Hobson's aversion to meat makes Gibsons, one of the city's best-known steakhouses, an odd choice for her favorite dining establishment. But the reason Hobson prefers the restaurant on Chicago's Gold Coast is simple: "They have the biggest sides." She's drawn to the "gigantic" servings of steamed broccoli ($5.50) as well as "the really excellent" spinach saut?ed with mushrooms and garlic ($11.50). Hobson also is a fan of Gibsons' garden salad, loaded with chopped carrots and other fresh veggies dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette ($4.50).
Aside from the bountiful portions, Hobson frequents Gibsons because the staff never gives her attitude for shunning entr?es. "Most fancy restaurants get annoyed if you just get sides," Hobson says. It's also an ideal spot for entertaining clients. "Gibsons has great energy," she says. It's not exactly quiet, but you can still carry on a conversation. When she visits the restaurant in warmer months, she prefers to dine outside on the patio.
Gibsons has a reputation as a place that's buzzing with chic Chicago locals. So Hobson, who was recently featured in a Vogue spread on successful, stylish women executives, fits right in. Yet despite her taste in expensive clothes, she is decidedly down to earth. After all, she eats her veggies.Gibsons Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St., Chicago (312 266-8999) By Lauren Young