Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston - Evanston
his true calling in the kitchen, making food, not war. A lover of jazz and meat, Miller put his name on the steakhouse, and today it’s a staple of the Evanston restaurant scene, drawing regulars, steak lovers, and jazz aficionados from across the city.
Pete Miller’s Seafood and Prime Steak hits all the right notes with its traditional steakhouse charm. White tablecloths and dark wooden chairs, amid wood paneling, are lit by warm light, cozy. A large bar is accented with a tiled floor and pressed copper ceiling, giving the place an old-timey, comfortable feel. Tiered levels allow diners an unobstructed view of the stage, which is often occupied by jazz musicians from near and far.
Better than just a jazz club, Pete Miller’s Seafood and Prime Steak serves up a delicious menu of steakhouse favorites to enjoy as you listen to the live music. You’ll be hard-pressed to get a ribeye and a show from a lauded jazz quartet anywhere else. This special combination makes this restaurant a standout on the local steakhouse scene.
Appetizers open the set with sharable dishes that range from rich and creamy to delightfully spicy. Roquefort-stuffed mushrooms will wake you up with funky flavor and get you ready for the meat to come. Ba
con-wrapped scallops are a miniature surf and turf, a beloved pairing of pork and shellfish accompanied by toasted pecans and butternut squash. If soup and salad are usually your preferred first course, the baked French onion soup is a solid player, and filet mignon Cobb salad brings a little steak into your starter.
With your appetite primed, Pete Miller’s Seafood and Prime Steak will take you right into the lead act with 10 incredible cuts of beef to choose from. The kitchen serves up the highest quality Angus, Wagyu, and U.S.D.A. Prime steaks, sourced from local farms with a focus on sustainably raised cattle. Utmost care is taken to bring out the best in the beef: cuts are aged for at least 21 days, then charbroiled and basted with herb butter.
The filet comes in a variety of sizes, so you’re sure to find one that’s music to your ears. The trio of 3 ounce filets offers three different crusts – parmesan, horseradish, and black & bleu cheese – for the diner who just can’t make up his or her mind. The filet is also available in 5 ounce, 7 ounce, and 10 ounce servings.
Big eaters will find a couple of steak options that are sure to set the right tune. The 16 ounce Kansas City strip will deliver with 45 days of dry-aged flavor and a mouthwatering tenderness. However, it’s the 32 ounce Wagyu tomahawk that will make your jaw drop. This massive marbled steak is served with veal demi-glace, caramelized onions, and roasted wild mushrooms. These juicy steaks are enough to get your toe tapping and your taste buds singing.
The quality beef doesn’t stop at the steaks. Pete’s Prime burger comes from incredible cuts of meat and holds up as an “awesome” choice, according to Phil Vettel from “Chicago Tribune.” Top it with your selection of cheese, or order it as a Juicy Lucy, a Minneapolis favorite with the cheese melted and gooey inside the patty itself.
If your hunger plays to a different tune, Pete Miller’s Seafood and Prime Steak has you covered with many tempting non-meat entrees. You can indulge in fresh fish and seafood, like the sesame crusted tuna or Alaskan king crab legs. Shrimp DeJonghe, jumbo shrimp tossed in garlic and sherry and tossed with breadcrumbs, is a Chicago specialty and worth a taste.
For meaty bites beyond steak, double-boned pork chops stick with the time-honored pairing of applesauce and sweeten things up with honey bourbon butter. Merlot-braised beef short ribs are served boneles
s over garlic whipped potatoes, creating one effortlessly delicious bite. Herb-roasted chicken is a lighter option, though no less flavorful, accompanied by roasted peppers and wild rice.
The joy of both great food and great music is the luxury of relaxing into each and allowing yourself simply to enjoy. Pete Miller’s Seafood and Prime Steak is the perfect spot, away from the hubbub of the city, to savor each bite, groove to each tune, and fully take in a steakhouse experience that you won’t find just anywhere, exactly as Pete would have wanted it.