Warren’s Ale House
Shareable small plates and craft brews in Wheaton
Photos courtesy of Sean Henderson Photography (www.theseanhenderson.com)
With an ever-changing stock of craft beers — at last count 24 on draft, 41 bottled and 22 in cans — Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton certainly lives up to its name.
But that comes as no surprise. Growing up, siblings Jorge, Jerry and Leticia Hernandez developed a taste for food service by working at various Mexican restaurants run by their father.
The Hernandez’ now own Warren’s Ale House, which recently turned the corner on its fourth anniversary. It was preceded in 2009 by Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn and followed in 2016
by the family-run Lavergne’s Tavern in Berwyn.
The stated premise driving Warren’s is to provide “a place that has something for everyone” by offering a diverse food menu to complement beers from around the world.
Domestic craft brews dominate the extensive beer menu. Thank goodness for the pub’s knowledgeable servers whose time-saving recommendation was spot-on. Two Brothers Warren’s Wheat, a German-style hefeweizen, had a malty sweetness and a soft but elusive aroma of clove, vanilla and banana.
Two Brothers, a micro brewery based in nearby Warrenville, also produces a double India Pale Ale brewed specifically for Warren’s Ale House and its two sister restaurants.
The full-service bar at Warren’s goes beyond beer. It includes wine by the glass or bottle, assorted bourbon, rye and Scotch whiskeys and several handcrafted signature cocktails.
Hungry diners will find familiar dishes on the menu developed by Executive Chef Mark Downing. Patrons can customize a meal to suit their preferences by ordering shareable small plates or a main-course dish — or, as we did, by picking from both sides of the menu.
An unexpected appetizer, Potato-Cheddar Pierogies, was listed between the Chicken Fajita Quesadilla and Bavarian Pretzels. Three of these tasty Polish dumplings came with red sauerkraut, sour cream and bits of bacon. The dish jogged pleasant memories of long-ago meals.
Among other starters are Cajun shrimp, nachos and chicken wings with a variety of toppings.
Featured as main-course options are pork loin cutlets, beer-battered cod fish fry and Italian sausage with tri-colored tortellini. No less substantial was the Cubano, a noteworthy sandwich packed with pork loin, prosciutto, salami, Swiss cheese and red onions. It came plated with a mountain of thin-cut fries.
Desserts follow the tried and true, such as a chocolate truffle brownie and vanilla cheesecake. A personal favorite, and the only one made in-house, is the warm apple strudel with caramel sauce. Indulge further with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
Bottom line: Warren’s Ale House is a family-friendly sports bar with at least 10 large-screen wall-mounted televisions. Be prepared, however, to put up with ambient noise, especially when there’s a big game being aired or on Tuesday nights when crowds turn out for trivia.
51 Town Square, Wheaton
Potato-cheddar pierogies, Cubana sandwich and warm apple strudel
Small plates, $7 to $14; Mains: $13 to $17; Desserts: $7
Mon - Sat 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Sun 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Full bar, free parking, reservations