Rockit Bar & Grill (Restaurant/Bar, River North/Wrigleyvile)

Location: 22 W. Hubbard
Phone: 312.645.6000
Website: http://rockitbarandgrill.com
Cuisine: American
Reservations: Recommended

A Billy Dec production, Rockit Bar & Grill combines an upscale River North feel with great food and an atmosphere perfect for cocktailing. A good place to grab dinner with friends, an after-work drink, or a late evening post-dinner cocktail. Definitely in the River North price range ($$), but this a good place to go with groups to celebrate and share.

On our most recent visit we started with the rockcorn shrimp — a large portion of small, fried rockcorn shrimp in a chili lime sauce. The shrimp was crispy and well cooked and there was plenty to share. We also shared an order of the entree buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese as an appetizer. Wow. Sinful. Delicious. Mmmmm. I do recommend sharing a portion, as I think one would explode if they attempted to eat it on his or her own. We literally could not stop eating it. Also noteworthy, the service was VERY fast. Everything comes out almost immediately, so if you want to pace yourself, pace your ordering. The service is friendly and will help you out.

For entrees we got a southwestern chopped salad, a couple Rockit burgers, a lobster burger, and a pulled pork. The southwestern chopped salad was really good, but I could have done without the peanuts — they didn’t seem to fit the southwestern-taco-salad-type theme. The lobster burger was rich and exactly what you would crave in a seafood burger. The Rockit burger was really where the upscale bar food shined, arriving in all its kobe beef glory. The meat itself was excellent, make sure to try a bit on its own. And this must be why they leave it lightly accompanied, with a melted brie, a very light bit of aioli, and some fried shallots. Maybe its because there are such amazing burgers in the city these days (Kuma’s, Bad Apple, DMK), but I was underwhelmed. Maybe three years ago this would have floored me. A very good burger, sure, but worth the $19 price tag? The truffle fries were well seasoned, but for truffle fries I prefer a thinner cut.

They feature some good beers (though nothing too extensive in the realm of craft brews), as well as a very tempting cocktail and martini list. This bar is packed on most nights with good-looking 20-40 somethings sipping on their choice beverage. The exposed brick and high ceilings complement the large dining room with sleek and minimal decoration. They also have a lounge upstairs, available to rent for private parties, with pool tables and several flat screens.

There’s also a location in Wrigleyville.

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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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