There are a number of reviews of Next’s most recent Chicago steak menu. Most think it’s less exciting than previous menus (they change 3 times a year) and some complain that it’s more expensive, especially because they don’t think it’s the best steak in Chicago (http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2014/01/first-impressions-of-nexts-chicago-steakhouse.html). The meal starts with various takes on steak house classics. Some were excellent and beautiful like this broccoli and bread salad with oysters:
Others weren’t as tasty, but they were still pretty. Like this shrimp cocktail, which was just a bit mealy:
Now for the meat. I can’t speak to whether or not it obliterates every other steak in town (sadly I’d need to do more in depth research than either my wallet or waistline can handle). But I can tell you this was an excellent steak! I mean really excellent. The 30 day age added some real complexity without overwhelming the underlying meaty flavor. In the end I did end up sort of agreeing with the review posted above that I wouldn’t have minded just that steak and a glass of wine. But that’s only because by the time we got to the steak I was too full to eat as much of it as I would have liked. I mean look at this meat!
And I can raise a glass to that!