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'Goose Island' on Serious Eats
As I found out recently, the Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub is a surprisingly solid option before or after a Cubs game. But as good as the restaurant's renditions of bar-menu classics may be (especially for the area), there is no question that Goose Island's Clybourn Brewpub steps up the quality of the service, the atmosphere, and, most importantly, the food. That's definitely true of the the massive Duck Reuben ($14), which trades the familiar corned beef for cured slices of duck.
While we can argue about which theoretical president-themed restaurant would be the best (the Thomas Jefferson one, probably), there does happen to be a Chicagoan in the White House with some serious eating credentials. These are just a few of the places around Chicago where you can eat like the current president.
The first thing I tried at the Goose Island Shrimp House were the fried frog legs. The last time I saw frog legs was in high school biology class, and I'd never eaten any before. My dad bought some once. My mom wouldn't cook them, and made him throw them away.
Greg Hall of Goose Island Beer Company makes beers that are delicious on their own and even more brilliant with food. We caught up with him to chat about his exciting new sour beer releases, his favorite beer-and-food pairings, and his thoughts on where craft beer is heading.
SE contributor Michael Nagrant, oh he of Hungry Magazine, on the revamped menu at Chicago's Goose Island: "And the pork's put to great use, maybe best on a grilled ham and cheese topped with a runny fried egg on pretzel...