Restaurant Review- Cobblestone

“The idea is simple: to nurture well-being in others through hospitality, connection, and excellent food and beverage service”

The owners of Cobblestone Restaurant

From its cobblestone doorway to its spacious sidewalk café and backyard patio bedecked with foliage, Cobblestone is a little piece of European gastropub in Lincoln Square. And like a true European café, the menu and service create an ambience of community. Opened in 2020 by owner/neurosurgeon Dr. Markus Chwajol in the former Northman spot, Cobblestone is a gem of a gathering place for families and friends, where people can relax and enjoy great food, drink, and conversation. 

What better way to create community than over a shared meal? It starts with shareables like herb frites with garlic aioli, savory banana nut bread with graisse de canard, toasted walnut, and whipped bourbon butter, or a seared porcini spaetzle featuring foraged mushrooms, heirloom cider jaeger, and aged parmesan. Delectable entrees include a battered fish & frites, cider-braised pork belly with crisped skin, smoked pink lady apple sauce and rye maple glaze. Pescetarians will enjoy Cobblestone’s takes on grilled shrimp and mussels. And for carnivores, there’s a braised short rib, and a unique lamb/beef Cobblestone Bistro burger. The menu sensitively lists vegetarian options like cauli-mac, grilled Romaine, and Farro-Arugula salad. 

Drinks pay homage to the Northman’s roots as the first hard cider bar in Chicago, offering over 50 ciders from around the world, including cider flights and imaginative cocktails like the Bourbon Renewal, which combines bourbon with fresh lemon juice, crème de cassis & angostura

Conclude any meal in true European fashion with traditional coffee service, and scrumptious desserts like skillet apple crisp, or a llwarm butterscotch fudge bar, and other delectable desserts.

Over the weekend, there’s a motto at Cobblestone- “Work Hard, Brunch Harder!” Cobblestone’s owners unveiled a hard-working, tasty brunch menu on August 14. From 10:30 am-2:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, family and friends can feast on unique items like schnitzel and waffles, which is a combination of chicken-fried pork loin, lemon- poppyseed waffle, citrus ricotta, and maple molasses. Or, a clever Latke benedict, which combines fried potato cakes with scorched ham, poached egg and cider hollandaise.

Cobblestone Restaurant is located at 4337 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60618 They are open for dinner Wednesday and Thursday, 5–11 pm, Friday, 5 pm—12 am, Saturday, 10:30 am–12 am, and Sunday, 10:30 am–10 pm. For more information, click here.

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago