Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Brewpubs tend to be sporty and raucous, but this Jefferson Park newcomer is one for the grown-ups, stylish yet low-key. In keeping with the vibe, the menu skews toward bistro fare rather than pub grub, while the beers show admirable restraint and refinement on brewer Greg Dawson’s part. Which means they’re perfect for leisurely drinking, especially up on the charming rooftop patio (come spring, anyway).
Must-order: Before you say you’ve had enough chicken and waffles to last a lifetime, try these (pictured top) — crunchy and tender, greaseless and buttery, highly seasoned and delicate by turns (with a Liege-style waffle based on a 100-year-old recipe). Equally fine are the sopes Benito, pictured above, with house-smoked pork-shoulder carnitas and sous vide eggs.
2298 Clay St.; 720-512-3894