Rural Society | Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville | Latin American | Restaurant

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Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: daily

Price: $$$

Argentine steakhouse in the Loews Hotel from Jose Garces (Mercat a la Planxa).

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Iron Chef and Chicago-native Jose Garces returns home with Rural Society, an Argentine steak house inside the Loews Chicago Hotel that's inspired by La Exposición Rural, an annual agricultural fair in Buenos Aires. The showstopper here is the wood-burning parrilla, three grills flanked by towers of oak and hickory splits. It isn't just raw beef that's transformed over this crucible. Garces's chef de cuisine Cory Morris puts the grills to work on everything from vegetables to seafood, sausages to sweetbreads. This is not a formulaic steak house. His style is marked by judicious seasoning, authentic ingredients, and precise presentation. This is most evident in small plates of vegetables, potatoes, and charcuterie, such as an alluring plate of thinly sliced braised octopus delicate as sashimi, garnished with dollops of vinegary tomato escabeche and potato chips that are soaked in Malbec before going into the fryer. Huge vinegary grilled mushrooms rival the steaks for the meatiest things on the menu. But almost nothing can touch the morcilla—perhaps the richest, most potent blood sausage I've ever encountered. The best way to experience the terrific range of this menu is to go for one of two tastings, the more expensive version of which features an assortment of some nine dishes with an optional pairing of South American wines. With Rural Society Garces proves he isn't some out-of-touch carpetbagger, but a chef who really know what the city needs.

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$

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