Hours: Lunch and Dinner (daily)
Closed for Business’ funky decor, 42 beer taps, and eclectic menu have endured. The bodacious Pork Slap sandwich, which quickly put them on the map, is an addictive combination of fried pork cutlet and smoked ham piled high on a bun and layered with green tomato chutney. We love the classic pairing of grilled cheese with a zingy tomato soup, and the Jimmy Serrano Veggie Burger is a vegetarian’s dream. The rest of the limited menu appeals to the serious beer drinker with a handful of tasty bar snacks: pork rinds, crispy green beans, buffalo oysters, and beer mussels (made with bacon, aioli, shallots, and garlic). They’ve got a good burger (the Business), a Chicago dog, and a fresh daily market salad that comes straight from area farms, proving their dedication to sourcing locally and seasonally. The beer taps are kept stocked with rare and unusual brews that change on a daily basis, available in three different sizes (10 oz., 16 oz., 1 liter). They’ve got liquor too. On Sunday mornings, their brunch menu will inspire you to get out of bed, whether it’s for the oyster omelet (fried oysters, pimento cheese, buffalo sauce) or the pretzel French toast with peaches and a hearty helping of Nutella syrup. With a Pimm’s Cup or a Grand Marnier Gin Fizz, we can’t think of a better way to get the day going. —Kinsey Gidick Dish (Summer 2015)
Burgers, fried pies, and American classics at this cozy tavern.