Best British food

From a fish fry to Irish whiskey, here's where to find the best British food and pub grub in Chicago.

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    Duke of Perth offers fish and chips and some of the best British food in Chicago.

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    Mrs. Murphy and Sons offers some of the best British food in Chicago.

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    Owen & Engine has a great burger and some of the best British food in Chicago.

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    Pleasant House Bakery offers some of the best British food in Chicago.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gage has a great whiskey list and some of the best British food in Chicago.

Photograph: Dave Rentauskas

Duke of Perth offers fish and chips and some of the best British food in Chicago.

Britain may not be renowned for its cuisine, but it turns out that Chicago offers some pretty great pub grub and renditions of classic dishes, like flaky, vegetable-filled royal pies at Pleasant House Bakery. Plus you can hit an all-you-can-eat fish and chip nights at Duke of Perth or dig into hearty beef stew at Mrs. Murphy and Sons. These restaurants offer the best British food in Chicago.


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Duke of Perth

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You’ll never know how relaxing Celtic music can be until you spend an afternoon at this Scottish ale house. Listen closely as you hang out on the serene outdoor patio, eating fish and chips (it’s all-you-can-eat on Wednesdays and Fridays) and drinking from one of the best Scotch lists in the city—soon you’ll be humming along.

  1. 2913 N Clark St, (between Surf St and Oakdale Ave)
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The Gage

  • Price band: 2/4
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Owner Billy Lawless and chef Peter Coenen nailed the gastropub with this Mag Mile hit. The whiskey list is lengthy, beer options reach beyond the basics, and wines are accompanied by clever, straightforward descriptions. The food is rich and aggressively flavorful, from the perfect-for-snacking Scotch egg to the Gage venison burger, served a juicy medium-rare and dripping with melted onion marmalade and gouda.

  1. 24 S Michigan Ave, (between Monroe and Madison Sts)
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Mrs. Murphy and Sons

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Soda bread? Black-and-white pudding? Not so much. This Irish bistro serves food you’d find in modern-day Dublin, which means Guinness isn’t just on the epic beer list, but also in a rich onion–and–white cheddar stout soup. You’ll also find it in the beef stew, along with chunks of parsnips and carrots. It’s even in the mac and cheese served alongside barbecue ribs. Not hungry? Stop by for a great selection of Irish whiskey at the gorgeous bar.

  1. 3905 N Lincoln Ave, (between Byron St and Larchmont Ave)
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Owen & Engine

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At this gastropub from the folks behind the adjacent Fat Willy’s, classic British comfort food is seemingly simple but incredibly flavorful: Welsh rarebit features melted cheddar deepened with Worcestershire and stout and is served with a mustard-glazed soft pretzel; massive haddock fillets are turned into ethereal fish-and-chips; and an excellent charcuterie plate features rotating rillettes, pâté and fresh sausages. A great beer program inspires lingering while seemingly simple but delicious desserts erase any thoughts of starchy English custard.

  1. 2700 N Western Ave
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Pleasant House Bakery

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Individual pies filled with earthy kale and mushrooms. On Fridays, fried fish alongside crisp nubs of fries, Meyer-lemon tartar sauce to spare. These dishes, re-creations of homey British food from Art Jackson (formerly the chef of Bijan’s Bistro) and his wife, Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson, are the bread-and-butter of this small Bridgeport shop. But the taste you may remember most may be a stray piece of arugula. Because like so much of the produce here, it was grown by the owners at their small urban plots called Pleasant Farms.

  1. 964 W 31st St, (between Keeley and Farrell Sts)
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