Chicago Style Dining In Philadelphia
They call it the Windy City, The City By The Lake, The Second City, Chi-Town, and The City That Works, but here at Hugo’s we simply call it by its name: Chicago. With a long and spirited culinary history, Chicago has given us the hot dog, the Italian beef sandwich, deep dish pizza, and of course, the classic Chicago Style Steakhouse. Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House’s sister restaurants, Gibson’s Steakhouse and Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House are both from Chicago too! What is it that makes for a Chicago style dining experience? Let’s explore some of Mud City’s (yes, another nickname) greatest dining trends that will make you feel like you’re sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan.
The W.R. Chicago Cut
If the name doesn’t already sum it up, this steak is our signature cut and deserving of the name. To honor the old stockyards of Illinois, deep within America’s breadbasket, this 22oz. Bone-in ribeye is the perfect homage to the Chicago steak house tradition. Hugo’s steaks are all USDA Certified Black Angus beef directly from the Midwest, and it shows, the W.R’s Chicago cut was rated one of Zagat’s “8 Must-Try Steaks Around Chicago”. Not too shabby!
An Old-Fashioned Chicago Cocktail
It’s almost impossible to talk about Chicago without mentioning its pivotal role in the formulation of some of America’s most classic cocktails. Chicago is the birthplace of the world-famous “Old Fashioned,” a delicious drink consisting of whiskey, bitters, and sugar. The original recipe was first introduced by Chicago-bartender, Theodore Proulx’s cocktail guide stating that “It’s the ideal Chicago cocktail,” not to mention is a wonderful companion for a good cut of meat. Experience on Old Fashioned crafted by one of our skilled mixologists and take a sip of Chicago’s history!
Oysters On The Half Shell
In the 1830s, Chicago saw a vast influx of New Englanders, and they brought with them the fondness for oysters that the city has never seemed to grow out of. By the early 1860s, Chicago became home to a number of “Oyster Saloons” and “Oyster Depots” serving up the decedent delicacy. Here at Hugo’s we continue to celebrate Chicago’s love of the oyster by offering Buck-a-Shuck Thursdays from 5-8pm.
The Freshest, Most High-Quality Meat. Always.
Chicago is known for its affinity for all things meat-related. When trying to have the most authentic Chicago dining experience, it’s best to embrace the large selection of cuts that Hugo’s has to offer. If you’re not in the mood for beef, we suggest going with our Heritage Duroc Pork Chop. In the true spirit of the Italian Beef sandwich from Chicago and a whimsical nod to the Italian Roast Pork of our beloved Philadelphia, the Duroc Pork Chop is accompanied by roasted red peppers, boccolini, and shaved provolone. Now that’s a tribute to two serious food towns!
Home of The Blues
Way down south on Michigan Avenue one can find the original location of Chess records, the birthplace of Chicago Blues and epicenter of American Rock and Roll. Artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Little Walter all made a name for themselves on the mean streets of Chicago. Hugo’s captures that same spirit and encourages our guests to get the full experience by offering a 15% discount to guests who attend night-of shows at The Rivers Casino. Dinner and a show, Chicago style!
Next time you need a little trip to the Windy City, but you just can’t leave Philadelphia, stop by Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House to get the real Chicago dining experience. A perfectly seared cut of meat, a plate of oysters, an old-fashioned, and some live music will put you right in the heart of Chi-Town. Book a table now and we’ll see you soon!