Food & Drink

Northdown Cafe & Taproom

Published On 05/11/2011 Published On 05/11/2011

A comfortable neighborhood bar outfitted with MI barnwood and a massive 1960s civil defense billboard, Northdown's pouring 60-plus frequently rotating beers (under the direction of a Map Room alum) while the kitchen turns out comforting Midwestern noshes of chicken and biscuit pie, open-faced meatloaf sandwiches w/ mashed 'taters & beer gravy, and the Short Stout: a fontina-topped, onion-jam-slathered sammie stuffed with short ribs that're braised in Old Rasputin, guaranteeing you won't be left boney (M).

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1. Northdown Cafe & Taproom 3244 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Northdown, a funky joint, whose dozen taps turnover quickly, whose handful of pinball machines provide a welcome diversion from actually having to interact with your tiresome work friends and whose candied bacon will make you say "I don't care if you're trying to tell me the bacon trend peaked five years ago, this is delicious and I am eating it.” Plus, the kitchen turns out delicious and comforting Midwestern noshes.

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