We know you visit Toolmonger primarily for our first-class culinary judgment, so when we recently visited Chicago we couldn’t pass up the chance to offer you a review of a restaurant whose namesake is near and dear to us: the Weber grill. And yes, that is indeed a 20′ tall Weber grill right out front. And no, sadly, it doesn’t work. Maybe they just can’t find 8″ wide charcoal.
Attracted by the huge grill, we headed in to discover that the Weber Grill is pretty much a steakhouse. While they don’t prepare everything on actual Webers, they do have five grills mounted near the bar area where they grill bar appetizers and such. Your steaks come to life on a large commercial grill, along with burgers and fish.
We also discovered that despite the restaurant’s backyard barbecue theme, they have a dress code. Though they at first rejected Sean outright due to his (always) lack of sleeves, they eventually compromised and allowed us to sit on the porch. The cold, slightly wet porch. Then again, we grill in the cold and rain all the time, so in a way that added to the experience.
Oh yeah, the food: pretty decent, though since we didn’t manage to snag any of the appetizers off the actual Webers, it lacked that wonderful charcoal flavor we all love. More exciting than the fare, though, is the fact that they offer a number of classes to help you learn to get the most out of your grill at home as well as a number of grill-related holiday events.
Would we head back? Assuming we could hang out sleeveless on the porch, sure. There’s something special about knocking back an MGD under a 20′ Weber. And if they’d let us light it up, we’d shell out for one of those high-buck steaks, too.
The Weber Grill Restaurant [Site]