Petterino’s has a new menu. They have a Lobster Roll for $27.95 served with French fries. This seems a little pricy but I will withhold my judgement until someone treats me to one.
In the meantime I will contend myself with many of the less pricy Lobster Rolls around town including: Luke’s Lobster ($16); Acadia’s roll served with their housemade vinegar chips ($18); Da Lobsta's, 'simply' delicious roll made from Maine lobster flown in daily ($12); III Forks authentic roll ($17) or maybe even splurge on Fish Bar’s $22 quarter-pounder roll—while wondering what makes Petterino’s roll worth nearly $30.
Overall Petterino’s menu has not changed a lot. They still have most of their salad creations named after famous Chicago legends and landmarks such as the Irv Kupcinet Chopped Salad formerly priced at $11.95, now $13.95; and The Fritzel small salad (Boston lettuce, hearts of palm, tomatoes, avocado, lorenzo dressing), formerly $6.95, now $8.95.
What’s missing? The wedge. The small Judge Rizzi Iceburg Wedge has been my go to meal since Petteriono’s (150 N. Dearborn) opened their doors in the heart of Chicago’s Theatre District in 2001.
The large crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce, swimming in blue cheese dressing, blanketed with a healthy topping of chopped crispy thick bacon, chunks of real blue cheese and diced tomatoes was the perfect comfort food at the perfect price point.
The small wedge at $6.95 was generously sized with a large wedge available for bigger appetites at $11.95.
For me, this was a no-brainer. I could go to the restaurant before or after the theater, sit in the bar, outside or in the dining room and order my salad without having to look at the menu.
The wedge along with a glass of wine or a cocktail from Petterino's selection of retro spirits was perfect. If still hungry, their large peppermint sundae with hot fudge sauce served as the perfect finale at $8.
Since, I review a lot of shows in the area, I have always found Petterino's the perfect place to dine--year-round--but especially on a sub-zero winter night. You can valet park, go to the restaurant and walk to nearby theaters. If you're going to the Goodman, you can enter the theatre from the restaurant without even stepping outside.
Last night when I went to Petterino's, before attending the opening of 'Dirty Dancing,' I discovered my beloved wedge was NLA--no longer available.
At this point, I have no information as to why the wedge was exiled as it always seemed ideal for their steakhouse menu.
The iceberg wedge is a staple at many Chicago restaurants and a tradition at Chicago's great steakhouses including Chicago Cut, Joe’s Seafood, Gibsons, DMK Burger, Shaw’s Crab House and Mastro’s to name a few.
Why Petterino's dropped this Midwest classic is a mystery which I will try to solve.
Until then, I guess, I'll have to start walking a little farther to the theater.
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