Benny's Chop House
444 N. Wabash Ave.
Reservations: Accepted, usually not necessary
Neighborhood: River North
Expect to pay: $70-$90 for two
Ambience: Clubby and masculine; cherry-wood paneling, thick carpets, double white tablecloth. Bar/lounge is sunny, less formal, popular with leisure diners and after-5 crowd.
Who eats: Mix of business clients, tourists, neighborhood residents.
Why eat: It's all about the beef, despite varied menu. And you can have a conversation without raising your voice.
Dress code: Business-casual for the most part; tourist-casual not unusual. They're not fussy.
Noise factor: So quiet you can understand the lyrics in the programmed music.
Menu: Big steaks, big everything. Top-quality, wet-aged (some dry-aged) beef, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Dinner menu also available at lunch.
Reliable option: All-natural prime filet ($35.99), when you're splurging. Entree-size burrata and heirloom tomato salad ($16.99) for dainty eaters; light-on-the-mayo lobster roll ($16.99) for in-between. Burgers are so big and piled with ingredients that polite eating is a challenge.
Service: Restrained and professional, with a tendency to hover.
Cellphone reception/Wi-Fi: Good reception. Free Wi-Fi available (ask for password).
Contacts: 312-626-2444; bennyschophouse.com; Twitter @bennyschophousCopyright © 2015, RedEye