Over the past several years I've tried to rate the many Chicagoland steakhouses by always getting the same items: Bread/rolls Fried calamari or shrimp cocktail Caesar salad Small filet mignon w/mushrooms Garlic mashed potatoes I also make a note of the ambience of the restaurant and the service. Here are the results of my quest to find the perfect steakhouse: Best bread/rolls: Pete Miller's Steakhouse (Evanston, IL). While many places give you cold (and seemingly recycled) rolls, the bread at Pete Miller's is hot from the oven and infused with a light layer of garlic butter. I always have to be careful not to fill up on the bread. Honorable mention: Sullivan's Steakhouse (Naperville, IL). Best calamari/shrimp: Kinzie Street Chophouse (Chicago, IL). It seems rare to get perfectly cooked calamari (it's often overcooked and rubbery) but Kinzie's are nicely seasoned and have perfect texture. They also have a nice remoulade sauce to dip them in. Honorable mention: the shrimp "dijon" at Chicago Prime (Schaumburg, IL). Best Caesar salad: Chicago Chophouse (Chicago, IL). I like anchovies and lots of garlic on my Caesar, and this one never disappoints. Honorable mention: Joe's Prime Steak and Seafood (Chicago, IL). Best steak (small filet): Sullivan's Steakhouse (Naperville, IL). The crust has a nice peppery taste without being too aggressive. Honorable mentions: Gene & Georgetti (Chicago, IL) and Magnum's (Oak Brook, IL). Best mashed potatoes: Tavern on Rush (Chicago, IL). I went to this steakhouse only because I couldn't get into Gibson's one night, and I was very pleasantly surprised (in fact, I would rate TOR better than the overrated Gibson's in almost every respect.) For their mashed potatoes, they offer three varieties: garlic, horseradish, and wasabi! Honorable mention: Pete Miller's. As far as service, they all have been very good, except for Gene & Georgetti's (two bad experiences) and Smith & Wollensky (Chicago, IL). At S&W, one of my clients ordered the "special" Porterhouse, only to have it served raw in the center. After sending it back to be heated a bit more, it came back black -- as if they had hit it with one of those creme brulee torches. And then I saw the darn thing cost $64.95! To summarize, I think no one does a great job at everything but most are very enjoyable. My overall favorites are Sullivan's, Pete Miller's, and Joe's Prime Seafood and Steak. My least favorite (or most overrated) are Gibson's, Gene & Georgetti's, and Ruth's Chris. Any other steakhouse connoisseurs out there?