The Boiler Room (Restaurant/Bar, Logan Square)
Location: 2210 N. California Ave.
Phone: (773) 275-5625
As a big fan of Simone’s in Pilsen, I was excited when I heard the owners were opening a new spot in Logan Square. If the decor, food, and beer selection was even half as good as Simone’s I knew this would be a great place to make our first stop on our Logan Square bar crawl. One of the things I love most about Simone’s is the innovative decor, a bar built from salvaged pinball machines and an old bowling alley, and the Boiler Room may even beat it, if even simply based on awesome bathrooms. That’s right, I loved their bathrooms! Enter though an old “L” train door and another one to enter the stall, and experience what it is like to pop a squat on the blue line. The experience is authenticated even more by a soundtrack exclaiming you are on a blue line train heading toward Forest Park. As you exit, “Ding dong. Doors closing.” The male patrons I was with couldn’t have been more excited about the safety straps located above the urinals. But enough about the bathrooms. The rest of the bar is made from scrapped metal (the lighting) and old school desks and cargo straps (tables and chairs). They even have a nice, albeit no frills, patio out back with ample picnic tables.
And finally, our first cocktail. With the group I was with it was a surprise everyone skipped the beer list and went for the enticing cocktail menu. Collectively, we tried the Ginger Snap Sap, the 1988, the North Sider, the Toy Gun, and the Hum Fizz, and not one of us was disappointed. The 1988 (rum chata, van gogh espresso vodka, and absolut vanilla) is served with a side of cinnamon toast crunch. What’s not to love? Oh yeah, and they have Jameson on tap. Dangerous. Though it goes perfect with what I call the hipster special, a shot of jameson, a PBR, and a slice of pizza for $7.
We ordered a “Logan” pizza, which came with mole sauce, fried onions, chihuahua cheese, and pulled pork. It also came with what I’m still convinced were roasted pumpkin seeds, but our waitress (who was pretty awesome by the way) claimed were pine nuts. Probably a good thing to include on the menu in case people are allergic, but luckily we are a food-allergy free crowd. Anyway, the out-of-the-ordinary pizza was delicious and perfect to split between five people. The pizzas come by the slice or whole — and whole means big and filling, especially when the ingredients are so substantial. I’ll definitely be back to try the other pizzas.
This review first appeared in UPchicago Bar Crawl #2: Logan Square.
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