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Hamburgers and Stella Artois at Moonshine

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Jon Dec 7, 2005 11:02 AM

I discovered a great ‘burger at Moonshine, 1824 W. Division, 773. 862. 8686. http://www.moonshinechicago.com/

At $8., the burger was moist, tasty and had a charred grilled crust. Equally as good as the hamburgers recently listed in the, “Top Burgers in Chicago” article.

Ordered medium rare and there was pink in the middle, a rare event judging from my Chicago burger experiences.

In addition, on a bitterly cold Chicago day, the French Fries stayed warm throughout the meal.

As an added treat for me, Moonshine had Stella Artois on tap. The beer is served in a “moonshine” glass, a Mason Jar.

The jar is short and fat and looks quite small when compared alongside a pint glass. But, with the help of the friendly bartender, we discovered that this jar holds a significant amount more than a 16 oz. pint glass.

The Stella is a great deal for only $4.00.

Moonshine has a cozy warm, fireplace, but food is not served in that area.

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    zznoname Sep 22, 2006 12:59 PM

    Thanks, we'll try the Pepper Canister. The menu looks ok and there is something for the veggie loving wife.

    http://www.restaurantrow.com/ShowPics...

    1. leek Sep 22, 2006 12:47 PM

      Moonshine is also very smoky - unless they've gone non-smoking since last I was there, they attract all the people who can't smoke at other nearby places.

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        wak Sep 22, 2006 03:16 AM

        I've always been partial to the Stella and burgers at the Pepper Canister on Wells - a little Irish pub just north of the loop. They have a great, if very limited, menu, and good beer on tap (Guiness, Stella, and a few more). Nice big juicy burgers with crispy fries - plus some good seafood dishes among others. Being so convenient to the loop, it gets real loud and noisy on Friday and weekends as the night progresses.

        Not sure about the prices. It always seemed reasonable.

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          zznoname Sep 22, 2006 03:00 AM

          HankBaldpate, good work.

          At Moonshine, the draft glasses are closer to 16oz. I wrote some stuff above about the size of the glass in my initial post.

          (I think) Stella is getting pretty popular. There is a huge, new, fancy billboard just west of State on Hubbard and many people are suggesting their friends try it.

          But, having said that, the bartenders/managers I've talked too all complained about the price of a barrel. I've heard, at one time Stella was offered at a discounted price, but after that ended, many places dropped it - unfortunately, a bar near me.

          Drafts (16 oz.) are selling at PJ Clarkes on East Illinois Street for $5.50. A case (33 cl bottles) sells for a dollar cheaper at Costco than Sam's (around $22).

          Not important, just something I've been following. I can’t even remember the first time I tried Stella.

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            lili1 Sep 21, 2006 09:52 PM

            I am not a fan of Moonshine. The music is too loud to have a conversation and the service is not very good. Not sure why it's so popular.

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              Helper Monkey Sep 22, 2006 04:07 PM

              Interestingly, that's exactly the reason it's popular.

              The music is often being played by some of the best DJs in the city, especially on Wednesdays. So for the type of crowd who likes that music and atmosphere, it's a perfect place for dinner. On many nights, it's like a club/lounge atmosphere, except with great food.

              The service is terrible though, I'll give you that.

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              HankBaldpate Sep 20, 2006 05:46 PM

              Actually not that much. Stella is owned by Diageo which puts in very wide distribution so it's standard for an import I think. I believe a keg holds 15.5 gallons or 1984 oz. Assuming a draft is 12 oz that's 165 drafts. Subtract 15% for spillage, bartender theft, etc, and that's still 140 drafts or $630 at $4.50 or $560 at $4. Not a huge diff.

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                zznoname Sep 20, 2006 05:21 PM

                Stella draft is now $4.50. Many places, in response to my request that they get Stella on draft, said it cost $100. a barrel. Guess that's a lot.

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