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The Publican

837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (The Loop)
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Ranked #167 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: The Loop
Cross street: Fulton/Green St.
Transit: #8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop. 3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My family and I ate dinner last week at the Publican on recommendations from locals. It was the best meal of our vacation. The good was sublime! Everything from the homemade delicious pork rinds to the suckling baby pig were out if this world. A real foody place with gastronomical tastes that explode with sheer delight in your mouth!

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It's been sometime since I decided to walk to this kitschy restaurant from our hotel on the mile, maybe should have taken a cab through the majority of risky neighborhoods but its all what makes a memory last.You could hear the buzz of the crowd from a block away in this industrial neighborhood. What a vibe, great warm feeling, delicious... More

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Chicago
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Went here for a special night out and hated it. First of all it's mostly communal seating. When I ditch the kids for a romantic night and make reservations I don't want to sit next to strangers. The place is also very loud. There is a large area for standing and eating and then every surface is hard so the... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had a friend take us here on a Saturday night so it was extermly busy to say the least. We waited inside with drinks for nearly two hours, but when the food arrived and hit your taste buds the memory of waiting disappeared. The menu can be daunting at first as it is not like any other, the unique... More

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Whereever
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Service was o.k. Dish was o.k which surprised me..thought it would be much better. Server didn't describe dish correctly..One of first customers in and they forgot a component on the dish..Dessert was o.k.

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We made reservations for a Sunday night, and got a communal table (there are some non-communal tables as well). We came here because some friends who visited Chicago also came, and apparently this restaurant is recommended by chef Anthony Bourdain. The restaurant is decorated with large funny pictures of pigs, and the chairs have high backs. The communal tables remind... More

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was my favorite place we ate at in all of Chicago! Definitely for someone who isn't afraid to try new things - a menu for true foodies. We tried the charcuterie board, spicy pork rinds, strawberries with fava beans, and the porchetta - all amazing. I was sad when this meal was over!

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Manchester
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161 reviews 161 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We were seated at a table for two rather than at the communal tables, which we had requested. The service was excellent, there was a great selection of beers and the food was inventive and gorgeous. We thoroughly enjoyed every dish and the atmosphere was great. The restaurant seemed a little isolated, but the staff organised a taxi for us... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was in the Fulton Market area for an art exhibit that got canceled because it was pouring outside, so we decided to go in this place because it looked cool from outside. When we went in we were surprised how cool it actually was. We asked the hostess how long was the wait and she told us that it... More

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Baltimore
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My husband and I ate here for brunch last Fall and it was superb. The dishes were somehow imaginative yet homey and filling at the same time. A very difficult feat. I can't wait to to go back for dinner.

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