In honor of Halloween, Steve Dolinsky picks his scariest restaurants in Chicago. No, this has nothing to do with the quality of food or whether you can find more mice in the kitchen the cooks. This list focuses entirely on the level of service. Regardless if a place has wonderful food, service plays a big role in the overall experience. But for a few of these places, people just can't get enough.
What tops the list? Wiener's Circle, which Salon dubbed the most depressing hot dog joint in America. Dolinsky says no matter what time of day you go, the servers dish out a side of rude with each order.
Everything on the rest of the list really screams true. Whether we've been and have experienced it ourselves or have heard stories from others, these places make no apologies for their service, and frankly most customers don't give a damn. So what's on it? Gene & Georgetti ("It may be the oldest steakhouse in town, but so are the waiters"), Schwa ("Danny Meyer would cringe, as the phone is left unanswered and reservation requests not even fielded"), Il Mulino ("It was the only time I felt like a tourist in my own city") and Kuma's Corner ("burgers ... served by a staff that could seemingly care less about what you'd like").