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Chicago Restaurants

Erwin Cafe

Updated 06/11/2013

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Striking a pose between friendly and refined, this spot has comforting food, a cozy setting, and polished service. Chef Erwin Drechsler often patrols the dining room of his namesake restaurant, greeting regulars. The straightforward, seasonal menu may not look all that different from other upscale American menus—skate sautéed with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and fingerling potatoes; wood-grilled flank steak with smoked Gouda mashed potatoes; and one of the city's

best burgers—but the skillful cooking and vibrant flavors make you respect simplicity. The booths by the front windows are the best for views of neighborhood comings and goings.

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2925 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois, 60657, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Mon. No lunch Tues.–Sat.

Updated 06/11/2013


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By Jack

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May 7, 2003

Service varies from competent to pushy

This place offers decent food, homey atmosphere and fair value, with a pretty good wine list. Depending on the server you get, it can be pleasant or you might feel as if the exterminating angel were waiting to pounce with suggestions as if you had just arrived from Hooterville. And if you don't take the suggestions, ah well.........That said, it is often more pleasant to sit in the front bar room or even at the bar.

By Bridget

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May 31, 2001

Great Restaurant

This is a great restaurant. I went here often when I lived nearby and pay for cabs/valet to go there now. The Sunday brunch is wonderful, although I am not a fan of their bloody mary. The fish courses are excellent, the appetizers and salads are as well. Service has always been great and we have never had to wait for a table more than 5 minutes after our reservation, which is rare in Chicago. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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