Holiday eats and treats at Lloyd’s Chicago

It’s that time of year to indulge in all of our favorite holiday eats and treats at Lloyd’s Chicago. Lloyd’s Chicago is your comfort food destination in Chicago’s financial district. We offer a lunch menu and a dinner menu Monday-Friday and during the Opera season we are open for dinner on Saturdays. Lloyd’s is the perfect place to gather with friends for an after-work drink or cocktail because we are within walking distance to Union Station. So let’s take a deeper look at these holiday eats and treats at Lloyd’s Chicago!

  1. Seafood

Many cultures throughout the world have seafood as their main dish. Whether it’s shrimp cocktails, stuffed clams, smoked salmon, or seared scallops; seafood is an integral part of the holiday season.

History and culture:

Whether you celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, or a Swedish smorgasbord featuring pickled herring and lutefisk or a Hanukkah tradition of gefilte fish, seafood is a very important part of the holiday season.

Lloyd’s Chicago offers up some delicious seafood dishes for the holiday season. Try the Crab Stuffed Shrimp $18.95-Shrimp stuffed with crab drizzled with casino butter and served with vegetable of day, mashed potato, remoulade sauce, Pan Seared Scallops with cucumber mango salsa $23.95 served with arugula salad, and Sesame Seared Yellow Fin Tuna $23.95, Sashimi style, chilled Thai noodle salad, wasabi, ginger, soy sauce are all great options during the holiday season.

  1. Meat

What’s your holiday meat of choice? Beef tenderloin, prime rib, rack of lamb, or turkey. The image from a Christmas Carol with a grand goose at the center of table sums up the holiday season for me. This image with meat at the center of the table and a variety of savory sides to devour is classic image of the holiday season.

History and culture:

As referenced earlier, the classic American images of the holiday season have incorporated the turkey or goose. Examples of these images can be seen by Norman Rockwell’s art The Thanksgiving Picture or I’ll Be Home for Christmas featuring a large turkey being served to the family. Why the turkey as the holiday meat of choice? Well, it comes down to simple economics. The larger game birds could feed larger groups of people. The cow on the other hand was seen as more useful alive because of dairy production.

Lloyd’s Chicago menu features holiday classic eats. Choose from Filet Mignon Medallions $22.95 with blue cheese and veal demi-glace, Center cut skirt steak $21.95, marinated, char-grilled, topped with crispy onions, and Short Rib Gnocchi $17.95, gnocchi, mushroom, onion, veal demi-glace cream sauce, and braised short rib. These holiday eats are definite must have during the season.

  1. Libations-Holiday drinks

Eggnog spiked with rum, peppermint martinis, an old fashioned, apple cider, or a seasonal craft beer may be your choice of drink during the holiday season. Given that it is the time to celebrate all of the year’s progress, holiday drinks are great way to start off your holiday meal or as a nightcap before Santa heads over to your house to drop off all the presents!

History and culture:

It is said that Julius Caesar was the first to pass on apple cider from the British. As a conqueror, Caesar passed on many of the food and drinks from one culture ton another all over the known world. Apple cider became popular in Europe and passed over with the colonist in America. As the story goes, Johnny Appleseed spread apple seeds all throughout colonial America which is why the apple and apple cider are a big part of American holiday traditions. Eggnog on the other hand has its roots in Medieval Europe amongst aristocrats due to the expensive ingredients: milk, eggs, sherry, and exotic spices. Once American colonists found a way to harvest the ingredients themselves and add rum from the Caribbean islands, eggnog became a traditional drink of the winter season in the United States.

Lloyd’s Chicago is great place to meet up with friends for after work cocktails. Lloyd’s has an extensive craft beer list that features seasonally beers with unique flavors. Check out our wine and beer list as well as our bar food menu today!

Enjoy Lloyd’s Chicago’s After Dinner Cocktails

Mint Chocolate Chip Martini

-3 Olives Chocolate, Crème de Menthe, Godiva Dark, Godiva White and a touch of Cream

Macaroon Martini

-3 Olives Chocolate, Amaretto, Godiva Dark, a splash of Kahlua & Cream. Garnished with an orange twist

Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini

-Svedka Vanilla, Godiva Dark, Cherry Juice, and a splash of Cream

Key Lime Pie Martini

-Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka, White Chocolate Godiva, Sweet & Sour, and a squeeze of lime

Root Beer Float Martini

-Bacardi Light, Svedka Vanilla, Kahlua, Cream & a splash of Coca Cola

Angel’s Delight

-Svedka Vodka, Cointreau, Grenadine, splash of Cream

  1. Desserts

Pies, cookies, cake, oh my! These holiday treats are devoured my young and old. What’s your holiday treat tradition? Decorating a gingerbread house, baking cookies with mom, or devouring all the goodies your family made?  Holiday treats are here to stay.

History and culture:

The candy cane is a holiday season treat that can’t be missed. The origins of the candy cane date back to the 1600’s in Germany. The candy cane was once straight and all white. Later, the candy cane supposedly got its shape from a Catholic German choirmaster who bent the candy to resemble a shepherd’s staff. When the candy cane came to America in the 19th century, the red strip was added beginning it’s legendary status in the holiday season.

Lloyd’s Chicago offers some delicious holiday desserts throughout the year! Here a few of our customers’ favorites.


Peanut Butter Pie

-Oreo cookie crust and fresh whipped cream

Root Beer Float

-Homer’s vanilla ice cream and Barq’s root beer

Homemade Apple Pie A La Mode

-Granny Smith apples piled high in a cinnamon dusted crust

Hot Fudge Sundae

-Topped with peanuts and fresh whipped cream, finished with a cherry and mint

Pecan Tart A La Mode

-Topped with caramel sauce and your choice of ice cream

Chocolate Sour Cream Cheese Cake

Oreo Crust, Raspberry and caramel sauce

  1. Holiday treats at Lloyd’s Chicago!

Tis is the season to give and Lloyd’s Chicago loves to give back to our customers.

Lloyd’s offers up these daily specials for you to enjoy:

-$8.50 Validated parking after 3:30 pm in one south Wacker drive parking garage when dining at Lloyd’s Chicago.

Monday: 10% off bottle wine

Tuesday: $5.00 Cosmos, 1/2 off appetizers after 3 pm

Wednesday: $6.00 Lloyd’s Specialty Cocktails

Thursday: $7.00 Lloyd’s Specialty Martinis

Friday: Bartender’s Choice


In addition, get a chance at winning a $50 certificate to Lloyd’s Chicago!

Check in on Facebook, tag Lloyd’s Chicago on Twitter, or #lloydschicago on Instagram or join our email list for a chance to win a $50 certificate to Lloyd’s! Winner chosen and announced on social media the last day of the month. Contest runs monthly!

Lastly, check our blog “What’s Cookin” for recipes, special menu items and offers, and monthly contest winners.

Happy Holidays to you and yours….See you soon!