The stretch of Chicago’s West Loop, just north of Randolph Street, has some great restaurants. I love Bar Takito and La Sirena Clandestina. About a month ago, Swift & Sons, an American steakhouse, joined the mix.
Executive Chef Chris Pandel (Balena and The Bristol),
along with Boka Restaurant Group and B. Hospitality, have given Chicago a sprawling new restaurant with 400+ seats in an historic 19th century building.
Swift & Sons pays homage to the pioneers of the Chicago cattle trade, including Gustavus Swift. What better place to do so than in the meatpacking district?
Last Friday, I hopped the CTA Green Line to the Morgan ‘L’ stop and walked just 1 block north to Swift & Sons.
I’ll admit that I do not patronize steakhouses regularly. However, an occasional visit to Peter Luger in NYC is always a nice treat. So, I was excited to see what Chef Chris is cooking up Swift & Sons. Upon entering, I was offered the option of sitting in the “tavern” section or the main dining room. I chose the tavern side which has comfy booths and views into the main space. Another plus of dining in the tavern is that you get to order from its smaller menu, in addition to Swift & Sons’s full menu.
Everything sounded so good, especially the lamb chops and seafood. However, I was craving a burger that night. You might think that it is a strange choice for a fancy steakhouse but the heart wants what it wants 🙂 There is a “Tavern burger” which is simply done with lettuce and tomato and the “Fulton Burger” available on the main menu. Normally, the latter consists of 2 thin beef patties prepared medium temperature with lots of caramelized onions, bacon and Dijonnaise. However, my awesome server, upon learning that I prefer a medium-rare burger, surprised me with a single thicker burger prepared to my liking. Awesome! I so appreciate that level of service, especially since I did not ask for any special accomodation.
My burger was a perfect medium-rare with really nice char. Just the way I like it. The caramelized onions were sweet and the bacon was super crispy. Although this burger came with those super thin fries, I ordered this fantastic side of roasted “everything spiced” fingerling potatoes which was drizzled with dill sour cream. Loved it! I took half of the potatoes home to enjoy with lunch the next day.
What would a burger be without a cold beer to go with it? Swift & Sons has this wonderful Fulton Street Blend coffee ale by Goose Island Brewery (local). I really enjoyed the coffee and caramel notes in this brew. I will look out for it again. It complemented my burger well.
While I took a long gander at the fabulous dessert menu, I was too full on this visit to indulge. I will bring reinforcements with me next time, so multiple desserts can be sampled 😉
Swift & Sons is located at 1000 W. Fulton Market. It is open Sunday-Thursday from 4:30pm – 11pm and Friday, Saturday from 4:30pm-12am. Click here for more information.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Green or Pink Lines to Swift & Sons. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!