Central Kitchen and Tap

Retail
4800 N Central Ave., Chicago, IL 60630 4800 N Central Ave., Chicago Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
90% of 316 customers recommended
Closed Merchant This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American, Cafe
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    <$15
  • Cuisine
    American, Cafe
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Lot
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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Tips

117 Tips
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Report | 3 years ago
By the 2 side dishes for the $3.50 adder. Excellent veggies, fries & roasted potatoes. Simple place but tasty reasonably priced food. Nice find.
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Report | 3 years ago
Loved the white fish
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Report | 3 years ago
Enjoyed the food.
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Report | 3 years ago
For the price, the food is GREAT, and the place is very interesting. The identity seems to be somewhat in flux -- we weren't really sure what this place is trying to "be," but it doesn't matter: We enjoyed it, and would go back.
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Report | 3 years ago
good beers try the pot roast and open mike
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Report | 3 years ago
Be prepared for high prices. Everything is ala carte. You don't even get bread on the table. For the price , they should include fries with the sandwiches. Either that or lower the price.
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Report | 3 years ago
Great place for groups, singles & great music while you eat. Food very reasonably priced. Staff very friendly & great parking. They also conveniently deliver. Would highly recommend.
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Report | 3 years ago
layout and decor is a bit odd, but food is great
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Report | 3 years ago
Good simple food
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Report | 3 years ago
The fish sandwich was a great way to celebrate a Friday in lent
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From Our Editors

As night falls on the corner of Lawrence and Central in Jefferson Park, Central Kitchen and Tap's towering sign blazes to life with a neon invitation to "stop in" and shining arrows helpfully pointing the way. The vintage-inspired fixture wouldn't look out of place beside a roadside eatery from the 1950s, and it perfectly conveys the restaurant's spirit before diners even step through the front doors. Central Kitchen and Tap manages to walk a fine line between two ambiances by combining the counter service and charming booths of a casual diner with the full bar and assorted televisions of a neighborhood pub.

The family-friendly tavern welcomes everyone and this is readily apparent in the menu of American classics, which also includes the occasional international treat. Roasted chicken, slow-cooked ribs, and grilled pork chops seem directly inspired by home-style recipes. However, the selection also features dishes such as saffron-tinged Spanish rice with grilled shrimp and a traditional pasta bolognese with braised beef marinara. In between bites of comfort food from home and abroad, diners can also enjoy a refreshing pint of beer or a glass of wine.

A large chalkboard hangs over the central bar and counter section, laying out the entire menu in neat handwriting. Small black-and-white photographs line the walls beside the slate-blue booths, although the televisions also keep guests' attention by playing various sports broadcasts. For the children or the young at heart, the diner features a couple of arcade games that allow patrons to pass the time in exchange for a few quarters.

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