The latest Bryce Harper news comes from TMZ Sports, who caught up with the outfielder at baggage claim at LAX Airport. Harper was asked which city has his favorite food, and once again, he mentions Chicago. “I like Chicago,” Harper said. “They’ve got great food.”
He was asked if he liked deep dish pizza, and he said, “Yeah. I like a place called Steak 48, deep dish of course.” He also mentioned New York, but let’s focus on Chicago here.
In addition to Steak 48 near downtown, Harper has no shortage of steakhouses in Chicago. A quick Yelp search mentions Chicago specialties like Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Gibson’s and RPM Steak all in the top five.
As far as deep dish is concerned, our Bill Melton loves Aurelio’s, who offers both Tavern Style and Deep Dish, and is a favorite in the NBC Sports Chicago newsroom. Harper can also try Giordano’s, Gino’s East, Pequod’s, Art of Pizza, and so many more. Other Tavern style places like Vito & Nick’s, Barnaby’s and Barraco’s are all featured on Eater Chicago.
Why stop at pizza and steak? Let’s not forget places like Al’s for Italian Beef, Carson’s for ribs, and if Harper wants to get creative, that’s where all the foodies can help with the pitch, in a city where Parachute and Smyth & the Loyalist both just made Eater’s “America’s Essential Restaurants 2018” list. And our Twitter follower @mares62J chimes in saying, “When Harper has a Maxwell St. Polish then he is an official Southsider!”
In Chicago, we have the food. All we need now is the free agent.