Our Food Adventures in Chicago

Bigass Burgers & Beer at Old Town Pub

In burgers, eating out! on May 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm

When the weather is nice, we gravitate toward beer gardens. Old Town is a good area for them, though they get quite crowded and it can be hard to find a good place. By the time we found this one, I had become very hungry and a bigass burger was in order. Oh and beer.

Old Town Pub

Old Town Pub

Now, we were mostly looking for a good place to sit down, relax and have a beer. There are a lot of beer places around here but most of them are filled with 30-something douchebags so that pretty much rules out the Irish pubs and the sports bars. The other places are pretty fancy and since all we were looking for was a place to sit outside and have a beer, those places didn’t really fit either. I did mention that I had gotten hungry. But we weren’t looking for an upscale dining experience – just some beer and maybe a sandwich.

Ice Cold Drafts

Ice Cold Drafts

We were pleased to find a good assortment of quality beers on the menu and took this as an opportunity to sample some new ones and broaden our hoppy horizons. The beer list was comprised mostly of microbrews with their geographical locations and alcohol content also listed.

Abita Ale Turbodog

Abita Ale Turbodog

My choice was Turbodog. I think I may have had it once before, but I felt like giving it another try. It was fairly tasty, though not spectacular. But beers rarely are. In any case, it was pleasant on a warm evening and I’d definitely get it again sometime.

Bell's Third Coast & Robert the Bruce

Bell's Third Coast & Robert the Bruce

We also sampled Robert the Bruce from Three Floyds Brewery in Indiana and Third Coast from Bell’s in Michigan. Robert the Bruce is a full bodied Scottish-style ale with a well rounded malty profile of roasted and caramel notes. At 6.5% ABV, it’s a quality beer but something about the taste wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Still, I later bought a bottle to give it another try at home. Bell’s Third Coast was the biggest surprise of the evening. This is an American blonde ale with a slightly fruity, almost lemony taste. The ABV was listed as a whopping 10% but I later found out that it’s actually 4.8%, which is much more believable. The coolest thing about this beer was that the bubbles inside weren’t moving. Usually a carbonate beverage has bubbles that float up to the surface, but these were actually suspended in the beer, not moving at all. It was an interesting sight, though we both agreed that the taste wasn’t anything special.

Oh yeah, I promised you a bigass burger didn’t I?

Bigass Burger

Wells St. Burger

BAM! How’s that? This was called the Wells Street Burger and it came with thick strips of bacon, as you can see. It might not look especially large here but trust me, it was quite a mouthful.

Bigass Burger Basket

Bigass Burger Basket

The burger came in a basket with  pickles, tomato, lettuce, jalapenos and coleslaw. It was more than enough for me but I made sure to finish off every last bite. Quite delicious, if you like that sort of thing, but also quite excessive. Oh well.

All in all, the food was pretty satisfying and the beer selection was good. Everything was a bit pricey at about $6-10 per beer and around $10 for the burger. I’m sure I’ll visit Old Town Pub again, but I’ll definitely hesitate before paying $10 for a $2 beer again.

Old Town Pub – 1339 N. Wells St., Chicago IL 60610

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  1. that’s some expensive beer….

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