Taps: 12 / Bottles: 53
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Two of the my favorite and most authentic Chicago/Germanic experiences are found on this block on Irving Park. Resi's and Lachet's are conveniently located across the street (Irving Park) from each other are the venerable remaining veterans of a host of fine German bars that used to populate the near northside of Chicago. They are easily reachable via the Irving Park brown line stop (walk three blocks west).
Lachet's is a large room with two levels. On the entry level is the impressive wooden bar and a few tables. It tends to be populated with regulars, usually speaking in German happily drinking their steins.
Halfway into the space, the floor raises a few steps up to a dining area with tables. Red and white checkered tablecloths which provide a very Bavarian complement to the light wood bar and trim.
The place is popular both as a regular watering hole for some clientele, and a beloved restaurant for others. For me it is both. Ursula still runs the kitchen, and makes excellent German food from her own recipes. The Hackepeter is remarkable. I also love the leberkase (a crispy fried hamloaf/spamloaf/bologna with a fried egg on top). The spaetzle is light, seasoned with the perfect amount of nutmeg, perfect for sopping up mushroom or cream sauces from rahmschnitzel. The red cabbage is sweet but has a bite. The sauerkraut has chunks of smoked ham in it. So does the potato salad. Even the green salad was excellent (mesclun mix with real chunks of blue cheese). The food is high quality, well made and of course generally quite filling.
When you walk into Lachet's you are clearly entering Bavaria. But, even better than Bavaria, where they looked at me like I was crazy for wanting a doppelbock in the summer, Laschet's had Optimator on tap in late July and it was wonderful. Of course most beers this time of year are weisses or weizens or the standard pilsners or helles lagers. But Laschet's is nice enought to keep something dark on tap too. I love Laschet's.
They generally have 6-8 German beers on tap at any given time. Steins are 8-10 dollars which can seem pricey (The optimator costs more than the others), but remember, they are about a pint and a half of beer. The beer quality is also good here and there are no problems with freshness.
Sometimes the restaurant part is a bit on the sleepy side, other times there will be one waitress on and they will get very busy. When that happens the owners pitch in to help out. It is still a family run place. So, service can be a little slow, but usually they try to find a way to make it up to you by way of a dessert or schnapps.
The owners are looking to sell so I can't say how long this gem will remain. While it does, it is a great slice of Germany here in Chicago.
The ambiance is homey, but not to the point of black forest German kitsch (which Edelweiss, Mirabell and even Glunz have more of). It is more real like a real German restaurant. If you love German food and beer, I'd don't think you can do better than a visit to Laschet's in Chicago.
08-22-2006 01:23:49 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
First stop on the German Pub Walk yesterday. An easy find right on Irving Park Road, just look for the black eagle on the yellow sign. Luckily street parking was free and plentiful in the area. Walk in the door and you immediately feel the German vibe. A nice long bar on the left side along with lots of tables to the right and another dining room area that's smoke free up a couple stairs. We bellied up to the big comfy bar chairs. I grabbed a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier right off the bat as I've never had it on tap before.
They had around 8 or 10 various taps along with a nice bottle selection as well. Mostly German with a few Belgians throw in as well. Cool German artifacts everywhere, lots of interesting steins and beautiful hanging lights. They had a 15 liter stein displayed that had incredibly detailed artwork. Overall I really enjoyed the ambiance here. They even kept the front door open which let in a wonderful breeze and cut any lingering smoke!
Our bartender was extremely friendly and chatted with us, even sharing some of Jay23's Triple Bock and passing around some free shots. I honestly can say I couldn't ask for better service at a bar. I didn't sample the food as I'm a vegetarian and German food isn't exactly meat free :-). However, everyone that ate seemed to be more than happy with the food. I chose Spaten Maibock for my second offering here, which was an awesome beer and a great way to cap off my visit.
Overall, this is a great German bar that I plan to visit again. Good beer, super friendly service and great ambiance (and from what I'm told great food) make this somwhere you should check out if you're in the city.
06-04-2006 17:43:39 | More by orbitalr0x
4.44/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This little gem is north off the brown line, a few blocks from the Irving Park stop. We were in the neighborhood having dinner at Resi's and I noticed this was just down the street. After some good Schnitzel and a few liters of beer what more could you want..other than more beer. On an otherwise uninteresting block, Laschet's stands out with a large, lighted sign of the German National Arms (black eagle on gold shield).
This is actually more of a restaurant than I would have suspected. Don't get me wrong, it's a great bar, but from the looks of it there were a lot of people there just for the food. I was too stuffed to possibly try their food, but it looked good. And I'll be back there again for the food. But this was a beer hunt!
They had a pretty good selection of German beers. At the time it was mostly Weizens (Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, etc), Pilseners (Spaten, Stiegl, etc) and Märzens on tap. Plenty of bottled *bocks and a few others (my friends ordered both blue and red Chimay). Taps come in 12oz, .5 liter or 1 liter servings. The waitress asked if I wanted a lemon in my weizen. It came in the proper glass. The bar is also well stocked with most common liquors and a few German treats. If you're planning on ending the night here, finish off with a shot of Killepitsch Krauter Liqueur. DO NOT PASS IT UP. You'll thank/hate yourself for it later/morning.
Really, this place isn't anything fancy, but that's not what German beer is about. If you're looking for a good time with good friends with (assuming) good food and good German beer in good quantities, then this is the place. I'd recommend it as well as the better German bierstubes in Chicago. It's just a nice place filled with Gemuetlichkeit. Prost!
09-07-2005 19:55:15 | More by 12vUnion
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have been going to this great bar for at least 15 years. I remember when it was owned by the Laschet family and Old Karl was the owner & Young Karl tended bar. This bar was at one time one of the few places to get a really good selection of German Beers. It still has a great variety & good quality selection. This was the first place I had dark wheat beers, smoked beers, Chimay, EKU 28, etc.. Needless to say I have very fond memories.
The bar used to be about 80% Germans from the old country and still draws quite a few in. It really is a friendly bar and you can meet some very interesting characters.
This is also a good bar for group outings as they have several large tables. They used to play 100% German music although Karl the younger would sometimes throw on some Euro disco...
This neighborhood is really starting to gentrify, I hope this bar does not change to much. Across the street is another neighborhood German institution called the Beir Stube. This is a great destination. Check it out!!
P.S. While your at Laschets, get a shot of Smoking Dog Westfalen Jager. Its like jagermiester but about twice as good!!
02-03-2003 16:57:45 | More by Redrover
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Laschet's Inn in Chicago, IL
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