Perhaps it’s Lake Michigan’s gale-force winds that have long stoked the flames of Chicago’s steakhouse scene, but one thing is certain: the Windy City is a prime place for all things T-bone and tenderloin. So when a new contender throws their ribeye into the ring and is almost immediately deemed a red-hot winner by locals and critics alike, you know you’re onto something smashing. RPM Steak is the latest glamorous offering from the team behind RPM Italian, and while much was expected of the River North newcomer when it opened late last year, the fact that the 350-seat grill continues to fill up daily with meat-loving pundits proves that it can certainly stand the heat.
Slink behind the curtain-covered windows and drop into the sleek sunken diner to start with appetisers that are rather more surf than turf, including plates of charred ōtoro tuna, crispy garlic shrimp and chilled fresh oysters, plus a succulent thick-cut bacon with bourbon-vanilla glaze. But don’t overindulge just yet. Chef Doug Psaltis has assembled 15 best-in-class steaks ranging from short rib medallions with bone marrow butter to an oversized dry-aged côte de bœuf, each expertly grilled to order. Couple your choice with seasonal mushrooms, hand-cut fries and one of the 350+ global wines, then finish with the daily soufflé and mixologist Paul McGee’s smooth, classic Cobbler. Look out Chicago, the steaks have been upped.
66 W Kinzie St / River North / +1 312 284 4990 / dinner daily / rpmsteak.com