Hours: Dinner: daily
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Open late: Friday till 11
Colonial-themed gastropub featuring "18th-century cocktails."
At this restaurant from the group behind the South Loop's steakhouse-ish Chicago Firehouse, the menu's filled with heavy, hearty things such as steak-and-ale pie and outstanding fried chicken, a juicy Amish-raised bird with feathery-crisp breading and a light lemon-rosemary gravy. Other dishes share in showing the virtues of simplicity: walleye fillets, a mushroom-stuffed whole trout with mustard-dill sauce. But the most interesting offerings come from behind the bar. A rum-focused cocktail list is inspired by Revolutionary-era cocktails such as Fish House punch and milk punch, the latter a gingered rum drink in a copper mug that goes down almost too easy. In all, City Tavern's thematic pretensions—it's intended to conjure up an 18th-century New England tavern—are restrained, and its affordability and shotgun menu should serve the neighborhood well. Just don't expect to be transported if you make a special trip there. Read the full review >>
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Windsor chairs, faux gaslights, and a lounge with a fireplace dominate the front room at this restaurant from the group behind Chicago Firehouse, all intended to conjure up an 18th-century New England tavern. The cocktails follow suit, and while they may not have the direct historical referent of, say, the milk punch—a gingered rum drink that goes down almost too easy—they seem as if they could, and are just as guzzleable. —Mike Sula