With the US Men’s Team in the World Cup for the first time since 2014, what better way to celebrate their match against England on ‘Black Friday,’ November 25 at 1pm CT than at a sports bar dedicated to ‘futball? ‘
In Lincoln Square, The Atlantic Bar & Grillbills itself as ‘Your Authentic Irish Soccer Pub in Chicago’s Lincoln Square,’ as well as the ‘official home of the Chicago Fire.’ And, despite an ownership change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recent reviews indicate that the quality of the food and spirit of céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) still lives at The Atlantic.
For starters, try their highly touted Irish Nachos, which are crispy chips topped with shepherd’s pie filling, nacho cheese, green onions and sour cream. Or, try their Chicken Wings, tossed in your choice of buffalo, bbq, teriyaki or sriracha sauce, and served with your choice of bleu cheese, ranch or jalapeño ranch dip. Their Soup of the Day might just turn out to be their Loaded Cream of Potato Soup, topped with melted cheddar and bacon.
Move on to The Atlantic Burger, topped with sweet caramelized onions, crisp bacon slices, lettuce and tomato slices with melted American cheese, or for a British delight, Shepherd’s Pie, layered with homemade mashed potatoes, seasoned ground beef blended with carrots and peas, more potatoes topped with shredded cheese and baked golden. Beer-Battered Fish and Chips are Atlantic cod fish filets, hand-dipped and fried to perfection, and served generously with thick-cut fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
But save room for a sweet treat! Atlantic Cheesecake is served with chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream!
The Atlantic Bar & Grill is located at 5062 N. Lincoln Avenue. They are open Monday-Friday from 4pm-10pm (earlier for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. games). Saturday and Sunday, they are open 11am-10pm (again, earlier for Tottenham.)
Recent Google reviewers, despite the management change, have enjoyed the food and service.
“My husband & I love this bar. All of the bar tenders & staff are super friendly, competent & efficient,” wrote one. “The food is really good & prices are reasonable. The servings are so big that always end up with meals for next day. They have a relatively recent, but experienced cook who has really improved the food in the last year, although it was always pretty good. They have specials all the time. They make typical bar food, but it’s delicious. My favorite are the Irish Nachos. I don’t often crave food from a bar, but I often do now. They usually have live music on weekends with great acts & have a back area for comfortable sitting during acts, or hosting parties. We go here almost every weekend. It’s cozy with a big fireplace & lots of TVs for games. My favorite bar of all time.”
“Great local pub!” wrote another. “Friendly bartender, fast and delicious food. We got Irish nachos and they were bomb! Excited to come back for a traditional Irish breakfast and a soccer game.”
Go, USA! And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago