Samuel's Sports Bar
Executive chef Sutat Anthachai weaves Eastern influences into classic pub grub at Samuel’s, which scoffs at the Gregorian calendar by serving its dinner menu until midnight 365 days a year. Culinary companions learn important lessons about sharing by carpooling to dinner on a unicycle or divvying up hot and cold tapas, such as blackened scallops ($9) and truffle risotto balls ($7). English-style fish 'n' chips sheathe tender whitefish in a homemade ale batter ($12), and a quartet of fragrant noodle bowls buoy chicken, seafood, beef, and veggies in an aromatic pho broth ($7+). Jumbo party wings ($11) and cheddar-stuffed pretzels ($8) evoke the sports bars Samuel’s so deftly transcends, and 37 widescreen TVs flank a 156-inch jumbotron that allows fans to count every crumb in Mike Ditka’s mustache. Imbibers can admire high-end spirits and robust wines, as beers from Goose Island and Magic Hat pour from 19 foam-flecked taps at Samuel’s quadrangular wooden bar, which anchors a convivial dining area ensconced in exposed brick.