I rarely find myself eating in The Loop, but this week was an exception! I went to Dylan’s Tavern and Grill, located at 118 South Clinton, near Union Station. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and the interior is beautifully decorated, with a large wooden bar and mahogany tables. The menu is sizable, but not overwhelming. Even though the appetizers sounded delicious (Nachos and stuffed jalapeño poppers? Yes please!) we decided to save our appetites for the main course. I chose the Blackened Salmon, served with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. I decided to sub the mashed potatoes for coleslaw. I was very pleasantly surprised by this dish! It can be risky to order fish in a tavern, but this really paid off. The salmon was well cooked, it had a nice crispy outside and a wonderfully juicy inside. The mixed veggies were a heaping pile of squash, broccoli, and bell pepper- all roasted and seasoned very nicely. The coleslaw wasn’t incredible, but that’s not too surprising. My boyfriend ordered the Grass-Fed Burger: a ground chuck burger chargrilled, topped with green leaf lettuce, tomato, onion, and American cheese on a buttered brioche bun. This was very tasty as well! My first qualification for a good burger is that it’s cooked how you order it. He ordered it medium rare and it was cooked that way, so we were off to a good start. The veggies were fresh and the brioche bun was delicious. The fries on the side were very tasty as well!
Dylan’s is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 am to 11 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 12 pm, Fridays from 12 pm to 2 am, Saturdays from 12 pm to 3 am, and Sundays from 12 pm to 12:30 am. They have Salsa Dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning with a lesson from 9-10 pm. Find more information here.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO