In the Midwest, we love steak and potatoes. Chicago is no stranger to this, and now has quite a list of amazing steakhouses to its name. One of the newer to this list, and with its own twist, is PRIME & PROVISIONS. Located on the corner of Lasalle & Wacker, it’s perfect for locals, professionals and tourists alike. It’s brought to you by DineAmic Group (same team behind one of my other favorites – Siena Tavern).
So, in a city that has many steakhouses, what’s so special about Prime & Provisions? Well, that brings us straight to the steak they serve. Prime & Provision’s beef program contributes to the popular clean eating lifestyle by serving only all natural USDA Premium Black Angus beef. The all-natural beef is sourced from Kansas’ Creekstone Farms, and is the first steakhouse in Chicago to offer beef from the “Never-Ever” program which Creekstone prides itself on. This mantra promotes a healthier and natural nurturing environment and promises to never vaccinate or inject their livestock with steroids or hormones.What that means for you as a diner is that you’re getting pure beef, without any additives or fuss. Is it delicious? You bet.
The boyfriend and I made our way over to check it out a couple of weeks ago, for a special steak dinner date. We checked in for our reservation a little early, so made our way to the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail to get started. I tried the Paloma, and it might be the best I’ve ever had.
For our first course, we went with some seafood to start: SHRIMP COCKTAIL (about 1/2lb each!) & KING CRAB (1/2 lb, steamed with butter)
When they tell you that the shrimp are huge, believe them. Each shrimp was 1/2 lb! They were fresh, sweet and delicious. The King Crab was my favorite of the two – perfectly steamed, served with drawn butter for generous dipping. Something so simply prepared, but just delicious.
For our main course, we chose two different steaks so as to really get the full experience. We each chose our favorites and sipped on our drinks while we waited for them to arrive.
SLOW-ROASTED BONE-IN PRIME RIB | roasting jus, horseradish
These plates are oval and about a foot in length. So yes, this steak takes up the entire plate! The boyfriend absolutely loves Prime Rib, and this one did not disappoint at all! It was slow roasted, so the meat was tender, a perfect medium-rare and juicy. The jus was seasoned well, while the horseradish cream cut through some of the richness.
DRY-AGED BONE-IN RIBEYE
22oz of pure beefy decadence! I love ribeyes for the full beef flavor and the fattiness that just melts away when it’s prepared the right way. Prime & Provisions’ ribeye was just YUM. I mean, if I could use the hearts-in-your-eyes emoji to explain how I felt when I first tasted it, that would be it. Because we chose to just indulge in the all natural beef options, we only went with one side to share – the Whipped Potatoes with a Horseradish Parmesan crust. The steaks, plus the creamy whipped potatoes, made for the perfect meat & potatoes meal that we love so much.
Did we have room for dessert? We made room! After stalking Instagram and seeing posts of the Smores dessert at P&P so often, we knew we had to try it. It was WELL worth it! The dessert is presented covered in a chocolate dome. The server then slowly drizzles warm chocolate sauce onto the dome, and it starts to melt, revealing the Smores center.
Talk about presentation! The dessert itself is rich, chocolately and one of those dishes you’ll want when you need a big hug. A sweet comforting dessert at its best.
Needless to say, PRIME & PROVISIONS is a welcomed addition to the Chicago steakhouse scene. If you haven’t been yet, definitely add it on to your list of places to check out as soon as 2016 begins!
PRIME & PROVISIONS | 222 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL