Being the evening of St. Patrick's Day, every restaurant we tried for our group of five had a 45-minute wait. Given that it was getting late and my partner and I had to catch a train at 9:30p, we were happy when we found a place that not only had no one waiting by the door, it had lots of open tables. There were a few St. Paddy's Day revellers, but for the most part it looked like any bar/restaurant in a downtown on a Sunday.
The service was quick and attentive. The bar had an extensive beer list, including a lot of local brews (something that I appreciate as I try to get a little of the local flavour when travelling). The menu was a gastropub kind of fare. If you're looking for a basic take on the burger and fries, you'll get it, but you'll pay a lot and miss out on some of the tasty toppings that you can add. I had the burger and it was cooked to order and tasty. I might recommend to the chef to use a little less blue cheese on the burger when someone orders it. I love blue cheeses, but they can get a bit overwhelming. The menu also includes a lot of items to share, including a large "charcuterie" plate, with a few types of cheeses, cured meats, sauces and bread, for $16.
Being at the foot of a hotel and at a tourist nexus (as its name implies, it is at State and Lake, one block from the Chicago River as well as the theatre districts and almost under the L track, I suspect this place sees busier times. When we were there, it was very quiet and relaxed, which is my kind of place.
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