Craving something with your dinner? Try hitting up one of these Chicago-area pubs.
1. Fat Pig
The quest to find the world’s best pub grub began in England. The “Best Pub Grub in the World” tour followed a winding path from pub to pub, taking in 26 restaurants and cafes, all serving items from the menu in the spirit of The Roast Pub in Oxford, England. Among those in Chicago: Fat Pig, featuring a menu of traditional British cuisine and specialty sandwiches, snacks and mix-and-match plates.
8700 E. Madison St., 773-776-8301
2. Anthony’s Pizza & Tap House
Fat Pig’s inspiration may have been England, but Anthony’s is not just about the pub grub. The food of Brooklyn comes to Chicago, starting with the famous Fat Pig sandwich. Executive chef Chris Sosa said his bacon-crusted pork belly and cheese-topped burger satisfy both his and your hunger. He said the beef-and-herb steak is perfectly balanced between tender and crunchy, perfect for a gourmet date night.
Anthony’s Pizza & Tap House
1631 W. Webster Ave., 773-639-3020
3. The Fitz
People watch from a long, sleek bar when dining at this pub-style restaurant and beer hall. It features flat screens that display sports and classic movies, plus a list of handcrafted brews from the world’s best breweries. On Wednesdays, try the pub-style burger. It features beer-battered applewood-smoked bacon and smoked gouda cheese, topped with truffle-butter pickles and a beef patty. It’s more of a burger, but the beer-battered beets are worth the calories.
5941 W. Roosevelt Road, 312-244-1147
At this restaurant, chefs handpick produce from the farm and take it directly to the kitchen to cook. Each dish is fresh, flavourful and simple. The vegetable plate comes with caramelized onions and butter-poached asparagus. It’s perfect for splitting with a date. The stuffed chicken comes with green beans, carrots and walnut-stuffed mushrooms. You’ll have to wait in line for this one, so if you have to check in an hour before you go, be sure you have plenty of cash for the tip.
3557 W. Lawrence Ave., 312-685-1551
5. The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The big beer list is impressive at this restaurant, offering more than 100 beers from Europe and the Midwest. Craft beers are always stocked, and there are new brews added regularly. The three-tiered restaurant is the perfect spot for a leisurely dinner with friends. Try an appetizer of crawfish galettes or duck-fat-brined chicken wings.
The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
620 N. Michigan Ave., 312-698-7980
6. Chicago Grill
At this steakhouse, the steaks are supposed to be tender, the fish is supposed to be flavorful and the pasta is supposed to be perfectly cooked. At this upscale steakhouse, there is nothing too fancy to make it over the top. If you want to go fancy, go for the perfectly cooked sea scallops. If you prefer pasta that tastes like you’ve worked really hard to make it, check out the filet, enjoying some fun on a new online casino to recreate that Native American environment feeling.