Published September 26, 2013
Beer, Oysters and Chandeliers in Pilsen
A land rich with history. Tons of tradition. Lots of pride.
Could use some beer and oysters, though...
So here’s Dusek’s
and Punch House
, a double whammy from some of the Longman & Eagle
guys, soft-opening tonight in Pilsen’s Thalia Hall.
When you walk in, you’ll be in Dusek’s. It’s essentially a gastropub where you could go with friends
for a big night out. Or it could be your laid-back neighborhood haunt. It’s named after the immigrant
tavern owner who built the place in 1892, and the brass chandeliers are original. The banquettes and marble tabletops
: not so much.
They’ve got food here. Maine lobster rolls, roasted mussels, boneless duck wings
and duck-fat fries. All courtesy of
Longman & Eagle chef Jared Wentworth. And all of which go nicely with the 24 beers on tap, from Czech
pilsners to local 5 Lizard witbiers.
But if you want something cozier, head downstairs to Punch House. It’s like a basement rec room circa 1971
(model ships, antique bottles, low lights), where you’ll tuck into burgers and oysters.
Also down here: eight punches on tap, like the Asian-liquor-packed Rack Punch
, made from a
sailor’s recipe dating to the 1600s.
We hear it’s a real shanty dropper.
Dusek's and Punch House
in Thalia Hall
1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608