Michael Jordan Steakhouse, Chicago
Michael Jordan's Steak home Chicago will likely make its debut Tuesday inside InterContinental Chicago resort (505 N. Michigan Ave. 312-321-8823), overtaking that property's sprawling, architecturally fascinating second-floor dinner room (which accommodates 160, plus a few 20-seat exclusive rooms). The restaurant is overpowering the resort's lobby-level bar area, which is expanded to put up 90.
"It's an improvement, as you would expect, " says manager cook James O'Donnell.
The restaurant marks an interesting type of return the NBA hall of famer, as it's the first Chicago restaurant to keep Jordan's name since Michael Jordan's Restaurant sealed, unlamented, many years ago. (Of course, one sixtyblue, for which Jordan is an important companion, is humming over the whole time.)
But Michael Jordan's restaurant had been a downscale traveler trap into which MJ himself rarely set base. This new steakhouse will likely be impressively upscale, featuring the 45-day, dry-aged Delmonico steak (boneless ribeye) of which the restaurant's namesake is reputedly fond. So that the chances of an intermittent Jordan sighting probably will be decent.
The remainder selection will feature USDA prime steaks, dry-aged 28 times, as well as a good amount of fish as well as other steakhouse staples. One of the trademark meals are garlic bread, served with a Wisconsin Ader Kase reserve blue-cheese fondue; crab cake, made with 100 percent colossal crab, with meyer lemon aioli; and another Jordan fave, mac and cheese. There is a chopped salad that boasts 23 components, and a 23-layer chocolate dessert from the dessert record. See if you're able to guess the reason why.