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The Bristol, Chicago

2152 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647, United States
TEL: (773) 862-5555

Stop by on a Monday night and the place will likely be sprinkled with the city’s off-duty chefs, all wondering what they’ll find on Chris Pandel’s wildly unpredictable rotating daily menu, charted out on a blackboard that dominates the wood-lined dining room. One thing’s for sure: Pandel doesn’t play coy with food. His approach is head-on and all about bold juxtapositions. Regulars can take comfort in the familiarity of his signature “Scotch olives”—sausage-stuffed, deep-fried, and paired with crème fraîche—or roasted marrow bones, split lengthwise for easy spreading on rendered-marrow-soaked toast and served with pickled ramp bulbs and red-wine shallot jam. But the rest of the menu is a seasonal free-for-all. When you see the brined, braised, and crisp-fried pig ear with Vietnamese noodles, coriander, and Illinois soybeans, floating in a meaty pho-style broth tinged with palm sugar, grab it. Pandel may never show it to you again.

Insider Tip:

The Bristol specializes in small plates, so order a few to share and ask your server to suggest drink pairings from the extensive wine, beer and cocktail lists.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Full Bar
  • Kitchen Open Late
  • Late-Night Dining
  • No Reservations
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Room Available
  • Private Dining/Party Space

Cuisine Type:: American Nouveau


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