Midwest Living Review
From the heavy mahogany furniture to the aged prime beef to the serious cocktails that don't stint on the booze, Benny's Chop House is a throwback to what steak houses used to be. It's a bit like being in a scene from "Mad Men," and, as far as we're concerned, that's a good thing.Located in Chicago's River North and new in 2010, this restaurant offers a top-notch, white-tablecloth dining experience with prices to match. The menu is a la cart, and its focus, naturally, is red meat: USDA prime, aged prime and natural prime. You'll also find pork, lamb and veal chops; a half dozen fish entrees, including lobster and Alaskan king crab; and brick-roasted Amish-raised chicken. You'll spend anywhere from $29.99 for an 8-ounce filet mignon to $79.99 for a 36-ounce porterhouse, plus $4.99 to $6.99 for sides and $3.99 to $10.99 for salads. We sampled the filet mignon and the New York strip, both of which were so tender they could be cut with a fork. The Parmesan-topped creamy macaroni and cheese alone is worth a return visit. And our $10 Picket Fence cocktail seemed worth the price, given the Cruzan blanco rum, Olorosa sherry, Van Gogh caramel, Aspall organic cider, brandied apples and torched thyme. Beer conoisseurs will love the list of obscure and high-quality brews, including a $10 Old Foghorn aged beer that looked more like brandy than ale. Benny's prides itself on signature cocktails, and for patrons who enjoy that, it's a nice presage for the meal to come.