Look at my post upthread, GD burned in October 2008, At the time I watched camera shots from a news helicopter and the structure was gutted but the sign was standing. Haven’t heard anything about the building since, it was an historic building designed by famous Chicago architects Adler and Sullivan.
I am pretty sure the building was part of a fire in the south Loop last year.
I always looked at the sign out front and wondered about the history of this place. In recent years, Gibson’s, The Chop House and Gene and Georgetti’s were "THE" places for steak. But everytime I pass GD’s I wonder as to the history and what GD’s was like in it’s hey day.
I am looking to purchase items from the George Diamond Restaurant such as a plate or silverware with the George Diamond name logo on them. If you have something please let me know.
George Diamonds what a great place…I represented a number of the Chicago Bears from 1983 to 1994 and the first place that I would hit when I arrived in Chicago was George Diamonds.I don’t know how I first found GD but from the first time I became a life long patron. The steaks were great but that chilled lettuce wedge and dressing was to die for…There are restaurants around the country that try and duplicate the wedge but no one has come close. The funniest thing that happen to me was the first day that I eat at GD. I said the forbidden word "do you have any ketchup". Did I get the evil eye that night…The waiter said we don’t use ketchup in this restaurant so I asked can I have a side of your bbq sauce that you use on your ribs. From then on they knew I had eaten at the restaurant since that day after they would find empty Mcdonald’s ketchup packages on the table once I left. I ended up living in Chicago from 1994 to 1998 and remembering that many occasion when I eat GB I was the only one in the restaurant. I can’t remember the lady and the black gentlemen that were there toward the end. The last time I was in Chicago (2004) I went by the restaurant and the buliding look in fairly bad shape (condemned) but the front still had George Diamonds name on it and although the entire buliding was dark there was one glittering light in the window of George Diamonds Steak House.
There is still a gold course in Antioch at the corner of rte. 59 and Grass Lake Road but there is no affiliation with George Diamond.
June 3, 2020 at 10:47 pm #3031951
The golf course at Grass Lake and route 59 was owned by George Diamond. He then sold it to Thomas F. Santino. My dad was superintendent of the golf course. George and his wife used to come out and stay in a house they used to own. He liked my dad and
invited him and my mom to the steak house on him. It was a magical time.
Bruce Edward Parker
I have a very old postcard from George Diamond Charcoal Broiled Steaks. It is a picturesque view of George Diamond preparing a steak before one of his open charcoal broilers. Also it is noted on the card that "A full steak dinner starts at $1.95" ahhh the good old days.
It shows that there were three locations:
Milwaukee – Kilbourn and 3rd Street
Chicago – 512 So. Wabash
Antioch – Highway 59 & Grass Lake Road (on a beautiful 18 hole golf course.
Its very sad to find out it burnt down specially when you are visiting from another country to find out cause you cant find the bulding anymore, my father used to eat there in the sixties and now sadly he is old and sick, before I came here I wanted to buy him a plane ticket and stay in a nice hotel just to take him to eat here and visit the prudential bulding where he used to work, I was planing to video tape the place for him, does anybody know if they have another branch somewhere? or a steak reciepie would be great to surprice him at home
Thanks for your time
Any one have any info on the vinegar/oil/(garlic?) salad dressing that they served along with this creamy pink/red salad dressing?
I’m looking for any info, recipe, etc.
I too, grew up in the Chicago area, and we often had family gatherings and parties at George Diamonds.
Thank you in advance for any info that you may be able to provide!
Back in the early 60’s, my father-in-law always claimed that George Diamond’s used "meat tenderizer" and that real steak lovers wouldn’t go there. He would take us to Barney’s Market Club ("Yes sir, Senator") instead.
Thank you so much for this information about the diamond cream dressing. I’ve been in mourning ever since they closed. This was the only salad dressing I actually loved. After two or three wedges of lettuce drowned in that dressing, the filet was an afterthought. Thank you again. Oh the wonders of the internet.
George diamond’s salad dressing
February 15, 2006
MAKES 40 SERVINGS
1 (10-ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1/2 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small onion, peeled and grated
1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
Place undiluted soup, vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard, salt, pepper, onion and garlic in a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade. Cover and blend or process on high speed until pureed, about 2 minutes.
Serve chilled. Store covered leftovers in frig.
Nutrition facts per tablespoon: 51 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 62 mg sodium, 0 g fiber
Does anyone know who made George Diamonds Diamond Cream Dressing? They didn’t make it in house because I used to order it by the gallon and they would sometimes tell me my order would be delayed until they received their shipment from their supplier.
Here a day later, Chicago Fire Department still fightig this fire. The building was a landmark designed by Adler and Sullivan in the 1890"s. Just saw Chicago fire chief saying the building is on the verge of total collapse, the George Diamond signs still visable.
There was a George Diamond"s Steakhouse in Milwaukee in the late 50’s to early 60’s. The steaks were cooked over charcoal by chef’s in the middle of the dining room; haven’t thought about it in years.
This is very sad. Huge fire today at 630 So.Wabash. Building housed the famous, now closed George Diamond Steakhouse. It was a favorite of my late parents.
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