Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart, Red to Grand (Red)(312) 222-6200 englishchicago.com41.890174 -87.632660 444 N LaSalle St (between Illinois and Hubbard Sts) River North, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Sun)Average main course: $11
This British-ish spot is putting its money on the pub scene, with upscale drinks like a St. Germain Champagne cocktail mingling with such U.K. bar classics as fish-and-chips. The Newcastle-battered cod is crispy, fat and flaky, and the three-ale hanger hoagie is just heavy enough. The bad ’80s tunes that creep into the music mix can wreck the Brit-pub vibe, although the rowdy post-work crowd gets the noise level up to rugby-fan decibels to drown it out.