Cask ales & great food. The burger is out of this world & their late nite menu is fantastic!
pablo951 (110) Chicago, Illinois | June 29, 2013| Updated May 31, 2015
Great place for a micro / craft brew. They always have a strong list of beers 20 on tap and 4 on cask at all times. The food is gastro English pub style, sausage heavy, good but slow. Slightly pricey. They have now added an rooftop patio, itís small but cute. Itís all about the beer.
This is a really great spot. Itís a little small, so sometimes wait times for a table or a bar spot can be a chore. We first went on a Tuesday, and they had a cool deal where if you bought the burger, you got a short beer and a shot for an extra dollar. The burger was great and the shot wasnít bad. They also had Ichabod on cask, which is awesome. Their beer prices are great ($6 for most imperial pints). The food prices are a bit high, but I forgive it because of the cheaper beer and the high quality of the food. The bartenders are all-pros and have fascinating rhythm.
They also have one of the best cask programs in the city (four).
To the guy who was mad that they didnít have English beer on the cask...youíve gotta be kidding me. I donít think you quite understand the distribution game. Itís definitely possible to get casks from overseas, but not regularly enough to fill 4 engines. Iím just very happy to have the opportunity to drink some of the best-attended fresh cask beer around. One last word of advice: be sitting at the bar at 10:23 (or thereabouts). The huge clock behind the bar broke 3 days after opening and was stuck on 10:23. If youíre sitting at the bar at that time, be prepared to participate in a communal round of shots!
So, weíll start with the downside. Unless you make a reservation, youíre probably gonna be waiting for your table or bar seat. Itís also a rather crowded space. To their credit, they do a lot to try to get as many people comfortably in there as possible, but, as a side effect, it feels a bit cramped. Itís hard to say itís actually a "value" but, at the same time, itís not unreasonable. Alright, now that thatís out of the way ... Friendly staff, very knowledgeable about their food and their beers, and if your particular server doesnít know the answer to your beer question, theyíll find someone who does - and there will be someone there who does. I was torn on the selection rating; itís not a crazy huge beer menu, but itís all uncommon and rare beers, plus they typically have three or four beers on cask. To add some frosting to this cake, the menu is really, really excellent. Iíve yet to order something off the menu that left me thinking anything less than "that was great"
Four cask engines and very knowledgeable cicerone and bar staff (excellence in both beer and cocktails). Very good cuisine (not your average bar food, pricey-er but worth the splurge).
deyholla (519) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 29, 2012| Updated September 16, 2012
Has a nice feel of an English pub. Food is of English fare and out of this world! A decent selection of beer with four on the engine. Best place to get a cask beer if that is your thing. Service was quite good. Prices are a touch pricey but well worth it IMO.
Really excellent food and a huge draft and bottle list. The food is a little pricey, but it is also really good. The deck on the roof is very nice when the weather is ok. Inside there are 2 bars on 2 floors. The building feels very old, but it isnít. Great spot to drink away an afternoon.
emerge077 (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 4, 2010| Updated October 15, 2013
2013: Value is a little lacking in some areas...and is the main reason iím not here more often. Stopped in recently for a beer, the bill was $30 for 2 beers, nuts, and pork rinds. Whatís wrong with that picture?
Owen & Engine is a new British-style gastropub on the outer edge of Logan Square.
Its in the vein of The Publican and Longman & Eagle, but more casual.
The main draw for me was the 4 beer engines behind the bar, which the place is partially named after. Their niche is decidedly English, but the beer list is well rounded with an equal number of choices from the UK, US, Belgium, Germany, and others. An imperial pint of Two Hearted on cask is always a fail safe option too. We had Batemans XXXB and Fullers 1845 with dinner. A few things on the list you dont often see, like Leelanau and Meantime London Porter, mixed in with local classics like Daisy Cutter and Krankshaft ($5).
Food was really great, very hearty and tasty. The burger was a blend of short rib, brisket, and ground beef, hand formed and served on a homemade toasted brioche bun. It was really unique and delicious. Fish and chips were also tasty, they serve fresh Haddock, which is flown in often apparently. 2nd visit for brunch, tried the beef hash and pastry plate and both were great.
Service at the bar was really top notch. Our bartender Tracy was really nice and on top of things. We were offered samples of the cask ales, and I got a freebie short pour of Dupont when the keg had issues mid-pour.
The atmosphere was pleasant, lots of wood trim and leather. The bar chairs had a nice rest on the back, and they were comfy. It felt like being in the study or drawing room of a British estate, with somewhat high ceilings and chandeliers. Upstairs the room was smaller, with a fireplace and leather chairs in addition to a smaller bar for 6-8. 4 cask engines upstairs (same casks) and ten drafts.
O&E is destined for greatness. They are doing it right, and have their own niche. The odd location makes it more of a destination, and I hope it doesnt get overrun like Kumaís or Hopleaf. Time will tell...
Stopped in here once I realized it existed. As stated, 4 beer engines and a great mix of taps. Everything seemed really fresh. The only problem I had was with the guy behind the bar that kept saying stupid and incorrect things about the beer. The food is also great as well. Had the Charcuterie platter and the Bangers and Mash, girlfriend had the fish and chips. Must say, they have some of the best chips/fries Iíve had in the city. The gastropubs really seem to be pushing properly made fries/chips. The staff, aside from the douche behind the bar, is quite good and I definitely look forward to going back.
Wife and I happened by the place by accident on our way to West Lakeview, and Iím glad we did. As others have said itís set up as an English Pub. We got seats at the bar immediately. Beer selection is on their website so I wonít go into that but it is very solid. I ended up having a Tyranena Dirty Old Man which was fresh and served in a snifter. Service was very good - there were three guys behind the bar and it was easy to flag them down. Food was excellent, I had the hamburger and wife the fish and chips. Both were very good. Prices a little on the high side but given the food quality I thought were fair.