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Posted by anonymous on 08/06/2012
Had a poor experience. Brought relatives from out of town, who were appalled by the poor service. Waitress was rude, especially when asked about the brunch menu, and never checked in to refill our waters or coffee. Will not be returning.
Posted by Kate on 01/14/2012
We were really excited to come. Kids were in town, and we'd talked about heading down for awhile. And at first, we were thrilled by our order; the oysters tasted like fresh sea air, no joke, with just a bit of spice to the sauce that came with them--not overpowering, just enhancing. How do you do that with something that seems very much like salsa? And the homemade crackers? Like the best lard pie crust ever. Equally thrilled with charcuterie plate, fried shrimp, and, table favorite, the steelhead with lentils and...carrots? Anyway, great. But the farm chicken was not special, and the sausage that came with it was awfully close in flavor to a hot dog. The frites were just, uh, fries, and not at all special. In fact, both my husband and I wondered, independently, if they were made offsite. Not crisp. And the worst of the evening was what was called cocoa macaroni. Take a pass. Pasta was heavy, and flavors unidentifiable and not pleasant, and I usually love organ meats. It made us all feel that the menu tries to be too many things. I read on earlier reviews about bread pudding--my dream! Would have ordered it if it had been there. Alas, I got the sour cherry-almond tart. Could not discern almonds. Husband's waffle with coffee ice cream was fantastic, best of the bunch. Son gave up on sorbet (bourbon something-or-other, maybe?) halfway through. Room so loud we shouted through the meal. Not a single women's stall had TP. But everyone was nice.; service was great. Won't go back, though. For $250, I want to be in love with something as basic as chicken and frites.
Posted by Ed on 01/05/2012
Top honors to the suckling pig, mussels, scallops & bread pudding. We made reservations for a Wednesday night and waited only a few minutes to be seated at a table for 2. Several reviews comment on the noise; however, we found that it lended an intimacy to our own conversation which was actually quite nice. Every server who assisted us was friendly and efficient. Definitely 5 star dining. We'll be back.
Posted by Kezbert on 10/26/2010
We were in Chicago for the weekend from NY and were excited to eat at at Publican. From the start of the meal, the service was great. When we asked for a suggestion on beer our server said everything is good with a confident answer we just ordered a few different beers, and all were good. We were with a group of four and we ordered four entrees three apps and that is the way to go. They bring the food as it comes with is the best way to eat there, b/c you need to try everything. We shared everything, and we were all licking the plates at the end. THe pork belly was my favorite, and the fries with the egg, how could you go wrong. Congrats on such a great place! We will be sure to visit each time we come to Chicago!
Posted by Sherry on 09/25/2010
Had dinner here while visiting in Chicago. Can't wait to go back.
Posted by Michigan Foodie on 12/07/2009
Ate on a Friday night with a 9:30 reservation. Place was packed until 11:30. Great vibe inside with terrific lighting. Quite warm however. Started out the night with some help from the beer "sommelier" who provided some great insight to the list even to a beer junkie like myself. Food on the whole was terrific. They encourage you to order many plates and share amongst yourselves and that's exactly what the three of us did. Started out with some raw kumamoto oysters. Delicous. Also proceeded to order the most delicous shrimp i've ever had in a curry sauce. They served some of the best house bread with a delicous goat's butter. Try not to fill up. Also had the sweetbreads with a perfect mix of bitter greens, roasted citrus and a salty sauce. Sublime. Also ordered the potee plate with a variety of pig parts, the charcuterie plate with the highlight being the headcheese, and the half roasted chicken with frites and sausage. The chicken was accented rather strongly with lemon and rosemary but it was cooked better than any other i've had. Just incredibly juicy. Fries were a slight disapointment based on what I had heard and especially in comparison to those from lunch the next day at Hot Doug's. Finished the meal with the chocolate panna cotta with stewed cherries. Also great. Overall they are doing some terrific cooking here with a focus on pork, oysters and beer. Can't go wrong with that.
Posted by dorian gray on 08/25/2009
Their farm chicken might be the best chicken I've ever had in my life. Hands down. I only docked some stars for value because contrary to perception, The Publican is NOT a cheap restaurant. Brunch main courses are under $10 but sides are pricey, come for dinner and you're spending $40-50 a person easy. Service is awesome, vibe is great. Room is very loud, though - would love for them to get some sound-dampening tiles or something.