I regularly have meetings in Rosemont and nearby Schiller Park. Park Tavern is located very near the Aloft Hotel. Last night when I flew into O'Hare, my flight was delayed and when I arrived at the hotel, the temperature was below freezing and it was snowing! I opted for the Park Tavern since I was tired, wanted something light and it was so close.
It's in a large, airy space with a large bar, lots of tv's and 20 to 30 different beers on tap. Eating alone, I opted for a seat at the bar. Two young lady bartenders were attentive and very pleasant. I'm not a beer drinker, but my usual grey goose martinis were served cold and well shaken. Blue cheese stuffed olivers are available on request.
The menu was sparse and somewhat unusual. For example, it offered deviled eggs with buffalo sauce as an appetizer. It also offered a number of salads, including a pear roasted mixed green salad. It offered two 1/2 lb steaks (strip and filet) with mashed potatoes. It also offered a variety of burgers each with a different topping accompanied by fries. It also offered a foot long cheese sandwich (I found hard to imagine) and a mac and cheese of the day as an entree. When I asked, the mac and cheese was mixed with chicken. A number of menu items are foot noted as being available in a vegetarian format.
I tried the deviled egg appetizer (six halves - more than I could eat) which were really quite tasty with the buffalo sauce drizzle giving it a very nice, but gentle, kick. I also had the mixed green salad with grilled pear. It was huge. The dressing was really quite good and the roasted pear was perfect. Again, I couldn't eat the entire salad.
As for wine choices, simple but very nice for a sports type bar. I had a clos de bois chardonnay and enjoyed it as a nice accompaniement to my grilled pear salad.
Everything was quite nice and somewhat unique. The problem is that it's lost in a sea of great restaurants! Had the weather been better, I would have chosen to eat at Capital Grille, McCormick and Schmicks or Gibson's Steak House, all really great restaurants and all within walking distance of the Aloft Hotel and the Park Tavern. In fact, yet another restaurant has popped up right next to the Aloft, a Brazilian Steak House. I haven't eaten there yet, but I recently had the pleasure of eating at a Brazilian Steak House in Memphis and look forward to eating at another!
If a comfortable meal at a reasonable price in a bar like environment with lots of beer on tap is what you're looking for, you have found the right place.
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