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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

As I found out recently, the Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub is a surprisingly solid option before or after a Cubs game. Hell, it's a worthy bar to visit any time. But as good as the restaurant's renditions of bar-menu classics may be (especially for the area), there is no question that the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub steps up the quality of the service, the atmosphere, and, most importantly, the food. It's still bar food, all created to go exceptionally well with beer, but risks are taken here that almost always pay off.

Take the massive Duck Reuben ($14), which trades the familiar corned beef for cured slices of duck. To pair with the fowl, cherries are incorporated into the sauerkraut, making for topping that is both acidic and tart. That's offset by a layer of melted baby swiss, which helps marry the sandwich to the toasted rye. I should add that this goes spectacularly well with Goose's Summer Bitter, but that's just one of the many fine beers you can order here. Oh, and if you like your potato salad laced with vinegar, this one is definitely worth getting as a side.

Goose Island Brewing Co. Clybourn Brewpub

1800 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map)
312-915-0071
gooseisland.com‎

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