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Chicago West Town Restaurant & Brewery

Restaurant & Brewery Hours

Monday -
12pm
-
10pm (Last Resv. at 8:30pm)
Tuesday -
12pm
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10pm (Last Resv. at 8:30pm)
Wednesday -
12pm
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10pm (Last Resv. at 8:30pm)
Thursday -
12pm
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10pm (Last Resv. at 8:30pm)
Friday -
12pm
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11pm (Last Resv. at 9:30pm)
Saturday -
12pm
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11pm (Last Resv. at 9:30pm)
Sunday -
12pm
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9pm (Last Resv. at 8pm)

WEST TOWN HAPPY HOUR!

Visit us at Forbidden Root for happy hour!

Monday – Thursday: 3 pm – 6 pm; Friday 3 pm – 5 pm

Half off ALL bar snacks and $10 for the FR flight!
Ask your local FR for any other HH specials. Specific items may vary based on location.

Upcoming Events

We have something exciting in the works. Check back soon!

Dinner Menu

Bar Snacks

Popcorn
$5
Salt and Malt Vinegar
Trail Mix
$7
BBQ Roasted Cashews, Puffed Wild Rice, Dried Papaya
House Potato Chips
$7
Ranch Seasoned Chips, Sour Cream and French Onion Dip
Beer Cheese & Crackers
$11
Whipped Aged Cheddar, FR Beer, Spicy Maple, Ritz Crackers
House Spicy Beef Jerky
$10
Jalapeño, Brown Sugar & Citrus

Small Plates

Little Gem Salad
$14
Bagna Cauda Vinaigrette, Parmesan Frico, Crudite, Pickled Beet Purée
Arugula Salad
$14
Whipped Ricotta, Dried Peaches, Ricotta Salata, Shallot Vinaigrette, Pine Nuts
Kale Salad
$13
Purple Kale, Shaved Fennel, Fresh Herbs, Tahini-Orange Dressing, Puffed Chickpeas, Fried Shallots
Brussels Sprouts
$13
Miso Butter, Everything Spice, Slivered Almonds
Buratta
$15
Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Pea Puree, Pickled Spring Onions, Focaccia Bread
Green Gazpacho
$9
Cucumber, Spring Peas, Pickled Spring Onion, Daikon Radish
Add Lump Crab Meat +6
House Made Chorizo
$17
Smashed Marble Potatoes, Aji Verde, Queso Fresco, Fresno Chili Peppers

Daily Specials

MONDAY: BURGER, BEER, AND BOURBON
Tuesday: Wing Night
Wednesday: Empanadas
Thursday: FRIED Giardiniera
Happy Hour Every Weekday
Monday thru Thursday 3pm – 6pm
Friday 3pm-5pm
50% off Bar Snacks; $10 FR House Flights; $8 Select Wine
3 Course Prix Fixe Lunch
Monday thru Friday 12pm – 3pm

Cheese

MARISA
$8
Sheep | Wisconsin
Black Goat Truffle
$8
Goat | Wisconsin
Marin-French Brie
$8
Cow | California
Mobay
$8
Sheep, Goat | Wisconsin
Taleggio d.o.p.
$8
Cow | italy
Hook’s Danish Blue
$8
Cow | Wisconsin

Mains

DUCK & DUMPLINGS
$22
Duck Confit, Ricotta Gnocchi, Mirepoix Duck Jus, Crispy Duck Skin
Milk Brined Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
$17
Pickled Beet Mayo, Caraway Slaw, Sesame Bun
FR Burger
$15/18
Single or Double Smashburger, Giardiniera Mayo, White American Cheese, Onions, B&B Pickles, Butter Bun
Fried Mortadella Sandwich
$17
American Cheese, BBQ Potato Chips, B&B Pickles, Dijonnaise Lettuce, Shokupan Bread
Fried Chicken Sandwich
$17
Chicken Thigh, B&B pickle, Special Sauce, Fried Onions, Sesame Bun
Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
$17
Hot Chicken Thigh, Spicy Mayo, Jalapeño Jam, Fermented Cabbage
Mushroom Pot Pie
$20
Wild Mushroom Filled Pastry, Porcini Caramel, Side Salad
Roasted Carrots
$16
Whole Oven Roasted Carrots, Eggplant Purée, House Chili Crisp, Compressed Cucumbers, Carrot Tops
Ora King Salmon
$27
Bagel Crusted Salmon, Millet, Horseradish Yogurt, Tomato Water, Capers, Red Onion, Cucumber
Beer Braised Short Rib
$28
Creamy Polenta, Sweet Corn, Crispy Kale, Sweety Drops, Fresh Horseradish
Carrot Linguine
$21
Flour Power Linguine, Carrot Sauce, Fontina Cheese, Spring Peas, Aleppo Pepper

Draft Beer

#1 Strawberry Basil Hefeweizen
German-Style Hefeweizen | 5% – 12oz/7.50 – 5oz/4 To this wheat ale we add strawberries the cooling flavors of basil then add the fruity & spicy character of a classic hefeweizen yeast strain
#2 Rick’s Castle
American Lager | 6% – 16oz/8 – 5oz/4 A classic easy-drinking American lager. A perfect companion to summer time and sunshine.
#3 Mulligan Again
Hazy Pale Ale | 6.3% – 12oz/8 – 5oz/4 Clean and crisp this citrus forward tropical pale ale is a very balanced bitterness from a blend of El Dorado, Belma, and Mosaic hops.
#4 Spill The Tea
Fruited Kettle Sour | 5.0% – 12oz/8 – 5oz/4 Black currant kettle sour with lemon and ginger tea
#5 Currant Events
Fruited Kettle Sour | 5.0% – 12oz/8 – 5oz/4 Brewed with wheat, oats, a handful of Czech hops, and of course black currants. It’s light on the palate and nicely tart without being too sour, the perfect refreshment on a summer day.
#6 Fancy Lad
Hazy IPA | 6.9% – 12oz/8 – 5oz/4 Double dry hopped with both Citra and El Dorado hops. All of the big stonefruit, tropical, and mild citrus notes that you expect from Citra and El Dorado hops..
#7 Panda Party
Black Lager w/ Oak & Vanilla | 5.5% – 16oz/$7.50 – 5oz/$4 – This cold weather favorite has a has an amazing roasted barley backbone providing a great combo with the toasted marshmallow and Vanilla. The toasted oak brings someslight tannins finishing with a slight hop bitterness
#8 Mr. Pitayo Head
Fruited Lager | 5.9% | 12oz/7.50 – 5oz/5 A wonderfully refreshing American lager augmented with the fruit from the Mexican Organ Pipe cactus, sometimes referred to as pitaya or pitayo de mayo. We’ve also added fresh squeezed lime and a pinch of Tajin to round out the flavor profile making this as refreshing as the pitaya is fascinating.
#9 Purple Lad
Fruited Hazy IPA |6.8%| 12oz/8 – 5oz/4 Double dry-hopped with CItra and El Dorado hops and fruited with mulberries. Big stonefruit, tropical, and mild citrus notes with a touch of fruity sweetness.
#10 Barrel-aged Peace Treaty
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | 14.7% Blend of Old Elk & Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout aged for 18 months. Conditioned with organic cocoa nibs, Madagascar vanilla bean, and peanut butter. Collaboration with Old Irving Brewery.
#11 Cranapple Blonde
Belgian-Style Blonde Ale | 6.2% – 12oz/$7.50 – 5oz/$4 Luscious American cranberry & apple with the delicate spice of Belgian yeast. It’s festive refreshing & sparkling good fun
#12 Peach Wit
Belgian-Style Witbier | 5.1% – 12oz/$7.50 – 5oz/$4 – A classic Belgian-style wheat beer with the addition of peaches & a selection of botanicals to enhance the peach aroma & flavor
#13 FRESH START
French-Style Saison | 5.5% – 12oz/7.50 – 5oz/4 This style being the traditional start of spring beer, we bring you a classic take on a French Saison. Brewed with malted oats and unmalted wheat for a fruity, crisp, and slightly dry farmhouse ale.
#14 Mai Queen
Mai Bock | 7.3% | 12oz/8 – 5oz/4 A traditional Maibock brewed to celebrate the return of the sun. This bright, elegant beer with a beautiful golden hue was lagered for three months in our oak foeder. Approachable, yet rewardingly complex. Collaboration with Gemüt Biergarten.
#15 Guest Draft
Please ask your server
#16 Guest Draft
Please ask your server

Flight

The FR House Flight 14
$14
Currant Events | Panda Party | Cranapple Blonde | Mai Queen | Fancy Lad

Canned Beer

NA beer
$8
Untitled ArtWaunakee WI – Italian Pilsner – West Coast IPA

Gluten Free Options

Hard Seltzers
$8
Untitled Art Waunakee WI – Blackberry-Agave | Navel Orange-Yuzu | Pineapple-Mango | Prickly Pear-Guava
CIDERS
$8
Eris Ciders – Pedestrian | Pepper Jam | Blush | E-Phoria

Cocktails

Green My Soul
$15
CH Distillery Vodka, Green Chartreuse, Lime, Honey, Muddled Cucumber
Give Me The Peach Boys
$15
deBorgen Malt Genever, Mathilde French Peach Liqueur, Amoro Nonino, Yellow Chartreuse, Peychaud’s Bitters, Lime
Cat’s Miel
$15
Forbidden Root/Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin, Jepson’s Malört, Honey, Lime, Angostura Bitters, Cava
Forbidden Root Old Fashioned
$15
Rittenhouse Rye, Maple Syrup, Bolivar & Angostura Bitters, Quari Ice Cube, Orange Swath *Upgrade to FR/Koval Bottled In Bond Rye +2
Cosmocharlatan
$14
Koval Cranberry Gin Campari Génépy le Chamois Lime Honey FR IPA
Naked In The Rain
$14
Jalapeño Infused-Confianza Blanco Tequila El Silencio Mezcal New Deal Ginger Liqueur Campari Lime Maple
West Town Spritz
$14
Aperol Orange Blossom Lemon Cava
Uva
$14
Watershed Four Peel Barrel Aged Gin Jules Theuriet Pamplemousse Liqueur Fernet Branca Lemon Honey
Drift Away
$15
Old Forrester Bourbon, Luxardo Sangue Morlaco Cherry Liqueur, New Deal Ginger Liqueur, Lemon, Balsamic Vinegar, Mint, Angostura Bitters

FR Botanical Series

Strawberry Basil Margarita
$14
Confianza Blanco Tequila Lime Curacao Topped with FR Strawberry Basil
FR Gin & Tonic
$14
FR Watershed 4 Peel Barrel Aged Gin house tonic syrup lime bitters
FR Vermouth
$8
Randy Mosher made a classic Vermouth from his experiences in Barcelona. Served over ice with an Orange Swath
FR Negroni
$14
28 Mile Debonair Gin Campari House Vermouth Orange Swath

Wine

Sparkling
$14
Los Monteros CavaPenedes Spain
White
$14
Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough NZ — Domaine de la Bastide Viognier Roussanne Rhone Valley — Fox Glove Chardonnay,Central Coast, California
Rose/Orange
$14
Sokol Blosser Rosé of Pinot Noir Dundee Hills OR — Aransat “Orange” Pinot Grigio/Sauv. Blanc Friuli Italy
Red
$14
Domain Eric Louis Sophie Bertin, Pinot Noir, Loire Valley, Fance– Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley WA– Domaine Cheron Yves Cheron Côte du Rhone Rhone Valley

NA Cocktails

Cage the Orange
$12
Orange Blossom Fresh Lemon. Soda
FR No-Jito
$12
Pineapple, Lime, Mint, Seltzer

House Shots $7

Cinn-oak
Old Forester Tentura Cinnamon Liqueur
Breakfast of champions
Old Forester Maple Syrup New Deal Coffe Liqueur
Smoke and Flame
El Silencio Mezcal Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur Lime & Orange Bitters
Chicago Keys
Jeppson’s Malort Jules Theuriet Pamplemousse Liqueur

Soft Drinks

Daydream Cold Brewed Iced Tea
$4
Gosling’s Ginger beer
$5
IBC Root Beer
$5
Coke Diet Coke Sprite Ginger Ale
$4
Daydream Hot Tea
$5

Forbidden Root Single BarrelsThese 

barrels

single barrels were hand-selected by the Forbidden Root team and our friends at local distilleries.

FR Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin Watershed Four Peel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Gin Koval Bottled in Bond Rye

Brunch Menu

Mains

French Toast
$16
Brioche, Pumpkin Cream, Pepita Granola, Hibiscus Poached Apples, Maple Syrup
Eggs in Purgatory
$16
Spicy Tomato Sauce Poached Eggs Focaccia Parmesan
Short Rib
$25
Fried Egg Crispy Brussels Sprouts Chimichurri Patato Straws
Savory Pancake
$15
Seasonal Vegetables Kimchi Cheese Curds Maple Poached Egg
Brunch Burger
$18
Double Smashburger Egg Yolk American Cheese House Cured Bacon Tomato Jam
The Root
$15
Two Eggs any style House Bacon Brunch Potatoes
French Toast
$16
Brioche Pumpkin Cream Pepita Granola Hibiscus Poached Apples Maple Syrup
Mushroom Benedict
$16
Mushrooms Croquettes English Muffin Poached Egg Hollandaise Kimchi Powder
Potatoes & Gravy
$15
Brunch Potatoes Redeye Mushroom Gravy Suuny Egg Sumac

Sides

House Cured Bacon
$7
Toast
$5
Brunch Potatoes
$6
*Two Eggs
$4
Any Style

Beverages

Beermosa de peche
$8
FR Peach Wit Orange Juice; A refreshing twist on a classic brunch libation
Biere Royale
$8
FR Ginger Me Timbers Golden Ale Crème de Cassis
FR Bloody
$12
CH Distillery Vodka CH Distillery Vodka Zing Zang Bloody Mix Fresh Lime FR Porter Fresh Lime FR Porter
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Private Events

Whether celebrating a birthday, hosting a rehearsal dinner, or enjoying a happy hour with colleagues, we have the perfect space for you!

Please visit the Private Events page to learn more or to inquire about future events.

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Forbidden Root Gift Cards

Ever attempted to gift-box a frothy pint of our botanical brew or a hearty serving of Midwestern fare? Take it from us, it’s messy!

Why not surprise your loved ones with a Forbidden Root Gift Certificate instead?

It’s the ideal gateway to a feast of uniquely crafted botanic beers and mouthwatering dishes – a delight for both beer enthusiasts and food lovers alike.

And the best part? You can get an instant gift certificate for any amount, delivered straight to your email or sent as a text message to your phone.

It’s instant, convenient, and thoroughly enjoyable – gifting, simplified!

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