Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

The Best Of Fashion Plates: Chicago

comments
Celebrate Anglophilia with well-heeled style at Owen and Engine, Chicago's answer to the Brit gastropub. Logan Square may not be the first area Angophiles head to for an authentic Brit pub atmosphere, but the neighborhood edition is a perfect, homey edition for those hopping off the Kennedy in need of a little comfort food. A joint effort headed up by the owner of Fat Willy's Rib Shack (a great place to get a little messy) and a former chef at MK Chicago, neither purport to do incredibly authentic "British" food. Instead, they teamed up to make a friendly gastropub, with in-house smoked salmon and house-cured sausage with beer mustard soaking up hand-picked drafts and ales. Of course, classics like bangers and mash, fish and chips or Yorkshire pudding appear, but the off-the-beaten-path selections like cauliflower soup with a parmigiano reggiano and chive garnish or pan-seared sea bass with braised endives keep the fare from treading into blood pudding territory. No pinky-up wine sipping tonight—the beer selection is formidable—but keep things refined with British-inspired tailoring, like a smart jacket, a cozy cardi or pleated pants for the evening.
Owen and Engine also is known for their meaty and rib-sticking brunch fair, so put on a pair of chunky, but not super high heels for Saturday strolling and enjoying the curious culture clash of a gastropub on Western Avenue.
Owen and Engine, 2700 North Western Avenue (At West Schubert Avenue). (773) 235-2930.
Clockwise, from top left: J.W. Hulme Excursion Chaperon Bag, $690, available at La Garçonne; Dior Addict Lipstick in Fashion 754, $28, available at Dior; French Connection Summer Thistle Dress, $128, available at French Connection; Rebecca Taylor Stretch-Wool Double-Breasted Blazer, $395, available at Net-A-Porter; Rachel Comey Wane Clog, $345, available at Solestruck.
Instead of being stuffy or provincial, Bistronomic takes advantage of the expansive space that once housed Eve, but darkens the interior with heavy wood and drapes, chalkboards scrawled with specials and dim overhead lighting. Cutting edge design this is not, but Noguier opts for romance and warmth over the modern. His menu reflects this manifesto, emphasizing what the French do best: rich, buttery foods and great pasta, an expansive wine list and, of course, cheese. In fact, the lacto-intolerant need not apply, as the restaurant prides itself in cheese flights, warm cheeses, artisanal cheeses, even a much-lauded grilled cheese. A mix-and-match charcuterie plate is a great way to start off a dinner—nothing is more mouth-watering than crusty bread, hand-picked cheese and a great glass of wine.
Large plates like a roasted chicken breast or steak au poivre are delicious and filling, but cozy up next to your date with a sampling of shared small plates. The oxtail ravioli is nearing legend status, but don't forget the lighter (but still satisfying) chiogga and yellow beet salad with truffle oil. Understatement is a gift, but there's no better time to drop a few jaws than while noshing on paté and sipping a well-crafted Bordeaux. Since this is French food in its most sensual state, don't forget a smashing red lipstick and a bombshell outfit that would fit in next to the Seine.
_http//bistronomic.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bistronomic, 840 North Wabash (Between Pearson and Chestnut Streets). (312) 944-8400.
Clockwise, from top left: Richard Chai Love Striped Linen Blazer, $398, available at La Garçonne; Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent Quilted Corset Dress With Lace Skirt, $93, available at ShopBop; Dior Addict Lipstick in New Look 745, $28, available at Dior; Pelle Moda Aliano Sandal, $165, available at Nordstrom's; Lee Angel Ribbon Embellished Bangle Set, $144, available at The Outnet.
Vegetarians, be forewarned: Not only is the cuisine at the Western-chic Frontier for your more, um, red-blooded brethren, but the decor is not for the PETA participant, either. Think massive mounted deer heads, large and wood-roasted animals served whole, and a giant stuffed bear. But in terms of a rustic mountain-top vibe, Frontier certainly is named appropriately: not only does it nail the aesthetic and food, but it also fills a much-needed gap carnivore gap in the Chicago dining scene.
Hand-crafted cocktails are present, but the extensive beer list may have you thinking sudsy. And since this is a finger-lickin', barbecue sauce-heavy feast, you might want to leave your power pumps behind, getting into the mood with plenty of buttery leather and delicate, draped earrings. When lots of rich hues are called for, we love a nude lipstick and a couple of poppy hints of color. Just remember: when eating BBQ, napkins on your laps, please.
Frontier, 1072 North Milwaukee Avenue (At West Thomas Street). (773) 772-4322.
Clockwise, from top left: All Saints Audrina Dress, $189, available at All Saints; Rag & Bone Idaho Jacket, $168, available at Rag & Bone; Eskell Beaded Earrings in Blue/Gold, $38, available at Boutiques; Frye Harlow Campus Boots in Cognac, $398, available at Frye; Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag, $825, available at Barney's; Dior Addict Lipstick in Vintage 525, $28, available at Dior.
Still hungry? Check out The Best of Fashion Plates: Los Angeles.
SHARE
TWEET
EMAIL

Trending Right Now