Under Prohibition, boozehounds were forced to take their love of liquor underground, emerging years later with fossilized socks and backpacks full of time-capsules. Explore the sometimes-strange history of the temperance movement with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sophisticated pub fare in a speakeasy setting at Paramount Room. Paramount Room won an Eat Out Award from Time Out Chicago in 2008.
Paramount Room, a renovated gin-joint, offers a sophisticated twist on gritty pub-grub with gourmet comfort food and local craft-brews. The menu pays homage to meat, with burgers, chops, and game. The specialty, a Kobe burger, lays a 100% Wagu-breed beef-patty down on a rustic bun with special sauce, romaine, red onion, and beefsteak tomato ($9). Add cheese (choose from four options), apple-wood-smoked bacon, fried egg, or sautéed mushrooms for a buck more. Non-beef eaters can nosh on buttery hand-dipped fish-and-chips ($14), herb-marinated Cornish game-hen ($18), or a marinated beet salad with truffled goat-cheese ($9).
Knock it all back with the black and tan float, a deceptively frothy concoction of thick Guinness ice cream with Abita root-beer ($8). Local craft-beers (such as 2 Brother and Goose Island Matilda) as well as international ales, peaty scotches, wine, and signature cocktails (such as the Rittenhouse rye, yellow chartreuse, and cigar bitters in the Felonious Monk, $8) offer stiff imbibables to match the profuse amounts of red meat.
Befitting its blend of high-brow and meat-laden cuisine, Paramount Room's décor combines hip and modern with rustic and comfy. The venue, a century-old speakeasy, invites diners to sink into meaty leather banquettes amid royal-blue walls and eclectic artwork. A handsome storefront tavern space replete with exposed brick, lofted ceilings, and vintage wood-flooring gives way to a renovated basement lounge where Al Capone penned articles for Boys' Life.
Paramount Room won an Eat Out Award from Time Out Chicago in 2008 in the Best Way to Dessert Your Drink category. It has been featured in Chicago Social magazine and CenterStage Chicago. More than 220 Yelpers give it a 4-star average:
- Paramount Room does for beer what Young and Dunne's Roscoe Village bistro, Volo, does for wine. The selection is as stylistic yet accessible as the food menu, with twelve taps and a beer-conversant staff. – Kate Anderson, CenterStage Chicago
- …a loungey gastropub where you can play a game of pool, drink a fancy Belgian ale like the spicy, golden La Chouffe, and munch on beer-perfect eats like a Kobe burger, ale-steamed mussels, and fish and chips. – Heather Shouse, Time Out Chicago
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 cider-braised lamb shank, buttermilk fried chicken, and a bacon-wrapped filet embody new twists on old favorites. True to its origins, Paramount Room also houses a top-notch bar, where resident beverage manager Jacquie Armanetti and her team preside over a tap list of ever-rotating craft beers, suggest pairings from an extensive wine list and sling cocktails inspired by both Prohibition favorites and more modern mixology.
415 N Milwaukee Ave.
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