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.
1072 N Milwaukee Ave
|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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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!
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.