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Northdown Café and Taproom

Northdown Café and Taproom

(Now Closed)
Gastropub, American Restaurant, and Café$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
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  • Aaron L.heart icon on user image
    Aaron LewisNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing and ever-changing beer list (if a bit pricey for the drafts), great food, AND they finally list the sizes on the draft list (so you know how much you're getting). Hallelujah.
  • Ryanheart icon on user image
    RyanMarch 16, 2014
    My favorite bar. Beers are expensive but lots of true rarities on tap and always a few on tap that are more a regular price too. Very good food, nice staff and a cool place, never annoying.
  • Tana B.heart icon on user image
    Tana BabcockAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious food! Had one of the sausages and it was amazing! I plan to try them all. Go here if you need good Vegan food + amazing beer selection!
  • Angie M.
    Angie MagidApril 21, 2013
    Order the breakfast sandwich. It was great. Ask your server to recommend a brew. They made all of our selections and everyone enjoyed their brews. Beet the goat salad was a great heAlthy option.
  • Amanda S.heart icon on user image
    Amanda SchonfeldFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    House made pickles are great. Tons of vegan options to choose from. Vegan pork frites are good and be sure to use the Fiery Alice hot sauce.
  • Valerie
    ValerieSeptember 13, 2014
    They have house made syrups to go with berliner weisse and gose beers. Try an Off Color Fierce with some white peach syrup. So good.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RangelMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch on Saturday and Sunday with several vegetarian options, such as tofu breakfast tacos. Great beer list as well. 100+ craft and specialty brews.
  • Kaligatorheart icon on user image
    KaligatorMarch 21, 2014
    Great beer selection & many vegan options. The chicken pot pie was lacking pastry so it was really just chicken stew. Fries were delicious!
  • Meredith M.heart icon on user image
    Meredith MarshApril 19, 2013
    great beer list, amazing smelling desserts (didn't have one..) and fresh and tasty comfort food. oh I'll be coming back here for sure.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Stout Braised Short Rib Sandwich with a dash of local Habanero Hot Sauce washed down with a Three Floyd's Stout is the beer & sandwhich equivalent of Bordeaux & Lamb
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 13, 2011
    Uncommonly fresh ingredients culled from 45 local farms are prepped to perfection but served with minimal fuss amid a welcoming interior adorned with reclaimed barn pieces. Read more
  • My Social One
    My Social OneSeptember 26, 2011
    Excellent beer selection and amazing home cooked meals in a chill environment make this gastropub one of our favorite places. And try the pie!
  • Amber L.
    Amber LokendahleMarch 19, 2012
    1st visit was last week. I am usually predictable & order an omelette but stepped outside the box (w/persuasion from my husband) & ordered the Corned Beef Hash Patties. WOW!
  • Nicholas E.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas EvansNovember 23, 2014
    Grilled cheese and tomato soup are phenomenal. Vegetable of the day is usually grilled and delicious.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.heart icon on user image
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Many great venues amidst Ashland | Belmont | Lincoln. This gets mentioned for its willingness to do 'tap takeovers'. It did it frequently during CCBW 2012. ☞ Free wi-fi.
  • Chris V.heart icon on user image
    Chris VanKulaNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    This is maybe the best curated beer list on tap on the city. These guys know what they are doing.
  • Kerry B.heart icon on user image
    Kerry BryanNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegan burger is out of this world - I'm not even a vegan or vegetarian! Order it w/avocado!
  • Damon S.heart icon on user image
    Damon SununtnasukMarch 12, 2017
    Mac and cheese with sausage and bacon was delish. The pulled pork fries were huge
  • Emily J.heart icon on user image
    Emily JurlinaAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Every time I'm here they've got awesome beers I've never tried. I love it.
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BrockApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the following: Mac and Cheese with bacon, BBQ pork and jalapeno. *makes throat slice gesture*
  • Mia
    MiaSeptember 11, 2011
    All the pies I've tried are delicious! Also, brunch is great and the biscuits are buttery and beyond tasty.
  • Jazmin R.
    Jazmin RuizSeptember 14, 2012
    Trino is the BESTTT! Ask him to make you a pb&j shot or his own grapefruit liquor creation! Yumm.
  • Christopher Q.
    Christopher QuinnOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great assortment of homemade pies. Excellent beer selection, and solid, Veg friendly menu. A+
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NewmanOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and pie, and a good beer selection! Get a cream pie and the chicken and biscuit pie.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BaroneJanuary 24, 2012
    Excellent beer selection, knowledgable staff and outstanding food. Will be coming back for sure!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If they have the Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine on tap and Pumpkin pie on blackboard, order the pairing without hesitation
  • KneeTherapistheart icon on user image
    KneeTherapistSeptember 13, 2014
    The vegan frites are great, enough for two people
  • Jordan B.heart icon on user image
    Jordan BishoppFebruary 12, 2016
    Interesting beer list. Pig in Little China was great except the bread was stale. Pickle chips were good but could have used less breading.
  • Chris V.heart icon on user image
    Chris VanKulaFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't choose your own beer. Ask them to pour whatever is most interesting that day. Always a winner.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FishmanMay 18, 2013
    Great beer selection. Good music. Friendly bartenders
  • Andy R.heart icon on user image
    Andy RostadFebruary 22, 2013
    Don't ditch your vegan friends just because you crave meat. Come here and watch them drool.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TriskettNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef Short Rib sandwich, meat braised in Old Rasputin Stout, with red onion jam.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.heart icon on user image
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The *Northdown public* wi-fi [Cisco] password is "drinkbeer".
  • SocialOne !.
    SocialOne !September 20, 2011
    Hands down one of the best places for pie! Ask for the Almond Cream!
  • Jason T.heart icon on user image
    Jason TFebruary 4, 2014
    Come for the beer.....and, ya. Come for the beer.
  • Eli S.heart icon on user image
    Eli SpeigelMay 27, 2015
    The beer selection is amazing.
  • Charles R.
    Charles RobertsMarch 21, 2014
    Sloppy joe was delicious, and as advertised; SLOPPY!
  • Scott M.
    Scott MortierJune 13, 2012
    Get the Sriracha Chicken Sandwich its the best chicken sandwich ever.
  • Dana K.
    Dana KotlerJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Mac and cheese is fantastic. And the lemon mousse pie was life-changing.
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin E.June 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegan options are delicious...even for ravenous carnivores like me. House-made seitan!
  • SocialOne !.
    SocialOne !September 20, 2011
    The Pie! Always save room for pie! - Almond Cream is amazing!
  • Chris V.heart icon on user image
    Chris VanKulaSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They have three pinball machines in the back by the bathrooms. Try em out.
  • Luiz E.heart icon on user image
    Luiz EduardoJune 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Pork frites and good beer
  • Michael O.heart icon on user image
    Michael O'MalleySeptember 19, 2015
    Always amazing beer on tap
  • Kyle C.heart icon on user image
    Kyle CrumDecember 19, 2014
    Best fries in the area!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WileyAugust 11, 2011
    Good craft and import beer selection and pretty tasty food.
  • Christopher M.
    There's bacon in the bloody and homemade biscuits, sold.
  • Joe B.heart icon on user image
    Joe BolliniAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Beer, beer, and more beer
  • John T.
    John ThurmondOctober 12, 2012
    Grilled cheese and Tomato Soup on a rainy, gray day. Perfect.
  • Emily T.
    Emily ThromApril 28, 2012
    Food is amazing! What a great find.
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