Benny's Chop House
444 N. Wabash Ave.
Accepted, usually not necessary
Expect to pay:
$70-$90 for two
Clubby and masculine; cherry-wood paneling, thick carpets, double white tablecloth. Bar/lounge is sunny, less formal, popular with leisure diners and after-5 crowd.
Mix of business clients, tourists, neighborhood residents.
It's all about the beef, despite varied menu. And you can have a conversation without raising your voice.
Business-casual for the most part; tourist-casual not unusual. They're not fussy.
So quiet you can understand the lyrics in the programmed music.
Big steaks, big everything. Top-quality, wet-aged (some dry-aged) beef, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Dinner menu also available at lunch.
All-natural prime filet ($35.99), when you're splurging. Entree-size burrata and heirloom tomato salad ($16.99) for dainty eaters; light-on-the-mayo lobster roll ($16.99) for in-between. Burgers are so big and piled with ingredients that polite eating is a challenge.
Restrained and professional, with a tendency to hover.
Good reception. Free Wi-Fi available (ask for password).