I love recipes where all the hard work is done by the marinade and not by me. This is one of those recipes.
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf
218 W Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
I have to admit, I do appreciate some really tender steak! This place had some great reviews on Yelp and from some friends of ours who have been there before. Reservations are usually booked for weeks on end, so its best to put in your request months in advance. Usually I am pretty good at that (key word is “usually”).
This year, for my birthday, I wanted to go, but with all that was going on, I forgot to put in my reservation (oops!) So, we made a plan: we would go there when they are just opened (around 4:30p or 5pm) and just wait at the bar until our table is ready. I figured that, by the time they get to us (which was about an hour), we would have been hungry enough (but not too hungry) to enjoy our dinner.
When we had arrived, it was just as we had expected – it was at least an hour to an hour and a half wait for walk-ins. This was not a problem (again, this was expected), so we stated that we would wait at the bar.
We started with a dozen fresh oysters with our drinks. Half were from the East Coast and the other half were from the West Coast. I remember hearing or reading once that oysters are technically the same wherever you get them, and that their flavor comes from the area (depending on water quality, minerals and environmental factors) that they were harvested in. The bartender explained to us the areas they all had come from. There was one set that was from the Pacific, near Hawaii, that I felt tasted the best overall.
Not too long after we had finished our oysters and drinks, our table was ready. The tables were wooden and the plates at each setting were different (mismatched). They all were really dainty and pretty though, and I felt that it added character.
Our next appetizer was Peppered Duck with Goat Cheese Terrine with Apricot Mustard and Toast.
For our main entrees, my brother and I had the Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye (22oz, 42 day aged) with bearnese and steak salt. I added roasted bone marrow as an enhancement.
My husband ordered the Shaved Prime Beef Sandwich with Au Jus.
We also had sides of Candied Sweet Potato with Bourbon Glaze and Elote Style Corn.
For dessert, I had the Hot Fudge Sundae Royale (it came with a sparkler!) There were eight to ten candy toppings that you can add to the sundae (or enjoy on their own!) My brother and husband were so full, they just had drinks.
Overall, the food was delicious! My steak was cooked beautifully – I usually order medium rare, and places tend to go over that. The bone marrow, I had on its on, and smeared on some of the steak, and I was in carnivore heaven! My husband loved his sandwich – the beef was still moist and tender, even without the Au Jus. I definitely would come here again. Next time for one of these:
There you have it! Have you been here also? Tell us what you thought in the comments below!