The Rail Bar & Grill

Bars, Pubs Lincoln Square
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How did one of the best sports bars end up in Ravenswood? More than a dozen beers on tap, almost that many plasma screens (42 inches, and size does matter) and 25-cent jumbo wings on Mondays—beats the sticky floors and drunken screaming at your current spot.

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Venue name: The Rail Bar & Grill
Contact:
Address: 4709 N Damen Ave
Chicago
60625
Cross street: between Leland Ave and Giddings St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4pm–2am; Fri, Sun 10:30am–2am; Sat 10:30am–3am
Transport: El stop: Brown to Damen. Bus: 50, 81.
Price: Average cocktail: $6
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I seriously hate to say it because I used to come here fairly regularly and it was always decent, but tonight was actually one of the worst meals I've ever had. To top it off, the service was also lacking tremendously. We waited a bit to be waited on and noticed all the tables around us had too. The server came to get drink orders, but we had been there for a hot minute already and had two kids with us so we were very eager to get our order in, but the server said she couldn't remember it all and would have to come back with her book. I had a question about the oil used for the fries and she did go back to check so there was that, pretty nice of her.

I ordered the $9 chicken finger app and $4 "seasoned" fries for my kids. My husband ordered a skirt steak sandwich with a salad. I ordered the unlimited fish fry. My husband's sandwich came out with fries rather than the salad he upgraded to. He had practically finished his sandwich before anyone came over to ask how everything was so he told her to just not worry about the salad. The chicken fingers and fish came out really dark and soggy. My guess is the oil was old and needed to be changed (when fried food comes out looking like that, there's a reason). The fish fry came with two little pieces of fish. Our server never came to ask if I wanted more; which is okay because I really didn't. The seasoned fries weren't tossed in any seasoning. They were under cooked, frozen, skinny fries with a shaking of either season salt or old bay or a combo of both  over the top. I could tell because I had to go to the bottom of the $4 basket of fries to pull out ones that didn't make my kids cry from being too spicy. I opted not to eat many of the fries even though I like the spice, they weren't worth the calories.

My husband came home and made himself a veggie stir fry. I ditched the to-go box of chicken fingers and fries my kids refused to eat because I wouldn't have eaten them either.

There were reps from Leinkugels giving out samples of Summer Shandy so that was probably the only saving grace, well that and the outside patio.