Owen & Engine

Chicago-Lake View

4.7 / 5

May 11, 2018

There's a British vibe to Owen & Engine. Real ales feature prominently on the drinks list and there's a carefully crafted beverage program.

There’s a British vibe to Owen & Engine. Real ales feature prominently on the drinks list and there’s a carefully crafted beverage program. While the inspiration clearly comes from the watering holes across the Atlantic the place never feels gimmicky or contrived. The room is handsome and pub-like with Regency wall paper, sash windows and dark leather chairs. Quality ingredients are key here. Meat is well sourced from local farms and fish flown in daily from Georges Bank in the North Atlantic. The $15 burger, beer and bourbon deal every Tuesday is popular with very good reason. Beer is a big part of the operation, a long list includes four cask-style beers (served at cellar temperature) as well as numerous bottled varieties; they also stock a nice line in wine and spirits and have an intriguing cocktail list that also makes a feature of decent ingredients. The Partridge mixes white rum, lime, allspice, and fennel, while the Nook and Cranny is an aromatic blend of gin, lime, basil, cranberries, and cinnamon. Continuing the English theme they do a couple of interesting twists on the traditional Pimm’s Cup, including the Victorian, a refreshing concoction of rose lemonade, lemon, pink peppercorn tincture, cucumber, mint, and rose water, which is floral, fragrant and deliciously summery. They serve both lunch and dinner in the main dining room as well as a good range of pub snacks, which includes scotch eggs, pork rinds, Cornish pasties, bubble and squeak, and of course fish and chips. Desserts are also worth saving room for.

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