Duke of Perth
We went to a movie at the Landmark Cinema Monday night and decided to stop in at the Duke of Perth about 2 blocks away. We sat down and thought we might as well eat especially because it was 2 for 1 on entrees that night.
The vegetarian amongst us ordered a leek pie, the rest of us ordered fish & chips, bangers and mash with neeps (rutabagas!) and shepherds pie. Everyone was happy with their meals. I had the fish and chips, a nice-sized portion, not at all greasy which I loaded up with malt vineger. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. It's not easy to find good fish and chips even back in the UK these days.
The Spencer's bangers looked delish too. We also had a few Belhaven drafts, Blackthorn ciders and a few glasses of cabernet respectively. I tasted the Belhaven and it was creamy without bitterness but still full of flavor. I enjoyed my cider but I'm going for the Belhaven next time.
There was a little fire going which made it all the more cozy and the best part of all? Not ONE TV. Hallejujah for that!
Having lived in the UK for some years, I found the Duke of Perth to be the closest to a real pub experience that I have found in this city. I wish I lived closer because I would be in there every week...or maybe even nightly.
Duke of Perth
2913 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Have you been to Owen & Engine yet? I wouldn't say it's any more, I don't know, authentic, but I think the food is more successful overall. They tend to have 4 beers on cask all the time in addition to an otherwise impressive, and extensive, beer list. It's definitely feels more 'slick' but I'd chalk that up to its relative newness. Owen & Engine was definitely designed to look/feel a certain way -- something that Duke of Perth achieved by virtue of being open for 20+ years -- and that may be a turn off for some. Still, if you're looking for British comfort food and Duke of Perth isn't convenient, check out Owen & Engine.