Frontier (Bar, West Town)

Location: 1072 N. Milwaukee
Phone: 773.772.4322
Website: http://www.thefrontierchicago.com/

From the owners of Lottie’s and The Pony comes Frontier, similar in its wood heavy decor. The place feels like a fancy lodge, with a large animal head as the centerpiece of the bar. A long bar dominates one side of the restaurant, while tables line the other side. The middle holds more casual high top tables that seem to be where most dates get seated. And that’s what’s nice about Frontier; it’s good for a casual date or grabbing cocktails or a beer with friends. Your placemat is your menu, so sit down and enjoy.

They have a small list of mostly simple cocktails that satisfy any craving for something classic. They have 13 beers on draft, ranging from craft to classic. Their list of bottles is impressive as well. They even have quite an extensive wine list.

The charbroiled oysters were so delicious we couldn’t stop talking about them; there was an element of smokiness to the already sweet and succulent oyster that added another dimension of flavor. The waitress recommended the venison cheese steak and it was exactly as a cheese steak should be prepared. The fish and chips were very well cooked, the perfect amount of crunch without too much breading or being oily. The bbq blackberry rabbit was tasty and had a good proportion of sauce to meat.

Call ahead to reserve a spit-roasted whole animal for $500; they offer pig, lamb, goat, and boar all from local farms. Frontier is worth fulfilling that fantasy of getting your hands on a whole animal, and we’re pretty excited to view their summer patio.

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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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