Taps: 12 / Bottles: 53
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Two of the my favorite and most authentic Chicago/Germanic experiences are found on this block on Irving Park. Resi's and Lachet's are conveniently located across the street (Irving Park) from each other are the venerable remaining veterans of a host of fine German bars that used to populate the near northside of Chicago. They are easily reachable via the Irving Park brown line stop (walk three blocks west).
Lachet's is a large room with two levels. On the entry level is the impressive wooden bar and a few tables. It tends to be populated with regulars, usually speaking in German happily drinking their steins.
Halfway into the space, the floor raises a few steps up to a dining area with tables. Red and white checkered tablecloths which provide a very Bavarian complement to the light wood bar and trim.
The place is popular both as a regular watering hole for some clientele, and a beloved restaurant for others. For me it is both. Ursula still runs the kitchen, and makes excellent German food from her own recipes. The Hackepeter is remarkable. I also love the leberkase (a crispy fried hamloaf/spamloaf/bologna with a fried egg on top). The spaetzle is light, seasoned with the perfect amount of nutmeg, perfect for sopping up mushroom or cream sauces from rahmschnitzel. The red cabbage is sweet but has a bite. The sauerkraut has chunks of smoked ham in it. So does the potato salad. Even the green salad was excellent (mesclun mix with real chunks of blue cheese). The food is high quality, well made and of course generally quite filling.
When you walk into Lachet's you are clearly entering Bavaria. But, even better than Bavaria, where they looked at me like I was crazy for wanting a doppelbock in the summer, Laschet's had Optimator on tap in late July and it was wonderful. Of course most beers this time of year are weisses or weizens or the standard pilsners or helles lagers. But Laschet's is nice enought to keep something dark on tap too. I love Laschet's.
They generally have 6-8 German beers on tap at any given time. Steins are 8-10 dollars which can seem pricey (The optimator costs more than the others), but remember, they are about a pint and a half of beer. The beer quality is also good here and there are no problems with freshness.
Sometimes the restaurant part is a bit on the sleepy side, other times there will be one waitress on and they will get very busy. When that happens the owners pitch in to help out. It is still a family run place. So, service can be a little slow, but usually they try to find a way to make it up to you by way of a dessert or schnapps.
The owners are looking to sell so I can't say how long this gem will remain. While it does, it is a great slice of Germany here in Chicago.
The ambiance is homey, but not to the point of black forest German kitsch (which Edelweiss, Mirabell and even Glunz have more of). It is more real like a real German restaurant. If you love German food and beer, I'd don't think you can do better than a visit to Laschet's in Chicago.
08-22-2006 01:23:49 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
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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
Laschet's Inn in Chicago, IL
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.