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May 20, 2004
From journal Escape to Chicago
January 20, 2004
Lawry's is located right off of Michigan Avenue in an old mansion. The outside is not as impressive as the inside, which is all oak paneling, massive pieces of art, chandeliers, wall to wall carpeting, the works. While they do not require a dress code, you might feel (and look) out of place in shorts or jeans and a t-shirt. Slacks/skirts for women and golf shirts or even a tie would fit in well for men. The servers are clad in traditional garb. Because of this, you may wonder into which time period you stepped.
The menu is not extensive--their showcase is the prime rib. They do have limited fish and chicken options for the non-meat eaters in your party. I normally choose the California Cut, which is a bit leaner and the portion, while still very large, is less than the regular cut. The spinning bowl salad (which they make in front of you), bread, and potatoes or hush puppies are included in the price and served via a rolling silver cart--all other options (e.g., mashed potatoes, broccoli, etc) are a la carte. The prime rib here is amazing--it is perfectly cooked and seasoned. My stepmother got the salmon entree and said that it was some of the best salmon she has ever had. Lawry's is pricey, but the food and the ambience make the price a little more palatable.
From journal Chicago - A Little Bit of Everything