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The Publican

Restaurants, American West Loop
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
The Publican
Photograph: courtesy the Publican

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Now under the talented Cosmo Goss, Paul Kahan's Publican is still as relevant as it was when it opened in 2008. It boasts a fantastic beer list, packed with Belgian and local brews; a menu that equally celebrates meat, seafood and veggies; and the best brunch in town, served Saturdays and Sundays. The chicken is legendary, the oysters pristine, and the desserts, from Anna Posey, are inventive—we'd happily eat every meal here, if we could. 



Address: 837 W Fulton Market
Cross street: at Green St
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Clinton; Green, Pink to Morgan; Blue to Grand. Bus: 8, 56, 65.
Opening hours: Brunch (Sat, Sun), dinner
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Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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It's hard to make plans to go to a new restaurant without reading a variety of reviews and looking at pictures online. It was kind of nice not doing that with The Publican

The menu is great for the adventurous eater, and even those of us who are picky and safe eaters can find something new and delicious to try.

I was pleasantly surprised by the thick cut of bacon, which was expensive, but delicious and worth it. I definitely recommend the egg and fries dish for brunch, it seemed to be the most reasonably priced and most filling item on the menu. This place is packed, but still has a great atmosphere.

Maybe wear elastic-waisted pants to the Publican. You're going to want to eat every cut of meat on the menu, so prepare your body. That said, the seasonal vegetable dishes they have are always incredible--and necessary!

Wonderful food, convivial atmosphere, friendly, knowledgeable staff, what's not to love?


There's a reason that Publican is always slammed with people at any hour of the day. This Fulton Market restaurant specializes in food that pleases just about everyone (vegetarians excluded). Make sure that you try the hams (the sampler is the way to go) and whatever seasonal vegetable is being offered. You can wash it all down with a selection from the solid beer menu.