John Barleycorn is a spot that most people think of first as a bar and second as a restaurant. After my recent visit, I think those two concepts should be reversed. The cocktail program at John Barleycorn is superior but the food is well worth a visit on its own.
John Barleycorn is justifiably famous for their burgers. Check out their gourmet burger menu and you will understand why. They also have a superior and well-crafted menu of “bar comfort food” including nachos, pretzel bites, potato skins, and such. For me, however, there were a few stand-out new items on the menu that deserve your attention.
- Old Crow Smokehouse and is some of the best I have tasted in Chicago.
The newest spin-off of the legendary Lincoln Park flagship has garnered media buzz for stellar service and knowledgeable staff, and the top-notch food earned it 2013’s “Best New Restaurant” award from the River North Business Association. The gorgeous bi-level venue boasts a stunning interior designed by Rocco Laudizio of slick+designusa and features a warm-and-woody nautically-inspired main floor and a visually-striking second floor fitted with an eye-popping 75-foot retractable glass roof and an enormous 12-panel video wall. The venue offers something for everyone from a conversation-friendly business lunch to weekend brunch with the family to a private event in the atrium with all the amenities. Expect a lineup of gourmet burgers and American fare with a full bar specializing in craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Sports fans will appreciate the 80 HDTVs and five video panel walls showing the day’s top games and acclaimed local and national DJs perform every weekend on the second floor.