Favorite Bar/Brewpub In Chicago (City Proper) For Food And Beer

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  1. bowzer4birdie

    bowzer4birdie Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2012 Illinois

    Lots of peeps don't do official reviews of great places they go for kick-ass beer and food so I wanted to raise the question via forum. Where's your GO-TO place in the city to get a great beer AND food experience if you could only pick one?
  2. stephenieman

    stephenieman Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2011 Illinois

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  3. nickMB

    nickMB Aspirant (284) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois
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    i doubt anyone will suggest anything other than revolution. (but goose has some pretty damn good food & beer too)
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  4. IAmJacksHopTongue

    IAmJacksHopTongue Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 Indiana

    Sounds like the OP didn't want to limit to brewpubs, so my answer is Kuma's Corner
  5. Drucifer

    Drucifer Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2012 Illinois

    Hard to pick one so I'll go with one that is rarely mentioned here even though it has great beer, amazing food, and probably the best burger in the city. Owen and Engine.
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  6. beersdmf17

    beersdmf17 Disciple (367) Jun 26, 2012 Illinois

    Revolution is great but I think my favorite might be Fountainhead. Great beer and amazing food. Some of the best I've ever eaten.
  7. dwduncan2

    dwduncan2 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Illinois

    Hopleaf, Dry Hop, GI Clybourn, Revolution, and Kuma's are my favorites in that order.
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  8. homebrew311

    homebrew311 Poo-Bah (2,476) May 19, 2008 Illinois
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    Agree with everything said but I gotta add Bad Apple to the list... Best food/drink prices period.
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  9. Vav

    Vav Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Why the hell would i settle for just one?
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  10. joe1510

    joe1510 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2006 Illinois

    If it's food and beer you're looking for both Au Cheval and Longman & Eagle are tough to beat. Both exceptional, L&E with a Michelin Star and Au Cheval with the best burger I've ever had. 3 Aces is pretty great too and seems to be overlooked by the BA crowd. The menu rotates constantly and I've had some great food there as well.

    RevBrew probably has my favorite brewpub food menu.
  11. joe1510

    joe1510 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2006 Illinois

    They do make a killer burger. Good choice.
  12. norcalhophead

    norcalhophead Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2010 Wisconsin

    Haymarket for their Mathias IPA, guest drafts and good food and the "hidden" gem that is The Village Tap.
  13. HumanParaquat

    HumanParaquat Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2011 Indiana

    Visited Revolution for the first time yesterday and thought the food kinda sucked. Anti-Hero is pretty good but I found most of their other beers mediocre.
    If I had to pick one place it'd be Hopleaf.
  14. DMBTattoo

    DMBTattoo Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2012 Illinois

    I like Piece for food, I can demolish almost the whole white garlic pizza alone...their beers are decent and Rev is just down the street.
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  15. joe1510

    joe1510 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2006 Illinois

    Somehow, someway, I forgot about Piece. They have the best brewpub grub in the city.
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  16. jtmarencik

    jtmarencik Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Illinois

    Along the same lines as L&E (actually the same owners) - Dusek's. They have food almost on par with L&E and have a better/longer draft list.
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  17. earth616

    earth616 Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2013 Ohio

  18. Redrover

    Redrover Poo-Bah (3,485) Jan 18, 2003 Wisconsin

    The Publican for food & beer, I never tire of that place and if its got to be a brewpub, Revolution & the Original Goose Island.
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  19. teledeluxe

    teledeluxe Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 Illinois

    Not that you asked for it, but I'm going to throw out my favorite places for beer and vegetarian food:

    Revolution: Tofu Revolution sandwich w/ blue cheese potato salad
    Haymarket: Vegan Burger w/ brewer's mustard, side of vegan chili
    Northdown: Vegan Pork Slaw sandwich w/ fries
    Piece: The Plain pizza w/ tomato, red onion and jalapeno
    Hopleaf: C B & J

    Man, I'm friggin' hungry.
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  20. MgoJohnStamos

    MgoJohnStamos Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 Michigan

    As an outsider without any previous favorites, Piece's food blew me away. IMO their beer is among some of the best I have had, and the white pizza is absolutely amazing. The neighborhood is good for people watching too while you wait.
  21. TTague

    TTague Initiate (15) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    Can't go wrong with Local Option. Food is solid (love the muffaletta sandwich), and the beer list is always fantastic, and rotates often.
  22. anticipation23

    anticipation23 Initiate (0) May 2, 2013 Wisconsin

    Hopleaf, and it's not even close. Au Cheval is too downtown wannabe hipster for me to justify going there when Three Aces in the South Loop usually has a way better taplist and bottles, plus a patio. Fountainhead is great too if you're up north.
  23. ackeeper

    ackeeper Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2008 Illinois

    The Publican is a must-go if you are looking for stellar food and a very good beer list. It is simply excellent.
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  24. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    I've only been in Chicago a month, but in my limited time, my vote is Bad Apple.
  25. bahns

    bahns Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2011 Illinois

    Dollar for dollar, there can only be one: Skylark.
  26. michman

    michman Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2005 Illinois

    Publican altho that might not fit the bar category.
  27. beergurujr

    beergurujr Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2003 Illinois

    McDonalds and a 40 in the parking lot.
  28. bowzer4birdie

    bowzer4birdie Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2012 Illinois

    I can see it's getting to be time to close this thread down...LOL
  29. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio

    I'll second this one loved the place can't wait to go back great beer selection you can drink GI bcs all night
  30. tanis

    tanis Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2014 Illinois

    Hopleaf ├╝ber alles. I like Piece a lot too.
  31. Zombie_Dust

    Zombie_Dust Initiate (107) Oct 31, 2012 Illinois

    Hopleaf over everything. How can you beat their muscles? Impossible....
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  32. TheDoom

    TheDoom Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2005 Illinois

    I always like Rocking Horse.
  33. jmk

    jmk Initiate (85) May 8, 2008 Illinois

    Do they beat the crap out of you with those muscles if you don't say they are the best?:wink:
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