United States > Illinois > Chicago
swoopjones (305) Buffalo, New York | June 16, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great food, great atmosphere, solid draft list (Stone OG, DDC Penombre, GI Sofie & Matilda, Cantillon Vigneronne) gREAT BOTTLE LIST. fOOD WAS HIGH END & VERY GOOD. Real nice place, higher end dress/ a must for foodies
Braudog (699) Hampton, Virginia | May 10, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 12/20
May 2010. Visited on a very busy Friday night. No surprise -- no table available "for about an hour and a half." We were at least able to secure a spot at one of their few stand-up high-tops, where we could peruse the very unique draft and bottle list. We didn’t get a chance to eat much more than a little snack, which was good, if enormously overpriced. All in all, our impression of this place was a little pretentious. Not sure I’d go out of my to go back, except maybe just for a beer.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | November 20, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
The beer list is very well designed (available online), and organized into the following sections: Draught, Trappist, Belgian-micro, Abbey Style, Methode Champenoise, Lambics (all traditional), Flemish Red/Bruin, Saison, Biere de Garde, German, Danmark, Norwegian, Finnish, British Isles, Swedish, and American. Drafts rotate fairly often, currently the highlights were Matilda Framboise, Hopsinjoor, Flossmoor Pullman Brown, and Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek. Drafts ranged from $5-9, and bottles were $5 for Avery IPA, up to $50 for Deus and Lou Pepe Framboise. The list was eclectic and varied, but seemed to focus most on Belgian Saison/Lambic/Biere de garde.
We ordered off the "snacks" menu (available from 3:30-5:30), and not from the full dinner menu. Spicy pork rinds, frites with aioli, a trio of aged hams, and L’Etivaz, a Swiss Gruyere style cheese. The frites were a standout paired with the beer, cooked in beef tallow, and my favorite in the city. The menu was a perfect compliment to the beer, sort of high-end "deli/junk food" if you will. My favorite ham was la quercia rossa, the sample trio was $18...if you get a reservation for dinner here, expect it to be in the "$$$$" range. Everything on the small menu was under $20, with the exception of the chef’s selection of a dozen oysters ($30). I’m planning a return visit to try the mussels steamed in Cuvée René. Atmosphere was clean and modern, lots of brass and wood, with shades of brown everywhere, even the staff’s coats. The bar was low (with seats), with uniform wooden tap handles towering above. Taps were identified by small dangling engraved brass medallions. There were giant illustrated canvas prints of equally giant hogs on the walls. It was an ultramodern shrine to the other white meat...
edit: After returning for dinner last night, i’d put the food score at 4.75. We shared the suckling pig and sweetbreads dishes, which were really worthwhile. The Kumamoto oyster was a bit gritty with sand or shell pieces, otherwise everything was flawless. Right up to the pigpen corral tables which were surprisingly un-claustrophobic. Oh yeah... and Older Viscosity on tap :)
chicagodri (58) Chicago, Illinois | October 17, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
This was a nice place to try in Chicago, but honestly my wife and I liked the Bristol better (granted we live in Bucktown). Large open space. The food is solid, but I feel a little expensive for what you get. The beer list is incredible, but the draft choices are more affordable and very good. They had some stuff there on tap I wouldn’t even see at places like Map Room. Good place and I could see going back there again, but it probably won’t be for a little while. A little loud.
Flyer (50) Hartland, Wisconsin | July 4, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 13/20
After listening to all the hype I guess I was setting myself up to be disappointed, and that’s what happened. The setting is cool, a high-ceilinged Euro bistro. The food is served family style, which means the four of us got to try five entrees. The chicken was excellent, the fish and the others good but hardly memorable. The beer list is impressive, although it seems designed to convert wine snobs more than to appeal to beer snobs -- not a single Imperial IPA on the long list, but plenty of Belgians with the most European sounding names they could find. The beer sommelier is knowledgable and very attentive, the other staff members so-so at best. But the food was overpriced and the beer more so -- bottles I can buy at Binny’s for $14 were $35. I expect to pay more in a bar or restaurant, but not that much more.
springcreekale (4) Jackson Hole, Wyoming | June 30, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great place to try. One of the more unique restaurants I have been to- can honestly say that I have never seen anything like it- in a good way. Great food and a solid selection of beers- some rare belgians
kseecs16 (202) Naperville, Illinois | April 5, 2009| Updated March 31, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great restaurant. Menu is focused on fresh and regionally sourced food broken in to categories for oysters, fish, meat and vegetables. Service was really good with the waiter helping us guide our food choices and he was knowledgeable about all of the beers I asked about. Some beers are overpriced but others seemed reasonable. The food is excellent and well prepared. Beer list is good and variable but represents a good range of styles from English Bitters to Lambics. Value is entirely subjective but for the quality of food and beer here I’d say it seems just about right, even if some of the bottled beer prices are beyond what I would pay there are plenty of realy high quality draught and bottled option that won’t break the bank.
dukefan (62) Dallas, Texas | March 2, 2009
22 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 2/20
I should probably give these guys a 2nd chance. I went for the Pizza Port beer dinner. What a disaster! They were bringing the beers with the wrong courses, and no matter how much I coached them, they never got it right. I complained there, and sent an email afterwards, but not one single reply. As best I can tell, they neither wanted or needed me as a customer.
On another note, they have the most awkward bar I have ever seen. Bartenders and taps above you, and no place to set your food or beer in front of you. It is like they don’t want you to get comfy at their bar, so they made it untenable.
They did (do?) have Pizza Port beers on tap, so that could be the one plus. Otherwise, sloppy, arrogant, overpriced, and unable to provide basic service to a customer.
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