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Northdown Café and Taproom

Northdown Café and Taproom

(Now Closed)
Gastropub, American Restaurant, and Café$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
74 Tips and reviews
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  • Aaron L.
    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.
  • Ryan
    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.
  • 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.
  • Tana B.
    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!
  • Amanda S.
    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.
  • 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
  • Kaligator
    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!
  • 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.
  • Meredith M.
    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
    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
  • 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!
  • Nicholas E.
    Nicholas EvansNovember 23, 2014
    Grilled cheese and tomato soup are phenomenal. Vegetable of the day is usually grilled and delicious.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StraubNovember 14, 2014
    Pretty damn good beer list. Lots of rarer stuff, including a good selection of sours & aged/premium stouts.
  • 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!
  • Chris V.
    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.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerJanuary 2, 2012
    If they have the Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine on tap and Pumpkin pie on blackboard, order the pairing without hesitation
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    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.
  • Kerry B.
    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.
    Damon SununtnasukMarch 12, 2017
    Mac and cheese with sausage and bacon was delish. The pulled pork fries were huge
  • Mia
    MiaSeptember 11, 2011
    All the pies I've tried are delicious! Also, brunch is great and the biscuits are buttery and beyond tasty.
  • Chris V.
    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.
  • 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+
  • Emily J.
    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.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BaroneJanuary 24, 2012
    Excellent beer selection, knowledgable staff and outstanding food. Will be coming back for sure!
  • 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.
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin E.June 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegan options are delicious...even for ravenous carnivores like me. House-made seitan!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PepplerSeptember 13, 2014
    The vegan frites are great, enough for two people
  • SocialOne !.
    SocialOne !September 20, 2011
    Hands down one of the best places for pie! Ask for the Almond Cream!
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TriskettNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef Short Rib sandwich, meat braised in Old Rasputin Stout, with red onion jam.
  • David B.
    David BrockApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the following: Mac and Cheese with bacon, BBQ pork and jalapeno. *makes throat slice gesture*
  • Scott F.
    Scott FishmanMay 18, 2013
    Great beer selection. Good music. Friendly bartenders
  • Jordan B.
    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.
  • SocialOne !.
    SocialOne !September 20, 2011
    The Pie! Always save room for pie! - Almond Cream is amazing!
  • Andy R.
    Andy RostadFebruary 22, 2013
    Don't ditch your vegan friends just because you crave meat. Come here and watch them drool.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MortierJune 13, 2012
    Get the Sriracha Chicken Sandwich its the best chicken sandwich ever.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanKulaSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They have three pinball machines in the back by the bathrooms. Try em out.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TFebruary 4, 2014
    Come for the beer.....and, ya. Come for the beer.
  • Charles R.
    Charles RobertsMarch 21, 2014
    Sloppy joe was delicious, and as advertised; SLOPPY!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WileyAugust 11, 2011
    Good craft and import beer selection and pretty tasty food.
  • Jen S.
    Jen StarrSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The butter! Get the butter. And malort!
  • John T.
    John ThurmondOctober 12, 2012
    Grilled cheese and Tomato Soup on a rainy, gray day. Perfect.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The *Northdown public* wi-fi [Cisco] password is "drinkbeer".
  • Ashlee A.
    Ashlee AdelmanAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Food...heaven. Beer....heaven. Pie...heaven. I love this place :)
  • Matt
    MattJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If it's available, try the 3 Floyd's Apocalypse Cow.
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoJune 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Pork frites and good beer
  • Dan B.
    Dan BernsApril 19, 2014
    The hummus is seriously amazing.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BolliniAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Beer, beer, and more beer
  • Dana K.
    Dana KotlerJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Mac and cheese is fantastic. And the lemon mousse pie was life-changing.
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