You don’t have to go to River North or the Loop to get great food or have fun. In the Edgewater neighborhood, we found a little gem. In existence for about a year, Bar 63, brings in the Loyola students on a regular basis with drinks, food, and music. Since we were in the neighborhood, we decided to stop in and try some of their great cuisine.
Located in the former Hamilton’s , Bar 63 certainly has the great craft beer selection and also yummy cocktails. We will have to stop back some other night for one of them. I was amazed to find out the significance for the name. It is not only the address but it also symbolizes a very important year in Loyola sporting history…1963 the last time an Illinois school in Division 1 won a National Championship in Basketball. Sports are important here. Patrons can do anything from rooting to their Chicago faves to enjoying World Cup Soccer.
But we are all about the food, so here goes. In any sports bar worth its salt, you have to try the appetizers. Nachos and wings were on their menu and each of us tried one. The wings were crunchy, not at all grilled . They had a good flavor and unlike most wings, there was plenty of meat on the bone. The sauce wasn’t that hot, but pleasantly spicy. The nachos had a more festive feel to them. Multi color chips and pulled pork gave the dish a little more substance than just the in house pico de gallo and guacamole. Oh and the nachos were covered in lots and lots of cheese. Jen approved in other words.
Our entrees were a delight . In keeping with tradition, Jen tried a yummy Rambler burger. It was a huge burger that had cheese, chili, and sour cream on it. Mouthfulls of heaven on earth. I tried the ever popular prime rib and it had to be the most tender piece of meat that I had eaten in quite a while. The au jus was perfect with it. One thing I liked is that the sides were not your normal fries and onion rings. They give large portions of staples that remind people of the foods of summer. Jen ‘s came with potato salad and mine came with cole slaw. These were the highlights of the meal for me. It transported me back to summers long ago when my mother would make potato salad for my grandpas picnic at Idora Park. The potato salad had a good taste to it and the cole slaw had an almost blue cheese taste i could detect. Both were nice and creamy, full bodied and filled with flavor. I would walk down there just to get one of the delish sides.
Girls have to be girls and with that , we had our deserts. In home and scrumptious. The tiramisu was light and fluffy and the white and dark cheesecake was just pure heaven to put in our mouths.
Looking for a great place for a drink and some excellent food. Like my late father said, “the best food is bar food.” He must have been talking about Bar 63 when he made that comment . Lots of things to do, great drink selection, and homestyle cooking. Bar 63 is located at 6341 N Broadway in Edgewater.