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Food quest: British pub grub

Feast on bangers and mash and fish 'n' chips on this London-inspired trek

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May 09, 2012|By Kate Bernot, For RedEye

So a jaunt to London isn't quite in your summer budget. Luckily, you don't need to set foot in Britain to find a proper English meal—Chicago's pubs have you more than covered. From hip craft beer bars to old-school neighborhood spots, here's where to fill up on sturdy staples from across the Atlantic.

FIRST: Owen & Engine (2700 N. Western Ave. 773-235-2930)

There's no Union Jack on the wall, but one look at the menu, and it's clear you're firmly in royal territory. Housemade bangers and mash with onion gravy ($15) are made with Illinois-raised pork, while the rotating draft ales hail from both coasts, and of course, Great Britain.

NEXT: Duke of Perth (2913 N. Clark St. 773-477-1741)

OK, William Wallace would kill us for including a Scottish pub when talking about British eats, but the fish 'n' chips here probably would have united the two nations depicted warring in "Braveheart." Crisp and flaky, they're all-you-can-eat on Wednesdays and Fridays ($10.75), and served with peas and fries to round out the meal. An encyclopedic scotch list could keep your eyes busy for hours.

LAST: The Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421)

This sexy cocktail bar doesn't have much in common with British pubs, save for one all-important detail: a proper Pimm's cup ($11). The orange-hued drink's main ingredient is Pimm's No.1, a liqueur developed by a London bar owner in the mid-1800s. Mixed with lemon, strawberry, cucumber, mint and soda, it's a refreshing, bubbly drink to settle your stomach after a hearty meal.

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