We are so pumped that our product, MojoBistro, is nominated for a 2013 Chicago Innovation Award!
We feel like celebrating. What better place to hold a celebratory dinner this weekend in Chicago than Mastro's! Before you try to bribe the hostess into giving you a last minute reservation, check out our Restaurant Rave that was previously posted on MojoBistro's blog. Go Bears!
Mastro's Steakhouse, Chicago: Review by Kate Currin Seiferth
The first time we dined at Mastro’s on Dearborn in Chicago,
the server asked us if it was a special occasion. It wasn’t for us, but it was
clear why she asked. This place oozes sophistication with its polished finery,
high-end menu, high-class servers, bustling bar, and cosmopolitan crowd. You
definitely want to dress up for this dining experience because Mastro’s
Steakhouse was clearly created for birthdays, anniversaries, and any occasion
worth celebrating in style with fantastic food and even better company.
Even though we had reservations, we
started off our evening in the lively bar area. Once you enter the doors of
Mastro’s, the effervescent bar crowd beckons with the nightly piano bar and
entertainment. We squeezed up to the bar and ordered Mastro’s Cosmos, which
came clad in a billowing fog of dry ice. The bar customers oohed and awed all
around us and I saw at least three ladies immediately order Cosmos. The
pleasant hostess then escorted us to a cozy, semi-private table in the upstairs
dining room. Even in the dining room, the diners were buzzing with excitement.
People clearly love to be in this place.
All around us were seafood towers,
which is obviously a popular appetizer on the menu. Pick and choose what you
want on your seafood tower. We went for the oysters Rockefeller appetizer and
they were delicious. No time for salad. We dove straight into the Mastro’s
bone-in filets cooked medium rare and served perfectly to our order on a
sizzling plate. The juicy filets were served up on plates so hot you could fry
an egg. The Brussels sprouts tasted more like dessert than a vegetable. We
ogled the lobster mac and cheese on the table next to us but saved our
appetites for the butter cake, oh the butter cake. Mastro’s most popular
dessert is a melt in your mouth cake full of butter served up with a small
scoop of ice cream and a magnificent side helping of homemade whipped cream.
The couple at the table next to us joked about sharing it with us, but we don’t
share our butter cake.
We went back again for a special
occasion and ordered the same exact meal. It was just as fabulous the second
time around. The following day, one of the delightful hostesses called and
thanked us for dining with Mastro’s. She said they were looking forward to
seeing us again soon. We will be back for steaks and a Mastro’s Cosmo or two or
three for New Year’s Eve.
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