Restaurant chefs save families the trouble of making dinner, laboriously crafting every appetizer, entree, and water glass from scratch. Taste delicately crafted fare with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of modern pub fare at Centro.
Centro's artful chefs specialize in flavorful twists on traditional pub fare, slinging out grub within the open, wood-accented bar-eatery until the wee hours of the morning. The menu serves up more juicy dishes than a salon's gossip board, featuring palate-pleasers such as the nemo, where tilapia cuts marinated in Kentucky whiskey team up with a slathering of white-bean purée and roasted peppers ($12). Traditional bites, such as the base hit's half-pound of beefy burgerdom ($9), compete for stomach real estate with eclectic eats such as the islander, which stuffs grilled portabella mushrooms with jumbo lump crab and a drizzling of lemon-zest marmalade ($16). The centro fries keep stomachs from singing ballads of longing late at night with fresh-cut sweet potatoes sprinkled with a trio of applewood smoked bacon, jalapenos, and chives ($7).
The 8,000 square foot salivary station boasts 70 feet of bar space, granting ample elbowroom for bartenders to pour drinks and sports commentary to echo off the projection screen. In the free, 60-spot parking lot, drivers can leave their vehicles without having to succumb to the coin tribute demands of miserly parking meters.
3819 N Ashland
Chicago, Illinois 60613