Kith & Kin
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by botham:
3.93/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I'm not sure what it is about this place, but something just isn't right with the atmosphere here.
The layout is similar to any type of restaurant, regardless of cuisine. Noises from the kitchen give the front-end a less-than-upscale quality, but the food is on par with a nice place. Acoustics are the main problem; by closing ones eyes, it feels like a Perkins or Denny's, but by covering ones ears, it feels like a semi-upscale place to dine. Strange.
Quality and service are decent, though the first two beers asked for were out, and no subs were in line to be hooked up.
selection is above average; around eight taps, all of which are imports or crafts. Local Option is across the street, but they charge so damn much for beer that this place looks much better.
food is great; only had a couple appetizers, but they were real reasonable in price and very tasty and high quality.
overall, this is a place worth stopping by, more-so for food than beer, but the taps aren't anything to scoff at.
06-26-2010 18:33:49 | More by botham
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
Sean and I came here with the ladies for date night, good selection Olga... Right across the street from Local Option so this is a great place to start the evening if you're over on Webster and want dinner then drinks. When you walk in the bar is to the right, a small partition separates it from the restaurant. The atmosphere is ok, looks nice and new, very homey, but a little boring and just doesn't do it for me. The crowd is older professionals, late 30's early 40's, not a beer place or crowd... The beer selection was decent, 6 taps and 5 bottles. They had Goose Island Dominque on tap and Juliet bottles, some Three Floyds and Half Acre. Nothing crazy but something you can enjoy. This place is more for whiskey cocktails if you want a drink... The food was great. We got the tasting menu which had chicken liver pate, fried pickle, crawfish ravioli, fried chicken and peanut butter pie. It was all excellent and very nicely priced at only $55... Service was quick and helpful.
I wouldn't come here just for the beer or just to get a drink. However, a semi gastro pub that has really good food at a great price where you can happen to get a good drink. Recommend.
02-20-2011 19:21:42 | More by jrallen34
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Kith & Kin is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, offering fine dining right across the street from Local Option.
The interior is spacious, with a dining room on the left, and bar on the right, with a low partition in the middle. Clusters of framed artworks hung salon-style on the walls. Exposed brick columns in the front, dark plank wood flooring, with earth tone walls and a silver tin ceiling in the restaurant. The bar seats maybe 15, with 8 taps prominently displayed, dark cherry wood, with a mirrored back bar.
Beer selection seems to be in it's infancy, though mainly quality craft options designed to pair with food. Lighter fare on draft like Gumballhead, Flywheel, and 60 minute, bottles like Centennial IPA, Burning River, Czechvar, Aventinus also a couple RIS: World Wide Stout and Old Rasputin. So no great shakes, but good pairing options. Definitely no comparison to Local Option, but together they make a nice pair.
Service was really prompt and professional, the host was really friendly. Gumballhead was served in a 16 oz. nonic pint, and was extremely fresh.
Food was creative and high quality. There were a range of options, some were twists on hearty gastropub style dishes (poutine, mussels, "crocks"). We shared an eggplant purée + almond raisin relish, served with extra crostini pieces. Tagliatelle pasta was very interesting, served in a pea broth with mint and radish sprouts. Fried chicken thigh was well made, served with a morel & potato salad. Entrees are in the $15-20 range, and sandwiches/salads $9-15.
Overall it was a positive experience, i'd recommend having dinner here, and beers before/afterward at Local Option. An expanded beer list here would be even better.
2nd visit 6/10: Sat at the bar, to get a different perspective on the place. It was fairly cozy, the front windows were open onto the street. More of a crowd this time, and being adjacent to the kitchen made it a little noisy. The first 2 beers we ordered were out, Gumballhead & World Wide Stout. 2 of the 8 taps were also tapped out, which was disappointing. Great service though, and the pork creton appetizer was tasty and a perfect match with Flywheel on tap. Nice top shelf Scotch/Bourbon/Rye selections.
3rd visit 11/10: Beer selection has been knocked down to 10 bottles plus an n/a and a cider... drafts were largely the same save for Left Hand Black Jack Porter. Menu seemed more pricey ($20+ entrees) but largely the same too. Basically a date place for a nice dinner before Local Option, but don't expect a great beer selection any more.
06-13-2010 16:33:52 | More by emerge077
Kith & Kin in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.