The Publican

The Publican serves meat, oysters, and beer in fulton market | Chicago | The Taste SF
The Publican is the best place in Chicago for oysters | Chicago | The Taste SF

 

One of our favorite spots for brunch in Chicago is The Publican. It’s very meat- and beer-focused, and looks just like a European beer hall. Their meat dishes are phenomenal, but it’s also one of the only places we ever went in Chicago for oysters (they have a changing selection based on what is best, always shucked to perfection). Pop across the street to Publican Quality Meats to find all the things you need to make hearty Publican-style meals at home, or get your copy of their cookbook Cheers to the Publican, Repast and Present: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall. It’s in our personal collection, and has delicious recipes, especially for the fall.

 

The Publican serves meat, oysters, and beer with church pew boxes as booths and a communal table | Chicago | The Taste SF
The Publican's Apple salad | Chicago | The Taste SF

 

The Publican focuses on local ingredients  and tells you where they are from. This bacon is braised in some of our favorite maple syrup, made by Burton Farms and aged in bourbon barrels. We also loved the pumpkin spice cake with brandied cherries, ricotta, and mint, as well as the apple salad (made with the finest apples from “The Apple Lady”).

 

The Publican Bruch Box with Amaro Beer and Grapefruit Juice | Chicago | The Taste SF
The Publican restaurant serves thick pork belly bacon braised in burton's maple syrup | Chicago | The Taste SF

The Publican communal tables line the center of the restaurant | Chicago | The Taste SF
The Publican's famous apple salad | Chicago | The Taste SF

The Publican for brunch serves a pumpkin spice cake with brandied cherries, ricotta, and mint | Chicago | The Taste SF
The Publican has large images of hogs on the walls | Chicago | The Taste SF

The Publican Restaurant is one of the best brunches in Chicago | Chicago | The Taste SF

 

There’s a long  list of interesting and craft beers plus cocktail options often made with beer. The “Brunch Box”  is made with Amaro, beer, and grapefruit, and the “Publican Mimosa” is made with Belgian wheat beer and orange juice.  Make sure you pick up your own copy of their cookbook. We love making Publican recipes at home in San Francisco!

 

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