Capitalizing on the wicked success of their Lakeview
location, the good people at Sheffield's have opened up a spot out in the burbs, River Grove to be exact. While the Chicago proper version offers a lovely beer garden for mingling and a massive list of microbrews, this suburban spot aims to be more of a sit-down dining experience, except it brought along that superb beer list, just in case.
Let's start with drinks – there are about a dozen microbrews on draft, like the hoppy Surly Furious IPA, the malty Two Brothers Ebelweiss, or the local Goose Island Matilda (a Belgian ale with a hint of apricot, served epically in a goblet). Past that, there are 50-plus bottle brews from all over America (North Coast from California, Dark Horse from Michigan, Peak from Maine) and even a couple of little-known imports, many from Belgium.
The menu nails the idea of "high-quality bar food" - signature pizzas (try the "River Grove" with arugula, artichoke, sun-dried tomato and goat cheese), beer-battered fish and chips, sandwiches (served, if you wish, with succotash), or the self-described "killer grilled cheese." Of course, appetizers are bar favorite, and Sheffield's has some fun offerings, like Parmesan zucchini sticks or deep-fried egg rolls stuffed with BBQ pork.
The restaurant's exterior certainly won't turn heads – occupying the space of the former Dapper's diner, the building looks a bit crusty. Nevertheless, Sheffield's does offer a sizable patio, and the interior has been renovated with pure class – flowers on the tables, a silent fireplace in the middle, and a tasteful display of hi-def TVs sprinkled throughout. Turns out you can be refined and watch football at the same time.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert