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The establishment is situated on the corner, conveniently across from the Logan Square blue line stop. Inside you get a feel that this has been a tavern of some sort for a long time, but has some creative modern touches while retaining a classic vibe. Apparently in the spring they will have rooms upstairs, and will be adding a breakfast menu, which sounded pretty ambitious.
Inside the lighting was low, a host station was just inside the door, and there were two main rooms with table seating. The bar was along the wall in the front room. There was a cool Wurlitzer juke in the back with an illuminated mountain scene on it. In the back room there was more table seating with some framed art on the brick walls by local artist Cody Hudson. The ceiling looks like the floor, just look up, you'll know what I mean.
Taps were on the center of the bar, emphasis on local stuff, 4 GI, 2 Half Acre, a Bells and some quality imports like St. Ambroise, Steigl, and Unibroue. Bottle list was more extensive, but mostly craft and import staples with few seasonals or limited offerings. Highlights were 3 trappists (Chimay x3, Orval, Westmalle x2), Cantillon Classic Gueuze, 5 Bells (2 Hearted, Java Stout, Kzoo Stout), DFH x3, FFF Pride & Joy, Duvel, Unibroue x2-3. The bourbon list was equally impressive with a broad range of selections.
The menu seemed to be the main draw, plenty of complex & ambitious dishes, and several simple & straightforward ones as well. I had the house-made pork sausage, which was served with greens, sliced apple/watercress, a very tasty "12-hour" sauerkraut, and a coarse mustard on the side. It was really delicious and thoughtfully put together. I'm definitely heading back here for dinner sometime.
Overall, this place is a fine dinner destination, with a good beer list to keep you occupied. Hopefully they can expand the beer selection and rotate taps to keep the beer crowd interested. Small Bar is just a stone's throw away, and Revolution will be open soon enough, making the area officially a beer destination.
reviewed on: 2010-01-25 11:33:27