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fluffheady (100) Chicago, Illinois | April 22, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Farmhouse is a bit of an awkward anomaly to me. On one hand, I absolutely love the idea. They serve only American craft beers and spirits, and all of the food is locally sourced. Thereís a rustic charm to the design, thereís communal tables all over, and the food is really good. On the other hand, I feel like this place misses a bit with the execution. The atmosphere and the prices are fine dining, but the portion sizes and service were not. The staff felt a bit under-trained on their beer list and the service was slow and erratic. The food was good, but I didnít feel like I got value for what I paid for. Is this a tavern or is this a restaurant? Either way, I wouldnít count this as a must-visit beer destination, but itís a nice downtown hangout.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in here for dinner recently, walked by awhile back before they opened and noticed the illustrated livestock silhouettes in the window. Didnít realize it was a reservations needed type of place, especially on a Tuesday. "Craft Tavern" was emblazoned on the front window. We were seated at an awkward communal table (with metal stools) up front, right next to the door, staring out at the bus stop... it felt like we werenít even in the restaurant.
The decor was well thought out, with rustic and eclectic touches like dim wire-framed lamps above the bar, and worn tin tiles on the walls and ceiling. In the front area there was a host stand, and a large mural on a metal panel against an exposed brick wall painted white. Behind the bar, two columns were painted black with chalkboard paint, detailed with various lists of taps and farms where the food is sourced from. Rough hewn beams served as shelving behind the bar, with an eclectic mix of jars, bottles, and curios displayed high above. Even a row of empty CBS bottles, which werenít listed on the menu.
The space itself was pretty small, and I could see it getting jammed on weekends. There was an upstairs also, but it was closed for a private event. The bar seated 20 maybe, with a handful of booth tables opposite the bar.
Beer selection was locally focused, as was the food. Taps were broken out by state, and anything from outside the midwest was an "import". Breweries represented: FFF (Dreadnaught, Region Riot), Metropolitan (Iron Works, Flywheel), Half Acre (Gossamer, Daisy cans), Local Option (Dampf Loc), Emmettís, Two Brothers, Goose, Tyranena, Central Waters (Satin Solstice), Greenbush, Jolly Pumpkin (3-4 bottles), Dark Horse, Boulevard (Tank 7), Stillwater (Stateside Saison). More bottles from Great Lakes, New Holland, Founders, Brooklyn, and more, including a few Belgians and Mikkeller.
Table service was timely enough, and they were able to describe some of the beers. Glasses should be mandatory with craft bottles, they shouldnít need to ask. The odd seating was really the only issue with service here, but it seemed they were pretty short on space at this "tavern". Food was good, the curds, salad, amish chicken, and bread pudding were all tasty dishes. Gluten-free items were marked, but vegetarian items were few.
Dinner for two with drinks was $50-60, so itís not at all cheap. Draft prices are what youíd expect for River North, $6-8 on average, bottles higher. Iíd return for after dinner drinks or dinner with reservation next time, the beer and food is solid.
jrallen34 (437) Chicago, Illinois | February 22, 2014
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 7/20
Iíve heard great things, but extremely disappointing. They take the farm to table to far, its not unique anymore, comes off trying to hard. Beer list is ok, all local stuff, nothing rare or a reason to visit here because of beer. Service was way slow. The food was very average. Donít bother.
podey (57) New York, New York | May 18, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice atmosphere at this place. Had dinner/drinks at the bar. Barstools were a tad uncomfortable. Selection of beer on tap was pretty interesting, lots of locals which was great. Have to admit I was really looking forward to the food menu at this place my dinner choice was a little bland and dry (poblano/mushroom veggie burger) so I was slightly dissapointed in the food. Serivce was pretty good, although baretender was very busy.
DuffMan (279) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 9, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
My wife and I loved the vibe of this place. The theme is Support Local in both the food and the beer (the tap list tells you how far away in miles each brewery is), and all the ingredients for the menu are sourced locally. We had already eaten so did not order food, but the meals we saw going out looked amazing. This is at the top of our list to return to-- very cozy, intimate, Bohemian vibe as well. Loved it.
dinkle50 (77) Chicago, Illinois | November 24, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve been here a few times for just food and for drink. Beer selection is solid with lots of options on tap. Nice bottle selection too. Food is really tasty but is a little pricey. Just an FYI, all the beers are for the most part local to IL, IN, WI and MI.
argo0 (216) Washington DC | October 9, 2012| Updated February 24, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Went there for a late-night dinner with two non-beer drinkers, and all of us really enjoyed ourselves. It was very loud inside, but we sat outside and were able to converse easily despite being next to the street. Great food, great beer, and a knowledgeable waitress. Prices were eminently reasonable for the quality of the products -- Iíd definitely go back next time Iím in town.
3fourths (1272) Boulder, Colorado | July 5, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
a new gastropub on the western edge of the gold coast, it has a comfortable interior with a about a dozen taps, most of them new or interesting to me, including a few new small producers. my only complaint was the over-enthusiastic bartender (young Indian-looking kid) who very clearly had just learned all sorts of things about beer and rather than calibrate his questions, suggestions and responses to the customers, would brain-dump everything he learned, accurate or not, onto the customers as if they were as new to beer as he was. I hate to think how a brewer would feel to walk in this place and be talked down to by this kid and his 3rd-grade book report on craft beer. food/ambiance/selection would get it an 80 from me, as I think itís one of the best combinations of food and drink in the city, but this kid affected my experience so much I have to bump the score down.
msante79 (341) Mount Prospect, Illinois | May 10, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Canít believe this wasnít in the database. Located in River North area. Nicely decorated two-story restaurant with lots of wood that focuses on local ingredients and the tap light loaded with local regional brews. Unfortunately we did not make it there before the kitchen closed, but stayed late enough to close out the place. Tap selection was awesome. Must be friends with guys at Local Option and Against the Grain as they had multiple tap handles for each brewery. Ideal place for someone visiting Chicago and staying downtown. Canít wait to go back to grab some dinner. Service was great too.
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