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10 Bars With Killer Food

By Sarah Freeman
January 28, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday in the Super Bowl showdown. More important than deciding which team you will root for is deciding what you will be eating while rooting for said team. Here are 10 bars where the food is just as good as the drinks - perfect for the big game or any other day of the week.

  • The Anthem

    Come for the projector screen and stay for the Velveeta-stuffed cheeseburger called the Jucy Lucy. The Minnesota favorite is reinvented in this Wicker Park sports bar with caramelized onions and pickles.

    1725 W. Division St.; 773-697-4804

  • American Junkie

    Bar food is elevated with Chef Kendal Duque’s take on classic appetizers. Pictured, shrimp is wrapped in crispy phyllo dough and served with cilantro and sweet chile sauce.

    15 W. Illinois St.; 312-239-0995

  • The Grid

    While they're playing the big game, play your own game of mix-and-match with the boards and buns menu. Choose from slow-roasted pork shoulder with Hawaiian rolls and slaw or stewed chicken with cheddar biscuits and jalapeño gravy.

    351 W. Hubbard St.; 312-321-0351

  • Links Taproom

    Sure, you can have regular fries, or you can have loaded fries topped with sausage, bacon, green onions, cheddar and giardiniera. Add a selection of dips from bourbon barbecue to basil pesto mayo.

    1559 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-360-7692

  • Jake Melnick’s

    Arguably some of the best in the city, this sports bar doesn’t skimp when it comes to wing selection. Opt for traditional Buffalo, Firecracker or the more gourmet garlic and cayenne grilled wings.

    41 E. Superior St.; 312-266-0400

  • Owen & Engine

    Served on an always-classy tree stump, the chef’s charcuterie selection includes house-cured meats as well as fresh sausages with a side of stout mustard, pickles and bread.

    2700 N. Western Ave.; 773-235-2930

  • Rockit Bar & Grill

    There is no shortage of delectable offerings - from truffle tater tots to steak Rockit pockets - while watching the game on one of the dozen televisions. One thing that should not be missed is the beer and cheese dip, served with a warm pretzel loaf.

    22 W. Hubbard St.; 312-645-6000

  • Public House

    In the ranking of most addictive bar bites, fried pickles rank high on the list. The addition of Foothill Farm ranch dressing for dipping only adds to these crispy rounds' appeal.

    400 N. State St.; 312-265-1240

  • The Scout

    We see your foot-long sub and raise you a foot-long grilled cheese. This sports bar special is made by slicing a loaf of brioche bread the long way and turning it into the most over-the-top grilled cheese ever, served with tomato basil dip.

    1301 S. Wabash Ave.; 312-705-0595

  • Stout

    Did someone say lobster? Most of the menu at this River North bar is made up of upscale snacks, the two most gourmet being the smoked mac ‘n’ cheese with chucks of poached lobster and the Maine lobster rolls on buttery buns.

    642 N. Clark St.; 312-475-1390


Places Mentioned

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

American • River North

Food19 Decor18 Service20 Cost$26
Owen & Engine

British • Logan Square

Food24 Decor23 Service24 Cost$32
Stout Barrel House & Galley

American • River North

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
American Junkie

NoneRiver North

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
Links Taproom

NoneWicker Park

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