Bar fare is best washed down with a cold beer, unlike brain food, which is best washed down with puréed encyclopedia. Sample culinary pairings with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of inventive American fare and drinks at Square Bar & Grill.
Chef Jason Noel at Square Bar & Grill puts a creative spin on pub fare as he plates up a menu of char-grilled burgers, deep-fried candy bars, and Sunday-brunch dishes. The 10-ounce American Dream burger with bacon, mushrooms, and swiss ($12) lies not betwixt the hemispheres of a traditional bun, but instead forms the meaty equator of a grilled-cheese sandwich. House-made barbecue sauce bathes the pulled-pork Paradise sandwich ($11), and vanilla ice cream cools the molten candy heat of a fried Milky Way, Snickers, or Reese's peanut-butter cup ($5 each). Servers also top tables with omelets ($9+), fruity crepes ($8), and lobster benedict ($12) on Sundays or during breakfast-stacking contests. Behind the bar, which is assembled from salvaged bowling-alley lanes, bartenders quench thirsts with draft and bottled beers from the Midwest and beyond, with brewers such as Three Floyds, Goose Island, and Lagunitas.
2849 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618