Bus: 65 Grand, 66 Chicago(312) 266-2300 www.eriecafe.com41.895003 -87.642175 536 W Erie St (at Larrabee St) River North, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $30
Businessmen, their suit jackets shucked and their ties loosened, fill every seat and corner of this hidden West Loop restaurant. It’s not the most conducive setting for eating dinner, but if you must, ignore the flavorless housemade ravioli and make a meal out of the baked clams and a steak. The meat comes completely unadorned, but it’s juicy and as big as your plate—and if you’re a real man, that’s exactly the way you’ll like it.