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A nod to old saloons and breweries of the 1900s, Publican Anker is a simple restaurant with great features that is a less intense version of The Publican in Fulton Market. One of the best parts about this gastropub is the juxtaposition it presents against other locations in Wicker Park. It seeks to provide good food within a classic atmosphere so there is nothing overly fancy about it. Chef Paul Kahan designed their menu around pub fare, such as pork, burgers, and oysters, along with having an expansive wine and beer selection to choose from. Each one of their menus is perfectly suited for the time of day, for example, a turkey burger on their lunch menu and bavette steak on their dinner menu. If you can’t make it out to Anker, their menu is available through many delivery apps such as Caviar, Doordash, and GrubHub but, of course, it is better to visit this gem in person.
Publican Anker is the perfect spot for a casual night out with friends or a one-on-one date night. The interiors of Anker make this restaurant really stand out. Metal accents and giant rounded lights make it feel like an old industrial bar with history and character. The wooden booths and high-top bar stools highlight its relaxed dining atmosphere, which makes it the perfect spot for lunch, brunch, or dinner. Along the back wall, paintings of 1800s brewers stand out proudly. These were originally acquired from the Chicago Historical Society, which gives Anker the authenticity it deserves. With the furnishings being almost as good as the menu, you really can’t go wrong here.