Hearty Restaurant

3819 North Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60613 Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
88% of 163 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this business

  • Cuisine
    Catering, American, Pub Food, Contemporary, Ice Cream
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    heartyboys.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Cuisine
    Catering, American, Pub Food, Contemporary, Ice Cream
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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Tips

Verified
Report | a year ago
Delicious food, very friendly waiter/staff, good beer & wine list, good ambiance. We'll be coming back!
Verified
Report | a year ago
Great food and service, only complaint is all the food was a bit on the salty side.
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
Good restaurant,
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
We really enjoyed our dining experience last night. The entire meal was excellent!
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
Love to go back again
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
James was a great waiter. Service was impeccable.
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
nice staff, good food. would go back
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
Enjoyable experience
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
Unfortunately it took forever to get the port wine and our zero-bill so I received a parking ticket as the meal took more than an hour and a half.
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
We will be back.
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From Our Editors

Before moving to Chicago, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh began their culinary careers in New York as a way to support themselves while they looked for work as actors. It wasn’t their acting that brought the duo to stardom, however. Against odds of 10,000 to 1, they sent a tape into the Food Network and, to their surprise, became the first-ever winners of the Next Food Network Star contest, landing their own show on the cable channel. That success enabled them to grow their catering business’s small café into a full-fledged restaurant serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner.

"Our focus is on what we love, which is mid-century food and the American culture of dining, and that kind of collective memory we have . . . taking those recipes and updating them for a modern palate," Steve says. For example, they top sweet potatoes with black-thyme-pepper marshmallows and create corn dogs with rabbit sausage in red-velvet butter. Steve says that they love creating conversation at their tables, especially as guests reminisce about memories evoked by dishes such as tuna noodle casserole and their Hearty mac ‘n’ cheese. "For Dan and I, that's a major part of the dining experience," he says. "If we can get their heads moving as well as their mouths, we feel pretty successful." Their efforts have paid off. "The duo is making magic by keeping it simple," said Phil Vettel in a review on WGN. "There's at least one wow ingredient on every plate. A simple burger is brightened with triple-cream cambozola cheese, sugar-cured bacon, and garlic aioli. Bacon-wrapped shrimp arrives on a pile of wonderful white cheddar grits . . . It's fun and delicious."

Dan heads the kitchen, while Steve forges many of the signature cocktails, aiming to discourage the intimidation that often surrounds craft cocktails. He and Dan even authored a book whose 200+ drink recipes include every cocktail made at Hearty, proving that everyone can make the drinks at home. Steve's even been known to chat up tables in hopes of introducing them to a new drink. "It's amazing, the amount of people who don't think they drink gin—so I have to force them," Steve says. "Once you have a gin that is different than that gin that you drank in the 1980s that was so harsh and juniper-heavy, once you're having one of these new American gins along with just simple fresh citrus and the other spirits… you understand what the fuss is about." He's also curated an exclusively American wine list with bottles from unexpected sources—including Dr. Frank's Salmon Run rkatsiteli from the Finger Lakes in New York, which he calls "floral and highly acidic . . . Everybody loves it."

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