Fresh yet familiar flavors elevated in St. Charles
Pub 47 has done well during its two years in Huntley. So management’s decision to open a second location was something of a no-brainer — even though the site selected on Main Street in St. Charles is one that has seen several restaurants come and go in relatively rapid succession.
So far, so good for the new Pub 47, which opened in May.
A recent midweek dinner demonstrated that the venue is on the right track. By 6 p.m. the place, with a seating capacity of 100 or so, was packed. Good service, reasonable prices and a menu of familiar favorites elevates the dining experience. Visit the premises only once and you barely scratch the surface.
Diners have plenty of choices. Our meal started with a rave-worthy savory bacon-and-cheddar soup made with Beach Blonde, a golden lager from Crystal Lake Brewery.
Other appetizers included boneless chicken wings — lightly seasoned --— and fried rock shrimp, a hummus platter and a skewered beef tenderloin. Twenty sandwiches, including the Reuben, a grilled portabello and an Italian beef, are also available, as are pasta entrées, such as blackened chicken Alfredo, baked penne and steamed mussels and pasta. Executive Chef Gamaliel Rivera cites barbecue pulled pork, battered cheese curds, wild berry salad and beer nuggets as popular dishes.
More than a dozen burgers made with grass-fed beef come accompanied by a choice of fries, house salad or coleslaw. The best way to sample a broader range of the fare on offer is to order a combo of three sliders -— chicken, cheeseburger and pulled pork ($11). If your burger requires condiments, inform the waitstaff as we did and the request will be quickly addressed.
Another substantial dish sampled was the southwest chicken wrap served in a sun-dried tomato tortilla. It came with charbroiled chicken, black bean and corn relish, applewood pepper bacon and mixed greens with a ranch dressing. Half of this dish went home for the next day’s lunch.
Check out the various entrée options, such as slow-roasted prime rib, beef stroganoff and pan-seared, horseradish-encrusted salmon.
Another popular choice is one of Pub 47’s specialty pizzas. The Sicilian is topped with Italian sausage, sweet roasted peppers, twice-baked crunchy pepperoni and garlic herb tomatoes with a blend of mozzarella, parmesan and romano cheeses. Diners also like the build-your-own pizza as they can select the size and type of crust: thin, double dough or deep dish.
There are a handful of desserts. But chances are at this juncture you’ll be fully sated. Don’t feel guilty if you take a pass.
Pub 47’s bar leans toward craft beers, although it also stocks a selection of wines and the fixings for cocktails. A happy hour, when patrons can order various half-off appetizers, runs Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Families with children were present early on, but not later in the evening.
1890 W. Main St, St. Charles
10400 N. Illinois Rt. 47, Huntley
Southwest chicken wrap, combo sliders, specialty pizzas
Appetizers: $5 – $19
Entrées: $16 – $19
Specialty pizza: $18 – $25
Sun - Thur: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Fri - Sat: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Kitchen closes at 10 p.m.
Microbrew beers, take-out, delivery, catering