Chicago >Food & Dining > The Publican
845 W Fulton Mkt, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060741.886761 -87.649365
Sun: 10am-2pm (brunch) & 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: West Side, Near West Side
It doesn't do The Publican justice to call it the country's most accomplished gastropub. It's one of the country's best restaurants, which just happens to be a brilliant, eclectic meatery with an amazing beer program.
Hands down, best Sunday brunch in the city. It's a hard reservation to get, but totally worth it for fluffy waffles, the surprisingly good seasonal breakfast salads and porcine-friendly options for the table to share.
This place can do no wrong - great beer and oysters and brunch. Also try: mussels, fish stews, and roasted chicken.
Publican is a pretty masculine place with pig ears, pig this and pig that, but even the girliest of girls can enjoy their brunch with the freaking best maple bacon in the world.
It just keeps getting better. If you want beer, pork or seafood, this is the spot. The "Grand Seafood Collection" feeds 4-6 people and costs $120 - make sure to order in advance.
Surprisingly, fish here always wins even pork is the point. I've had beautiful oysters, delicate tuna, salt cod, octopus and more. A buttery pork belly and plenty of draft beer pairs well. If you don't like communal tables, come as a party of 4 and ask for a booth.
poor service and attitudes – We showed up at this restaurant with high expectations, given the quality at Avec and Blackbird. Unfortunately, we were sorely disappointed. We were told we would either have to wait for 40 minutes for a table (on a Monday night), or stand at the bar. We chose the bar, but it still took the waiter a half an hour to take our beer order, and then they would only offer a very limited food menu at the bar. By the time we actually got our beers, we had been there about an hour, and noticed several empty tables throughout the restaurant that they could easily have seated us at. finally, we had to ask for our bill three times. I think there are plenty of other restaurants in Chicago I'd rather spend my time at.
Pork, fish and beer get their due at this restaurant from a celeb chef in the Fulton Market district. – In Short
The Fulton Market restaurant stirs attention on the simple fact that its sisters are Blackbird and Avec, and no wonder: It's another production by executive chef Paul Kahan. A wall of windows welcomes diners to this minimalist-chic space ; the inside mimics European beer halls and brasseries with numerous beer steins on display, cafe tables, walnut chairs and high ceilings. A near-dozen oversized wooden taps behind the bar further the beer hall feel. Menu-wise, everything is seasonal, and seafood and meat (pork in particular) gets a lot of play. Grilled sardines are served with green garlic salsa verde, while a shrimp boil is redolent with dill and super-sweet corn. Jarred pork rilletes are offset by rhubarb jam, and pork shank gets graced with cane sugar are cured rapini.
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