Food & Drink

Pickle chicken wings in Wicker Park

America has a dicey history with Monarchs (inciting domestic insurrections against us, King George III, really?!), but The Monarch that's set up shop in the former North Ave Uberstein outpost's aiming to change all that with a candelabra-lit bar providing the ambiance for elevated pub fare and royalty-inspired cocktails

For starters, plow (!) through this plowman’s lunch of toast and potted pork with cornichons and red onion

This Parm-topped, butter-basted soft pretzel comes with beer cheese made with cheddar, blue, mascarpone, and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, appropriate since you may require a new one

In a move that's totally kosher, they're also flavoring crispy chicken wings with dill pickle juice (and spicy sport peppers), a dish sure to become a Vlasic. Clausen

Cocktails pay homage to modern American "monarchs" such as George Remus (King of the Bootleggers), Steve McQueen (King of Cool) and Johnny Cash (King of the Monotone Wardrobe), including this “Don’t Ever Play with Guns” -- made with whiskey, cream sherry, bitters and a scotch rinse.