There are an awful lot of ampersands floating around Chicago lately. Bangers & Lace, Blokes & Birds and Owen & Engine have all opened in the past few weeks; the latter two really trying hard to look and feel like a British gastropub. There are cask-conditioned ales and fish & chips, of course, but it also appears that not everyone is phoning it in from the kitchen. Last night, for example, we took the kids to a movie at the City North 14 on Western Avenue, and decided to grab dinner afterward at Owen & Engine, conveniently located across the street.
You immediately feel like you've stepped into a pub in Bath or Leeds, with the dimly-lit sconces and a long bar dominating the front room.