Brasserie Jo

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Type: Bar, Eatery

59 W Hubbard St
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-4603
United States

(312) 595-0800

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Added by malcontent on 05-03-2008

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by semihobo:
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Have been a half-dozen times, my family always picks it for special occasions. Fancy French food, you can scope out their menu on time. They ditched their old vegetarian option (a mushroom thing) for two newer ones. I had the vegetable crepe this week and it wasn't very impressive. I don't think too much of their desserts either, although their fish was good (the skate) when I used to eat it.

Atmosphere is upscale, kind of cool, I go on weeknights but it's probably trendier feeling on a weekend. Dress up a little. Quiet music but at a level that is fine for having a conversation.

The beer selection can also be viewed online, it is quality not quantity. They don't say which are bottles and which are taps but each of their beers were named under a sign that said "pression" and indicated they were taps. The beer selection isn't overwhelming but they have St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap... I had an Ommegang Hennepin. It was fresh, delicious, with a large serving in a branded glass at a not-too-cold temperature. Very tasty.

Probably a better joint for a meat eater, nice atmosphere, a good date spot I think. Valet parking is $10. And the beer list isn't super long, but you can't drink them all in one night anyway, so this wouldn't be a bad place to come for some beers.

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4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Brasserie Jo may now be under the umbrella of restaurant giant, Lettuce Entertain You, but don't mistake this for anything less than a Jean Joho-run (read: quality) establishment.

First and foremost, this is an eatery first as the dining room dominates the place. However, the bar itself is a handsome recreation of a glass and mirrors-laden, art deco watering hole right out of the 20's. While I walked up to the bar to chat with the tender, everything I consumed was at my table. I enjoyed an excellent meal of the humble beef tongue prepared with typical Chef Jo flair. This particular night I enjoyed a Jenlain St. Druon and a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour. My wife ordered the Allagash White and Hopla!, the house beer (contract brewed by Two Brothers which, from what I could tell, was likely the Prairie Path Golden Ale in disguise).

Nothing on the beer menu was especially rare although I appreciated that it was nicely focused and chosen with food pairings in mind. Furthermore, Brasserie Jo gets extra points for it's location in a part of town that is rife with out-of-towners and business travelers looking for nothing more than Heineken or Miller. Here they are offered a cut above. I could see this place as a godsend if I were holed up in one of the many nearby hotels and wanted a short walk for beer I could actually care about.

I will not be making this a repeat destination with anything but food in mind from by comfy and spoiled perch in Lincoln Square, but I'd be happy to strongly recommend this as a stop for those staying downtown with limited transportation options. A surprising find for me.

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Brasserie Jo in Chicago, IL
4.03 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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