700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago Illinois 60611United States
The legacy of the late Chicago Cubs broadcaster lives on at this new Navy Pier location, where the food isn't as good as the original location but the vibe is fun.
With its checked tile floors, dark wood and black leather, this place conjures up a modern-day speakeasy. Not necessarily the image you might associate with legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray, but with all the sports memorabilia around and every TV in the place turned to Cubs and Sox in the summer, there's no doubt his spirit lives on here. The restaurant is comfortable and spacious, even if its menu a bit boring and its prices a bit high. You're paying for more than food when you dine here, and if you're lucky enough to snag an outdoor table, you'll be hard pressed to find a better place to people-watch. Unlike the other Harry Caray restaurants, which have a predominantly Italian menu (which they do well), this is a tavern, meaning you're going to find the usual burgers/salads/sandwiches fare, for the most part. There are a few interesting options -- an Italian beef pizza ($13.95), a short rib burger ($15.95), and Tallgrass meat loaf ($14.95, made with Bill Kurtis' grass-fed beef) -- but most of it is ho-hum. The entrees are almost the same price as the salads and sandwiches, in the $12.95 to $16.95 range. A handful of steak and seafood options start at $19.95 and top out at $29.95. We tried a peppercorn-crusted Wagyu burger ($15.95). It was supposed to be crusted in peppercorn and sauteed in brandy, but we're pretty sure neither one of those things was true. It looked and tasted like a run-of-the-mill burger, and was on the small side to boot. It was served with was purported to have Gorgonzola cheese, but it was just bland and almost tasteless. Its saving grace was the pretzel roll on which it was served. We will say that this location has a fairly imaginative cocktail menu, all of which bear the names of local sports celebs, and they're not badly priced at $8 each. You can also get bottle domestic beer for $4.50, which is also not a bad price. Best of all, there's an outside bar, so there is no need to step inside if all you want is a drink and a beautiful view of the lake and the Chicago skyline.