It's been quite some time since I've been to this south loop steakhouse that initially drew me in due to the unique history of the location. I'm married to a firefighter and quite a history buff (I'm VP of my village's historical society and have authored three historical books with Arcadia Publishing,) so when I learned that the restaurant was housed in a former firehouse, I knew I'd have to check it out.
The structure was built in 1905 with a fancier facade than most of the other firehouses in the city, probably to help it blend in with the architecture in this high-end community where families such as the Marshall Fields, the McCormicks and the Palmers resided. It was constructed of yellow brick and limestone with stables for the horse-drawn fire equipment. Oh, and as a bonus, scenes from the ultimate firefighter movie, Backdraft, were filmed in the building.
So, although these things intrigued me enough to make a visit, there was still a question of whether or not the food and service would live up to expectations and it totally exceeded them. We originally dined there with another couple (a co-worker of my husband and his wife.) It was truly one of the best meals I'd ever had. So, I couldn't wait to head back for Chicago Restaurant Week. I made a lunch reservation and here's what hubby and I enjoyed.
Started off with a beer that I favor - Matilda by Goose Island
Hubby also tried out the Berghoff Brewery's Fire Station Red Ale
A peek at the special lunch menu
My house salad was amazing - candied peppered pecans and goat cheese on a bed of mixed greens with blue cheese dressing.
Loved the foccacia bread
The well-aged 8-ounce Rib-Eye Steak was fabulous and a nice lunchtime portion.
Since the steak was a stand alone, we ordered the potatoes au gratin to accompany the entree. An order is a large portion served for sharing.
Finished off the meal with a Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewery.
I adore the large bay doors on the front of the building.
And this lovely fireplace can be found in the lobby.
Chicago Restaurant Week continues through February 6. Take advantage of the special menu offerings at a great price and I highly recommend putting The Chicago Firehouse on that list!
The Chicago Firehouse
1401 S. Michigan