Old Town Pour House
WHERE: 8 Oakbrook Center (east side of mall, under Neiman Marcus)
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday
DRESS CODE: Casual
INFO: 630-601-1440, oldtownpourhouse.com
Old Town Pour House proclaims beer a staple of life. The restaurant-bar backs that up once you step inside the new Oak Brook eatery.
Nestled in an expansive storefront underneath Neiman Marcus inside the upscale Oakbrook Center, Old Town Pour House gives shoppers a cozy wind-down over a cold brew and American cuisine.
The restaurant opened on the east side of the shopping mall in late November, making it Old Town Pour House's second location, as the owners ventured west from their popular Chicago location.
The exterior screams modern with its bold signage and contemporary outdoor fireplaces. Inside, it's the same story, with a mix of tables and booths surrounding a bar with a good number of flat-screens.
A companion and I dined at Pour House on a recent holiday shopping night. Picking up the menu, we discovered that beer selections practically outnumber food options three to one – a good thing in my book.
From ciders to lagers to wheats, there are plenty of unique craft selections to pair with your meals. The full bar boasts about 90 taps.
My date and I kicked off the experience with a pair of tasty appetizers – the Firecracker Rolls under the "Bar Bites" portion of the menu, and the Truffle Mac N Cheese under "Shareables." Our waitperson assured us both sections of the menu are essentially shared plates.
The Firecracker Rolls are a spicy mix of Cajun chicken, a vegetable medley and avocado cream. It's definitely a spicy dish – have a beverage handy – but the avocado cream was a nice cool-down.
The Truffle Mac N Cheese was the favorite dish of the night at our table. With Parmesan breadcrumbs and black truffle, accented by smoked bacon tidbits, it was anything but bland. I suggest it as a must-have.
For our entrees, my date, readying for some post-meal shopping, opted light for the Pour House Chopped Salad. The salad is a fresh-made combo of marinated grilled chicken, romaine lettuce and a host of other ingredients. The sweet-and-sour tarragon dressing was a great touch; you may want to ask for extra.
I opted for the Pour House Burger. The Angus beef patty was topped with aged white cheddar and a pair of beer-battered onion rings on a Portuguese bun. It was a solid burger complemented nicely with olive-oil-parsley fries.
Other menu options extend to five additional salad selections, including the Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad and the BBQ Smoked Chicken Salad, a trio of soups and five dinner entrees ranging from Miller Farms Chicken to Cedar River Strip.
A major section of the menu covers Old Town Pour House's nine sandwich selections, which include BBQ Pulled Pork, Lobster Roll and Fish Tacos.
Pour House makes suggested beer pairings with each menu item, and the kitchen stays open late into the evening.
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