don_zouras (19) Elgin, Illinois | May 9, 2010
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 9/15
- FOOD 7/10
- VALUE 7/10
- OVERALL 14/20
The Elgin Public House does not make their own beer, but their website promised a good selection of bottled beer and scotch along with better than average pub grub.
As is usual for me, I visited this establishment on a Saturday afternoon. I parked across the street in a free parking garage.
As we walked in it was pretty empty and we had our choice of seating. We chose to sit at a table in the small bar area. The decor was just what we like with a minimum amount of TVs and plenty of dark wood. Nothing too fancy. There was music playing at a reasonable volume that still allowed us to converse.
The bartender/waiter arrived promptly with menus. I started with an Aberlour scotch on the rocks and my wife had a Victory Golden Monkey.
The beer was served ice cold, but that can be resolved with a little waiting. The scotch was a new find for me and it was delicious.
After our first drink, we ordered food. The bucket of bones (ribs) was tasty. The "filet" steak sandwich was a little tough, but tasty. Both meals were served in small buckets. I wasnít particularly fond of this presentation.
Another round of beers and we were feeling full and happy.
Overall I enjoyed the Elgin Public House and I will definitely be back.
emerge077 (130) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 5, 2009
- AMBIANCE 3/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 10/15
- FOOD 8/10
- VALUE N/A
- OVERALL 18/20
Added this as a restaurant, since they offer a full menu, and started doing Sunday brunch. The main draw is the bottled beer list, which was 50/50 craft to import. Mainly your quality standby crafts such as Alpha King, Left Hand Milk Stout, Lagunitas Maximus, and others. Also Rochefort (half price on Sunday). The list is online, and current give or take a few. Sadly there was nothing good on tap, just 312, Miller Lite, Guinness. For lunch I had a rueben, which was a generous portion and very tasty. Service was quick but routine, never had to wait long for a beer, and 3 different beers were served in the right glassware. There were a couple tvís and a projection screen in the back for football sunday. The decor was a little mismatched, but it was alright overall. Not much else in the area for beer, so check it out if local or passing through.