Open for just over a year, Compass Bar, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, offers over 200 craft beers, most of which are domestic, wood fired pizzas, and more. I recently visited this dark and cozy gastropub with a friend, and we were both impressed by the food and drinks.
Following our knowledgeable server’s suggestion, we started with the calamari, which was tossed with an amazingly addictive sweet Thai chili sauce and sesame seeds. The serving size was generous and the flavors were delicious. The calamari, itself, was nicely cooked, though some pieces were more chewy than others.
Katie went with the arugula salad, prepared with tomato, cucumber, shaved red onion, shaved fennel, celery, blue cheese, lemon, and garlic olive oil. She added chicken and enjoyed the salad – and even had enough leftovers to take home for the next day.
I opted for the housemade veggie burger, made from black beans, and was not disappointed. It was moist, rather than dried out like many veggie burgers can be, and the sweet potato fries served on the side were outstanding – especially when dipped in the aioli sauce that came with the burger.
We ended our meal on a sweet note with the wood fired chocolate chip cookies, topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate. I am a sucker for warm cookies and this one did not disappoint. We successfully cleaned the skillet.
Katie and I were both impressed with Compass Bar and could not believe we had not visited before given its close proximity to home. We will definitely return to try the highly touted wood fired pizzas, as well as a selection of the craft beer offerings. I also plan to return for weekend brunch, especially when the weather is favorable as Compass Bar offers patio seating in warmer months.
Compass Bar is a great dinner options for anyone looking to catch a game and enjoy a beer and pizza, for groups of friends, or even for families. Compass Bar is open for dinner seven days a week, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are not accepted.
433 West Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, Illinois 60614
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.