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Restaurant Review: O’Briens Restaurant and Bar

 Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money.  I am not being compensated for this post, and the opinions are completely my own.

After the race (and after a much needed nap) my family and I headed to Old Town.  (My brother lives in the city, and my parents were in for the weekend) I had never been to Old Town before, so I was excited to see a different part of Chicago.  We were headed to Old Town to see a show at The Second City.  I’d never been there before, so I was pretty excited to see the show.  In case you aren’t familiar, The Second City Chicago is where famous names like John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey (among MANY others) got their start. We went to see The Best of The Second City show, which is a show filled with sketch comedy and improv, similar to that of Saturday Night Live.  The show was really good.  It was very Chicago-centric – lots of jokes about the Cubs, and Chicago politicians – so if you weren’t from the area I’m not sure it would’ve been as funny.  As I watched I definitely thought about how some of the actors remind me of others, and how fun it would be to see them in bigger shows (like SNL) in the coming years.

After dinner, we walked around Old Town a bit to find something to eat.  (Side note: we went to the 4pm show, which was perfect timing to have dinner right afterwards without being super hungry, or having to squeeze it in beforehand!)  We ended up at O’Brien’s Restaurant and Bar.  From the outside, it looks like a typical bar and grill type restaurant, but in the actual dining room area on the inside, it is a bit fancier.

The menu was pretty diverse.  It had burgers, fish, vegetarian items, steak, and other entrees.  For dinner I chose the 8oz filet mignon.  I wasn’t planning on steak going into it, but I had just run a 10k that morning and definitely was starting to feel the hunger kick back in.  I got my steak with a baked potato.

obriensThe steak was done well.  It had a nice crispy char on the top, but the inside was still juicy and tender.  The baked potato was pretty bland and boring, but I guess you can’t really expect much from a plain baked potato.  I finished every bite of the steak and ended up leaving a good amount of the potato.

Other people at the table had salmon, Portabella mushrooms, and a hamburger and all of them enjoyed their meals as well.

Taste: A-, the steak was good, but the potato wasn’t great.
Cost: B+, my steak was one of the more expensive things on the menu, but other than that the prices were pretty average for a little bit nicer place to eat in Chicago.

Would I go there again? I’m not sure.  If I was going to get steak, there are places that I enjoy more, but I did like the variety of the menu options.

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