Taps: 12 / Bottles: 53
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is it. This is the real deal folks.
Just about five blocks away from the brown line stop of Irving is a very non descript restaurant serving fantastic food and great beer to go with it. When you enter you are first in a bar then proceed upstairs to the restaurant. The place is just dimly lit enough to feel cozy but not too dark. Ethnic music is played inside surrounded by wooden beams and a few simple rustic items that don't make the place look too kitschy.
Super quality is obvious right after ordering just appetizers. Potato pancakes crackle with delight. The potato salad is loaded with great flavors of savory bacon and wurst, mixed with classic seasonings
Roulade doesn't even need a knife to cut it, the chicken paprikash is DEVINE as is the thick stewed beefy ghoulash loaded with black pepper. Red cabbage sides and the spatzle will not dissapoint.
Then there is the beer...
I have never been to a German restaurant that had ever served a distinct piece of glassware for EVERY BEER! I thought I was in Belgium for a moment. Ok well one glass was a Spaten that held my Altbier but of the eight different brews served each one had its own distinct glass complete with lettering too. About twelve German beers on tap, and several bottles.
Service is extemely pleasant, makes great recommendations, and even let us have substitutes on some sides. Not only that with all the beer and food the four of us drank it was quite reasonable in my opinion.
This is a place every body needs to visit if you love good food and beer to go with it. JUST GO!
09-03-2011 04:33:03 | More by smakawhat
4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Tuesday evening, 20 April. 7:30-9:30pm
Oh, thank god for yelp...and BA Beerfly! Midway through our respite at Hopleaf, S and I agreed (simultaneously) that German food was our craving for dinner. When in Chicago... Laschet's Inn garnered universal praise on the user-driven sites, so off we went, deftly wending our way through Northside neighborhoods, thanks once more to the trusty iPhone.
The 'Inn' isn't much to look at from the outside, a small yellow sign hovering above the entry and a forgettable kitschy/'rustic' facade. Inside, however, is another story: peppy German tunes, servers bustling about, old-timers in large booths and youngsters hoisting steins at the bar. It's all kind of a blur of happy liveliness - or as the Germans would say 'Gemütlichkeit'. We picked a small L-shaped booth opposite the bar (one the local fellas graciously offered up; 'just toss my coat over, wouldja pal?') and sat in the triangle between TVs showing the Cubs, the 'Hawks, and some random soccer match.
Our server was a jovial guy (missed his name), arriving quickly and asking our bier orders. He came back quickly with a brimming stein of delicious Spaten Maibock ('just tapped today, buddy') for me and an equally hefty mugful of Dunkel for the lady next to me. We sat a while and soaked in the atmosphere, marveling at how an unplanned afternoon had so quickly turned into such a wonderful pub crawl.
The food we chose was quite good: classic German fare, of course. Mine was a mountain of goulash, sided by crisp/firm spätzle and tangy-sweet red cabbage. S had a tasty plateful of the night's special, Paprikasche. All were served with warm, freshly-baked bread and the evening ended with complimentary Apfel Schnapps in a pair of shot glasses.
Didn't really browse the beer list for very long, but I noted a dozen German/Austrian taps (mostly lagers) and a lengthy list of bottles. Honestly, Laschet's probably isn't the type of place you go to drool over the beer list; rather you go to savor the wonderful composition that beer + food + atmosphere can provide. Loved the place and would certainly go back again!
Danke sehr, Laschet's Inn, for a memorable conclusion to our 12th Wedding Anniversary (2 days delayed)!
EDIT: Revisited on Sept 1, 2012, post Cubs game (a loss - shocking!) and took my Dad and my cousin and his girlfriend (both early 20s). Same excellent neighborhood vibe and fun service by "Jojo" - who was a doll, entertaining while pretty much working the entire room by herself. Had the Wiener Schnitzel with Spoetzl and sides of red cabbage and the most outstanding sauerkraut I've ever eaten. We all had a great time; glad to return (and I'm sure we'll go again!)
04-23-2010 17:55:46 | More by msubulldog25
4.58/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Top-the line. On the north side of Chicago you have plenty of options for beer bars with twenty handles and a hundred bottles from every corner of the globe to keep a beer geek entertained. This is not that place. They keep about 10 beers on-tap, several varieties. The three or four light lager seem to be the favorites of the old school German neighborhood folk. The other taps pur a variety of styles. On my last visit, Hefeweizen, Kolsh, Alt, Schartzbier, Berliner Weiss, and a few more that I don't recall. The bartenders are well informed and well spoken on all German styles. And the styles will move with the season. Aces!
09-13-2009 00:52:57 | More by MillySox
3.83/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is an old world good stop, for food and beer. At a lunch time on Friday only 2 tables were filled, the other a group that was going to the Cubs game (which was rained out). Kinda sad, but that's the way lunch goes these days.
The beer quality was quite good, including the Vitus from West....can't spell it you know who I mean, and two new Mieibocks, plus a bunch good of Pllsners, some dozen in total. They rotate quite often which keeps it fresh here. The bottle list quite extensive as well. Knowledgable bartender and server was excellent. She knew her stuff.
The food was good, I made a poor choice, but my friend has a HUGE sausage, the way to go. Sides were good and all well prepared.
Overall, a good choice if you are in that mood for German beer and food and can make it here for lunch.
05-18-2009 14:01:31 | More by robbyc1
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here after Resi's on a Saturday afternoon. Small old wooden bar area, with tables nearby, and up a couple steps. Again, just like Resi's, this place has an old, sort of historic feel to it. Right away I noticed that this place was much busier.
Good selection of German beers on tap, 8 or so of them. Standing out was Weihenstepahner Vitus, which was served in the proper glass. Hofbrau original, and another Alt stood out.
Service was pretty good. We had several different sausages, which were very tasty. We enjoyed watchin sports on the tv, and the atmosphere was pretty good. The place was busy the whole time we were there, so something must be going right. A very enjoyable stop.
05-10-2009 19:28:59 | More by Bierguy5
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Laschet's is right across from Resi's on Irving Park Road in Chicago and makes a great part of the "german pub crawl" in that part of the city. This place is a real neighborhood bar, with the regulars hanging out at the bar and talking sports, politics, and bier. I have been here many times (most recently this afternoon) and have seen many of the same people in their. Much like Cheers, everyone knows everyone and you feel at home here. The other german bars in the area are not nearly as homey as Laschet's and thus has a different atmosphere, which I greatly appreciate and look forward to.
The wait staff is attentive, knowledgable, and treats everyone like family. The new owners were there today and thanked us for our patronage; a real family feel to the place.
in my mind, this is the best German food in the city. It is well made from family recipes and cooked just right; nothing overdone or underdone. I had the rouladen with spaetzle and it was wonderful!
The bier selection is also well in hand, although I wish they had a few more hefeweizens on tap; but I'll cope. They have Augustiner in the bottle and that is a rare find anywhere, so I was most pleased and proceeded to have a few...
They also had fussball on TV, so it was great to sit, eat, have a few biers, and watch the matches, good times.
Overall, this is a great place to go if you want a true neighborhood bar/restaurant that is homey, friendly, and a great value. Maybe that is why I keep going back again and again and again.
03-10-2008 02:15:31 | More by nocheinsbitte
3.86/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by this place on the last day of my stay in Chicago. A fellow BA suggested that we go there for some Beer. I would have tried the food as well, but I had been eating all day and was stuffed.
The atmosphere is great, you really feel like you are at a tavern in a small German village or something. They have a nice display of steins including a huge one that the bartender says holds 15L!! They have a deer head on the wall, and lots of other decorations to add to the feel of the place.
I had a Julius Echter Hefe-Weizen. It was served in the correct glass and it was Beer-clean. Ok so I did actually eat something, I had a little sausage stick thing, but I didn't order any real food from the menu.
The service was knowledgeable, and friendly. The bartender had an answer for every question that I asked.
The bartender even gave us a free shot. It was a hard to swallow shot, but it was a free one. Something called Underberg.
Overall, it's a good place.
11-15-2007 04:27:40 | More by BrewSomerville
3.79/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
There is a glut of German bars/restaurants in the Lincoln Square/ North Center area but Laschet's Inn separates itself in terms of atmosphere. The Brauhaus is kitschy, Resi's is barebones, the Huttenbar is yuppie-infested and Carola's Hansa Clipper is...Carola's Hansa Clipper. Laschet's feels like a genuine restaurant with attention paid to comfort and coziness.
This service is quick and instead of a biergarten (which I find overrated) they have a street-front cafe set-up for outdoor consumption (and people watching). The selection isn't as large as some of the other neighborhood establishments but is quality nonetheless. I'll need to stop by sometime when I'm feeling hungry and not just thirsty to compare to my reigning favorite, Resi's. For now, this is a welcome second choice in the German bar department.
10-29-2007 03:53:59 | More by malcontent
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
First time in Chicago with my brother and a friend of German descent that lives in the great city, and the friend recommends Laschet's Inn...
What a great idea!
The atmosphere is quite difficult and our group of three was overpowered by a large group of about 13-16 guys whom just finished up a softball game and were drunk beyond the Bavarian Alps! Despite the loudness, the atmosphere was very homely, one I would expect from a real German restaurant with many pictures all around and the only beers on tap German, this place was for real!
The quality all in lies with the food and beer options coupled with the tastes of both. I selected the Chickenschnitzel with Gravy, Speatzle and Red Cabbage and man did it remind me of the times I lived in Germany. It was authentic to an exact science, but German food is meant to be simple... this meal while have a 0,3L of Optimator.
The service is unforgettable, we had this sweet waitress who could answer anything and was always polite... even when we left the place the bartender up front yelled out the "thanks for spotting by".
*Aside: The night we went they gave us complimentary shots of whatever they were offering... can you believe that... this is after I was completely satisfied with everything!
The selection for food was very typical Bavarian fare but I was a little disappointed with the German beer selections, mostly average beers from Germany, which is why the Optimator was selected.
As stated previously, not much to complain about when you are getting "the Bavarian goods" Only minor complaint was that the gravy served with the schnitzel was very weak, no mushrooms or thickness (not too bad).
The Value is right for a joint in North Lincoln Park, the meal was around $13 and the beer is $1 for every 0,1L, options with 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and 1.0L glasses, you can combination and have it your way for a very reasonable price...
Final Thought: If I ever make the move to Chicago, this will serve as the ideal German standard... and a very nice one at that!
09-08-2007 03:37:15 | More by mobyfann
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
2011: All is well at the inn... our bartender advised against some oddball bottled beers of questionable age, points for that. Great atmosphere with plenty of German beers and hearty food. Rotating seasonals and specialties. They rehabbed the divey bathrooms to clean modern ones, a big plus.
2009 pub crawl: Got some bad goulash here, felt sick until the next day...only thing I ate that day too :( Seemed to be an isolated sat. lunch incident, no problems since.
This was the first stop on the BA German pub crawl '07.
Laschet's has a nondescript appearance from the outside, but once you enter and pass through the swinging saloon doors, you realize that it's a well-appointed and inviting place. Lots of dark wood on the bar, wood paneling, and even stained glass. Lots of decorative touches, including a mounted deer in the back, and a large painting of rowdy, beer-drinking angels in heaven. A whopper of a beer stein sits above the bar, with a sign proclaiming it's 15 liter capacity...wonder if there are any stories about that one!
Tap selection was good, I started off with a Julius Echter Hefe-Weisse, then had a Gaffel Kolsch with my lunch. Both were served with branded glassware. Bottle list was solidly German, with a few Belgians and UK selections. The Thuringer sandwich I had was smoky and tasty, it came with soup, sauerkraut, and fries for under $10. Others tried the Weinerschnitzel and Hackepeter, which also looked good. Service varies, the bar has always been great, table service can be flaky at times. Waited 45 min. for food last time at a table. Fortunately, they offer a complimentary Schnapps after dinner, if that's your thing.
If you enjoy German beer and cuisine in any capacity, you owe it to yourself to check out this underrated neighborhood gem.
06-03-2007 20:17:26 | More by emerge077
Laschet's Inn in Chicago, IL
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.