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[ Bar, Eatery ]
837 W Fulton Market
phone: (312) 733-9555
(Place added by: rhoadsrage on 11-26-2008)
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| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5 | $$$
Ahhh... The Publican. Just writing that brings a smile to my face. Located right in the middle of what used to be the historic meat packing plants in Chicago.
Paul Kahan might be one of the most famous chefs in Chicago today and in my opinion, The Publican is his finest creation. If you like beer, pork, and seafood... look no further.
First of all, every server at The Publican is a certified Cicerone. So, not only do they know their beer, they can pair it perfectly with their food and even the nerdiest beer nerd will likely feel at home with the selection. On my last visit there, I drank Cantillon Kriek on tap until I simply could drink no more... it was fantastic. Even the bourbon selection was amazing. Would you like a 23 year Pappy neat? No problem here. The Publican also has unique offerings, such as their own house blended lambics.
As amazing as the beer is at The Publican, the food is the real star, but since this is a beer review site I will keep it short. Just do a Google image search for "Publican bacon."
PS - Around the corner at Publican Quality Meats, you can grab some amazing cuts of meat take take home too. If you like head cheese, you need to try some while you are here. In my opinion, it's the best there is.
10-01-2013 19:32:16 |
More by cnbrown313
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Very neat place to drink and eat.
Great beer and food pairings.
Knowledgeable staff makes good recommendations.
Great place to spend a few hours drinking an eating.
I would definitely visit again and recommend it to fellow beer and food lovers.
08-03-2013 21:33:12 |
More by Bowers-Brew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
Yeah, I guess I am going to have to be an outlier on this one. Maybe we were there too early in the day and the deadness of the place just got to me. Maybe the douchey service or the fact that in an empty restaurant they sat us right next to the only people who were sitting down.
Cool location, loved shopping in the related store down the street. Great beer list, good food, cold and unwelcoming. I was happier at Haymarket up the street. Oh, well.
08-02-2013 16:55:23 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
The motherland. Absolutely ridiculous food, absolutely everything made from scratch. They have a butcher shop across the street that dry ages beef, makes every type of charcuterie by hand, and bakes their own absolutely-top-quality bread. Organic, Fresh, Local everything. Great oysters, Great seafood, I could go on and on and on. If they ever have the duck hearts when you're there, GET THEM.
Beerwise, holy sh*t. They have everything from tiny belgian breweries to cantillon (basically all the time) to the best american craft. Every server has at least level 1 cicerone certification, and you can order a bunch of food then say "please pair these for me." Never ever been disappointed when I went here, ever. Worth at least a 2 hour drive.
Paul Kahan is very very very good at taking my money.
07-05-2013 06:53:02 |
More by YogiBeer
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is my favorite eatery in my favorite city. Not sure there's much more I can say.
Go here and order anything if you get the chance. It will be awesome.
Also, stop by the butcher shop across the street. Take home some bacon and sausage. You won't regret it.
06-28-2013 01:45:28 |
More by RMelyon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is a really awesome restaurant that also has a great beer list. It's definitely a destination restaurant, and with food and drinks you're looking about $80 a head. I f***ing LOVE their house made pork rinds. They also have a house blended lambic. Crazy. You could definitely take your lady here and not even mention the beer to her (if she's not into beer and is a bit sick of you only taking her to beer places), but you could sample some great stuff. She might notice, though, if someone orders a boot and the entire communal table chants him on to finish (which happened while we were there). This might be a schmancy restaurant, but they really care about their beer. I jokingly pointed a mistake out to the server where the menu said that Jolly Pumpkin was from Vermont, not Michigan. Instead of waving me off, she got wide eyed ,exclaimed "you're right!", and ran off to tell the beer director. This place is seriously awesome.
03-27-2013 23:30:30 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
The atmosphere of this place is awesome. Very "beer hall" and the chefs employ a "head to tail" philosophy (cooking and serving every part of the animals on the menu - usually pig). You will be hard pressed to find a better selection of food at any craft beer establishment in Chicago (especially if you are a pork lover). The beer selection is typically solid but service can be spotty, especially if you are standing at one of the community tables by the bar. I gave selection a solid "4". I would recommend having a reservation and getting a table if you plan on being there for a while. The selection is usually awesome (e.g. I visited for a tapping of K.B.S. which lasted until long after I left). This place may not be for everyone as it leans very much toward a 'high end' dinner spot (this is not a casual bar) and can be very crowded on evenings and weekends.
07-06-2012 15:06:17 |
More by shadytony
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been here twice once for brunch and then for New Year's Eve. Both times were excellent. For New Year's we took some friends and they were very impressed. They have communal seating and booths with doors (like feed stalls for hogs, very unique.) All together a very nice setting.
The servers are very personable and knowledgable on their beer selections. They are also very good a recommending pairing for their delicious foods and beer.
A little pricey but you get what you pay for and more!
02-12-2012 18:35:41 |
More by Higy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Stopped out here for dinner after attending FOBAB on saturday the 12th. It was within walking distance from the Plumbers Union Hall building tha hosts FOBAB. A group of 4.
Atmosphere: Clean and inviting establishment. Its has a rustic dinning area with a modern looking kitchen. Pretty fancy bathrooms too. Booths with "barn doors" that close guests in for a private meal. Also several large wooden community dinning tables. Unbelevable glassware for all types of alcohol.
Quality: Looks to be a high end dinning experience.
Service: Top Notch! The hostess was polite and seated us immediatly. Dealt with several servers during the meal, they all did well. Our main server was polite, very knowledgeable of the menu(both food and alcohol) and down to earth; this made the group feel as welcome as an honorary guest.
Selection: Really good menu. Really sampled alot of food for dinner. The menu offers multiple items from different regions of the USA and outside of the USA where the food is consider the premium. 4 types of premium hams, 6 different oysters, a $120 seafood platter that requires a 48 hour RSVP! Great beer menu and other alcoholic beverages. All waitstaff have been trained to answer and questions you may have about the booze. The beer pours are correctly done and impressive.
Food: We ate the pork rinds as appetizer, potted rillettes, charcuterie plate, bouchot mussels, farm chicken, and bread pudding for dessert. All the food was fresh, and amazingly delicous. The Charcuterie plate was not something I would normally eat and quite frankly out of my comfort level; it was awesome! We honestly ate way more food than we needed and all plates went back to the kitchen empty. We left the restaurant uncomfortably full, but very happy we were.
Value: It ended up caost each person approximately 35 buck a person wth tip included. Decent cost for a meal in downtown Chicago, especially when you factor in how good the food was and the excellant service! You must try this place out!
11-14-2011 03:04:26 |
More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore... On the flip side, this place seems like your nowhere CLOSE to anywhere that is in the United States. Resembles a Prague beer hall with its tall chairs, long tables, closed off booths, and an awesome community sink (like many of the festivals have in Germany/CZ) that is outside of the restrooms. Cool! Now here goes a review of the place.
Outlined with huge portraits of pigs, these guys are lovers of this animal. There was medium traffic in the restaurant when I was here but there were still more employees working then customers. Since I wasn't eating, they sat us at a stand up wooden table and decided this at the door when they ask for your seating choice (can only sit at the beer hall tables if you are dining).
Very clean, woody, and proper glassware and beer practicing here with presentation. Can't get ANY better!
After talking (or trying to have communication) with 2 of the servers, it was very tough! Not sure if they were having talking issues because of what crazy beers that we were about to order or they were just nervous... Strange! One of the Bar Managers did come around and ask about our experience and this was great! Its always awesome to be able to get a few words in with one of the dudes running the place.
I would definitely look at the prices on any brew here before ordering! Have said this, most of them were anywhere from $22-24 on average all the way up to $65. This was were the place was a bit pricey... Also the food list didn't look very appealing for the prices but who knows. Maybe next time I will have a different outlook on the place as far as price vs. experience.
Check out their hours before taking a taxi here. We decided to come on a Sunday @ 3pm and they didn't open until 5. Not a problem since there were plenty of other places around here until they opened but a bit of a hassle w/ Chicago's unfriendly rain and wind this particular day.
10-31-2011 17:35:17 |
More by DCon
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