Chicago >Food & Dining > Gale Street Inn Chicago
4914 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6063041.969859 -87.763029
Mon. 4am - 9pm;Tue. - Thu. 11:30am - 3:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 4pm - 10:30pm;Sun. 10:30am - 2:30pm
Neighborhoods: Far North Side, Jefferson Park
Don't have time to wait 20-30 minutes for a table? Are you missing one person in your ten person party and you don't get seated for over an hour? Are you noticing the poor service and quality of food? Don't get mad just drive up Milwaukee 10 minutes north for 3 miles to Chambers in Niles. You'll be very glad you did. Chambers has a much bigger menu. Everything that I have had on the menu has been outstanding especially bruschetta, pasta, coconut shrimp, grilled salmon and they even do an outstanding pizza! You will not be disappointed. They also have plenty of tables and parking. They have live music on most nights. The service is perfect. They have a full bar and a room with a proper bar. However, they do not have beers on draft which I think is the only minus.
Dress code is casual and prices are about the same as Gale Street.
Have been noticing that the quality of food and the service has been declining at Gale Street. The menu is also much smaller than it used to be. We recently had a very bad experience with the owner, George, and another lady managing the place so we have decided to stop going to the Gale Street Inn unfortunately.
in a downward spiral – Gale Street Inn USED to be my absolute favorite place. Everytime I come in the menu has changed and I can't get certain things that I specifically come there to get. They used to serve crab legs with butter over an open flame, now they just put the butter in a cup and let it coagulate (that's how Red Lobster does it, you might as well go there).
They won't take reservations for parties less than 6, which means you'll have to wait around for up to two hours just to get some boiled ribs and crab legs with cold butter.
Also, the last time I was there, the chairs were mismatched within the same tables, which is not super important but if I'm spending that much for dinner than there sould at least be an attempt to have a nice looking atmosphere.
Worst Dining Experience in Years – I as visiting Chicago, and asked a local what they recomended, and consequently ended up at Gale Street Inn. Talk about a disappointment!!! My sister and I were placed in direct line of the kitchen, we couldn't get the waitress to acknowledge us, and when we did get the food it had been burned! The men sitting across from us were slobbering drunk and it took several complaints before they'd say anything to them. Needless to say we left before we'd even finished our meal :o(
yeahhhhh for gale street inn. – gale street inn is a fabulous place for men and women both. we love going there. i personally love the steak and my friend loves the ribs. this place is amazing. defietly recommended when you go to chicago.
Steamed Bland Ribs – It is amazing to me that Gale Street end won the Editorial award for best BBQ. After reading the highly favorable reviews I made a special trip to try it for myself. The ribs are cooked in a steamer & finished on a gas grill. The ribs are fall off the bone tender as advertised, but so is anything cooked in a steamer. Anyone who knows BBQ knows that charcoal & or wood smoke is where it all begins. On a positive note, the staff is very friendly and the seafood is pretty good. Steam cooked ribs should note even be in the discussion for best BBQ. I hope out-of-towners don't judge Chicago BBQ by this quasi-BBQ. To be entirely honest the ribs at Chili's & TGIF Friday's are better (if charcoal/hickory wood is not a priority for you). I can name at least 5 places that would knock Gale Street out of the water (Lem's, Captin Curt's, Smoque, Honey1 & Kenny's Ribs). These ribs wouldn't even be allowed to enter a real BBQ cook-off anywhere in the South, especially because there wouldn't be anywhere to plug in a steamer at an outdoor cookoff!!!
Mmmmmm...RIBS!!! – Right off the Jefferson Park blue line stop you'll find THEE place to get ribs on the North/Northwest side of Chicago. They've been doing ribs here for years and have earned the title of Chicago's Best Ribs on several occations. They come in in ranges of 1/2 slabs all the way to full slabs and the meat just falls right off the bone and melts in your mouth. Try them with a combo of ribs and chicken or my favorite ribs and fried butterfly shrimp. If that's not enough, then go for the ribs and lobster tail. Best thing is, they have a catering service for all your party needs, especially during football season ; ). But ribs aren't the only great thing on the menu. I remember coming here way back to my youth and having the BEST meatloaf and mashed potatoes I've ever tasted. Heck, they're whole menu is good. A bit pricey, yes. But it's worth every finger licking bite. Anybody else feeling hungry =p?
Jefferson Park classic serves up tender ribs and comfortable atmosphere to a loyal crowd of families and commuters. – The Scene
In operation since 1963, this restaurant used to be on nearby Gale Street, but it moved in '69 to make room for the neighboring Jefferson Park station. Two large dining rooms with spacious booths and an enclosed bar make up much of the restaurant. Vintage photos of the surrounding area line the walls. Families and commuters just off the train--most with little use for a menu--sit down for burgers and barbecue.
The menu ranges from steak and seafood to sandwiches and pastas. Begin with baked clams--perfectly breaded and seasoned with just enough garlic. Juicy half-pound burgers served on toasted buns stand on their own, but you'd be out of place not ordering a full rack of the meaty, perfectly flavored ribs or a half-rack paired with lobster, shrimp or crab legs. The succulent meat and sweet, tangy sauce far exceed any praise you might have heard.
RIBILICIOUS – Keep the napkins handy for these fall off the bone ribs. Delicious barbeques flavored ribs and baked potatoe. I recommend this place to anyone who enjoys ribs.
Best Ribs in Chicago! – You can't beat the ribs at this place . They literally fall off the bone and are flavored to perfection . They give you several side order options to go with your meal . The chocolate cake is decadent and every chocolate lovers dream come true. Gale St. is friendly ,casual and a great place to take the entire family .
Great food, great value, worth a special trip!!! – When we lived in Chicago for over 8 years, we always loved to stop by when we could. And now that we don't live there, unfortunately, we still thought it was worth the drive to go there while on vacation in Chicago. Our family absolutely loved our recent visit, especially for the value that you get. You can spend much more for lesser food. The kid's menu items are a particularly good value. My 11 year old normally orders from the adult menu, but the 1/4 slab of rib from the kid's menu was more than enough. Best ribs he ever had, he said. It's not just steaks, either. I had a perfectly pan-roasted parmesan crusted ono (a firm, white Hawaiian fish). A top-notch, down-home neighborhood restaurant that won't break your wallet.
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