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Leadbelly - Portage Park

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Type: Eatery

5739 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, Illinois, 60634-2608
United States

(773) 283-7880 | map

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Added by MasterSki on 04-05-2013

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

I'm glad Portage Park has a place like this, there aren't many destinations in the area.
Beer selection was good considering the limited space. They had Anti Hero and Jinxproof on tap, plus 4-5 Lake Effect bombers and a couple dozen other bottled beers. The counter guy had volunteered at Lake Effect brewery and had good stuff to say.

The place was small with a cluster of tables, lots of Nirvana playing, and a Cobain painting on the wall. A few stools along the window to watch the world go by at Irving Park & Mango.

Friendly service, tap beer is served in plastic cups. Not really a place to hang out, but I'd return for a burger. Had tacos earlier so I just got a side of garlic Parmesan fries which were tasty, though sort of mushy. Overall a good place for craft beer and food in the area.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

So I finally made my way out to Leadbelly to try their much-lauded burgers.

A - Went on a Tuesday night around 6pm, and thankfully there weren't some of the epic lines I'd heard about. Still, nearly ever table was taken. Clean modern interior, with some diner flourishes, and a looped Stevie Ray Vaughn concert DVD playing - works for me. It's a counter service restaurant, and there's no bar seating.

Q - Draft beer was quite fresh, although one of the 3 lines was unoccupied. Unfortunately, I didn't dig the use of plastic cups. I suppose it saves on dish washing, but it's less than ideal. Not sure of the turnover on bottles, but the All Day IPA I had was much brighter than many pints I've had around the city. Serving temperature was fine.

Sr - I think the gentleman who rang us up was the owner. Very personal service; he came out and went through the menu options with us, letting us know the respective portion sizes and most popular items. Food took an appropriate amount of time for made-from-scratch burgers. They seemed very gracious to their customers.

Sl - 3 draft lines, two of which were occupied by All Day IPA and Anti-Hero. About 30-40 bottled options, including Zombie Dust; nearly all were 12oz, which was nice. I saw the Lake Effect guys dropping off some bombers, so they seem to be reaching out to local breweries.

F - Burger was great; perhaps a touch heavy on the black pepper, but otherwise quite excellent. Surprisingly low on grease, with the burger maintaining structural integrity to the last bites. There's a portobello and a chicken option for the beef averse. Loads of crazy toppings for both burgers and fries. Would love to try out all of them over time.

$2 draft beer on Tuesdays is kind of awesome. Food was reasonably priced; cheaper than Kuma's which makes sense given the location. Definitely an oasis in a part of town that is underserviced on the craft beer front.

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Leadbelly - Portage Park in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.
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