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Wisconsin style Supper Club in Chicago?
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    Post #1 - November 23rd, 2018, 1:10 am
    Post #1 - November 23rd, 2018, 1:10 am Post #1 - November 23rd, 2018, 1:10 am
    I have a friend, feeling down in the dumps, with a strong Wisconsin Supper Club urge but it would be great to dine locally.

    On the phone it was difficult to narrow the search, any recommendations?
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #2 - November 23rd, 2018, 7:33 am
    Post #2 - November 23rd, 2018, 7:33 am Post #2 - November 23rd, 2018, 7:33 am
    Golden Steer? Stacy's? Saban's? Krapil's? I think any of those could scratch the itch and aren't far from you.
  • Post #3 - November 23rd, 2018, 8:20 am
    Post #3 - November 23rd, 2018, 8:20 am Post #3 - November 23rd, 2018, 8:20 am
    L. Woods in Lincolnwood.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #4 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am
    Post #4 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am Post #4 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am
    I'm not vouching for quality in either direction (never been), but it's the exact style you seek and has been able to stay in business longer than most. I believe Sula reviewed at some point.

    Millie's Supper Club
    2438 N Lincoln Ave
    (773) 857-2000
    http://www.millieschicago.com
  • Post #5 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:02 am
    Post #5 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:02 am Post #5 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:02 am
    bweiny wrote:I'm not vouching for quality in either direction (never been), but it's the exact style you seek and has been able to stay in business longer than most. I believe Sula reviewed at some point.

    Millie's Supper Club
    2438 N Lincoln Ave
    (773) 857-2000
    http://www.millieschicago.com

    Millie’s Supper Club is a slice of Wisconsin cheese wedged into Lincoln Park

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #6 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:12 am
    Post #6 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:12 am Post #6 - November 23rd, 2018, 10:12 am
    bweiny wrote:Sula reviewed at some point.
    Millie's Supper Club

    If you look at the press section of Millie's Sula's Reader review is not included. There's a reason for that. :) I've not been, a friend worked at Millie's for a while, he was keen on the place. YMMV.
    Reader review, Millie's.
    ----> Link

    Petey's Bungalo in Oak Lawn or Krapil's in Worth might fit the bill. Steve's reco of L. Woods is spot-on, though it can get crowded.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #7 - November 23rd, 2018, 12:04 pm
    Post #7 - November 23rd, 2018, 12:04 pm Post #7 - November 23rd, 2018, 12:04 pm
    Given that you're in Oak Park, I think Golden Steer is a good bet.
    Not quite the right look, but the right feel and right menu.

    Giovanna
    =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=

    "Enjoy every sandwich."

    -Warren Zevon
  • Post #8 - November 23rd, 2018, 6:20 pm
    Post #8 - November 23rd, 2018, 6:20 pm Post #8 - November 23rd, 2018, 6:20 pm
    One important note on L Woods - Prime rib only available on Saturdays.
  • Post #9 - November 23rd, 2018, 8:46 pm
    Post #9 - November 23rd, 2018, 8:46 pm Post #9 - November 23rd, 2018, 8:46 pm
    scottsol wrote:One important note on L Woods - Prime rib only available on Saturdays.


    Just like in Wisconsin.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #10 - November 24th, 2018, 10:47 am
    Post #10 - November 24th, 2018, 10:47 am Post #10 - November 24th, 2018, 10:47 am
    I've been to Millie's once, and enjoyed it more than Sula did. I've had many a disappointing prime rib in Chicago, including at places much more "vaunted" and expensive than Millie's. The one at Millie's was not the best I've ever had, but I liked it fine.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #11 - November 24th, 2018, 11:08 am
    Post #11 - November 24th, 2018, 11:08 am Post #11 - November 24th, 2018, 11:08 am
    G Wiv wrote:If you look at the press section of Millie's Sula's Reader review is not included. There's a reason for that. :)

    at chicagoreader.com, Mike Sula wrote:Take the prime rib, offered in three increasingly indigestible weights: it's roasted slow, as reported on the menu, which somehow fails to render the fat or denature the proteins on this particular grade of beef. A medium-rare order results in a chewy disaster requiring the mandibular constitution of a pit bull to put away. Served with an undercooked baked potato wrapped in foil, it's among the most discouraging endorsements for supper-club culture I've yet to come across.

    The broasted chicken isn't doing the genre any favors either. Broasting is the Beloit-born method of pressure-frying chicken, which is supposed to result in more moist, less greasy birds. I'm not sure what's happening here, but the poultry emerging from the kitchen is pale blond, with a damp batter that sloughs off at the touch. Paired with limp, dry fries, it's a sad showing in a city that's significantly improved its fried chicken game in recent years. Fried cheese curds, barely melted, exhibit the same ghostly complexion, though the fried fish seems to be held to higher oil temperatures, emerging acceptably crisp if underseasoned.

    Much of the food at Millie's is pallid in color, if not spirit: overcooked cauliflower drenched in Gruyere, waxy-tasting mac and cheese sprinkled with unmelted shreds, creamed spinach wholly separated from its dairy medium. Maybe the most dispiriting example of the kitchen's deficiency is the walleye: twin grayish fillets smothered in unpigmented sour-cream sauce flecked with dill. Even something as intrinsically rich and savory as French onion soup tastes as if it's been diluted.

    Ouch but LOL!

    A friend suggested Tom's Steak House in Melrose Park.

    1901 W North Ave
    Melrose Park, IL 60160
    (708) 345-2766

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #12 - November 24th, 2018, 11:53 am
    Post #12 - November 24th, 2018, 11:53 am Post #12 - November 24th, 2018, 11:53 am
    A friend suggested Tom's Steak House in Melrose Park.


    I'd check around for recent reviews before I headed there. mhl and I went there once because it was handy to where my mom was having her hip replaced [yeah, it's turned into a family tradition] and found the food lackluster and the room tired. Struck me as a place with its best days somewhere in the last century.

    Giovanna
    =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o=

    "Enjoy every sandwich."

    -Warren Zevon
  • Post #13 - November 24th, 2018, 4:10 pm
    Post #13 - November 24th, 2018, 4:10 pm Post #13 - November 24th, 2018, 4:10 pm
    Thanks! It sounds like Millie’s is the one (with all of its faults).

    Thanks also to all that recommend the near westside steak houses. While they might have the waitresses they are a Steak House which does not match the Wisconsin Supper club.

    Friday fish fry, pine paneling...

    Thanks again...
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #14 - November 24th, 2018, 5:47 pm
    Post #14 - November 24th, 2018, 5:47 pm Post #14 - November 24th, 2018, 5:47 pm
    From my experience in Wisconsin (further north) the Supper Clubs are more blue collar rather than fine dining.

    Over cooked cauliflower would not be out of place. :) ... and while steaks and chops might be on the menu they are not the primary focus.

    Some good perch, a decent Old Fashoned, I’m set. Maybe a lounge singer in the bar? :)
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #15 - November 24th, 2018, 5:56 pm
    Post #15 - November 24th, 2018, 5:56 pm Post #15 - November 24th, 2018, 5:56 pm
    stevez wrote:L. Woods in Lincolnwood.

    If you're looking for a truly authentic replica of a Wisconsin supper club, L. Woods nails it!
  • Post #16 - November 24th, 2018, 5:59 pm
    Post #16 - November 24th, 2018, 5:59 pm Post #16 - November 24th, 2018, 5:59 pm
    It may too late, but I would suggest the Great Escape in Schiller Park. It has a supper club feel, though maybe not the piano entertainment.

    Great Escape Restaurant
    9540 W Irving Park Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60176
    (847) 671-7171
    http://www.greatescaperestaurant.com
    There's always room for fried bologna. - d4v3

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