Michael Jordan's The Steak House - Oak Brook
Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, Oak Brook, is where to go if you’re a fan of His Airness Dine amidst his many photos and quotes, and eat prime steak.
Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Oakbrook plays on all the familiar themes of a traditional steakhouse, but with a few twists. For instance, on the starters menu you’ll see the expected tomato and burrata salad, as well as crab cakes, but also (and here’s the surprise) a salad with twenty-three (get it?!) ingredients, Key West shrimp hush puppies, and the restaurant’s signature garlic bread (it comes in two sizes; unless you’re really very hungry, or there are four of you, the small portion will do you just fine).
Then when it comes to the meats, most are served dressed with sauces and toppings. The prime 45-day dry-aged Delmonico arrives at the table with a tangy balsamic ginger jus, which cuts through the lushness beautifully, and the sliced prime strip is accompanied by caramelized onions, mushrooms and a red wine glaze. Of course, you can go commando and ask not to have any of these toppings…but why would you do that? You get all the steaks with spuds and either salad or (wait for it) Israeli couscous, which is an unexpected but welcome addition to the menu.
Lake Superior whitefish, cedar planked salmon and other seafood offerings are there for you if you’re not in the mood for meat (hard to imagine, but it could happen).
The cocktails are imaginative and delicious; we especially liked John Wayne’s Last Ride, a kind of Manhattan with chocolate bitters that works surprisingly well either before or after dinner. There are an immense number of wine selections by the glass.
For dessert, there’s the 23-layer cake (okay, okay, we get it), as well as a Nutella crème bruleè and other sweet things you may not have room for after the meal – but if you do, you win.