Without gastropubs, restaurateurs could only put an upscale twist on conventional bar fare by serving beer in gilded steins or dressing up each complimentary peanut in a tiny cummerbund. Partake in posh pub grub with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale pub fare and craft beer at Paramount Room.
Paramount Room’s chef Stephen Dunne crafts a tongue-tickling menu of elevated pub fare inside a century-old former speakeasy. Chicago’s Kobe Beef burger tames decadence-seeking meatatarians ($10), filling an artisan brioche bun with a patty of Wagyu Kobe beef topped with organic greens and Paramount Room’s special sauce, an elegant accessory for any sandwich or cheeseburger-themed wedding. Grill masters also can gussy up burgers with additional toppings such as Berkshire bacon ($2), a fried egg ($1), or vintage cheddar cheese ($1). Icelandic cod return to their natural habitat of malt vinegar and creamed slaw in the hand-dipped fish 'n' chips ($16), whereas the Paramount rueben decks house-cured corned beef in sauerkraut and gruyere cheese ($12). Guests can slake thirsts with rotating craft brews and drafts from Paramount Room’s extensive drink menu, or a black and tan float ($8), which won a Critics’ Pick award from Time Out Chicago in 2008 and a Best Grandpa award from Confusing Accolades Monthly.
Inside a 100-year-old former speakeasy, urban charm shakes hands with contemporary design, as Paramount Room blends the two in a sophisticated dual-level space. Exposed bricks, distressed wood floors, and lofted ceilings strut their stuff in the elegant, tavern dining room, where guests can peek into the open kitchen as chefs prepare dishes and summersault over open flames when they think diners aren’t looking.
Fashioned out of an old speakeasy, Paramount Room still exudes the weary cool of its jazz age predecessor. However, chef Stephen Dunne also keeps his kitchen refreshingly with the times, crafting a menu of pub-inspired seasonal eats that earned the restaurant a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand rating and the praise of local gourmands at Chicago Magazine, Centerstage, and Daily Candy. Small plates of chilled oysters and steak tartare encourage socialable sharing, and entrees of slow-braised beef shank, buttermilk fried chicken, and duck-stuffed chile relleno embody new twists on old favorites. True to its origins, Paramount Room also houses a top-notch bar, where resident beverage manager Dan Marunowski and his team preside over a tap list of ever-rotating craft beers, suggest pairings from a boutique wine list and sling cocktails inspired by both Prohibition favorites and more modern mixology.