Stout Barrel House and Gallery opened yesterday in the former space of Manor nightclub, and while it retains the late-night hours of the previous tenant, the menu and interior have undergone welcomed changes.
Shedding the club vibe, Stout is a “nito-pub” serving American comfort food for lunch, dinner and midnight snack in a rustic setting with exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood floors, wood tables and black leather booths. For prime late-night people watching, seating is offered near accordion-style windows overlooking Clark Street.
It's a comfy spot for working your way through chef Chris Curren's menu, rife with options like prosciutto flatbread with artichokes, olives and arugula. Follow that with bone-in pork chop or oxtail tortellini prepared by executive chef Chris Curren. Finish the meal with a honey fried ice cream sundae or a nightcap such as Sandman Founders Reserve Port.
Last call can wait until we properly peruse the cocktail menu, which features the likes of the Springside (St. Germaine, Deaths Door gin, Allagash White Ale and lemon juice) and the Conquistador (green pepper- and jalapeno-infused Espolon tequila, triple sec, lime juice, organic agave nectar and orange bitters. Craft beers and wine are also served.
Please excuse us while we take a nap - we need to prepare for animal fries at 3 AM, or maybe we will just visit for weekend brunch.
642 N. Clark St.; 312-475-1390