Taverns hold a special place in American history, being where Samuel Adams sowed the seeds of revolution, and countless gentleman have failed to sow their own seed after a few too many Sam Adams. Continuing the proud tradition: City Tavern.
Evoking the very inns that served as gathering places in 18th-century New England (but with, like, working toilets and stuff), CT's lantern-lit facade conceals interior touches like a coal bucket fireplace, framed vintage maps, and 100 seats' worth of dining action centered around a solid walnut bar.
Thankfully not serving up bowls of porridge and cornmeal mush, a two-time James Beard semi-finalist will start you off with sunchoke velvet soup w/ braised oxtail & marrow dumplings, potato-crusted seafood pie w/ lobster sherry sauce, and flatbreads w/ ricotta salata and baby octopus, a dish that's sure to get a lot of ink...from us, right now. There's also
gruel and cornmeal mush! a truffle-oiled grilled cheese (w/ burrata, ricotta & fontina) and duck fat chips, bacon-topped Berkshire chops, and grass-fed rib eyes, a healthier alternative to corn-fed beef because... wait, nevermind, they just put blue cheese bacon butter on it.
As any proper tavern needs to bring the beer, they're obliging with 60-plus bottles & 18 taps (Left Hand Good Juju, Dogfish Head Indian Brown...), but cocktails aren't an afterthought, as evidenced by the rye, vermouth, amaro & sherry 20 Miles March, or exactly how long the walk home will feel if you fail to sow your seeds.
Published: June 14, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
1416 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
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