Frontier

Restaurants , Contemporary American River West/West Town
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(4 user reviews)
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Frontier
Photograph: Jason Little
The Patio at The Frontier

So the hipster-vintage-saloon aesthetic and a taxidermy grizzly bear wander into a sports bar. This is pretty much the setup of Frontier, a gastropub from the folks behind Lottie’s and the Pony, which mashes North Woods lodge elements into the neighborhood-tap mold. Chef Brian Jupiter’s food—charbroiled oysters, sliders and even whole-animal feasts—adds another component to the mix, and the more time you spend eating impressive dishes like the tarragon-buttered redfish, the faster it all starts to come together.

Venue name: Frontier
Contact:
Address: 1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago
60642
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-2am;Sat 10am-3am; Sun 10am-2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division. Bus:9, 56, 70.
Price: Average main course: $14
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Rachel W

Lots to go through here so let's itemize this thing.


1. $1 oyster happy hours are your friend, especially this one. They're char-grilled and come with creole butter. If you like your friends at all you should get two orders because everyone will want more than one.


2. Cocktails. Pitchers are best for your wallet almost always so if your group can agree on a punch, do it. The Front Porch Punch has a great flavor that's not too in your face, and the Raspberry Gin Buck is the great marriage that would occur between your Moscow Mule and a G&T. If you must go solo, Gunslinger's Respite and the Sazerac are both excellent. Proportions are everything, and Frontier has got it down.


3. More food. Time to eat! The jalapeño cornbread is a sight to behold, and would go well with your oysters, just saying. On the more substantial side, a round of applause for the fried chicken sandwich, the sirloin steak, and the catfish would be appreciated. Enjoy!

Clayton Guse
moderator

Come here for the $1 oyster happy hour, stay for the great beer and drink selection. If raw shellfish isn't your thing, Frontier serves up a medley of unusual meats, including turtle and boar—so that's fun.

Irina G
tastemaker

The $1 oyster happy hour alone makes this place an absolute delight, but add in a gorgeous patio complete with fireplace; and this becomes a go-to spot in the neighborhood every Friday afternoon, or when I work from home. The wild gamey food is all fantastic, from the lollipop wings, elk sausage (all the sausages are good actually), goat chili or alligator legs. The 5 mac and cheese is my absolute favorite in the city and I have ordered just that before as my meal. I've also been here for a birthday party where we ordered whole animal service and we ordered the whole pig. A little taste of Hawaii right here at home, paired with fantastic whiskey and pisco cocktails. This place is awesome for just getting a few drinks and oysters after work, or getting stuffed with amazing food with a group. Its a catch-all and a great spot that I can claim as my own!

Madeline N
Tastemaker

I've been to Frontier a couple of times and have really enjoyed myself. It's definitely on the trendier side which I don't tend to shy away from but it has a laid back atmosphere that stops it from being stuffy.


We grabbed a drink at the bar and went out to the patio that stays open until 12:30. The bartender and our server were super nice and there was plenty of seating even outside which I have been hard pressed to find in Chicago in the summer unless you're willing to wait in a long line. I haven't tried the food there yet, but from what I hear its really good!