Dining at a neighborhood pub affords you the chance to strike up a conversation with a stranger, share a beer with a sports fan, and insist that everyone you meet knows your name. Fill up on fellowship with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale pub fare at Shelby Campbell’s Almost Famous in Elk Grove Village.
Shelby Campbell’s executive chef Carolyn Stec decorates plates with a menu of upscale twists on classic pub fare. An extensive beer list supplies sudsy refreshments and fuel for conversations about moon lassoing with bottles ($3.25–$6.25) and pints ($4.25–$5.25) that complement any entree, including the Steak Shelby’s ($18.95) a 12-ounce rib eye basted with wild-mushroom butter and served with fried onions and mashed potatoes. Pizzas ($7.95–$18.95) create saucy foodscapes with seven types of cheese, seven varieties of meaty morsel, and fruits and veggies to stoke palate imaginations. For bellies seeking an old standby, the hearty Shelby burger ($8.95) dresses for the occasion in applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and a choice of cheese, with a mushroom-butter cummerbund.
Breezes flowing across the outdoor party deck spur savory scents to compete for nostril real estate, and inside, the world of sports beams through satellite TVs. Tummies piled high can speed their digestion with games of pool and Golden Tee, and hips can shake to one of thousands of songs played on a friend's kazoo or Shelby Campbell's TouchTunes jukebox.