Longman & Eagle (Restaurant & Bar, Logan Square)
Location: 2657 N. Kedzie
Phone: (773) 276-7110
Cuisine: New American/Gastropub
There is food – inventive and modern but approachable food – and there are drinks – a whole rack of $2 bourbons, whiskeys, and ryes, killer local brews on tap, and standout specialty cocktails. There are also hordes of be-spectacled (Paul Smith and Oliver Peoples to be sure) and be-facial haired (Van Dykes and Fu Manchus) hipsters that let you know you are in one of the trendiest new restaurants/bars/gastropubs/bestaurants in the city. But don’t let the somewhat scene-iness of Longman and Eagle deter you. Chef Jared Wentworth’s small plates and sandwiches shine brightly enough to make the sometimes long waits well worth it. Personal favorites include the luscious scallop/oxtail preparation, the salty and greasy and altogether fantastic duck egg and beef tongue hash, and the singular campfire-y smoked sweetbreads with glazed salsify. Service was pretty solid especially considering how hard our waiter was working to keep the tables in his humongous section happy. I would guess the kinks will be worked out going forward and I will definitely be coming back for more.
The bar atmosphere here is welcoming and cozy — great for a low key night out with a few friends. The space is small, so don’t hold your breath for getting a table or a seat at the bar. If you can snag a bar stool, though, you’ll get an up close view of the cocktail mixing action, which often includes eyedroppers of bitters. Just don’t try to make a roofie joke — they’ve heard it before. The bartenders are focused on mixing, but they’re good enough at what they do that they’ll gladly chat with you while doing their job.
Not sure what you want to drink? The bartenders will guide you through their massive bourbon, whiskey, and rye lists to be sure you end up with something you’re happy drinking. The draft selection is decent, with several local brewers and seasonal choices. The beer list offers a description of each selection — including a hearty tongue-in-cheek paragraph describing the wonders of Old Style.
Longman & Eagle isn’t exactly flying under the radar — many Chicagoans have already discovered this excellent Logan Square spot — but take our advice and get there soon before you’re waiting outside in line for 30 minutes!
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