Michael Jordan's Restaurant
Basketball legend’s namesake restaurant serves up slam-dunk steaks in Oak Brook
Peppercorn crusted fillet with bourbon peppercorn sauce
Courtesy of Michael Jordan's Restaurant
Basketball isn’t the only thing that Michael Jordan does well. The steakhouse experience at his Oak Brook restaurant is a culinary reflection of his amazing abilities on the court.
From the moment you enter Michael Jordan’s, it’s impossible to ignore the many details that make the interior a nostalgic testament to the NBAs greatest player of all time — dream on Lebron. While the brown-toned leather seating throughout certainly gives the place an executive feel, it’s things like the wood-planked floors styled to resemble a court, the gym shoes MJ wore lining the back of the bar, and the wine coolers that look like trophies that make this more than just a place to eat — it’s a sensory throwback experience.
Between two main focal points in the dining room — the open kitchen and the giant, exposed, temperature-controlled wine cellar — there are iconic framed black-and-white photos of Jordan himself, all from his private collection.
The menu features a variety of classic American fare including starters like chicken wings, crab cakes and shrimp hush puppies, the latter a nod to MJ’s North Carolina roots. There are also several soup and salad options including my choice, the popular 23-Ingredient Chopped Salad that pays homage to Jordan’s jersey number. The salad is light but vibrant and not over-dressed, seasoned instead by the chorus of its own 23 unique flavors, with ingredients like asparagus, avocado, hard boiled egg and bacon, all contributing to the texture and taste.
Though the main menu is fairly diverse and features several fish dishes, it’s virtually impossible to ignore the broad range of steak offerings. While I went with a tasty, tender filet (served with béarnaise butter), our server recommended the Tomahawk Chop. “It’s as good as it gets,” he claimed.
The true steak connoisseur, however, may want to try the restaurant’s recently introduced “Steaksmanship Experience” featuring three signature cuts all on one plate — a 16-oz bone-in filet mignon; a 16-oz Linz Heritage Reserve prime delmonico; and an 8-oz Manhattan cut Mishima Reserve Ultra American wagyu strip loin. While pricey at $160, it is meant to be shared by two or three people and is accordingly served on a rotating platter. Steaks come à la carte so a side dish is good idea. I opted for the 4-Cheese Mac which was cheesy without being too rich and topped with a nice cheese cracker crust. Other choices include staples like a twice-baked potato, creamed spinach and hand-cut fries.
The wine collection is well curated without being over the top. It’s full of approachable classics, with something for every palette and price range.
As for desserts, the signature 23-Layer Chocolate Cake, frosted with a fudgy ganache and topped with whipped cream, provides a perfect shareable sweet finish.
1225 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, 630 828-2932
Crab Cakes, 23-Layer
Appetizers: $9 – $24
Steaks: $38 – $69
Desserts: $6 – $13
M – Th: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. , F: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. , Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Daily Happy Hour, ample parking with valet after 4 p.m.