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Summer dining at Beacon Tavern

Summer dining at Beacon Tavern

The last couple weeks, I was finally back in Chicago! And that meant catching up with friends and family through numerous yummy meals, both revisiting old favorites and trying the new venues that have popped up. One of the places that really wowed is Beacon Tavern, which is hidden between the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower.

IMG_4161 Fake Patois - blend of white and pot-still rums, fino sherry banana, tiki spices, lime; On the Windowsill - rye, Bonal, Aperol, strawberry-rhubarb cordial, lemon.jpg

  

Start with a refreshing cocktail that transports you to the tropics!

We started with summery cocktails (the Fake Patois and On the Windowsill), which were exactly what we needed on a warm evening as we deliberated over what to order from the mouthwatering menu. Our waiter, whose personality was more fitting for a terse acting role than for his job, turned out to be extremely helpful with his decisive suggestions.

Red snapper ceviche with avocado, jicama, cucumber, and lime

Red snapper ceviche with avocado, jicama, cucumber, and lime

So we started with their ceviche, which completely blew our minds with the tangy and acidic punch in every bite. I couldn't stop spooning the contents onto the chip, and we pretty much wiped the bowl clean in the end. This dish is extremely refreshing and is a must-have for the summer!

Mediterranean mussels with potato, chorizo, and pickled peppers

Mediterranean mussels with potato, chorizo, and pickled peppers

We decided to stick with the seafood route a bit more with these beautifully cooked mussels. The broth was absolute perfection, but what really made this dish were the intricate and crispy waffle fries scattered over the mussels. 

Beer can chicken with baked beans, cornbread, and Carolina Gold BBQ

Beer can chicken with baked beans, cornbread, and Carolina Gold BBQ

For the main dish, we took a detour and went southern with the beer can chicken. Boy were we glad we made that decision! First off, this platter pictured here is just half the dish - they split it in half so that we could each have our own gigantic portions. I rarely order chicken in restaurants, but this poultry is super juicy and the fluffy cornbread worked perfectly with it. My favorite part was actually the crispy bacon tuile on top of the baked beans. If only I could have it for breakfast every morning... 

By the time we ate all this, it was pretty unfortunate that we couldn't fit dessert into our stomachs. I guess I'll just have to head back next time I'm in Chicago!

Tips:

  1. Sit on their super cute patio on a beautiful day! 
  2. To get here, it is easiest to walk west through the arch of the Wrigley Building. Beacon Tavern will be right in front of you!
  3. Make a reservation, especially if the weather is nice, because the patio filled up pretty quickly when we went.
  4. I later heard mixed reviews about Beacon Tavern through word of mouth, but stick with these dishes, and I'm pretty sure you won't go wrong!
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