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Good restaurant with good beer list?

Shaggy Jan 7, 2010 09:08 AM

Can anyone recommend a really good restaurant with a good beer list?

Places like Hopleaf, the Publican, Piece come to mind, but most restaurants seems hit or miss, or have 5 good beers but devote most of their attention to wine. Basically a place that isn't known for being beer-centric, but has a good beer list anyway.

Location and type of food are not a factor.


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  1. nsxtasy RE: Shaggy Jan 7, 2010 09:16 AM

    Have you been to the Gage? www.thegagechicago.com

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      amoncada RE: Shaggy Jan 7, 2010 10:56 AM

      The Tiny Lounge on Leavitt at Montrose and Lincoln serves pretty decent food...last time there, I had a BBK, NICE!! Great staff, pretty good upscalish small plates lounge menu, inventive drinks (best made when not so crowded), and decent beer selection.

      For more great beer later that night, check out the Huttenbar in Lincoln Square and The Globe Pub in North Center. Both places atract a fun and eclectic crowd.

      I second the rec for The Gage!

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        Shaggy RE: amoncada Jan 7, 2010 11:29 AM

        Sounds awesome. That's in my hood so I'll be going there, and the other places you list are in heavy rotation as well for me. I'd also include Glunz and Resi's. Not as many people, but really good german food, particularly Resi's.

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          amoncada RE: Shaggy Jan 7, 2010 03:17 PM

          From the hood eh? Yep, I'm a big fan of Resi's too. Never been to Glunz's, but I hear good things about it. Speaking of German food, also try Mirabels on St. Louis and Addison...although it's been a while so I can't vouch for the food. Great beer, great local 'regulars' crowd.

          If you haven't been, I've had very good Indian food at Essence of India and Iraqi (former cook from Babylon in Bucktown...best chicken, beef, or lamb Shawerma in town!!) cuisine at Mediterranean Grill, both in Lincoln Square on Lincoln at Wilson.

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            hoppy2468 RE: amoncada Jan 7, 2010 05:18 PM

            For something different, Brasserie Jo has really expanded their beer offerings.

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              lbs RE: amoncada Jan 8, 2010 06:57 AM

              Amoncada - I ate at the former restaurant (can't remember the name) that Mediterranean Grill is at now and I found it horrible. But M.G is good? That is excellent news. The prices look fair (I walk past there all the time) and BYOB to boot. I'll have to check it out. In this weather, walking to Kedzie can be a chore. Thanks for the recommendation.

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                amoncada RE: lbs Jan 9, 2010 11:15 AM

                Yeah, that place was pretty bad...and so were the previous couple of restaurants.

                Mediterranean Grill is pretty fantastic!!! Try their lentil soup, green potato app, and the chicken shawerma, YUM!!

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          jfranci3 RE: Shaggy Jan 8, 2010 06:33 AM

          Hopleaf is a awesome beer bar with great food. www.hopleaf.com
          Andersonville is a cool neighborhood too!

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            jbw RE: Shaggy Jan 8, 2010 07:01 AM

            Goose Island on Clybourne has been working hard on its menu lately. You might want to give it a look, since the beers are always worth sampling:


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              jbontario RE: jbw Jan 8, 2010 07:55 AM

              Try Hop Haus on Franklin and Erie. Nice selection of beers and very good bar food. Beers range from De Koenigshaven Belgium to Doggie Style Ale.
              Tons of specialty burgers, big salads, and other items that are always very good. Don't expect haute cuisine but it's one of my standards for Saturday football or weeknight basketball. Turns into a psuedo (read, cheesy) club-type place thurs-sat nights after 10.

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                Shaggy RE: jbontario Jan 8, 2010 09:11 AM

                I remember the club thing at 10, it's weird right? I agree about the beer and food, a great fall back, until 10 that is.

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              mojava RE: Shaggy Jan 8, 2010 09:20 AM

              Crust in Bucktown has a good selection of local and regional beers as well as some pretty good think crust pizza.

              Also just ate at State and Lake at the Wit hotel. Large selection of beers on tap and more in bottles. Decent food as well.

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                Shaggy RE: mojava Jan 8, 2010 12:11 PM

                Awesome, thanks

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                kemmek RE: Shaggy Jan 8, 2010 04:42 PM

                Sola has a pretty good beer list and great food. I just went there last week and was pleasantly surprised, since it seems to be under the radar.

                I also agree about the Gage.

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                  Shaggy RE: kemmek Jan 9, 2010 12:49 PM

                  I love Sola, and agree about the Gage, although I wish they were a little less pricey. Also try Uncommon Ground (on Devon or near Wrigley), they have a good regional list, although not a big list.
                  We tried Bad Apple last night, awesome beer list but their burgers were bad, which is pretty bad considering they are a burger restaurant. I would probably try it again though just for the beers, maybe they had a bad night.

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                  ems RE: Shaggy Jan 9, 2010 03:42 PM

                  The Publican has a great beer list and of course fantastic food.

                  1. Alan N RE: Shaggy Jan 9, 2010 03:56 PM

                    Very nice tap selection. Well above average bar grub and then some. Some of the food is Asian influenced.

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