RB Grille

Jeff Catt
River North

Regardless of its chain status, Rock Bottom Brewery has carved out some respect in this town, thanks to local brewmaster Pete Crowley and his arsenal of limited-edition Chicago-only beers. Crowley has made the place a beer-geek destination, but recently the owners decided to invite the wine crowd, sprucing up the eastern half of the joint and rolling out a steaks and chops menu. We’ll give them credit for lower prices than nearby steakhouse competition, but the cut corners show: Delmonico steak shows almost no beefiness and lamb chops are flat and flavorless. Crab cakes are perfectly fine, as are two-bite desserts like strawberry cheesecake, but we still left casting wistful glances toward the half of Rock Bottom that remains a pub.

Venue name: RB Grille
Contact:
Address: 1 W Grand Ave
Chicago

Cross street: at State St
Opening hours: Dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 22, 29, 36.
Price: Average main course: $20