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Hours: Lunch: Saturday-Sunday; dinner: seven days
Open late: Saturday till 3, other nights till 2

Price: $$

Norwood Park spot featuring craft beers and brick-oven pizza.

Restaurant Details

Stamped on the doorway of Norwood Park's new brick fortress—just to the right of the banner advertising a Miller Lite bucket special—Iron Horse Ale House's logo is a hybrid of a locomotive and a beer tap, exuding a burly, industrial aesthetic similar to Revolution Brewing's. Iron Horse absolutely does not brew its own beer, though, and while the draft selection doesn't lack for solid options—Dogfish Head, Half Acre, Great Divide, and other trustworthy beers are all here—it doesn't have many adventurous ones. The pub-grub menu leans heavily on brick-oven pizzas and fancified bar cuisine like the Bocconcini Fritto, which is a gussied-up way of saying fried cheese. And no two ways about it, fried cheese is fried cheese, and fried cheese is delicious. A huge spinach salad with goat cheese, beets, mandarin oranges, and just about everything else (God knows it needed serving tongs) was hosed down in a bland raspberry vinaigrette, but my dinner partner described his Iron Horse Burger as cooked well and "actually really good," with a look of pleasant surprise. And the food is just a bonus, anyway—this is a fine, completely inoffensive addition to the far-northwest side, with Blackhawks games on TV (sound on, of course) and enough wood and iron to build a Viking ship.

Kevin Warwick

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Price: $$

Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, Discover

Bar Details

Iron Horse Ale House's logo is a hybrid of a locomotive and a beer tap, exuding a burly, industrial aesthetic similar to Revolution Brewing's. But it's no brewpub, just a solid far-northwest-side tavern with a robust selection of craft brews (Dogfish Head, Half Acre, Great Divide, and other trustworthy beers are all here), decent pub grub, and the Blackhawks on TV, sound on, of course. —Kevin Warwick

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