It’s always nice when a restaurant lives up to all the hype, and in the case of Longman & Eagle in Logan Square, there was a more than a significant amount of hype. Gastropub casual and industrial cool, Longman defies its current “it” status with friendly and unpretentious service. Perhaps its Longman's focus on seasonality and sustainability that keeps it grounded. Whatever it is, Longman should keep it up.
Dinner began with Longman’s splurge-worthy homemade pretzel. The croissant-like pretzel was warm and salty, delicious on its own, but even more divine when dipped in the “Welshe rarebit” sauce, made of beer, cheddar, and mustard. We had originally intended to just taste the pretzel, an attempt to keep the meal healthy, but it was so good. Too good. We devoured it all. The flight of whiskey, a Longman specialty, may also have weakened our resolve.
For dinner I tried the hearty monkfish osso bucco (yes, turns out there is such a thing as fish osso bucco…when the fish is served “bone in”). Served on top of barley and with Brussels sprouts and mushrooms, the dish was a healthy – and flavorful – option. I’d order it again, but I don’t know that I will twice be able to avoid ordering the wild boar sloppy joes!
Longman takes no reservations, and the wait can be long. Come prepared for some bar time either at Longman or down the street at Telegraph. Make a night of it. It’s well worth it.
Try Longman & Eagle at 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.