One of things I missed most when I first moved to Chicago was my British comfort food and of course a good curry. You know what I'm talking about, fish & chips, a good scotch egg, Cornish pasties and a proper pint of bitter.
From my many years of dedicated research, I've highlighted below a few of my favorites...
Fado (100 W. Grand St.) A friendly bar located in the River North neighborhood, this is a great place to meet expats, watch the footie and order a full English.
Elephant & Castle (160 E. Huron St., 111 W. Adams St., 185 N. Wabash Ave.) Three locations in the downtown area. Here you can find great British comfort food for when you're craving that little piece of home. You'll also find a few expats milling around.
Owen & Engine (2700 N. Western Ave.) This bar not only has a lovely warm atmosphere, they also serve a fantastic ploughman’s and the wife loves their bangers and mash. It's right off the 90/94 expressway, so a great location if you go by car. On a total sidenote, Windy City Fieldhouse is accross the road, a great place to play footie.
Blokes & Birds (3341 N. Clark St.) Trendy bar in the Lakeview neighborhood. You MUST try the trifle...!
Pleasant House Bakery (964 W. 31st St.) Love this place. Blink and you could miss it though. Located in the Bridgeport neighborhood (from the city head south on Halsted St. and take a right on 31st.. it's not as far from downtown as the address implies). Here you can get the cities best pies (in my opinion). Try the chicken balti. You can also order your food and head next door to the bar for a pint. Pleasant House will then bring it over when it's ready. It doesn't get any better than that.
The Globe Pub (1934 W. Irving Park Rd.) A little further out of the city, this is a popular place to catch the weekend game.
Duke of Perth (2913 N. Clark St.) This Scottish bar is located in the popular Lakeview neighborhood. Decent all-you-can-eat fish & chips on a Wednesday and Friday. You won't find any blaring TV's here, which can be a nice change.
The Gage (24 S. Michigan Ave.) Great location in the heart of the Loop, opposite Millenium park. Don't leave without trying the scotch eggs!
Jaipur (847 W. Randolph St.) Chicago has a number of decent Indian's, especially if you're willing to head up North to Devon Avenue. Devon is the equivalent to Brick Lane in London. However I would say, out of all the choices, I'm still a fan of Jaipur in the West Loop. Here you will find friendly staff, great food - the tikka masala and kadahai dishes are pretty special, and it's located on one of the most popular restaurant and bar strips in the city.
Temple Bar This isn't a bar I've spent much time in as it's a little further North of the city, but they play the footie.
Now if you want to find PG Tips and Heinz baked beans, you'll need to take a look at my "Bits n' Bobs" page.
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