I have ALWAYS had an excellant meal there.And the wonderful attendants in the bathrooms-if they are still there, these wonderful people were a married couple and had worked there forever.Great experience!!!
I’d have to say Harry Carey’s is my favorite restaurant in the whole wide world. Up front, like a sports bar, dark wood, old bar, and those Saratoga chips they serve you while you are waiting for your table are so addictive you may wonder why you even need to eat again. But you must, the dining room is very nice, white linen, knowledgeable servers in white lab coats. The bone-in chicken Vesuvio is incredible, and also the lamb chops Oreganato is fabulous. The bruschetta is what we try to clone when we make it at home. About 9 or 10 years ago, Harry was there, after he was done dining, staff allowed people to approach him for autographs, and we got a picture of him with our son–we treasure that picture. One of my favorite parts is the mens room attendant, pleasant guy who knows all the new jokes, offers a splash of cologne, and your paper towel– so welcoming you hate to go back to your table, and you’re glad to give him a nice tip. All in all, not a tourist trap, you coud only hope to be trapped in a place like this.
Could be, depending on who’s doing the rating. But I’ve enjoyed a couple of meals there and found the food and service to be excellent and the company to be much more pleasant than the yammering crowd at Harry Careys.
Maybe there’s more than one Rosebud. I’m referring to the steakhouse on Walton Street.
Rosebud is one of the most overrated Italian restaurants in Chicago. And tourists do go there.
When I am in Chicago, I always have at least one meal at Harry Caray’s. We try different places each day but always go back. I’ve had the steak, lamb chops, Chicken Vesuvio,Salmon, Pasta. Never had a bad meal there. Love the mix of business people & tourist. One of the hotels I stay at the Alegro was right across the way from Harry’s. Their room serve menu had many of Harry’s dishes. They confirmed the meals are cooked by them & delivered to the hotel.
I’m glad you enjoyed your dinner at Harry Caray’s. With all the great eating places in Chicago, I would have never ended up here on my own. But you can tell from their review that the Sterns love this place.
We also went to Goose Island before a Cubs game back in May. Even though all we got were a bunch of appetizers, we thought everything was really good.
Ate there once several yeara ago. Nothing overtly wrong with the place (though I personally could do without the red sauce spaghetti side dish serve with steaks there) but I doubt I’ll go back. If I’m in that neighborhood and want to drop $$$ on a slab of beef, I’ll go to Smith & Wollensky (a mini chain, I know) or take a cab to Rosebud for a far better dinner in a much less touristy environ.
We ate there Tuesday night – had a group of about 40 people in an upstairs room.
The food was wonderful – we had a buffet of salad, Italian sausage and peppers, rigatoni in sauce, Chicken Vesuvio, and assorted desserts. Everyone (including me) really loved the food. My wife wants to go back there on our next visit to Chicago and order off the menu.
Plus, the Cubs even won when we went to Wrigley on Saturday, beating the Pirates 7-5. We had dinner at Goose Island after the game, and that was very good, too. I hadf a bratwurst on a bagel roll with Kraut and white cheddar that was incredible, and my wife raved over her tuna salad sandwich and fries.
We had steaks at Ditks’s, but that ain’t Roadfood. We only ate the breakfast and lunches that were provided by the Hyatt BFE ar McCormick Place.
You’ll like the food. They do a good job.
When I have to make a connection at Midway airport, Harry Caray’s is always my first choice, since they serve my Chicken Vesuvio at this location. Of course, Midway also has Superdawg, Gold Coast Dogs, Manny’s, etc.
How was your dinner at Harry Caray’s? I would enjoy hearing about your experience there.
About 6 months ago, I ate at the Harry Carey’s at Midway Airport. I wasn’t expecting much–airport food seldom is thrilling–but I was very pleasantly surprised. Nothing fancy but good quality food at a fair price (that latter really surprising in an airport). I recall having a large salad and a chicken dish to follow–both very good. I’d go back for sure.
Jane and Michael Stern are the authors of "The Harry Caray’s Restaurant Cookbook: The Official Home Plate of the Chicago Cubs". I figure if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
You must have missed the 2 reviews posted on this site. I’ve eaten there multiple times and always enjoy it.
Yes, there are TONS of tourists here….but I wouldn’t call it a tourist trap (which would imply really crappy, over priced food targeted to one-time-only customers)..Many locals also like the place, and it indeed is quite good…nice atmosphere too…
No, it’s not the sort of place I go out of my way for…but for a FREE business dinner…you could do much, much worse…
If it is a tourist trap, it is a tourist trip with outstanding food! My favorite menu item there is the Chicago only dish Chicken Vesuvio. A buddy of mine is a much bigger steak lover than I am and I took him to Harry Caray’s last year. He still raves about the prime rib he ate that night and calls it the best he has ever had. My advice would be to keep an open mind and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised.
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