought our own wine and weren't charged corkage, someone had put together a hilarious mix of music for the occasion (think cheesy '70's bad love songs like Captain and Tenille, etc.) and it was just great fun. Was it great chow? Not really, very acceptable but not great. We started with the app tray, consisting of asian BBQ ribs, calamari, a grilled wild mushroon mix and grilled oysters wrapped in lettuce and bacon with a cream sauce. Oysters were pretty forgettable, the mushroom mix, which was advertised as a mixture of chantrelle, portabello, etc. was ok except it had none of the more exotic varieties advertised (I had a problem with that, it seems like false advertising to me) the ribs were very tasty indeed, and the calamari was done perfectly with the lightest breading I've ever had on calamari. Main course for 5 out of 6 of us was the ribeye steak, which I think is the real value on their menu, $16.95 for a 14 oz. dry aged angus steak with very good grilled potatoes. When asked how I wanted mine I said that it should twitch when I poke it with a fork, and it was perfect, the best steak I've had in Chicago in years for the money. My wife had the bleu cheese stuffed chicken breast, which was just ok and was also $16.95, which I thought was the worst value on the menu. We all had the chocolate mousse for desert, a very serviceable if not inspired rendition, but the hightlight of the evening was really the service, again very attentive, good suggestions, honest about which dishes were best, etc. I will definitely go back for a good steak at a good value.

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