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Mini-review: George Street Pub

We think this Lakeview pub is worth the trip ... but only if it's not too far

February 08, 2012|By Emily Van Zandt | RedEye

George Street Pub
2858 N. Halsted St. 773-915-5005
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Parked at the corner of George St. and Halsted, this unassuming neighborhood spot is housed in a 100-year-old building and is sure to be a favorite for Lakeview residents looking for a chill place to grab a burger and beer.

It’ll leave you wishing … it was just around the corner from your own apartment. The atmosphere (the right mix of sports bar and dark pub) is inviting, but not yet standout-enough to pull patrons from too far away.

It was disappointing … that several of their draft beers weren’t available on a recent Monday night. The waitress was accommodating in offering samples of the brews that were left, but it took several picks before my dining companion and I found one that was available. Funny at first, but kind of a let down.

The menu … may seem mismatched, but everything we tried was tasty. It seemed odd to see options like jambalaya and steamed mussels on the same menu with standard bar food, but I’m not one to knock options. The wings ($7) were served quickly and were tender and flavorful and the hot ham and swiss ($8) got bonus points for using thick chunks of spiral ham rather than standard deli meat.

Bottom line: George Street Pub is a solid choice for neighborhood eating and imbibing, but will have to find a way to tout its uniqueness before it draws a bigger crowd.

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